2013 Toyota RAV4 Fails Safety Test: Now What?

The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 has received a rating of “poor’ in the IIHS small overlap test.

According to Automotive News, this test simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car. Small overlap test examines how well a vehicle handles 40-mph frontal collisions.

According to IIHS and Automotive News, the RAV4’s driver’s space was “seriously compromised by intruding structure, and the dummy’s left foot was trapped by crushed and buckled sheet metal in the footwell.”

The institute also said the seat belt allowed “excessive forward movement of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel.”

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Hyundai, Kia Debut Super Bowl Commericals

 

The Super Bowl is just as much about commercials as it is football, so it’s no wonder people are talking about the commercials as much a previewing the game.

Hyundai and Kia leaked their Super Bowl commercials earlier this week to much fanfare, and we’re giving you a sneak peak right here at the Waikem Blog.

Hyundai has leaked two commercials promoting the 7-passenger 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe.

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Consumer Reports Drives the 2014 Subaru Forester

We’ve already seen the first pictures of the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester. Although it hasn’t hit the dealership floors yet, the experts are getting their first test drive.

Consumer Reports recently tested the 2014 Subaru Forester, and they are giving it rave reviews. It’s scoring high points for adding technology and more space to an already reliable vehicle. 

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Subaru Tops Consumer Report Awards

2013 Subaru Forester

2013 Subaru Forester

Subaru is having a great year, and added another award to the collection Monday.

Subaru finished in the top five in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey.

Subaru, the brand named best automaker by Consumer Reports earlier this year, finished in the top five of the annual study.

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The Best Vehicles for Retirees

 

2012 Subaru Forester

Many of Subaru’s top models are considered the best vehicles for drivers over the age of 65, according to Consumer Reports

Drivers hitting their golden ages remember the vintage muscle cars of the grand era of the American Automobile.

But now as they leave the workforce and enter retirement, they are ready for a new ride, just not the ones they remember from high school.

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Subaru Forester Best for Rock Climbing

Outside photo of 2012 Subaru Forester

Summer is here, and you want to get outside. You also need a vehicle that supports summer fun.

Luckily, Subaru, Ford, and Honda sell some the best summer recreational vehicles, according to a study from MSN Autos. 

MSN says the Subaru Forester has all the space you need for rock climbing equipment, and the ground clearance is essential for your drive through dry riverbeds or vertical mountains. The Symmetrical All Wheel Drive adds safety ad peace of mind to your trip.

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Honda, Ford, Subaru win best value awards

Honda, Ford and Subaru’s 2012 models will keep in five years the biggest percentage of what you paid to drive it away new.

That’s according to Edmonds.com, who Wednesday released the recipients of their “Best Retained Value Awards.”

Honda was the big winner for, the day, with an overall projected retained value of 47.9% after five years.

Ford and Subaru were the other big winners, taking home awards in multiple categories.

Honda won in the following categories:

Honda Civic – Sedan under 20K. Expected 50% retained value

Honda CR-V – SUV 25K-35K. Expected 54.6% retained value.

Honda Odyssey – Vans. Expected 43.5% retained value.

Ford won in the following categories:

Ford Shelby GT500 – Convertible 35K-45K. Expected retained value 46.5%

Ford Mustang – Coupe $25K-35K. Expected retained value for 46.8%

Ford Shelby GT500. Coupe over 45K. Expected retained value 47.5%

Ford F-350 SuperDuty. Large HD Truck. Expected retained value 48.6%

Ford F-150. Large light truck. Expected retained value 48.4%

Subaru won in the following categories:

Subaru Impreza. Sedan 20K-30K. Expected retained value 45.3%

Subaru Forester. SUV under 25K. Expected retained value 44.6%

Congrats to the winners. You can click here to review all these models.