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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The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe named best new crossover
During the press preview day at the 2013 Atlanta International Auto Show, the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA) named the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe the best new crossover.
GAAMA President, Davis Adams said:
“For this year’s Best Crossover Award, GAAMA chose the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for its handsome new design, luxurious interior, impressive technologies, accessible pricing and the flexibility for 5- and 7- passenger configurations.”
The award is determined by a panel of judges consisting of automotive journalists from around the southern United States. The judges look at all-new vehicles that stand out in terms of value, performance, innovation, and features.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe can have a seven-passenger capability and a 290 horsepower 3.3 liter V6. Add to that the beautifully designed exterior, and you have a vehicle that is truly deserving of awards.
Hyundai is introducing the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport very soon, and this completely new model is bound to turn a lot of heads when does arrive on the showroom floor.
The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport will be a five-passenger Crossover that is replacing the Hyundai Veracruz. It will of course feature the Fluidic Sculptured Design that has put Hyundai at the top of the charts the past few years.
Many of the top models are in the running for the North American Car of the Year.
Finalists were announced recently, with vehicles from Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru making this prestigious list. 45 vehicles in all will compete for the ultimate prize, 2013 North American Car of the Year.