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Toyota RAV4 jumps to top safety rating

One step forward: Toyota’s fourth-generation RAV4 has received a five-star crash rating in the latest ANCAP tests.

Generational leap helps Toyota RAV4 soft-roader lift crash performance

Toyota logo12 Mar 2013

TOYOTA’S fourth-generation RAV4 soft-roader has put the legacy of its past behind it, today earning a top safety rating from the crash test watchdog.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) today awarded Toyota’s compact SUV a top five-star rating, largely helped by its count of seven airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, and technology including seatbelt reminders for all seats.

The former generation of the RAV4 only received a four-star rating.

ANCAP chief executive Nicholas Clarke said the RAV4 would be competing in a part of the market where two out of every three soft-roaders rolling out of showrooms now carried a top safety rating.

"The RAV4 will be competing in a very competitive segment of the market and its five-star ANCAP safety rating brings it to a new level in terms safety," Mr Clarke said.

"This means more and more motorists will be driving in five-star safety.”

ANCAP noted that some higher-specification models of the RAV4 added even more safety technology, including adaptive front lighting, blind spot monitoring, daytime running lights and a reversing camera.

ANCAP’s crash rating for the RAV4 was based on a Euro NCAP test of a left-hand-drive diesel-engined vehicle.

According to the crash test, driver head, chest and leg protection was rated “acceptable” for the frontal offset, which simulates one car turning in front of another, while both the side impact and pole test returned a “good” rating.

The RAV4 joins the ranks of the Volvo XC60, Ford Kuga and Honda CR-V as top-rating mid-size soft-roaders.

All four vehicles include potentially life-saving side curtain airbags that drop down to cover the windows and protect occupants’ heads in a side-on collision.

The Kuga, like the RAV4, includes a driver’s knee airbag.

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