2019 Toyota RAV4 Fails To Earn Top IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - May 2, 2019

For the most part, cars are safer than they ever have been. Automakers, usually, find a way to improve their vehicles year after year and especially when it comes to all-new generations. For the 2019 Toyota RAV4, it looks like the Japanese automaker actually took a step back.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) put the new RAV4 through all of its tests and the SUV failed to earn one of the institute's coveted ratings. The issue? Headlights that were found to be “Marginal.”

The RAV4 aced all of the IIHS' crash tests, earning a rating of “Good” in six trials, including the difficult passenger-side small overlap front test. When it came to the institute's crash avoidance and mitigation test, the RAV4 aced that, as well.

The vehicle comes with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 as standard, which includes road sign assist, lane tracing assist, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist and road edge detection, and automatic high beams. Naturally, the RAV4 earned a rating of “Superior.”

2019 Toyota RAV4

Before the headlights, the RAV4 was on track to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus, and all the vehicle had to do to earn a Top Safety Pick award is to have headlights that were found to be “Acceptable.” But the RAV4's LED reflector headlights barely missed out, earning “Marginal” because of their ability to light the road ahead when the SUV was turning.

It's a surprise because the 2018 RAV4 was named a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Last year's model had headlights that were found to be “Acceptable,” but earned a rating of “Poor” in the passenger-side small overlap front test. While it's a step back from last year, the 2019 RAV4 should still be a top option when looking for a compact SUV because of its extensive list of standard safety features.

The only compact SUVs to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus from the IIHS include the 2019 Subaru Forester and the 2019 Mazda CX-5. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2019 Hyundai Tucson, and the 2019 Honda CR-V were named Top Safety Pick vehicles.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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