The Insurance Institute for highway Safety released a report last week with their findings on how well mid-sized cars performed with their rigorous new crash test. Some of the findings were unsettling to the average car buyer because one of the most highly regarded brands, Toyota, seem to have failed miserably in this particular test. Not only did the new Toyota Camry receive a “poor” rating for the Frontal Small Overlap Crash Test, the Toyota Prius V also received a “poor” rating, according to the institute.
This test is designed to see how cars would react in the event of a crash this test is designed to simulate; collisions into light poles, trees, and abutments. Cars have been getting better with the moderate overlap tests, but there have been some trends in which cars involved in these types of accidents have resulted from severe injury. The collision seems to “bypass” the safety structure built into the front end, with the passenger cell being subject to greater crash forces because of it.
So far, the institute has tested a group of mid-sized moderately priced vehicles (Accord, Camry, Sonata, etc), and mid-sized near luxury vehicles (Infiniti G Series, Lexus IS Series, and the outgoing Lincoln MK-Z), and come March, they will release their findings on several CUVs. When purchasing a family vehicle, car buyers are not only comparing price, features, and reliability, but are now looking at the crash test scores before they purchase. The question is this; Would you reject a car make solely on a poor crash test rating?