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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is responsible for research intended to reduce the dangers of auto accidents. The primary sources for their findings are as follows:
Because of the research they conduct and the determinations of safety ratings for particular makes and models that they reach, people looking to purchase a vehicle are empowered to make informed decisions that keep themselves and their families as safe as possible.
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The IIHS conducts eight tests in all within these three categories listed above. Every vehicle make tested is assigned one of the following grades for each test except front crash prevention (one of the two crash avoidance and mitigation tests):
The grades available for the front crash prevention test are as follows:
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The IIHS ranks all vehicles according to the results of the eight tests. Similar makes are then compared. Small SUVs are listed side-by-side to see how they compare with regards to each of the eight tests.
The Top Safety Pick+ is awarded each year to vehicles rated good in all five crashworthiness tests, either superior or advanced in front crash prevention, and either good or acceptable for headlights (the second crash avoidance and mitigation test).
The Top Safety Pick is awarded to vehicles that accomplish all the above characteristics except for the headlight requirement. Although ranked below the Top Safety Pick+ makes, they are also considered safe vehicles.
The Toyota RAV4 received a good rating for all five crashworthiness tests for the driver’s side. However, it received a poor rating on the test for the small overlap front on the passenger’s side.
Nevertheless, the positive results for the driver’s side are worth the most weight concerning a vehicle’s overall safety. Therefore, the Toyota RAV4 received a good rating for all crashworthiness tests on the driver’s side:
In addition to its high ratings for the driver’s side crashworthiness tests, the Toyota RAV4 received a superior rating for front crash protection and an acceptable rating for headlights.
The Toyota RAV4 has received the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award. Additionally, it received a good rating for its LATCH.
The Volkswagen Tiguan received a marginal rating on its small overlap front test on the driver’s side.
Although it received a good rating in the other four crashworthiness tests, one marginal crashworthiness rating for the driver’s side disqualifies it from either of the Top Safety Pick awards and places it near the bottom of the small SUVs compared.
The Volkswagen Tiguan does not have a rating available for front crash prevention. It received merely acceptable ratings for both its headlights and LATCH. These factors also contribute to the make being near the bottom of the small SUVs ranked.
The short answer to this question is an unquestionable yes. The Toyota RAV4 is ranked second among all 23 small SUVs compared, while Volkswagen Tiguan is ranked twentieth.
The Toyota model has been awarded the IIHS’s highest honor—the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, while the Volkswagen model was disqualified from either of the organization’s awards because of its insufficient rating on crashworthiness.
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