Safety is one crucial factor that we have always promoted here at Naijauto especially for people looking to buy a new or used car.
Different vehicle models from each of the auto brands around the world are usually made to pass through a series of Safety Tests before being recommended for buyers all over the world. One of such safety tests is the Avoidance Maneuver Test which has over the years became popularly known as the “Moose Test”.
Recently, Teknikens Varld – a Swedish publication put the all-new Toyota RAV Hybrid and petrol-powered versions to the Moose Test and discovered that they both showed behaviour which is dangerous to customers' safety. The publication released a public statement saying;
“The world’s largest car manufacturer Toyota has once again released a product on the market that fails to perform safe through the moose test”
“Toyota RAV4 has quick front end reactions when we turn left into the lane”
“When we turn right it cuts in and the car goes up on two wheels”
“The behavior for the all-new Toyota RAV4 in the avoidance maneuver test (aka moose test) is so dangerous that, until Toyota corrects the error, our advice is to not buy the car”
Both the Hybrid and petrol-powered version of the all-new Toyota RAV4 performed woefully during the Moose Test
According to Teknikens Varld’s report, the all-new RAV4 was only able to get through this Moose Test at a 42mph (68 km/h) which is really below the 43.4mph (70 km/h) minimum threshold of the publication.
When compared to the new Nissan Qashqai compact SUVs, these numbers look ridiculous as the Nissan Qashqai passed at a 52.1mph (84 km/h) all-time top best level. Even the Kia Sorento that is much heavier also passed the Moose Test at an impressive 48.4mph (78 km/h). See these safety tests in the video below;
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The new Toyota RAV4 fails the moose test
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Toyota vehicles will be recorded to have performed woefully at this Moose Test. Back in the year 2007, the Toyota Hilux pickup truck with no stability control failed the test by having 2 wheels up and even getting close to almost flipping over completely just at a low speed of 35mph (57 km/h).
This was the Toyota Hilux pickup truck failing the Moose Test again in the year 2016 at a ridiculous low speed
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Now in 2019 after the all-new Toyota RAV4 has failed the Moose Test, below is the public response that Toyota gave;
“At Toyota, the safety of our customers is our number one priority, and to ensure their security, we apply strict safety tests during the development of all our products. Our internal tests fully meet the global standards for obstacle avoidance, and since 2016, we have updated our processes to also reflect the procedures used by Teknikens Varld.
During its development stage, RAV4 successfully passed all internal tests, including the ISO 3888-2 and the Teknikens Varld Elk test. We give our assurance to all Toyota customers that they can be confident in the safety of their vehicles.”
Who is should people now believe; the Japanese automaker or Teknikens Varld?
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