New Crash Test Dents the Toyota Camry’s Reputation
It appears that Toyota’s (NYSE:TM) ever-popular Camry sedan may be falling out of favor with the critics at Consumer Reports, along with two other models under Toyota’s wing. Softer-than-anticipated crash test results ultimately led to the pulling of the magazine’s Recommended rating for the Camry, Rav4, and Prius v.
Each of the three models were slapped with a Poor rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s still-new front overlap crash test, which automakers have been scrambling to fall into better compliance with. The overlap test involves colliding the car with a stationary object on just the front corner of the vehicle, which tends to be structurally weaker than a side or full-frontal impact zone. However, other automakers have performed well in the test, limiting the leniency that Consumer Reports shows with low-scoring cars.
“We’re a year into it, we’ve got over 50 vehicles tested and there’s enough that are doing adequately on this test that now we’re making the shift and pulling recommendations from any car that gets a poor” rating, Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said to Reuters regarding the IIHS test.
“Honestly, we don’t take this lightly, but virtually every vehicle now in the family sedan category has been tested and the only one that has gotten a ‘poor’ is the Camry,” he continued. “At this point, we don’t feel we can continue to recommend people buy a Camry when there’s other good choices out there that do better on the test.”