The new small-overlap crash test has forced Consumer Reports to drop its coveted “recommended” badge from a few models, including the popular Toyota Camry.
The small overlap crash test simulates a commonly occurring crash, where only the front corner of the car collides with an object. The Camry along with the Toyota Prius V, Toyota RAV4 and the Audi A4 were all rated “poor” by the IIHS, resulting in Consumer Reports dropping its recommendation of the vehicles.
Consumer Reports recently released its reliability report cards as well, and a few cars have had their “recommended” title removed thanks to the results of this survey. These include other popular mid-size sedans like the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord V6. On the other hand, the latest report card had the company finally recommending the impressive Tesla Model S.
A release from Consumer Reports explains that the companies policy for recommending a vehicle includes both reliability ratings and crash test results. Now that the IIHS has reported the small overlap test results of over 60 crossovers and cars, Consumer Reports is updating its ratings to reflect a vehicle’s safety.
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