The Toyota RAV4 is new for the 2013 model year, and today the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave dealers another selling point. The 2013 RAV4 has been deemed a Top Safety Pick; the crossover hasn't yet been evaluated in the new small overlap front test and does not yet qualify for the Top Safety Pick + award.
The 2013 Toyota RAV4 joins a number of other compact crossovers as Top Safety Picks, including the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Jeep Patriot (with optional side torso airbags), Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Subaru Forester, Volkswagen Tiguan, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain.
While it now takes a Top Safety Pick + rating in the compact crossover segment for bragging rights, the 2013 RAV4 does improve on its predecessor’s score. While the new model scored Good in the moderate overlap front, side impact, and roof strength tests, the last-generation RAV4 scored an Average rating in the roof strength test. The 2013 RAV4 has not yet been safety-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but the 2012 model has an overall four-star rating (out of five stars).
When we drove a 2013 RAV4, we were impressed by its improved refinement and overall packaging: "When you're behind the wheel, you feel more comfortable thanks to a lower seating position, a more upright steering wheel, and more fore-and-aft seat travel."
All 2013 Toyota RAV4s are equipped with a 176-hp 2.5-liter I-4, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While other SUVs may soon earn the Top Safety Pick + rating, so far the Volvo XC60 is the only tested crossover to meet that standard. Watch the 2013 RAV4 undergo IIHS crash testing in the video below.