ARLINGTON, Va. — The Toyota RAV4, a small SUV, earns the Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for good performance in the moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear evaluations.
Toyota redesigned the RAV4 for 2013. One notable change is that the automaker improved the RAV4's roof structure to earn a good rating for rollover protection.
In the roof strength test, the new model's roof withstood a force equal to 5 times the SUV's weight. The previous generation RAV4, manufactured from 2006 to 2012, had a strength-to-weight ratio of 3.46, which equates to an acceptable rating.