Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

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    Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor
    Automotive News
    December 20, 2012
    By: Gabe Nelson

    Thirteen mid-sized cars have earned high marks on the insurance industry's newest frontal-crash test, but a pair of Toyota models tested fared worse than the rest.

    The so-called small overlap test involves crashing the front corner of a car into a barrier at 40 mph. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety devised the test to simulate a collision with a stationary object such as a tree or a utility pole.

    Just three out of 11 luxury cars rated "good" or "acceptable" on the insurance industry group's first round of tests this summer, but today the IIHS gave a good rating to the four-door Honda Accord and the Suzuki Kizashi, and an acceptable rating to 11 more mid-sized cars.

    "Normally we see new technology and new innovations go into the luxury cars first, so we see them doing better," IIHS President Adrian Lund said. "This is a bit of a surprise."

    Three other models -- the Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Jetta sedan -- rated as "marginal."
    More at link - including full list of tested vehicle ratings.
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    Re: Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    Now this is interesting.

    And odd. Optima does well, Sonata not so well. I see my 200 did OK.

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    Re: Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    It is unacceptable that the Malibu fails in so many areas, and this latest area is one that is very important to many buyers in this class.

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    Re: Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    The vids were posted here on GMI. In the Sonata's test, the curtain airbags didn't deploy, and I think that brought its rating down some.

    They're interesting videos, seeing how many of the cars shifted differently in the impact - some skimmed the barrier, some changing direction and spinning around.

    As for Malibu, I wonder if we'll see the rating improve with the refresh in 2014. One of the things Honda said they did in the quick-refresh of the Civic for 2013 was make changes to improve performance in the upcoming small overlap test, so GM could do the same.
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    Re: Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    Only answer i get is America didn't do justice to Suzuki Kizashi.

    It was a nice car and supposed to a big seller ...

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    Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test
    Left Lane News
    December 20, 2012
    by Andrew Ganz

    IIHS, a crash testing lab independent of the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tested 18 midsize, maintsream sedans in a new "small overlap" crash test designed to emulate real-world incidents. The findings? The Honda Accord and Suzuki Kizashi came out on top, while the hot-selling Toyota Camry and the fuel-sipping Toyota Prius v received the lowest scores possible.

    The new small overlap test sends the driver's side of a vehicle into a stationary object in an effort to direct crash forces into the driver's area of the cabin. IIHS admits that the testing often forces "high levels of occupant compartment intrusion," which in turn provides a better evaluation of a vehicle's safety structure than a more traditional crash test. In addition, the small overlap test evaluates how well the supplementary restraints - a driver's airbag and seat and curtain side airbags - remain in position to effectively protect the driver.

    In this most recent test, 11 cars IIHS qualifies as "midsize moderately priced cars" earned the highest award, its Top Safety Pick + designation. Among those strong performers, the Kizashi and the Accord sedan came out on top with the highest rating for the new small overlap test: Good. In particular, the Accord aced all of IIHS' other tests, including a roof strength evaluation that measures how well the car would perform in a severe rollover situation.

    Also tested and receiving Moderate scores were the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta.

    Full article at link.

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    I saw the videos and the Camry did seem to disintegrate more fully than some of the others. That said, the Malibu didn't seem to hold together too much better either.

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    Well that might explain why the Camry, Corolla, Yaris etc all feel very flimsy and cheap when you open and close the door or wrap on the exterior sheet metal which is paper thin.

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    Someone said their mother bought this becouse the malibu sucked, I was wondering why they did not just go with the Fusion.

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    Re: Honda Accord, Suzuki Kizashi rate highest on new crash test; 2 Toyotas rated poor

    Quote Originally Posted by uvikrama View Post
    Only answer i get is America didn't do justice to Suzuki Kizashi.

    It was a nice car and supposed to a big seller ...
    It was too small, and the Suzuki brand far too tarnished when you add bad marketing to that than Suzuki's death knell was all but set in stone at that point.

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    Honda has been getting a lot of criticism on engineering, but they deserve credit for being ready for this new test. Both the Accord and 2013 Civic re-do were specifically engineering to have reinforcements and structure to divert force in this new test.

    I'm surprised that the new Malibu design didn't have the same foresight as the test has been in the discussion phase for more than a few years.

    With Toyota you know the vehicle is only designed to the lowest common denominator to get a high grade. Any changes to testing will cause them to fall in ratings until they can design to the test in the next generation. It's not just the new test, look at the Prius plug-in that had ratings drop as the increased vehicle weight was not offset with beefed up structure and the result was lesser test results than non-PIP models.
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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    Uh oh. Toyota ought to work on that quickly. Hopefully the Avalon was designed with this in mind.

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    these NEW tests do a good job of "CALLING OUT" companies that engineer to the test VERSUS engineering a safe car in ALL situations
    I remember the Dodge Caravan/Grand Voyager getting top pick in NHTSA and a bad score in Eu NCAP testing

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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    New crash tests always show who's doing the bare minimum to ace the tests and who's doing a good job in engineering overall safety with real-life situation in mind even if they aren't measured by sxisting tests.
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    Re: Best-selling Toyota Camry performs poorly in latest crash test

    I understand people not wanting to buy a domestic....but i do not understand for those who do buy imports..why the accord doesnt outsell the camry by a lot. The honda just seems better than the camry in so many ways.

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