The new Toyota RAV4 has failed the moose test to which it was subjected by Teknikens Värld.
During a recent round of testing with two RAV4 models, the Swedish publication discovered some rather unsettling behavior from the SUV. Sometimes, the SUV showed a tendency to go up on two wheels, while other times the ESP was unable to properly control the movement of the car, resulting in it oversteering and oftentimes bouncing through the test.
The fastest speed Teknikens Värld was able to get through the moose test with the latest RAV4 was 68 km/h (42 mph), which is below the publication’s 70 km/h (43.4 mph) minimum. By comparison, the Nissan Qashqai was able to pass through the test at 84 km/h (52.1 mph), while the much-heavier Kia Sorrento recorded a best speed of 78 km/h (48.4 mph).
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In a statement issued to Teknikens Värld, Toyota Sweden public relations and communications manager Erik Gustafsson said internal tests showed the new RAV4 could complete the moose test.
"At Toyota, the safety of our customers is our number one priority, and to ensure their security, we apply strict safety tests during the development of all our products," Gustafsson said.
"Our internal tests fully meet the global standards for obstacle avoidance, and since 2016, we have updated our processes to also reflect the procedures used by Teknikens Värld. During its development stage, RAV4 successfully passed all internal tests, including the ISO 3888-2 and the Teknikens Varld Elk test."