Many Toyota vehicles haven't been performing well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap frontal crash test, and the Camry is one of them. The 2012 and 2013 Camry both received "Poor" ratings, IIHS' lowest rating, in the test, which spurred Consumer Reports to take the car off its "Recommended" list. In response to the low ratings in the small overlap frontal test, and in a bid to maintain its best-seller status, Toyota will make changes to the Camry to improve its IIHS safety rating and to enhance its design, The Detroit News reports.

The Camry performed well in the moderate overlap frontal, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats crash tests, receiving "Good" ratings, IIHS' highest rating, in all four tests. That was enough for IIHS to award it a Top Safety Pick rating, just not TSP+.

Bill Fay, head of Toyota's US division, reportedly says, "It's still a five-star car. It still does very well in all the IIHS tests. It did not in [the small overlap frontal crash test], and we're busy making the necessary adjustments so that we can address that."

Most Toyota models haven't been put through the small overlap frontal test, but those that have haven't received better than a "Marginal" rating, IIHS' third-best rating. The Corolla received a "Marginal" rating, while the midsize Prius V, along with the Camry, earned "Poor" ratings. The RAV4 compact crossover also earned a "Poor" rating in the test.


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      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not happy to admit it but the Sienna also got sub-par crash ratings. It's a giant fail for Toyota. Between the weak interior, the so-so-in-2013 mpg and dumb crash performance, I WANT to replace my 125,000 mile older Sienna with the nice looking new one but there's just little motivation. Step it up Toyota.
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Obviously consumers and Consumer Reports don\'t see eye to eye on this.
      Jack
      • 11 Months Ago
      I agree with Fred that the N.H.S.A should step in and make Toyota recall all 2013 Camry's so they can pass the small front end crash test.Will they do it? Probably not.
      Muttons
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm just going to put this out there, and it's unrelated to the safety issue at hand, but I think Consumer Reports has a entirely too much power in the auto industry. They claim to be the voice of the consumer but when it comes to cars in any other area but reliability ratings they are really just another buff book, and a poorly done one at that. They are journalists who can go off on tangents or get things stuck in their craw that the average consumer would never know or care about. Yet car companies bow and scrape to them like they are the end all be all. My point? Consumer Reports farts actually do stink and it's high time most people realized it.
        pickles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Consumer Reports is on your side. Why people don't understand this is mystifying. They want YOUR car to get you someplace safely, comfortably, with excellent handling, good mpg. Do you want something other than this?
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Well, considering it is one of the few publications that is not actually an extension of the auto industry, it is a useful tool. It is a consumer protection/advocacy group. What is wrong with that? Are you going to take a manufacturer's or global companies word for it? Not "recommending" something because there is a dangerous design flaw (in this case, the crash restraint systems are bypassed) is a good move.
          icemilkcoffee
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
          Muttons: I seem to recall Volvo, Mitsubishi and I think Mazda, all got the Top Pick + rating. What is Toyotas excuse? Yes, the small overlap crash is a new test. But guess what, you are not supposed to engineer your car just to pass tests. You are supposed to engineer your car to be SAFE all over, so that your car is prepared for whatever test they throw at you.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
          Muttons: None of the manufactures were able to engineer for it, yet lots of models did much better than Toyota.
          Muttons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FutureDoc
          Well, here's the deal. Consumer reports would have given the Camry a recommended rating BEFORE the IIHS came out with their "new" test that none of the manufacturers were able to engineer for. So because the Camry did poorly in a test that the manufacturer was never was able to take into account when designing said car, Consumer reports doesn't recommend it. OK... the car hasn't changed. Would have been fine before, but now isn't. It's BS. I'm sorry it is. So I guess if the IIHS comes out with a "new" 50 foot upside down roof drop test tomorrow, everyone will fail and be "not recommended". Just because CR doesn't have sponsors does not make them unbiased. It also doesn't make their decision making and testing infallible. They are a MAGAZINE. And the industry treats them like a government entity.
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        You write exactly like the parrots who always flock to a story that mentions CSR, you know nothing about what you write, have never read their articles or even better, articles by auto magazines praising the work of CSR but you repeat the standard tripe because its what "that crowd" does. As in, I am all for Consumer Report's influence over the industry.They, not the government, have resulted in at least three that I know of roll over safety issues to get addressed. Two companies (Isuzu and Suzuki learned the lesson hard, Toyota/Lexus took it to heart). They have truly skilled drivers, have one of the best all weather tracks, and they have earned the respect of the industry.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        "They are journalists who can go off on tangents or get things stuck in their craw that the average consumer would never know or care about." Sounds like you've never read it yourself. They actually cater to the vast majority of people who are NOT enthusiasts, and they cover areas of a vehicle that almost no one else covers. Things like headlamp performance, rear seat comfort, ease of loading a trunk, ergonomics, and most importantly, reliability. They cater to 95% of the market, those people who really don't even want to think about driving.
        ehisforadam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Muttons
        Them and J.D. Power.
      v8eater
      • 1 Year Ago
      These MY 2014.5 Camry's with the adjustments for the small overlap test are already headed to dealers.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @v8eater
        You have a source? I'd be interested in hearing about the other changes....
      Seal Rchin
      • 1 Year Ago
      This segment has so many good cars. Toyota better up its game.
      andrite36
      • 1 Year Ago
      ok... What does this overlap test actually test?
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      All new cars should jerk the steering wheel violently to the left and hammer down on the throttle if it detects you take your eyes off the road even for a second. Distracted driving problem solved.
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is marginal the third best rating or second worst? Symantics...
      Finklestein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota, keep your sub-par crash test ratings and please make something that doesn't use a toaster oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator as proofs of concept for designing the next Camry.
      antacid
      • 1 Year Ago
      that thing is simply hideous
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also fix the styling.
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