ANCAP awards Toyota RAV4 with five star rating

If you are an Australian fleet manager considering vehicle procurement in the near future, then you may be interested in the latest results issued by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) this month.

In a statement released March 12, ANCAP confirmed that all variants of the new Toyota RAV4 have been awarded maximum five star ratings for crash test safety.

The SUV received a total overall score of 34.56 out of 37, and was commended for featuring additional safety technologies such as adaptive front lighting, blind spot monitoring and a reversing camera on some variants.

The result continues an increasing trend towards vehicle safety amongst new generation SUVs. ANCAP claims that 66 per cent of SUVs sold in Australia in 2013 to date hold a five star ANCAP safety rating.

"The RAV4 will be competing in a very competitive segment of the market and its five star ANCAP safety rating brings it to a new level in terms of safety," said ANCAP chief executive officer Nicholas Clarke in a statement issued March 12.

For fleet managers looking to evaluate their options when it comes to procuring new vehicles for their organisation, ANCAP ratings can be an invaluable tool in determining the safety level of an individual vehicle.

By reviewing resources such as ANCAP ratings - and contacting a professional fleet services provider in order to determine the potential Whole Of Life cost of a vehicle - it is possible to make a procurement decision that will continue to benefit the organisation for years to come.

Toyota has had a strong run of results as of late when it comes to ANCAP safety ratings. Already this year several variants of the Toyota Land Cruiser, dating back to 2007, have been awarded with maximum five star ratings.

Several other vehicles were also awarded five star ratings in February, including the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Proton Preve, the Volkswagen Beetle and the Ford Kuga.