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Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, SUV
#313 of 617 crash test comparison
Jun 08, 2006 (5:41 am)
Gov. test show they are close except for front passenger for RAV4 scores 4 stars and Forester scores 5.
IIHS scores Forester a GOOD rating all around and the 2006 RAV4 only was tested for Frontal test which scores a GOOD rating. 2005 model scored GOOD for side impact and MARGINAL for rear impact.
One thing I don't understand is why the Forester doesn't have the side curtain airbags? I noticed there is a couple Subaru models that don't have. The Legacy sedan has them. Why wouldn't they put them on all models? If there were no airbag between your head and the car door wouldn't your head hit the car maybe?
#314 of 617 Forester air bags
Jun 08, 2006 (6:00 am)
The side air bag that comes standard in the Forester is shaped to protect the torso and the head. So the front driver and passenger have full protection. The excellent results in the test reflect that.
The rear passengers have no side air bag protection, but the B-pillar in the Forester is so thick that Firemen complained they could not cut through them with their "jaws of life" tools. They found Subaru uses exotic Boron steels and a reinforcement bar as thick as ree-bar in the pillar. They brought a wrecked Forester back to the shop and had to use special cutting tools to get through the massive structure.
This safety cage is how they were able to get a Good score even without rear/side air bags.
Here's a pic, the pillar is more sturdy than anything from Volvo, BMW, Mercedes, you name it. See it and believe.
#315 of 617 Re: Forester air bags [ateixeira]
Jun 08, 2006 (7:44 am)
Thanks! Great info but what would keep rear passengers head from hitting the side door?
#316 of 617 Re: Forester air bags [luvmbooty]
Jun 08, 2006 (10:41 am)
Certain sized passengers will. I think IIHS tests with a fairly tall dummy:
I don't believe these curtain air bags are meant to protect children, for the most part they're not tall enough that they'd even come in contact with them. They'd probably hit the door panels.
#317 of 617 Inside angle of some curtains
Jun 08, 2006 (10:42 am)
These are pretty high up, and would not protect kids:
#318 of 617 Re: Inside angle of some curtains [ateixeira]
Jun 09, 2006 (8:37 am)
Thank again, juice! You are the man!
#319 of 617 Re: Inside angle of some curtains [luvmbooty]
Jun 13, 2006 (6:18 pm)
Oh don't tell him that, his head is big enough already
#320 of 617 Forester vs. Rav4
Jun 15, 2006 (2:58 pm)
i have read a lot of the posts. should i assume that it is just a matter of preference, and that one is not better than the other??? i keep vehicles a long time, thus i am in sticker shock and want to make the right decision.
this will be my vehicle. no young children. i do a lot of highway driving while visiting around the country.
please advise. thanks
#321 of 617 Forester vs Rav
Jun 15, 2006 (5:51 pm)
The choice here is very subjective. I've owned both vehicles and they each have their merit. The 2 points on the Subies side are full time all wheel drive and nimble handling. IMHO the Rav wins in any other comparison.
#322 of 617 Re: Forester vs Rav [thecat]
Jun 16, 2006 (5:56 am)
Also, you can get a manual tranny with the Forester XT (turbo), whereas the RAV4 V6 only comes with an automatic.