January 30, 2014
Toyota erased a black mark on its reputation for quality when Consumer Reports restored a recommended rating for Camry.
The 2014 Camry was retested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and its rating raised from poor to acceptable in a year-old IIHS test procedure.
The group said Camry was rated a top safety pick "after Toyota made changes to the structure of the front end for 2014 models built after November 1," according to IIHS spokeswoman Kristin Nevels.
Consumer Reports said it was reinstating its recommended rating "based on the Camry's performance in the latest IIHS small frontal-overlap test." The procedure is designed to emulate a collision involving the front corner of a vehicle and another vehicle or large object.
Consumer Reports is one of the most widely trusted names for consumers shopping for cars, and companies try to ensure their vehicles earn the magazine's coveted "recommended" rating.
Among the redesigned 2014 models that received the top safety pick+ rating were Honda Motor Co.'s Acura MDX and RLX, Nissan Motor Co.'s Infiniti Q50, the Mazda 3 and the Toyota Highlander.
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