VW Taos crash tests in 2022 hold him back from Top Safety Pick
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The 2022 VW Taos is a very practical and inexpensive small crossover, but apparently still has room for improvement in terms of safety. The IIHS tested it and found it lacking in some crash tests, as well as headlight and forward collision performance. As a result, it missed out on the Top Safety Pick award.
The crash tests where the Taos underperformed were the small passenger-side overlap test and the headrest test. Both received the second-highest rating of “Acceptable”. Additionally, the Taos’ base LED reflector headlights received the second-lowest rating, Marginal. Additionally, the optional front-collision-avoidance system received only a “Basic” rating for vehicle-to-pedestrian situations.
However, the Taos performed well in other areas. Every second crash test resulted in the grade “good”. Also rated “good” were the optional LED projection headlamps, vehicle-to-vehicle performance of the forward collision system and the usability of the LATCH child seat anchorage.
The Taos competes in part of the crossover SUV market with a wide variety of competitors, and many of them have received the Top Safety Pick award and some the Top Safety Pick+. Among the basic winners are the Buick Encore GX, Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota C-HR. Safety Pick+ top winners include the Chevy Trailblazer, Ford Bronco Sport and Mazda CX-30.
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