There you go cherry-picking stats again, and it just becomes garbage. You completely missed my point: The SUV class is generally safer than the 4-door sedan class, especially as you get bigger. IIHS has posted a recent article on this very topic.
Now if IIHS had the balls to assign a numerical score to each and every vehicle, regardless of class, you would see the RAV (and other SUV models) near the top. Instead, they (you) keep referring to an arbitrary 'class' as though models within this class are competing, and are somehow unsafe! They are not. What is important (to me) is what is 'safe enough.'
To summarize: I could care less if the RAV leads the SUV class because the SUV class in itself leads the way for most of the others. Now, knock yourself out, pull up some more irrelevant factoids, and skew some more data. We'll have to agree to disagree as you apparently have some axe to grind on the RAV.
Yes, it's true the MOST SUVs are safer than sedans.
And IIHS DOES HAVE THE BALLS to compare ALL vehicles regardless of class. It is precisely this score that shows that SUV are safer than sedans. But there is just one small problem. The RAV stands out like a sore thumb with one of the worst scores among SUVs, and about the same as the average score for sedans. RAV score is mediocre and below average regardless of class.
Here are the numbers of serious injuries based on actual accidents over 3 years (2010-2012). "100" index indicates industry average based on ALL accidents reported during that period, and is not adjusted for vehicle type.
The index for 4-door cars, regardless of size, is 120. That means that a person riding a sedan is, on average, 20% more likely to suffer injuries in an accident.
The index for all SUVs is 86. So yes, SUV in general
are significantly safer. But the index for RAV is 120, way higher than most other SUVs, and as high as sedans.
It's easy to understand why RAV scores so bad. First, it is among the smallest and lightest SUV. So in a car-to-car accident it doesn't have the weight advantage that a bigger SUV offers. And it is tall and narrow, making it more prone to rollover, increasing the risk of serious injuries.
Bottom line - most SUVs are safer, but RAV isn't one of them.