What is the Moose Test? A Toyota Commentary

December 7th, 2020 by

As new vehicles are produced and prepared to hit the market, they’re put through a variety of tests and simulations. This is done to make sure that the these vehicles are safe for drivers to pilot. Tests on vehicles assess the efficacy of their safety features, how they perform in a variety of accidents, if their failsafes work, and so on. Testing vehicles is of utmost important during the production process and every test is designed to test a specific something on the vehicle in question.

One particular test that is all parts entertaining and practical is the evasive maneuver test or commonly known as the moose test. Whether or not you’ve heard of it, Toyota of Clermont is here to give you a run down of what this test entails and how Toyota vehicles have performed.

Clermont moose test guide

Look Out! A Moose Test!

The moose test is truly unique in that it’s practically unorthodox. Many new Clermont Toyota vehicles undergo crashing and rollover tests to ensure their safety and reliability in certain situations. The evasive maneuver test is unique in that it is only performed in places where you would commonly find large animals wandering onto busy roadways. Before we dive into how Toyota has fared with the infamous moose test, let’s take a look at its origins and merit as a road test.

  • The moose test is most commonly performed in Sweden where the test originated in the 1970s.
  • For this road test, cones are placed in a S shaped pattern with a sudden left turn and a straight-away bookending either segment of the test.
  • This test is made to simulate an object suddenly and unexpectedly obstructing your path forward. The driver must know to swerve out of the way and then regain control of the vehicle after the object has been avoided.
  • For many vehicles, this test is rather difficult and often leads to automotive manufacturers reconsidering the efficacy of their Clermont safety systems.
  • Vehicles in the test typically travel around 40 – 50 mph when conducting the maneuver.
  • One of the most notable moose test failures was in 1997 with a Mercedes A Class. This luxury car was thought to be able to pass the test with flying colors but actually overturned during the maneuver segment. It was beat out by an economy (and often ridiculed) German Trabant.

Toyota vs. The Moose Test

The moose test is quite an unforgiving road test and Clermont Toyota cars are not strangers to its rigors. Here’s home some models have fared against the infamous test:

  • The 2016 Toyota Hilux infamously ponied up to tackle the moose test and nearly rolled during the turning portion. A quick search for the video will give any viewer anxiety.
  • The 2020 Toyota RAV4 attempted to moose test and performed without rolling but didn’t pass. Striking the cones is grounds for failure and our beloved Clermont Toyota RAV4 simply didn’t have it.
  • But, that’s not the worst of it. The brand new Toyota RAV4 Prime, a much heavier vehicle, recently performed the moose test and failed miserably. In fact, the driver’s side tire and wheel separated briefly during the turn. Toyota has commented and said they will rectify the issue and update necessary safety features on future productions of the Clermont Toyota RAv4 Prime.
  • The Toyota Supra was a surprise pass, but it did take a few attempts to get it right.

And there you have it! Luckily, driving in North America (for the most part) moose don’t often wander onto busy roadways. But, you should always be prepared for anything when you’re behind the wheel.

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