The 2010 Toyota RAV4 promises reasonably good occupant protection and a full roster of safety features, though its crash-test ratings aren't quite best-in-class.
It achieves top "good" ratings for frontal and side impact from the IIHS but a "marginal" rating in the seat-based rear impact category. NHTSA awards the RAV4 five out of five stars for driver protection in frontal impacts, and for front- and rear-occupant protection in side impacts. It earns four stars for front passenger protection in frontal impacts, as well as rollover resistance and rollover crash protection.
Driver and front passenger front-seat-mounted side airbags, along with first- and second-row roll-sensing side curtain airbags, are standard on all versions of the 2010 RAV4, as are electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. All-wheel drive, stability and traction control, and electric power steering come together in Toyota's VSC system. Models equipped with the third-row seat also come standard with Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Downhill Assist Control (DAC)—two features that are derived from what Toyota offers in its off-road-worthy vehicles and would come in quite handy for negotiating a steep, snowy driveway.