Sweden has something they like to call the Moose Test, and it was created because of the large mammals that roam their countrysides. It was created back in the 1970s, but the name wasn't made official until it appeared in a magazine in 1997. It tests how well a car can avoid an obstacle that suddenly appears in the driver's path, and you would be surprised how many fail.
There are cones set up in an S-pattern on the roadway and the cars continue on the track at increasing speeds until the car takes out some cones, skids, or spins. The vehicle is weighted to achieve maximum load capacity and most cars aren't as safe as we think they are. Keep reading to learn about five cars that passed Sweden's Moose Test and five that failed!
10 PASS: 2004 Porsche 996 GT2
This Porsche finished with one of the fastest speeds for completion of a Moose Test. It managed to hit 51 mph, compared to the speed needed to pass the test at 43 mph. They have a track record of passing this particular test with flying colors, but this year they did come under some fire with the Macan.
The past version of the 996 GT2 had no such problems on the course as it was equipped with 477 horsepower as well as an amazing suspension system.
9 FAIL: 2019 Toyota RAV4
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 has been slammed in the media for its epic fail at this particular test. The rear end tends to go haywire, and in some instances, its wheels actually lift off of the ground.
They did find that the vehicle's behavior varied after multiple tests were completed, but they failed to meet the required speed after quite a bit of haggling. It was only able to reach 42 mph at the hand of a professional, which was close, but not good enough to make the grade.
8 PASS: 2017 Tesla Model X
This Tesla has received top safety ratings from the NHSTA, but it also passed the Moose Test with flying colors. The location of the battery gave it a low center of gravity, which was perfect for performing the evasive maneuvers needed during the test.
This gave it a leg up over similar SUVs in its class and decreased its risk of rolling over by a large margin. There is a concern if a moose did crash into this model due to its large windshield, but we hope it never actually has to come to that.
7 FAIL: 1997 Mercedes A-Class
This car is the reason the Moose Test gained so much popularity, and it wasn't because it passed. No, this car failed the test so miserably that it actually flipped during the proceedings. It was huge in the media and tarnished Mercede's image as they scrambled to make a comeback from this horrible debacle.
The combination of the chassis design with a lack of center of gravity made it a prime candidate to fail. The news reached markets worldwide and hurt their sales to the point the car was deemed a failure. They had to recall all 17,000 cars and convert them into something safe for the whole family.
6 PASS: 2019 Hyundai Tucson
The first test failed this vehicle, but after the second they had it down pat and left with a passing grade. They barely slid by with the skin of their teeth and it was a definite win for Hyundai as they looked on to see how the test was progressing.
It might not have had the best score ever achieved at this test track, but a sticker that says pass is all these car companies hope to achieve every time they ship one of their new vehicles off to Sweden.
5 FAIL: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Sweden's test declared this vehicle was unsafe to drive, and Chrysler responded by saying they were wrong. They claimed that the vehicle was overloaded, which is what caused the car to fail. The wheels of the car left the ground and it looked deadly compared to the images captured during other tests.
It was quite controversial as no other test performed in other countries seemed to replicate this phenomenon. They made a comeback in 2014 and were able to pass the impossible test despite the high standards set by the individuals in Sweden.
4 PASS: 1999 Citroën Xantia Activa
This car comes in first place for the all-time fastest speed used to complete this infamous test. It managed to swerve its way through the test at a top speed of 53 mph. This is unheard of and has yet to be replicated since it set the record.
It was equipped with a hydropneumatic suspension that made it possible to best every twist and turn with its superior handling. Many people have asked why this suspension was discontinued after it had such great ratings, but affordability beat quality which is why no one has beaten this record since.
3 FAIL: 2015 Ford Focus
The danger with this vehicle comes in when it is loaded to capacity, and it is the one fatal flaw that led it to fail the Moose Test. It acted erratically when loaded with too much cargo, but the second it was all removed it was able to best the course without any issues.
If you live in a moose-ridden area and generally transport your entire family, then you may want to reconsider purchasing this vehicle. It is still a great car, but this failure definitely put a stain on its record.
2 PASS: 1987 Ferrari Testarossa
This beautiful car managed to beat the odds and pass this test like it was nothing. It was a luxury car that promised safety to its consumers, and it delivered as we had never seen before.
It might have been before the official name was coined by the media, but that doesn't diminish its accomplishment. It completed the test at a speed of 50 mph which is still good enough for it to make it into the top ten list of fastest speeds on the course.
1 FAIL: 2007 Ford Ranger
The 2007 Ford Ranger faired poorly in the Moose Test despite its torsion bar front suspension.
This addition to the vehicle still didn't give it enough range to safely navigate the course at a speed that would avoid a catastrophic accident with a moose. It might have been well-loved by the public for its small stature and everyday usability, but this still didn't make up for the fact that it would hit a moose if it ever saw one on the roadway.