2014 Toyota Prius gets four-star safety rating image

The NHTSA has rated the 2014 Toyota Prius with only four stars after the latest crash test session which was conducted on the popular hybrid.

Bad news for those of you looking into the Toyota Prius because the 2014 model year has been rated with four stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety generation. The carmaker is confident that the new generation of the car, which should make its way onto the market in 2015, will receive a 5-star safety rating.

“There have been no changes in the test standards and no changes in the car, other than minor reinforcement for small overlap crash test which we believe did not compromise integrity. We are not sure why it rated a 4 this time. We are looking at the test results and we are confident the new generation will move back to 5 stars”, said Toyota Motor Sales USA, Jana Hartline, to Autoblog.

The full hybrid electric mid-sized hatchback has been in production since 1997, when it first wen on sale in Japan. It was introduced in other countries back in 2000 and it’s currently sold in 80 markets, with the largest ones being Japan and the United States. The outgoing model has been assembled since 2009 in Japan, Thailand and China and it was the 2009 Car of the Year award in Japan.