Toyota’s new notorious hybrid managed to get the highest safety rating from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2016 Toyota Prius earned the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after acing the challenging small overlap front test. In addition, the model’s optional front crash prevention system has improved to earn a superior rating, the agency said. The previous generation of Toyota’s hybrid received good scores in four of the five crashworthiness tests, but rated only acceptable for small overlap protection, as the earlier model’s structure didn’t hold up well in case of an impact. In contrast, the new model has a more rigid body and also a more advance active safety package, which includes the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and lane departure alert with steering assist. Therefore, the new Prius avoided collisions in both the 12 mph and 25 mph IIHS track tests. It also has a forward collision warning component that meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
Toyota recently said it planned to jump ahead on the newly announced agreement over the automatic emergency braking feature in the United States, aiming to add it as standard on many of its models by the end of 2017. Two weeks ago, the US NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced “a historic commitment” made by 20 automakers – representing more than 99 percent of the US auto market – to make the automatic emergency braking system as a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than September 1, 2022.