IIHS honors Toyota with nine models at top safety choices
As a brand and as a company, Toyota has once again shown the rest of the automotive industry that it is the preeminent leader in vehicle safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released its list of the safest vehicles available for the 2016 model-year, splitting them into two groups Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick +. In order for a model to gain one of these distinctions, it must pass a series of rigorous tests. Every test is important and having even an average score in just one area can mean the difference between being honored as one of the safest cars on the road and being left off the list entirely.
Overall, Toyota led the industry with nine models being named a Top Safety Pick +, this number includes examples from Scion and Lexus. As a stand alone brand, Toyota still hand one of the stronger showing in the industry with four models awarded with the non-profit agency’s top honor. The 2016 Toyota Avalon was the only winner in the IIHS’s Large Family Car category. Toyota also saw winners in the 2016 Camry and Prius V in the Midsize Moderately Priced Car section. The all-new 2016 Toyota RAV4 joined a group of distinguished winners in the Small SUV class.
Also being awarded Top Safety Pick + honors for Toyota as a company are the all-new 2016 Scion IA, Lexus CT 200h, Lexus ES, Lexus RC and Lexus NX.
The main difference between a vehicle being named a Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + relies on some fairly new criteria. In addition to any of the tested vehicles having nearly perfect crash scores, the updated IIHS methodology includes evaluating available systems to help drivers avoid accidents in the first place. As of right now, the IIHS pays a lot of attention to vehicles offering forward crash protection/alert system. All of the Toyota models, and its sister brands, either offer the technology as standard equipment or as an affordable optional accessory package.
If you would like to take a closer look at the 2016 Toyota vehicles with the top safety scores from the IIHS, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today.