Toyota is one of the safest automakers in the world: in 2017, nine Toyota models were awarded Top Safety Picks+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit group that aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from motor vehicle crashes. In 2017, the IIHS chose to award just 38 models with the designation (down from 48 in 2016) — meaning almost 1/4th (23.7%) of the vehicles this group chose were Toyota models. Still, to ensure Toyota vehicles stay safe, they need regular Toyota maintenance.
But what factors designate a vehicle as “safe” in the first place? When it comes to Toyota vehicles, several specific features earn their models top safety ratings. Whether you’re shopping for your first Toyota or you’ve been bringing your Toyota in for Toyota maintenance or Toyota service for years, it’s important to understand how these safety ratings are determined.
How Safety Ratings Are Determined
The IIHS ranks vehicles on eight unique factors that help prevent auto accidents. These factors fall into three major categories. The first is “crashworthiness,” which includes the subcategories of “small overlap front,” “moderate overlap front,” and side;” these consider the injuries drivers and passengers might sustain in a crash. The other two subcategories in “crashworthiness” are “roof strength” and “head restraints & seats.”
The next major category included is “crash avoidance & mitigation,” which includes the subcategories “front crash prevention” and “headlights.” The final major category is “child seat anchors (latch) ease of use.” All of these categories and subcategories are important considerations for drivers, especially those in specific demographics (e.g., drivers with children, elderly drivers, etc.).
Each of these subcategories is then ranked from poor (P) to good (G). The two intermediary scores are marginal (M) and acceptable (A). “Front crash protection” has its own points-based rating system.
Ratings for all of these categories, of course, depend on drivers regularly scheduling Toyota maintenance and repairs.
2017 Toyota Corolla
The reliable Toyota Corolla received good marks in almost every subcategory included in the rankings, save for acceptable marks in “headlights” and “child seat anchors (latch) ease of use.” The model even received a “superior” rating in “front crash protection.”
2017 Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry — one of the most popular cars in America — received the same high marks as the Corolla.
2017 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius received good marks in every category except for “headlights,” as well as a “superior” rating in “front crash protection.” The Prius also received a good+ rating in “child seat anchors (latch) ease of use” for its extra latch positions.
2017 Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander received all good marks save an acceptable mark for “headlights.” Like all of Toyota’s vehicles, the Highlander earned a superior mark for “front crash protection.”
These impressive safety ratings prove Toyota vehicles are some of the most reliable — as long as they receive regular Toyota maintenance. Even if you drive the safest Toyota vehicle available, if you don’t perform necessary Toyota service, you put yourself and others at risk. LexService’s Toyota Auto Maintenance and repair recommends every 5,000 miles. Their auto repair facilities are located in Torrance and Artesia if you need a a full-service check-up on your Toyota vehicle. Don’t wait for your Toyota to start having problems before you bring it in for Toyota service — opting for preventative Toyota maintenance with LexService is the safest choice a driver can make!