New Prius Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+
So far the 2016 Toyota Prius has brought us nothing but joy here at Palmer’s Toyota, thanks mostly to its elite fuel efficiency, sportier design and now top-rate safety ratings, courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. After recently having undergone the IIHS’s gamut of crash tests, the completely-redesigned Prius has walked away with the organization’s highest honor: the distinction of being named a Top Safety Pick+.
While this certainly is not the first vehicle available at Toyota dealerships to be named as such, we are happy to see that one as important as the Prius remains at the head of the pack in terms of what it offers for safety.
To be named a Top Safety Pick+, a model must score top marks across the board and offer some sort of frontal collision prevention system, at least an option. The Prius checks off every box along both of those lines, finally earning the top rating of “Good” in the small overlap test, which has been the toughest crash test for automobiles to pass since its introduction just a few years ago. Designed to simulate a single-car crash accident with a tree or utility pole, this test has stymied many an automaker over the years, but the new Prius isn’t one of them. Thanks to front and side airbag curtains and tighter crumple zones, it keeps passengers completely safe even in that type of accident.
We hope that our Theodore drivers never have to experience such an accident, but if they do it should feel great to know that the new Prius is a model that will do everything in its power to protect the people who ride inside of it. That’s why it was named a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.