The IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) recently did crash tests and came up with its initial list of 2017 Top Safety Pick + vehicles. Toyota managed to land the very top spot of all the testing, proving that Toyota works hard to create some of the safest vehicles around.


Toyota Took the Top Spot

Toyota managed to best all other automakers by nearly doubling Honda in second place by getting 9 of its vehicles on IIHS Top Safety Pick + designations (counting Lexus models as well). Honda had five cars that received the designation.

Good Lights Matter

Only 38 models received the IIHS top designation this year, and much of that has to do with the low quality of headlights that are used on vehicles today. The IIHS decided to take a close look at headlights and whether they provide a bright enough viewing area at night or not. A group of engineers examined each of the vehicles to verify that they were capable of lighting up the road at night and paving the way for safe driving. With so many accidents happening after dark, it’s good that the IIHS is finally looking into this issue with its rating system.

Automatic Braking is Another Consideration

Toyota recently implemented its active safety systems on nearly all of its new models, meaning that if you opt for a new Toyota you’ll enjoy some of the best safety features available, no matter what model you decide on. This is another factor that helped the automaker take the very top spot for the most models on the safety list. That’s because automatic braking and its effectiveness to mitigate accident damage is another important consideration that’s used when picking out a vehicle to be a Top Safety Pick + model.

What Toyota Models Made it?

  • Camry
  • Corolla
  • Prius
  • Prius V
  • RAV4
  • Lexus ES 350
  • Lexus NX
  • Lexus RC
  • Lexus RX

Each of these vehicles managed to pass the strict crash tests, make it through the headlight test and achieve a good score for automatic braking. All together you get a pretty good lineup of vehicles, meaning that if you are a Toyota or Lexus fan, you have plenty of safe models to pick and choose from when making a purchase.