The most fuel efficient car in the world is also proven safer than ever before. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 1, 2016 2016 Toyota Prius during its admirable performance on the IIHS Small Overlap Crash test - $25,035 to start while offering owners a best in the world 58/53 mpgUS city highway rating for the Two-Eco trim and 54/50 mpgUS city/highway rating for the rest of the Prius trims. The all-new 4th gen 2016 Toyota Prius achieved excellent safety performance on the U.S. IIHS, NHTSA and now Euro NCAP crash tests with a top rated Top Safety Pick+ and five-star classifications respectively. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense, standard on all models in Europe, provides additional safeguards to help the driver avoid an accident, or minimize the consequences of a collision. Toyota’s constant improvement of its safety technologies has helped Prius comply with the U.S.’ IIHS and NHTSA and Euro NCAP’s more stringent and wider-ranging crash testing criteria, which cover not only how vehicle occupants and pedestrians are protected in real-life accident scenarios, but also the quality and range of safety equipment provided. 2016 European Toyota Prius IIHS The IIHS tests evaluates both crashworthiness and crash avoidance and mitigation — technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity. To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests. In the area of crash avoidance and mitigation, IIHS assigns vehicles with available front crash prevention systems ratings of basic, advanced or superior, based on the type of system and performance in track tests. To earn an IIHS 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the five crashworthiness tests and an advanced or superior rating for frontal crash prevention. On the IIHS Crash test regimen, the Prius achieved a perfect across the board Good Ratings, the top score, for small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and a score for head restraints and seats. It also achieved a Superior rating, also the agency’s top rating, for crash avoidance and mitigation for Front crash prevention. 2016 Toyota Prius IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Crash Test Rating NHTSA The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) created the 5-Star Safety Ratings Program to provide consumers information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. The government agency includes a 35 mph frontal, 38.5 mph side crash, and 20 mph side pole crash test while using different sized crash-test dummies to create a single Overall Vehicle Score along with highlighting new crash avoidance technologies. NHTSA ratings indicate that the 2016 Toyota Prius should provide a much lower than average injury risk. 2016 Toyota Prius NHTSA 5-Star Crash Test Rating Euro N-CAP The all-new 2016 Toyota Prius achieved an excellent 92 percent score for overall adult occupant protection; 82 percent for child occupants; 77 percent for pedestrian protection performance; and 85 percent for safety assist performance. The Euro NCAP commended the new Prius’ maximum point scores achieved in the side barrier impact test, with “good protection of all critical body areas” and a maximum score for the performance of its autonomous emergency braking system. This safety function is included in the car’s Pre-Collision System, and is able to detect and react to pedestrians as well as vehicles in the car’s path. The European Prius’ Pre-Collision System is part of the Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety features. Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Speed Following function, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist are standard on all new European 4th gen Prius trims. Additional radar-controlled systems including a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also available. 2016 Toyota Prius Euro NCAP 2016 Toyota Prius TNGA The new Prius’ crash test performance is directly related to Toyota’s New Global Architecture-based platform (TNGA) and body, which make good use of strategic reinforcements and use of high-strength steels to absorb and channel impact forces away from the cabin. TNGA is an innovative and integrated approach to developing new platforms and powertrains for Toyota. In the case of the 2016 Prius, the platform introduces a new high-strength body structure, new double-wishbone independent rear suspension and low center of gravity to yield a considerably more engaging driving experience than the previous model. The more rigid structure greatly enhances the high level of handling responsiveness, steering feel and ride quality. At the same time, the high strength upper body is designed to distribute frontal collision impact energy around the driver/occupant safety cell. The hood and cowl structure have also been designed for pedestrian protection in certain low speed collisions. 2016 Toyota Prius Safety Sense The high-strength Prius cabin includes multi-stage driver and front passenger SRS dual-stage front airbags; driver and front passenger SRS side airbags; full-length SRS curtain airbags; a driver SRS knee airbag, and a front passenger SRS seat cushion airbag. The 2016 Prius is one of the first Toyota models to offer Toyota Safety Sense P, P standing for Pedestrian Detection, a suite of driver assist technologies that can detect obstacles and automatically apply braking if necessary to help avoid collisions. The system employs millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera sensor to detect pedestrians, vehicles, and lane markers in the surrounding area. Toyota Safety Sense includes the following functions to support collision avoidance or driving operations: Pre-collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection (PD) Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist (SA) Automatic High-beam (AHB Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC); works in stop and go traffic down to a full stop All in, the Prius is a hyper reliable and efficient monster that was also designed to give its occupants every chance to walk away from the worst types of crashes. A good car to own and drive in every respect.