The Ultimate Guide to the Safest Toyotas on the Road
We already know that Toyotas are among the safest vehicles on the road. In fact, Toyota ranks high in 2019 safety picks for small, midsize and large vehicles.
This is no accident. Toyota has taken road safety to the next level by creating Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) technology that is standard on its newer models. It helps drivers detect crash situations and even automatically controls the high beams.
But which Toyotas are the safest in the carmaker’s lineup?
If you’re looking to buy a car for job commuting, family vacations or for your teenager to drive to school in, then here are the safest Toyotas to consider.
This is one of Toyota’s flagship vehicles, first hitting the U.S. market in 1968. Since then, there have been continuous improvements to boost safety and driveability of this popular model. The Corolla was among the top 10 selling cars in the U.S. in 2018.
The 2019 and 2020 models are chock-full of safety features. For example, they feature lane assist to help you from drifting into other lanes. It also has a number of airbags such as driver, passenger, side head, and rear head.
Other features that increase the safety of this vehicle are brake assist, which detects when you’re making an emergency stop and directs more power to the brakes. The computer can tell when you’re stepping harder on the brake, or you’re pressing the pedal in a hurry.
A back-up camera will help you avoid obstructions (or small humans) when reversing. And child safety locks will prevent small humans from exiting the vehicle when you don’t want them to.
Also among the top selling cars in the U.S., the Camry is a great choice when safety is high on your list.
This stylish vehicle has a lot of power and is still good on mileage. But let’s get back to the safety features: Camry features side impact beams, a blind spot sensor to see vehicles you can’t, and dual stage airbags for the passenger and driver.
Camry takes the airbag game to the next level with curtain airbags, which activate in the case of a side collision. These airbags form a cushion that protects occupants if the car rolls.
Just how safe is a Rav4? The compact crossover SUV is outfitted with the newest TSS technology to keep you safer on the road. This is probably one of the reasons it was among the top 10 selling cars for 2019 as of February.
That means the vehicle is not only roomy and great on gas, it also helps protect the driver and passengers in all kinds of situations. It has safety features including side impact beams, dual stage seat-mounted airbags, curtain airbags, and even a driver knee airbag.
With the Entune Safety Connect Emergency SOS feature, you can alert a response center with the push of a button in the event of a collision.
Toyota Prius and Prius Prime
The Toyota Prius first hit the market in 1997 and made waves as a fully hybrid electric vehicle. In fact, it was the first ever mass-produced hybrid vehicle, mixing a gas engine with an electric motor.
Because of this, the Prius actually gets better mileage in the city than on the highway. But don’t worry, if you’re taking long trips in the country you can still expect close to 50 MPG from this vehicle.
Now onto the safety features: Prius boasts side impact beams, a blind spot monitor, and even automated parking sensors that help you park safely in tighter spots.
It has a number of airbags including driver and passenger as well as curtain airbags, and like many other Toyota models, has a rear center 3-point seatbelt.
Low pressure in your tires can also be a hazard, but this car will tell you when pressure is below safe levels.
The Prime version of this vehicle features powerful LED lights for better visibility, as well as carbon fiber reinforced polymer hatch construction to make it lighter but stronger.
The version of this model built after September 2018 has cracked the list of safest large cars on the road.
This spacious and powerful car (think 3.5 liters, 6 cylinder engine) can turn heads and get you to your destination in style, but it still doesn’t skimp on safety. It has the emergency SOS feature. It also has a Rear Cross-Traffic Alert to help alert you to oncoming vehicles when you’re reversing out of a driveway or parking spot at the mall.
If that’s not good enough, you’ll also get the back-up camera to avoid grandma pushing her shopping cart through the lot.
Not only does the Avalon warn you about insufficient tire pressure, but it also tells you exactly which tire needs air. You’ll get all the airbags we’ve already mentioned, as well as child safety locks, outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts, and more.
The Avalon also comes in a limited hybrid model as well to boost mileage.
Choosing the Safest Toyotas
Gone are the days when the safest cars on the road were also the boxiest and least fun to drive. Toyota has managed to blend sleek design, advanced tech features, and powerful engines into its newest models.
However, choosing a new vehicle is not a decision to be taken lightly, which is why you should consider all the options with safety at the top of the list.
Some versions of the same model may have different safety features. For example, the Camry XLE Hybrid has the option of adaptive headlights that follow your steering. Ask an experienced vehicle salesperson about the safest Toyotas, and they’ll be happy to outline the benefits of each model. They can also help you pick something that matches your space needs and budget.
If you’re looking to buy used, be sure to choose a certified used Toyota vehicle that passes rigorous inspections while saving you some money and providing you with a warranty for peace of mind.
If you’re in need of a new vehicle that ranks high on safety while still being stylish and affordable, then contact us today to get started.