New IIHS passengers side crash tests

IIHS debuts new crash test, 2018 Camry passes with top score

New IIHS passengers side crash tests

Heritage Toyota is undertaking a safety campaign to better inform our community how they can get the most out of their vehicles, especially if the worst happens. Vehicle safety is a top priority with our manufacturing partner, Toyota. This is already more than just lip service based on how every 2018 Toyota vehicle that has already arrived at the dealership hosts one of two versions of Toyota Safety Sense. Independently, Heritage Toyota has built a special web page to hold several different kinds of safety information. Today, we are taking that commitment to a new place by introducing some new vehicle crash testing procedures introduced by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

READ MORE: What is new for the 2018 Toyota Camry?

The last few years have seen several changes to how the IIHS hands out its coveted safety ratings for vehicles. To put it simply, a vehicle basically cannot get the best possible rating without, one, performing nearly flawless in a series of crash tests and, two, without offering some version of crash avoidance technology, like Toyota Safety Sense. In fact, for the 2017 model year, Toyota was responsible for producing some of the most Top Safety Pick Plus-rated vehicles of any automaker operating in the United States.


New off-center impact standards

Modern vehicles are very adept at absorbing impacts when getting head straight on. However, things start to get dicey when the impacts are more of a glancing blow – especially for the front passenger. The IIHS introduced a small overlap impact test on the driver’s side of a vehicle a few years ago. Starting this year, the non-profit insurance industry group will start evaluating a similar kind of impact on the front passenger side.

How does the 2018 Camry stack up?

At this point in the testing protocol, the IIHS has already tested the 2018 Toyota Camry. As a platform, the Camry has a long track record of being one of the safest vehicles on the road. That trend has continued for the new model year. According to results released by the IIHS, the 2018 Toyota Camry got perfect scores across the board, including with the new passenger-side small overlap test. Furthermore, it received the best possible score of “superior” for frontal crash mitigation. The 2018 Camry comes with forward collision warning and automatic braking as standard equipment.

More Toyota vehicles will be tested as the model year progresses. We’ll bring you the results as they become available.

If you would like to take a closer look at the 2018 Toyota Camry and learn more about its standard Toyota Safety Sense suite, make an appointment with a Heritage Toyota sales professional today.