Stunning 2018 Toyota Camry Scores Top Safety Pick+ Rating From IIHS

We car buyers have many different reasons for making purchase decisions. It may be the car’s powertrain that sways us or the design of the sheet metal. Of all the millions of variables, there’s a personal, practical formula we attempt to define as we research and test drive; a balance between wants and needs wrapped up in the significance of a $30,000 purchase.



Yet there are a few features on everyone’s list – and one such must-have is safety. Good ratings are a universal must-have, and when organizations such as the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) come out with improved scores on a redesigned vehicle, automakers hope that it will improve sales and bolster the brand’s reputation with consumers.

So it is with the new Toyota Camry. As a part of its recent 2018 model changes, improvements have earned the top-selling sedan an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. The award comes due to changes made to the front crash prevention system (which is also now standard), and to all available headlights. This, in addition to already strong scores in other categories, put the Camry over the top.


Thanks to Toyota’s standard automatic emergency braking technology, the 2018 Camry earned a “superior” front crash prevention rating.

To earn the Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. A vehicle must also score an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

As such, the Camry’s standard front crash prevention system is now rated superior, thanks to the addition of an automatic braking system that brought the car to a complete stop during testing. In addition, the Camry avoided a collision during tests at 20 mph and 40 mph.

The Camry’s standard LED headlights earned an acceptable headlight rating, as did headlights available on the XLE and XSE models. The adaptive headlights on the Toyota Camry Hybrid earned a good score. The institute’s headlight evaluation scores on a poor, marginal, acceptable, and good scale. According to the IIHS, engineers measure the reach of a vehicle’s headlights as the vehicle travels straight and on curves during straightaways, gradual left/right curves, and sharp left/right curves.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to test the redesigned Camry, though the previous generation sedan earned a five-star overall rating in the government regulator’s evaluations.


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