2015 Toyota Prius C Rated IIHS Top Safety Pick after Structural Fix

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After a fix to the front end structure and curtain airbags, the 2015 Toyota Prius C improves its performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small-overlap crash test, meaning that the hybrid hatch is now rated as a Top Safety Pick. The rating applies to all 2015 Prius C models manufactured after May 2015. The Prius C previously received a “Poor” rating on the small-overlap test, but Toyota made structural fortifications to the front end and passenger compartment of the vehicle, and also lengthened the side curtain airbags. This helped the Prius C up its rating to “Acceptable,” as the updated model was able to better maintain the driver’s space in the small-overlap test, and reduce intrusion into the passenger compartment.

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For now, “Acceptable” is the minimum small-overlap rating that qualifies vehicles for the Top Safety Pick award. The 2015 Toyota Prius C was rated “Good” in the IIHS’ other tests, including moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength crash tests. Unless Toyota makes further improvements to the Prius C next year, though, it won’t qualify for the 2016 Top Safety Pick criteria, as the IIHS will raise the required small-overlap result to “Good.” This structural fix follows Toyota’s earlier improvements to the Camry, RAV4, and Prius V models to help performance in the same small-overlap test. Toyota now has 8 models that qualify for the Top Safety Pick rating, including the Camry, RAV4, Prius V, Prius C, Highlander, Sienna, and Avalon models.

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