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2016 Toyota Prius Gets 5 Stars in Euro NCAP Testing

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The 2016 Prius was the first to undergo the new autonomous emergency braking technology test

The 2016 Toyota Prius earned five stars from Euro NCAP

The 2016 Toyota Prius earned five stars from Euro NCAP

Today, Euro NCAP, a vehicle safety watchdog much like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), awarded the 2016 Toyota Prius its highest safety rating of five stars. This follows a Top Safety Pick+ designation for the 2016 Prius from the IIHS, which was announced earlier this month.

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The 2016 Toyota Prius earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS

The 2016 Toyota Prius also earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS

Specifically, the 2016 Toyota Prius scored a 92% for adult occupant protection, an 82% for child occupant protection, a 77% for pedestrian protection, and an 85% for safety assist. The Euro NCAP particularly praised the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which is standard on all models. The suite of safety features includes active safety technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Speed Following function, Automatic High Beam, Lane Departure Alert, Road Sign Assist, and more.

The 2016 Toyota Prius was the very first car to undergo the newest test in the NCAP’s lineup, which tests out a vehicle’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tech for pedestrians. Part of the Toyota Safety Sense package is aimed at pedestrian safety, which made passing this portion of the test a breeze for the fourth-gen Prius.

“The inclusion of AEB Pedestrian in the rating is a key milestone in the development of automotive safety that will help the proliferation of the crash avoidance technology into all segments of the market,” remarked Dr. Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP. “At the same time, to provide accurate and clear information to consumers about the latest systems and what benefit they might bring, is becoming more challenging. The dual rating will simplify the choice for the safest car.”

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