- The 2013 Toyota Camry and Prius V received a "poor" crash-test rating on Thursday from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- The IIHS says the Prius V sustained major structural deformation in the new, tougher test.
- "The Institute has raised the bar again and we will respond to the challenge," said Toyota in a statement.
The IIHS says the Prius V sustained major structural deformation in the new, tougher test. Only the 2013 Honda Accord and the 2013 Suzuki Kizashi received the top rating of "good" in the new test.
"The Camry, which is the top-selling midsize car in the United States, and the Prius V, a four-door hybrid wagon, earn poor ratings for small overlap protection and are the worst performers of the midsize group," said the IIHS in a statement.
The IIHS is using a tougher frontal crash test for 2013. It is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole. It said research showed that about a quarter of serious injuries and deaths in frontal crashes occur in these small overlap impacts.
Eleven cars, including the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Nissan Altima were rated "acceptable" in the new test. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu and Volkswagen Jetta received "marginal" ratings.
"The Institute has raised the bar again and we will respond to the challenge," said Toyota in a statement.
Toyota pointed out that the insurance group "periodically develops new, more severe or specialized tests which go beyond federal requirements."
"We are evaluating the new test protocols and can say that there will not be one single solution to achieve greater crash performance in this area."
The 2013 Toyota Camry received the top five-star overall crash-test rating from the federal government. The 2013 Toyota Prius V has not yet been rated under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash-test program.
Toyota also noted that the 2012 Camry and Prius V were named 2012 IIHS Top Safety Picks.
Edmunds says: Toyota has some work to do on the Camry and Prius V to come up to the level of some competitors — at least according to the IIHS.