2014 Toyota Prius Earns Four-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government


  • 2014 Toyota Prius Picture

    2014 Toyota Prius Picture

    The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. | February 10, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • The Prius received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.
  • The Prius has been named a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

WASHINGTON The 2014 Toyota Prius hybrid earned a four-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Prius received four stars in the front crash test, five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover crash test.

Five stars is the highest rating.

The Prius has been named a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid has not been rated by NHTSA.

Toyota has widened the scope of the Prius by introducing the Prius V and Prius C models.

The 2014 Prius C earned a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2014 Toyota Prius V earned a five-star overall safety rating from NHTSA.

The 2014 Prius C and Prius V are rated "good" in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, but earned a "poor" score in the small overlap front crash test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

Standard safety equipment on the 2014 Prius includes seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag, along with vehicle stability control, traction control and antilock brakes. An optional pre-collision system uses a radar system to detect if a frontal crash is imminent.

If so, the system automatically applies the brakes and retracts the front seatbelts.

The Prius competes with the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers considering the Prius and its variants will have to keep in mind the mixed results in safety ratings among the different models by federal safety regulators and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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