The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded a Top Safety Pick+ award to the 2017 Toyota Highlander.
But unlike most Top Safety Pick+ award winners that only meet the front crash prevention and headlight criteria with optional features, the Toyota Highlander achieves highest marks with standard equipment. According to the IIHS, the 2017 Toyota Highlander’s new standard front crash prevention system is an improvement over the optional system on the 2016 model, which earned an advanced rating. During track tests of the 2017 model, the SUV avoided a collision in the 12-mph test. In the 25-mph test, it avoided a collision in four out of five runs and slowed 21 mph the fifth time.
The system also includes a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
The Toyota Highlander has acceptable-rated headlights, a new criteria for a vehicle to earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award. They must also earn good ratings in the five IIHS crash tests that include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
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