Just like its main nemesis on the American market, the Honda Insight, the Prius achieved best in class ratings at the NHTSA crash tests and the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. After also being tested by the European NCAP, it scored five stars with a close to maximum rating for each chapter of the tests.
The hypochondriacs among Prius' potential customers might of course say that those controlled crash tests ratings mean almost nothing in the real world, but Toyota's brochure is close at hand to relieve them of their worries. In standard, the Prius comes with two dual-stage airbags, a driver knee airbag, two side airbags for the front passengers and two head airbags that protect both the front occupants and the rear ones.
As for the active safety features present on the car, the Prius also comes with an anti-lock braking system, a traction control system and an non-switchable (why would you turn it off in a Prius?) stability control system. Sure, a bunch of Prius models are currently recalled for some braking issues, bot none of them has proved to be life-threatening so far, so the main fact remains: the Toyota Prius is a safe car. Continue reading