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TOYOTA Prius 2012

Toyota Prius

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Driver Protection rating based on analysis of real world crashes.



Used Car Safety Report

The Toyota Prius has been awarded a 5 star Driver Protection rating in the latest Used Car Safety Rating (UCSR) report. UCSR are reported annually by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC). Ratings are estimated from data on real crashes reported to police in Australia and New Zealand and provide a very high level of confidence. The UCSR report classifies cars according to where their rating lies in relation to a best performance benchmark. The Driver Protection rating measures the relative safety of cars in preventing serious injury to their own drivers in crashes.

Driver Protection Rating
Rating Result
5 Star Driver Protection Excellent
4 Star Driver Protection Good
3 Star Driver Protection Marginal
2 Star Driver Protection Poor
1 Star Driver Protection Very Poor

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If you would like to view the new car safety rating produced by ANCAP please see the archived report below:



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Crash TestScoreMaximum Score
Overall Score35.24out of 37
Frontal Offset test15.24out of 16
Side impact test16out of 16
Pole test (Optional)2out of 2
Bonus points2out of 3
Data suplied by euroNCAP

The tested model of Toyota Prius was introduced in Australia and New Zealand during 2009.

The Prius scored 15.24 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious leg injury for the driver and passenger and a slight risk of serious chest injury for the passenger.

The vehicle scored 16 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the optional pole test.


Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual front airbags, side airbags, head-protecting side curtains and a driver knee airbag are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), emergency brake assist and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Radar Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Safety System are available for the i-Tech variant. Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats.

Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point (lap) seat belt.

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Frontal Offset Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 15.24 pts (out of 16)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.85 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Lower Legs 3.39 pts

The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The accelerator pedal moved rearwards by 50mm and upwards 15mm. The steering wheel hub moved 39mm forward, 37mm upward and 7mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 18mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the driver’s door could be opened with high manual effort.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. The knee airbag protected the driver's knee from injury. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

What is frontal offset test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 16 pts (out of 16)
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

What is side impact test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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3-Star Pedestrian Rating

Pedestrian Summary

Child head impacts 8.434
Adult head impacts 6.434
Upper leg impacts 4.318
Lower leg impacts 5.248
Total (out of 36) 24.43

The 2009 Toyota Prius received three stars in the pedestrian protection test.


Pedestrian Rating Explained

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Pedestrian Rating - please view table for scores

Green Vehicle Guide

Combined Fuel Consumption CO2 Greenhouse Rating Air Pollution Rating Overall Rating
3.9 L/100km 89 g/km 9 /10 8.5 /10 5-Star Overall Rating

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