On December 8, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS) announced that four of its Lexus models were awarded the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the highest rating awarded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the U.S.
The four models selected for this honor are the NX and RX for the midsize luxury SUV category, the RC for the large luxury car category, and the ES for the midsize luxury car category. All four vehicles are equipped with crash prevention safety features such as automatic brakes.
To be awarded IIHSâ€™ Top Safety Pick, each vehicle must receive a â€œgoodâ€ ratingâ€•the highest ratingâ€•in all categories of crashworthiness testing, which consists of small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seats. Moreover, the Top Safety Pick is also awarded to vehicles that receive a â€œbasicâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation.
To qualify for the even higher Top Safety Pick+ award, each vehicle must earn a good rating for the aforementioned categories in addition to receiving an â€œadvancedâ€â€•the second best ratingâ€•or a â€œsuperiorâ€ rating for crash avoidance and mitigation. Moreover, from 2016, the IIHS has begun evaluating headlights and either a â€œgoodâ€ or â€œacceptableâ€ rating is required for the Top Safety Pick+.
Upon receiving IIHSâ€™ highest honor, TMS said, â€œNine of our models have been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ including five from the Toyota brand. This is the most out of any automaker in the U.S.â€
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)