Toyota Crown Awarded Top Safety Pick+ Rating By IIHS

This high-riding Toyota sedan has been recognised as being among the safest cars in the US. 

The Toyota Crown has recently been awarded the Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation from the United State’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This high-riding large saloon joins 5 other models from the Japanese automaker to earn this top safety honour this year, with the other models being the Prius and Camry saloon, Highlander SUV, Sienna minivan as well as Tundra pickup. 

Now according to the IIHS, the Crown demonstrated its safety prowess in various crash tests. Receiving top-notch good ratings across all categories, this Toyota particularly excelled in the challenging small overlap front crash evaluation.

Furthermore, the Crown was also commended for its good front crash prevention system. Receiving the top-ranked Superior rating in both day and night conditions, the IIHS has commented for the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that is standard on all variants of this large sedan to have played a significant role in earning it this accolade. 

In terms of lighting however, there is to be a difference between the headlights fitted in the lower and higher variants of the Crown. The entry-level XLE trim’s standard LED headlights only received an Acceptable rating, while the Quad-LED setup on the Limited and Premium grades were awarded a the higher-ranked Good rating.

The IIHS stipulates that in order to qualify for a TSP+ rating in 2023, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, original moderate overlap front and updated side tests. At least an acceptable rating for its headlights must also be standard across all trims, while its front-crash prevention system that earns an advanced rating or above in both the daytime and nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations must be available as well.

It is worth highlighting too that the TSP+ rating award to the Crown is only limited thus far to its sedan body style, as this is the only shape of this Toyota that has been officially launched in the United States. The Crown however could be had in other markets as a more traditional crossover body style (dubbed the Crown Sport), a more traditional sedan body style (dubbed the Crown Sedan) and an estate version (which is predictably dubbed the Crown Estate). 

In any care, Toyota has yet to officially confirm for the Crown’s arrival (in any body style) over in Malaysia. Given that current grey market examples are going for nearly RM 400k though, it might be all but confirmed for this particular high-end Japanese car likely remain as a product of the parallel importers for the foreseeable future. 

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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