TORONTO, Ontario (December 19, 2018) – Four Toyota and Lexus vehicles have been named 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) award winners, with the 2019 Toyota Avalon and 2019 Lexus ES receiving the IIHS’ highest award, the TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+), when equipped with specific headlights.
According to IIHS, this marks the sixth consecutive year that the bar has been raised to earn the TSP+ award since its introduction in the 2013 model year. TSP+ recognizes vehicles that offer a superior level of safety. The TSP accolade launched in the 2006 model year to help consumers identify vehicles with the highest ratings. Over the years, IIHS has added to and strengthened the criteria for both awards to encourage manufacturers to speed up advanced safety features.
To qualify for a 2019 TSP+ award this year, a vehicle must earn ‘good’ ratings in both the driver- and passenger-side small overlap front, as well as in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must earn an ‘advanced’ or ‘superior’ rating for front crash prevention and have ‘good’ rated available headlights.
To earn a TSP award, a vehicle must earn ‘good’ ratings for five of the six crashworthiness tests and
earn an ‘acceptable’ or higher rating in the newest passenger-side small overlap front crash test. It also must earn an ‘advanced’ or ‘superior’ rating for front crash prevention and have no less than an ‘acceptable’ rated available headlights.
Toyota and Lexus 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners (also applicable to Canadian models):
- Toyota Avalon (with specific headlights, built after September 2018)
- Lexus ES (with specific headlights)
Toyota and Lexus 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick winners (also applicable to Canadian models):
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota Highlander
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over 8 million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability in the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is located in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver. Toyota operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than eight million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota Corolla, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. Recent investments at its facilities in Ontario will allow for increased production of the top-selling Toyota RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid models.