Two Toyotas Earn Top Safety Pick Status from IIHS

Christian Wardlaw | Dec 03, 2020

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that the 2021 Toyota C-HR and 2021 Toyota Camry earn “Top Safety Pick” ratings for the 2020 calendar year. Furthermore, the Camry gets an extra boost with a “Top Safety Pick+” designation thanks to the availability of a set of headlights that gets top marks from the IIHS.

2021 Toyota CHR Red White Front View

Popular with younger and less experienced drivers, the Toyota C-HR (Coupe High Roof) is a small crossover with big styling. You either like the way the C-HR looks, or you don’t. It appears to have just two doors, but rear entry portals are present, their door handles hidden where the rear window glass meets the roof. Even Toyota refers to the C-HR as “your eccentric match” on its website.

If you decide to swipe right for the C-HR, know that for 2021 it includes standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5, the company’s most capable and sophisticated collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). Toyota also adds a new Nightshade Edition version of the car to the lineup, which is the company’s name for a blacked-out trim treatment.

Families like the Toyota Camry. Or at least they did, before they decided the Toyota RAV4 and Highlander were good alternatives. If you still want a traditional midsize sedan, the 2021 Toyota Camry is literally a safe pick.

Right on schedule, the Camry gets a mid-life update with revised styling, new wheel designs, interior upgrades, and a larger tablet-style infotainment system display. It also includes Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which adds improved adaptive cruise control, pedestrian and cyclist detection capability, intersection braking support, and emergency steering assistance. A rear-seat reminder system is also standard for 2021.

Toyota chops prices for the Camry Hybrid models while expanding the lineup with a new performance-tuned Hybrid XSE trim level. Otherwise, the Camry lineup is unchanged, offering 4-cylinder, V-6, and hybrid powertrains with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and in flavors ranging from mild to wild.

Toyota and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are the sources of information in this article. It was accurate on December 3, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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