Top Marks for Toyota Avalon’s Crash Safety

Posted Monday, Aug 07, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

If you’re shopping for a large passenger car, odds are pretty good that’s the car you’re looking for because you have a large family to cart around on the regular. If you have a family you care for, then there’s no question that you love and value them, and, naturally, safety and security are high priorities for you.


So, of course, you’ll want a car that has held up to the rigorous safety standards and crash tests of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and, more than that, which has passed with the highest marks.

Well, you’ll undoubtedly be pleased to know that the 2017 Toyota Avalon is that large car that earns the highest rating possible in all impact categories, making it an IHSS Top Safety Pick+! Toyota dealers in Los Angeles are excited about this news and are expecting difficulty keeping the 2017 Toyota Avalon stocked up on the lot.

To qualify as a Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn a rating of “Good” in all five crashworthiness tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The 2017 Toyota Avalon not only scored Good on the overall rating in each of the five categories, it scored Good on every metric of the test, giving it the highest possible marks in all the crash ratings! The five ratings are:

  • Moderate overlap frontal test: This test differs from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in that it only exposes the front 40% of the vehicle to an impact, at approximately 40 miles per hour, which mirrors real world conditions better than a full-width test.
  • Small overlap frontal test: Added in 2012, this test is similar to the moderate overlap frontal test, except the overlap only covers 25% of the front. This is a more demanding test, and a full score can only be attained with the deployment of both the front and side airbags, due to the severe side movement this type of crash causes.
  • Side crash test: This test simulates an impact to the side from the front end of another vehicle. As seat belts do not come into play with these kinds of crashes, it’s a demanding test of the vehicle’s structural integrity and the side curtain airbags.
  • Head restraint evaluation: This test puts the driver’s seat on a sled to simulate an impact from behind and determine the effectiveness of the head restraints in preventing whiplash.
  • Roof strength test: This test determines the integrity of the roof in the event of a rollover accident


The ratings system also takes into account the capabilities of the electronic collision prevention system and the strength of the headlights, which the Toyota Avalon scored as “superior” and “acceptable,” respectively.

For more information about the 2017 Toyota Avalon, including price, options, and availability, please contact us at North Hollywood Toyota. We’ve been a trusted Los Angeles Toyota dealer since 1967, and we are proud to bring the “NoHo Advantage” to all of our sales.