Toyota Tacoma Tackles Testing and Takes Top Title

Posted Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 by North Hollywood Toyota

If you’re in the market for a new truck, odds are good that you’re looking for something tough, capable, and ready to take any challenges you throw at it head-on. Since you’re going to be out in the world, getting your hands dirty and taking your truck to the limits, you need a truck that won’t let you down, and one that you can rest easy about, knowing that you’ll be protected should the worst happen.


So, with all of that in mind, it should please you to know that the 2017 Toyota Tacoma took the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating, the coveted “Good.” Both the two-door and the four-door cab versions earned this rating, meaning that no matter what kind and configuration of truck you need, you’ll be protected.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s testing is more rigorous than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are five tests the IIHS performs—a moderate frontal overlap test, a small frontal overlap test, a side impact test, a roof strength test, and a test of the head restraints and seats. These tests are designed to replicate the conditions of real crashes much more accurately and realistically—more than a simple front impact test shows.

Frontal Overlap Tests

The frontal overlap tests are essentially the same, in that they are designed to test the front impact of only a portion of the vehicle. This serves the twin purposes of both showing the structural integrity more usefully and, also, more closely models the mechanics and specifics of statistically likely real-life front impact crashes. This allows the IIHS to make a better judgment of how the driver and passenger in a tested vehicle would fare in the event of a crash.

The two tests are performed the same way, except that the percentage of the front of the car exposed in the crash is different for each.

The Side Crash Test

The side crash is another test the IIHS performs differently, to higher standards than the NHTSA. While the NHTSA simulates a crash with a passenger car, the IIHS instead uses a higher crash rig to simulate a crash with a pickup or SUV, which make up a large number of new cars sold today. This puts the structural integrity of the vehicle being tested to a higher demand, which means it’s a better indicator of the security of the occupants in any conditions.

Roof Strength Test


The roof strength test checks the ability of the car to survive a rollover without damaging passengers. Vehicle rollovers account for a significant portion of all traffic fatalities, so this is an important test. Finally, the head restraint test determines the efficacy of the head restraints in the event of a rear-end collision, protecting you from whiplash.

For more information about the 2017 Toyota Tacoma, including pricing, options, and availability, don’t hesitate to contact North Hollywood Toyota. We’re a trusted Los Angeles Toyota dealership, and our sales associates and staff are eager to help you with any needs and questions you might have.