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9.0
/ 10
On Safety
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$21,014
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On Safety
The 2011 Toyota Prius won't leave you feeling like you've sacrificed safety for fuel-efficiency.
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'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
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Toyota has found a way to provide strong safety—by providing a full set of safety features and a strong body structure, while keeping watch on weight.

Seven airbags are standard on the Prius, including a driver knee bag. So are anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and tire pressure monitors. Safety options include radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, a rearview camera, a "Safety Connect" system that alerts emergency crews after a crash, and the stunt technology of the day—Intelligent Parking Assist, which helps you parallel-park the Prius via the car's cameras, albeit with your foot on the brake to control speed. Rearward visibility, sometimes an issue in hatchbacks, is acceptable in the Prius, though the available rearview camera is

Safety ratings have been respectable—including top 'good' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in frontal, rear, and side impact, along with a mix of four- and five-star results in now-outdated federal tests.

Conclusion

The 2011 Toyota Prius won't leave you feeling like you've sacrificed safety for fuel-efficiency.

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