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A more sophisticated stability control system is standard
The 2010 Toyota Prius comes from a long lineage of safe, dependable Toyota vehicles. While the Toyota Prius has not yet been crash tested by either of the major testing authorities, it boasts enough cutting-edge safety features to warrant a high score from TheCarConnection.com in this category.
The 2010 Toyota Prius is the first of the third-generation Toyota Prius models, and as such it features a lot of new engineering and styling when compared to the previous models. The newest 2010 Prius hasn't been crash-tested yet, but both previous-generation vehicles scored quite well in both government- and industry-sponsored tests. By comparison, last year's Toyota Prius earned the highest possible rating in IIHS tests, scoring a "good" rating in both the frontal offset and side impact tests. In NHTSA tests, the 2009 Toyota Prius earned four out of five stars in the front impact categories while also scoring a perfect five-star rating in the side driver impact test. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the 2010 Toyota Prius' crash-test scores.
Inside the new Toyota Prius you'll find a wealth of technology, spanning everything from creature comforts to the powertrain to the safety equipment. On the safety side, the 2010 Prius includes "a more sophisticated stability control system" as standard fare, according to Automobile Magazine. Cars.com adds that the 2010 Toyota Prius "comes with seven airbags, including front-seat-mounted side airbags and side curtain airbags for both rows." Reviewers at Autoblog point out that "two new features on the 2010 Prius [are] Lane Keep Assist and Intelligent Parking Assist," both of which work hard to keep you out of trouble. The new Lane Keep Assist system uses cameras to monitor lane lines on the road and alerts drivers if they begin to stray outside of their lane. Meanwhile, Autoblog says that Intelligent Parking Assist on the new Toyota Prius "makes quick work of parallel parking" by controlling the steering action of the Prius and guiding the vehicle into the driver-designated parking spot. The only complaint regarding safety features on the new 2010 Toyota Prius comes from Jalopnik, which warns that the "over eager stability control system that can't be fully defeated" can put a premature end to spirited driving.
Autoblog attests that, for the 2010 Toyota Prius, "rearward visibility is vastly improved over the outgoing model," while Automobile Magazine appreciates that "forward visibility once again is excellent."
With improved safety features and better overall visibility, the 2010 Toyota Prius is a safe bet for drivers and their families.