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2013 Toyota Prius

Small car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
2012 Toyota Prius shown
2012 Toyota Prius shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (beginning with 2012 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
A
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
2009
G
G
M
2008
G
G
M
2007
G
G
M
2006
G
G
P
M
2005
G
G
P
M
2004
G
G
P
M

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Toyota Prius was redesigned for the 2010 model year. As in earlier models, the Prius is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. A Prius Plug-in model was introduced in the 2012 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet. The Plug-in is designed to operate primarily in electric mode for 11 miles from a full charge, achieving the equivalent of 95 mpg. Beyond this range, it operates in the same manner as the standard Prius and achieves an EPA rating of 51 mpg city and 49 mpg highway.

Two tests of the Prius were conducted, the first by Toyota of a 2010 Prius as part of frontal crash test verification and the second by the Institute of a 2012 Prius Plug-in. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both Prius variants. Vehicle specifications are provided for the 2010 Prius from the Toyota test and photos are provided from the Institute's test of the 2012 Prius Plug-in.

Injury measures

In both tests, measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. Measures of dummy head acceleration in the two tests, taken together, indicate that head injuries would be possible when the head hit the steering wheel through the airbag. Head accelerations from the B-pillar hit in the first test and the roof rail hit in the second test were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar in the 2010 model and the roof rail in the 2012 model.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Toyota Prius 4-door
Weight 3,064 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length176 in.
Width69 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder (gasoline) and electric motor
EPA ratings51 mpg city / 48 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0901CEF1205
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)26
Left (cm)89
Center (cm)1217
Right (cm)49
Brake pedal (cm)36
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)34
Right (cm)33
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2-3
Rearward (cm)-30
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)22

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0901CEF1205
Head
HIC-15443250
Peak gs at hard contact84 65
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm)16 38
Maximum Nij 0.29 0.35
Chest maximum compression (mm)29 27
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.5 1.0
Femur force - right (kN)1.3 1.1
Knee displacement - left (mm)1 1
Knee displacement - right (mm)1 0
Maximum tibia index - left0.47 0.38
Maximum tibia index - right0.54 0.41
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.81.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.73.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left6259
Right5368

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Toyota Prius was redesigned for the 2010 model year. As in earlier models, the Prius is a hybrid with both a gasoline engine and electric motor. A Prius Plug-in model was introduced in the 2012 model year. This variant also uses a gasoline engine and electric motor, but the motor's lithium-ion battery can be charged by connecting it with an electrical cord to a standard household outlet. The Plug-in is designed to operate primarily in electric mode for 11 miles from a full charge, achieving the equivalent of 95 mpg. Beyond this range, it operates in the same manner as the standard Prius and achieves an EPA rating of 51 mpg city and 49 mpg highway.

Two tests of the Prius were conducted, the first by Toyota of a 2010 Prius as part of side crash test verification and the second by the Institute of a 2012 Prius Plug-in. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both Prius variants. Vehicle specifications are provided for the 2010 Prius from the Toyota test and photos are provided from the Institute's test of the 2012 Prius Plug-in.

Injury measures

Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — In both tests, the dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Toyota Prius 4-door
Weight 3,064 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length176 in.
Width69 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder (gasoline) and electric motor
EPA ratings51 mpg city / 48 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS0901CES1206
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-11.0-11.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS0901CES1206
Head HIC-15562391
Neck
Tension (kN)1.00.7
Compression (kN)0.10.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)5256
Lateral force (kN)1.92.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3636
Average deflection (mm)2723
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.503.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.780.51
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.01.5
Acetabulum force (kN)1.91.8
Combined force (kN)2.63.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.91.1
L-M moment (Nm)191180
A-P moment (Nm) -11895

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS0901CES1206
Head HIC-15190134
Neck
Tension (kN)0.30.4
Compression (kN)1.00.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)4544
Lateral force (kN)1.41.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)3537
Average deflection (mm)2324
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.504.44
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.690.82
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.70.8
Acetabulum force (kN)2.21.9
Combined force (kN)2.82.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.01.5
L-M moment (Nm)230231
A-P moment (Nm) 65-38

Applies to 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,056 lbs
Peak force12,846 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.20
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Prius (tested) and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
2011 Toyota Prius Two 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2010-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)37
Distance below top of head (mm)34
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.6
Head contact time (ms)62
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)1
Max neck tension (N)499

Applies to 2013-15 models built after May 2013

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Package name

  • Optional Advanced Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Advanced
with optional
equipment
2 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 5 mph.
1 point

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 4 mph.
0 points

Tested vehicle

2014 Toyota Prius Five 4-door

How this rating is determined

Applies to 2013 models built before June 2013

System details

  • Optional Pre-Collision System

Package name

  • Optional Advanced Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
FCW Doesn't Meet Criteria
autobrake
not tested
0 points total

Forward collision warning

This system does not meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Autobrake not tested.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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