Toyota Prius2010-13 models
|2013 Toyota Prius|
SIDE IMPACT TEST
|Injury measures||Head protection||Structure/safety cage|
Important: Side impact crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle type and weight categories.
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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.
Driver — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Rear passenger — In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
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.
Rear 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.
Left to right:
- View of the vehicle and barrier just after the Institute's crash test.
- View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.
- Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag in the Institute's test.
- Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.
- Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
- Electronic stability control
- Antilock brakes
- Daytime running lights (beginning with 2012 models)
Tested vehicle specifications:
- 2010 Toyota Prius 4-door
- Class: Small car
- Weight: 3,064 lbs.
- Side airbags: standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
- Wheelbase: 106 in.
- Length: 176 in.
- Width: 69 in.
- Engine: 1.8 L 4-cylinder (gasoline) and electric motor
- EPA ratings: 51 mpg city | 48 mpg highway