2019 Toyota Avalon Named Top Safety Pick Plus by IIHS

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, Automotive Editor - July 31, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Avalon has become the only car in its class to be named a Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) thanks to two things: its headlights.

For the 2019 model year, the Avalon underwent a massive redesign that saw the large sedan switch to the automaker's TNGA architecture, get a new look, and benefit from a new engine. Toyota must have paid close attention to its competition, as the automaker made sure that the sedan's new styling wasn't the only thing that helped it stand out.

The new Avalon met all of the necessary crash test requirements, which meant getting a rating of "Good" (highest possible) in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint and seats tests. In the passenger-side small overlap test, a vehicle needs to get a rating of at least "Acceptable," which the Avalon received. The sedan also had a front crash prevention system that was found to be "Superior" – a rating of "Advanced" is all a vehicle needs to get the IIHS' highest rating.

Automakers, especially with their large vehicles, have been having a hard time with fitting their cars with headlights that earn a rating of at least Good. The Avalon doesn't have that problem, as its LED headlights that are found on the Limited and Touring trims earned a Good rating. The LED reflector headlights on the XSE and XLE trims earned a rating of Poor.

No other large car that the IIHS tested earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2018 Kia Cadenza came close, being named a Top Safety Pick vehicle. The Kia, though, fell short of the Plus designation because of its headlights that were found to only be Acceptable. Other cars like the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger missed out on the Top Safety Pick award.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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