3 Best Crash Test Rating Hybrid Cars for under $30,000

October 30, 2013

The three best crash test rating hybrid cars for under $30,000 are the Camry Hybrid, Highlander Hybrid and the Prius. These cars are all made by Toyota. The crash test ratings come from tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

IIHS and NHTSA crash test vehicles annually for their ability to sustain a front and side impact crash. A rating of "good" means the car is deemed to be safe and the best for its type of vehicle.

Toyota Camry Hybrid
The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a well made, safe vehicle that has a base price of $19,395. A fully loaded Camry Hybrid runs around $28,000. The Camry is one of the best hybrid vehicles made today, with an EPA estimated mileage of 33 miles on the highway and 22 miles in the city.

It comes equipped with an enhanced vehicle stability control system, driver and passenger front air bags, front and rear side impact air bags and a driver side knee airbag. Other standard safety features include three-point seatbelts, front and rear crumple zones, side impact door beams and child protector rear door locks.

The car has a crash test rating of "good" for frontal impact and "good" for side impact, according to test results of the IIHS and NHTSA. This means that the car has a high resale value and lower insurance premiums.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is base priced at $25,705. A fully loaded Highlander Hybrid runs around $28,000. This is a reliable and safe SUV model that has an EPA estimated mileage rating of 27 miles on the highway and 20 miles in the city. It features the same safety systems, such as airbags, impact crumple zones and rear lock safety systems, that are found in the Camry Hybrid.

The Toyota Highlander Hybrid was given a crash test rating of "good" for frontal impact and "good" for side impact, according to its IIHS and NHTSA test results.

Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is also one of the reasonably priced, safe vehicles made by Toyota. Its MSRP is $22,400. The Toyota Prius is one of the best smaller hybrid vehicles that also does well in crash test ratings.

It has an EPA estimated mileage rating of 48 miles on the highway and 51 miles in the city. The vehicle comes equipped with the same safety features found in all Toyota hybrid cars.

The car has crash test ratings of "good" for frontal impact and "good" for side impact, according to test results of the IIHS and NHTSA, which are similar to both the Camry and Highlander Hybrids.

Other Makes and Models

Two other hybrids also rate well for safety and have a similar price point.

Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Fusion scored a grade of "good" in crash tests, showing that a crash offers a low risk of injury to the lower body. Head or neck injuries are possible, but head accelerations were low. The survival space was well maintained. The car has many safety features, including electronic stability control. ESC detects skids before they happen and automatically applies the brakes. This helps the driver steer correctly so that their car doesn't lose control. This can reduce fatal accidents by 33 percent according to the IIHS. IT also has daytime running lights, anti lock brakes, front and rear curtain head airbags and seat mounted torso airbags.

Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic has ESC and passed all three crash tests with the rating of "good." The crashes showed that the survival space was maintained well and that injuries to the lower body were low. The car has anti lock brakes, daytime running lights, electronic stability control, and front, rear, and side airbags.

Related Questions and Answers

How Many Toyota Highlander Hybrid Engine Options are there?

For the current year, there is only one true option for a Toyota Highlander Hybrid engine. This engine is a 3.5 liter, gasoline powered engine with what is known as Variable Valve Timing. This enhances the fuel economy while decreasing emissions. There is another 3.5 liter Dual Overhead Cam engine option available, quite sporty, with excellent economy and acceleration numbers. The Highlander is also available with a smaller, four cylinder engine. This engine package is a 2.7 liter, dual overhead cam engine. All three of these engine options have been classified as Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle compliant.

What Engine Options are Available for the 2010 Toyota Prius?

For 2010, the Toyota Prius engine comes in four different trim packages. All are rated at a very impressive fifty miles per gallon, average. All four versions of the 2010 Toyota Prius (Prius II, III, IV, and V) are classified as Advanced Technology, Partial Zero Emission Vehicle qualified. The engine in these models is a small 1.8 liter, 16 valve 4 cylinder engine that produces 98 horsepower. There is also an electric motor which produces 80 horsepower. Net horsepower between the two systems is rated as 134 horsepower.