The best part is that the upgraded front crash prevention system now comes standard while its improved top trim headlights pass the IIHS strict tests with flying colors.
Front Crash Prevention
The Camry’s reworked front crash prevention system, or automatic emergency braking, earned a ‘Superior’ rating which is higher than the last generation Camry.
In IIHS track tests, the system kept the Camry from crashing in both the 12-mph and 25-mph scenarios. The IIHS says the system also earns a point for a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria. As for the IIHS, it embraces autonomous braking technology and requires all Top Safety Pick+ vehicles to not only offer a front crash prevention system, but also one that scores either an ‘Advanced’ or ‘Superior’ rating.
Upgraded headlights are another area where the new 2018 Camry excels over its predecessor. Toyota’s ‘Good’ scoring curve-adaptive headlights are available as optional equipment on the Camry Hybrid XLE trim. But no worries if you opt out of getting those headlights. Even the standard High-Beam headlights earn an ‘Acceptable’ score.
Child Safety System
Aside from those two highlights, the kid safety seat system, Toyota’s LATCH, rates ‘Good+.’ The LATCH system gets the highest score in terms of ease of use and effectively and safely holding children. The ‘Good’ rating isn’t a requirement of the awards criteria, so think of it as the cherry on top.
Of course being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the Camry also scores ‘Good’ in the five crashworthiness tests. Those are small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
The 2018 Camry is already on sale. So if you were waiting to see how it did safety-wise, you’re now free to go get one knowing it can’t do much better in terms of safety ratings.
Check out our recent 2018 Toyota Camry test drive here.