2021 Toyota Sienna Is IIHS' Latest Top Safety Pick+ Award Winner

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K. Jetly 

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March 24, 2021  at 11:47 AM

2021 Toyota Sienna bags Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. It is a vast improvement over its predecessor. The 2021 Sienna, which is only available as a hybrid, bettered the scores of the last-gen model as it showed no major issues in the structure of the car when exposed to the crash.

Toyota has always impressed with its reliability and how well the cars last over years. Safety-wise too it has always been the front runner. And this year more so because the 2021 Toyota Sienna has won the best accolade for the safety by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It has improved on small overlap front crashes, qualifying for the highest award by the IIHS.

Toyota’s premier minivan was being offered with different powertrains and combinations but now it is only offered as a hybrid. The model that preceded it earned an acceptable rating for the driver-side small overlap test and a marginal rating for the passenger-side test. The design has been improved for the 2021 model and hence the Sienna bags the top scores.

Recently Top Safety Pick+ award was bagged by the Audi A7 55 TFSI. And to be the one getting this award takes a lot, the article to which you can find on the CarIndigo’s Latest News section. For qualifying a vehicle must earn rather good ratings in some crashworthiness evaluations, such as the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Adding to this it also needs advanced or superior ratings for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and also offer acceptable- or good-rated headlights across all trims. Along with it company also has to offer acceptable headlights on at least one trim qualify for the lower-tier top safety pick. Which Audi A7 bagged with ease because of its all-LED headlights.

The Toyota Sienna which preceded the model that was tested fell short in the two overlap tests/ As after the test happened the protective structure was seen crumpled into the occupant compartment. And hence the occupant’s survival space was not enough in either evaluation. The vehicle actually performed worse in the passenger-side test and walking into the 2021 model. It did not display these deficiencies. The very structural issues had been sorted, and measurements from the sensors in the dummies did not indicate any harm. 

The front crash prevention system on the 2021 Toyota Sienna model is very superior and advanced in working and it got high ratings in the Institute’s vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. In the test that prevailed the new Sienna avoided collisions at 12 and 25 mph in the vehicle-to-vehicle test and either avoided hitting the pedestrian dummy or slowed to a near stop in most of the vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. The only area of concern was it not performing well when the 37 mph trial was done. It simulated an adult walking in the travel lane in the same direction as the vehicle.

What also got the last bit of things sorted for the Sienna was the availability of two types of headlights, LED reflectors or LED projectors, both earned a good rating. 2021 Honda Odyssey also bagged the very same award from IIHS, it is Toyota’s arch rival