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How safe is the 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series? Nissan Patrol, Land Rover Defender rival gets top marks for safety - except GR Sport

The LandCruiser 300 Series achieved a five-star crash safety rating.

The Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series is already a huge hit with buyers and off-road fans, and now it can claim extra safety cred.

Toyota’s big off-road wagon has just received a five-star crash rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

Curiously, while the LandCruiser 300 Series GX, GXL, VX and Sahara grades are all covered by the top result, the flagship GR Sport is not.

An ANCAP spokesperson said the GR Sport is classified unrated, and that the safety watchdog was not provided with evidence that would allow the rating to be extended to GR Sport variants.

The spokesperson added: "After a rating is issued it is possible for a manufacturer to seek to extend that rating to additional variants. This process requires the manufacturer to supply the necessary technical information to ANCAP for consideration."

CarsGuide has contacted Toyota to clarify this.

The LandCruiser 300 Series is the first vehicle to receive a test result in 2022, and ANCAP said the big SUV achieved the second highest score to date for Vulnerable Road User Protection under the stringent 2020-2022 testing protocols, recording 81 per cent.

It performed well in the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) pedestrian tests in a turning scenario, and for forward collision mitigation.

The Toyota also scored a high mark of 89 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, although it lost some points, with ANCAP warning that occupants in oncoming vehicles were at risk.

The LandCruiser performed well in AEB testing. The LandCruiser performed well in AEB testing.

Despite not being sold with a front centre airbag, the LandCruiser scored full points in the far side impact tests because there was minimal occupant movement towards the other side of the vehicle.

The ANCAP spokesperson confirmed that a vehicle doesn't have to be fitted with a front centre airbag to acheive a top score for Adult Occupant Protection. The vehicle must perform well in a far-side impact crash test that evaluates occupant-to-vehicle and occupant-to-occupant performance. ANCAP says it does not prescribe the measures to acheive a top result, but that centre airbags generally work well in smaller cars where cabin space is at a premium.

For the Child Occupant Protection tests, the SUV scored highly with 88 per cent, but top tether anchor points aren’t available in the third row which has prompted ANCAP to warn buyers that child restraints are not recommended in the third row.

Finally, the LandCruiser scored 77 per cent for Safety Assist, with ANCAP praising the fitment of driver aids and collision avoidance systems like AEB and lane keeping assist.

The 2022 LandCruiser comes standard with AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection and junction assist, as well as lane keeping aids, an advanced speed assistance system and lane departure warning.

Toyota now matches one of its key rivals, the Land Rover Defender, with its five-star ANCAP rating. The LandCruiser scored higher in all key test areas except Child Occupant Protection, which matched the Defender’s 88 per cent score.

The GR Sport variant is not covered under the LandCruiser's five-star ANCAP rating. The GR Sport variant is not covered under the LandCruiser's five-star ANCAP rating.

Another key rival, the Nissan Patrol, does not have an ANCAP rating despite being on sale in Australia since 2010. It has had a number of safety upgrades and now comes with AEB, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and blind-spot monitoring.

Other ladder-frame off-road SUV rivals with five-star ratings include the new Isuzu MU-X, tested in 2020, and the Ford Everest, tested in 2015.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is covered by the 2015 five-star rating achieved by its mechanical twin, the Triton ute.

ANCAP chief executive officer Karla Hoorweg praised the LandCruiser, highlighting its improvement over the model it replaced.

"Larger, heavier vehicles always present higher risks for other road users and this is why ANCAP focusses on a vehicle’s ability to either avoid a crash, or reduce its impact, through our suite of Safety Assist tests,” she said.

“The safety specifications in the new generation Toyota LandCruiser are a welcome update to its predecessor.”