Toyota’s upgraded 2020 HiLux has scored a maximum five stars in Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash testing under the more stringent 2019 criteria, the first ute to do so.
Overall, Toyota’s workhorse – and Australia’s most popular vehicle – scored 36.66 out of 38 points in the adult occupant protection assessment, with full marks for the side impact (eight out of eight), oblique pole (eight out of eight) and city autonomous emergency braking (four out of four) tests.
The frontal offset and full width frontal checks yielded a score of 7.36 and 7.5 respectively out of a possible eight, dropping points for ‘adequate’ protection of the driver’s chest and lower legs in the former and ‘adequate’ protection of the front passenger’s chest in the latter.
Child occupant protection also scored highly with a 42.64 out of 49 result, however the frontal offset test yielded just ‘marginal’ safety for the neck and head of six-year-old children in the second row.
In the vulnerable road user protection test, the HiLux nabbed 42.27 out of 48 points as the bonnet will only provide ‘adequate’ protection to pedestrians if struck, however the now standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is able to detect both cyclists and bipeds and is operational from 10-80km/h.
For safety assist, Toyota’s HiLux scored 10.15 out of 13, dropping a marks in the speed assistance systems, lane support systems and interurban AEB categories.
The Toyota HiLux scored highest in adult occupant protection with a score of 96 per cent.
ANCAP boss James Goodwin praised Toyota for increasing the safety systems in the popular HiLux.
“This is certainly an important move for Toyota customers, the segment, and more broadly, the market,” he said.
“Significant upgrades have been introduced to the updated HiLux to enhance occupant protection and prevent collisions with other road users.
“Utes are the most popular choice among Australian and New Zealand consumers, and no matter the use, the highest levels of safety should be provided.
“This is a strong example of market-drive change.”
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