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New Toyota Avalon joins Top Safety Pick Plus honor roll

New Toyota Avalon joins Top Safety Pick Plus honor roll

by Justin King

The redesigned sedan received top marks all around, except in the passenger side small-overlap test.

The 2019 Toyota Avalon has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The redesigned sedan earned top marks in all crashworthiness tests, aside from an 'acceptable' rating in the passenger-side small-overlap scenario.

"The structure held up well, but the dummy's head barely contacted the front airbag before sliding off," the IIHS noted.

Toyota has been praised for making front-crash prevention technology a standard feature in the new Avalon. The system avoided collisions at 12 mph and 25 mph.

The Avalon Limited and Touring trims feature LED projector headlights that earn a top rating, despite exhibiting some low-beam glare for drivers of oncoming vehicles. The LED reflectors on the cheaper XSE and XLE trims earned a 'poor' rating due to "mostly inadequate visibility."

The new Avalon is currently the only TSP+ winner in the IIHS' large cars group.