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US Agency Downgrades 2014 Toyota Prius Safety Rating

Under new test standards, the Prius' front crash rating on 2014 Toyota Prius from top-rated five stars to four.

Published: 13-Jan-2014

Toyota’s iconic hybrid, the Prius, has held quite a reputation for safety, as well as for efficiency and technology, of course. Yet new results from the federal government show that it’s been downgraded from five stars to four stars in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety ratings.

In the new set of crash tests, conducted last month on a 2014 model, the Prius earned just a four-star rating in the frontal barrier test. That was enough to keep its frontal score at four stars—the same as before—but nudge its Overall rating down to four stars in the frontal category.

The previous test, applied to the 2013 Prius, had been of a 2011 model, in February 2011.

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