One even earned the coveted Safety Pick+ rating.
Toyota continues to make its Safety Sense 2.5 active safety suite more widely available to the masses, bringing advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection, road sign assist, and automatic high beams to a slew of affordable mass-market vehicles. In fact, a recent expansion of this suite just helped the 2021 Toyota CH-R earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Last year's model missed out on the award owing solely to its lack of any standard crash-prevention system, but now, equipped with that technology, the CH-R was able to avoid collisions at 12 and 25 mph in IIHS testing. In the group's vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation, it avoided hitting a crash dummy.
The CH-R just misses out on a highly-coveted "Top Safety Pick+" designation because of its "Poor" headlamp rating for the LED reflectors on the LE and XLE trims. According to the IIHS report, these lights provide "inadequate visibility" on both sides of the road in low-beam and high-beam settings. The Limited model's curve-adaptive LED projector headlights received a "Good" rating, but they're limited to the top trim level. Of course, Toyota isn't alone here; poor headlight ratings have kept many vehicles from earning the top IIHS score.
The 2021 CH-R starts at $21,445 for the base LE trim and goes up to $23,480 for the XLE trim. Toyota also added a new Nightshade trim for $24,245, and the top Limited trim with the adaptive headlights starts at $26,500.
While the CH-R just missed it, the 2021 Toyota Camry did qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ rating, as it did last year. Like the CH-R, the Camry received an improved front pre-collision and pedestrian detection system for the 2021 model year that outperforms the outgoing system. The Camry's headlights also outperformed the CH-R's headlights, earning "Good" and "Acceptable" headlight scores.