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2012 Toyota Prius c Named a "Top Safety Pick" by IIHS

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2012 Toyota Prius c a "Top Safety Pick" for its performance in the institute's battery of frontal-offset, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof crush strength tests.

The Prius c is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles sold in the United States, rated by the EPA to get 53 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway for an overall 50 mpg rating. Smaller than a standard Prius, the Prius c is one of only two hybrids available for less than $20,000.

To achieve such a high level of fuel economy, the Prius c is equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric assist motor, and a 144-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack. The combined horsepower rating is 99 ponies, enough to manage the vehicle's 2,500-pound curb weight.

Although the Prius c is priced at less than $20,000, it includes numerous standard safety features, such as nine air bags and front seats designed to reduce whiplash injury in a rear-impact collision. Toyota's Star Safety System is also standard, adding traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and Smart Stop technology to prevent acceleration when the brake pedal is depressed.

Learn more about the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

See all of the current IIHS "Top Safety Pick" awardees

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