Automotive safety is one of the main considerations for car shoppers, especially those who are transporting their most precious cargo. Toyota understands the importance of safety, which is why it offers standard Toyota Safety Sense features across its entire lineup, including the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The Toyota Highlander also stands out in terms of safety ratings. Let’s take a closer look.
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2017 Toyota Highlander safety ratings and features
After being reviewed and tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Toyota Highlander was named a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ for outstanding performance in multiple areas. The Toyota SUV received Good ratings for all crashworthiness tests, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats, as well as a Superior rating for front crash prevention, thanks to standard Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a suite of high-tech safety features.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Lane Departure Alert is able to detect road lines and, if it senses you drifting out of your lane without first signaling, the system will provide an audible beep and flashing light to alert you. Steering Assist then provides a gentle tug to help direct you back into your lane.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
In addition to maintaining a set speed, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses forward-facing radar technology to keep a preset distance between you and the car ahead of you. The system adjusts your speed according to your following distance and the speed of the vehicle in front.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Using millimeter-wave radar and a shape-recognizing camera, the Highlander’s Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is able to detect pedestrians in certain situations and alert you. If you don’t react, the system engages automatic braking and support to help prevent a collision.
Automatic High Beams
In order to improve nighttime driving and help other drivers on the road, the Highlander’s Automatic High Beams utilize a camera to detect oncoming vehicles up to 2,000 feet away and automatically turn the high beams on and off, depending on the circumstances.