2012 Top Safety Picks: 2012 Toyota Prius c
The urban-friendly Toyota Prius c, like the rest of the Prii, garners most of its notice for its high fuel-economy marks; in fact, it posts the highest EPA ratings in city driving of any gas-only car available in America. But in addition to its fuel-economy marks of 53 mpg city/46 mpg highway/50 mpg combined, the Prius c manages to squeeze nine standard airbags into its tidy interior, along with Toyota’s “Advanced Whiplash-Injury-Lessening” seats. It also features a slew of electronic safety measures, including vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
FYI: The 2012 Toyota Prius and 2012 Toyota Prius v—the most spacious dedicated hybrid on the market—also are IIHS Top Safety Picks.