The Corolla Cross may not be the most fun car to drive, but it is safe to be in. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has announced that the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross has earned its highest safety rating – Top Safety Pick+.
A vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness tests to qualify for the award, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings.
The Corolla Cross aced all of the safety group’s primary collision prevention and mitigation tests and offers no trim with standard headlights rated lower than “Acceptable.” The Corolla Cross was dinged only for its performance in subcategories that didn’t impact overall test outcomes. For example, it earned an “Acceptable” for the strength of its structure/safety cage in the passenger-side small overlap test; it still earned a “Good” rating overall in the test thanks to the performance of other safety components.
Meanwhile, the RAV4 Prime and RAV4 also scored very high in the safety department as the RAV4 Prime comes with good-rated LED projectors, regardless of trim. While the RAV4 boasts the same superior-rated front crash prevention system and good crashworthiness ratings, the LED reflector headlights provided on the LE trim earn only a marginal rating, preventing it from earning the “plus.” All other trims, which are equipped with good-rated LED projector headlights, qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK.