All is right again in the Toyota kingdom. The Japanese manufacturer's bread-and-butter sedan, the Camry, has been put back on Consumer Reports' "Recommended" vehicle list, following improved performance in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash testing.

You'll recall that the 2012 and 2013 Camry were infamously booted from the list due to "Poor" ratings in IIHS' notoriously tough small-overlap crash testing. Toyota vowed - just last week actually - to fix the ratings. As the Toyota brand's head, Bill Fay, said last week, "It's still a five-star car. It still does very well in all the IIHS tests. It did not in [the small overlap frontal crash test], and we're busy making the necessary adjustments so that we can address that."

Now, though, those redesigned cars have been tested, earning an "Acceptable" rating in the overlap testing. According to Consumer Reports, Camrys built from November 2013 on feature new internal structures that improve the car's crash test scores enough to make it a "Recommended" buy. IIHS has also elevated the car back to a position in its Top Safety Pick category, although it falls short of the new gold standard, the Top Safety Pick + rating.

Toyota also made changes to the structure of the Prius, another model that failed to score well on small-overlap testing. It's also been moved up to "Acceptable" by the IIHS. You can read the entire report on Consumer Reports' website.


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      PICKLEBOY
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think we tend to forget cars are more than 10 fold times safer than 20 or even less years ago so when something gets a "poor" rating that doesn't remotely mean the car isn't safe. Just sayin
        Luc K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PICKLEBOY
        The test was created after research why there were many fatalities in top rated cars. If you crash with small overlap it wouldn't be safe with poor rating (just checkout crash video). So this was important addition to crash tests.
      John Mcklane
      • 10 Months Ago
      For the year 2014, Toyota Camry has been totally redesigned for the lovers of space and luxury and it has been ranked 4th most efficient car out of 22 affordable midsize cars. Toyota has given it a makeover which comes with interior changes, new stylish details at more affordable prices. It is best at handling, very safe and better on gas than ever before. Thank you, http://www.duvaltoyota.com
      Like a Boss
      • 1 Year Ago
      CR are just typical import ******.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      A bunch of baloney. CR just loves loves loves Toyota, and they hadn't slept a night since shunning their main squeeze. So wham bam thank you mam, they crawled back in bed and all is lovely again, dangerous as heII, but lovely.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      So if it was so easy of a tweak to make it pass, what other "little items" have not been beefed up due to cost? Lets face it, thats one tired old platform and there's only so many braces and crutches you can give grandma to last her a few more years.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like Toyota gave them a little extra Chistmas bonus this year.
      Phil B
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wanna see the structural changes made! How'd they rework the fender and A pillar area to better deflect the energy away from the occupants?
        Seal Rchin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phil B
        High Strength Steel.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phil B
        I can just about guarantee you the fender (meaning the thin sheet metal you see on the outside) has absolutely nothing to do with it.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      bobbylightbryant
      • 1 Year Ago
      ......recommended following crashes because it looks better.
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      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      WonderEffingFull. I've never bought a car in over 40 years before, during, or after referring to the safety mavens…and I drove early corsairs as well…lovely little car that got even better the last year it was made but the Naderites crucified it and it never recovered. Pretty much every new car is safer than the earlier cars and it can be argued that the safety nazis helped to mold that trend. However, not buying a Camry because CR says it is poor….I could care less. Now where is that Lambo dealer again?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lemme guess- they just spot-welded another piece of sheetmetal along the top of the inner fender.
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