Toyota improves 2018 Camry's headlights, automatic braking, earns IIHS top safety rating

An all-around improved car, now proven to be safer, too.

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The 2018 Toyota Camry has improved in many, many ways. It's actually both engaging to drive in a straight line and in corners, and it has styling that can raise your heart rate. But for consumers, two of the most important upgrades are the headlights and automatic emergency braking, which have improved enough to earn the Camry the IIHS's highest safety rating, Top Safety Pick +.

According to the IIHS, every model of Camry has headlights that are at least "Acceptable," the second-highest rating from the organization, and there are turning headlights available that earn the highest rating of "Good." This is a significant improvement over the previous generation, which had four variations of headlights, only one of which was rated "Acceptable." Another set was rated "Marginal," and two sets of LED lights were rated "Poor."

The front crash prevention system was significantly improved as well, moving up to a "Superior" rating. The previous generation received only an "Advanced" rating because it was able to reduce collision speed from 12 mph by 10 mph, but could only reduce the speed from 25 mph by 5 mph. The new model was able to come to a complete stop and avoid a collision from both the 12 mph and 25 mph test speeds.

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