Arlington, Virginia – The all-new 2011 Toyota Sienna minivan and redesigned 2011 Avalon full-size sedan have both earned Top Safety Pick awards from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The award is the highest safety designation given by the IIHS. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of “good” in IIHS front, side, rollover and rear impact tests, and be equipped with electronic stability control.
The new Sienna is the first and currently the only minivan to earn a Top Safety Pick since the rollover test was added to the criteria in 2010. To earn a “good” rollover rating, a roof must be able to support the equivalent of four times the vehicle’s weight, compared with the current U.S. federal standard of 1.5 times its weight. The Sienna roof withstood a force equal to 4.12 times its weight, while the Avalon withstood 4.07 times its weight.