Despite all of the recalls and bad press Toyota had a couple of months ago they’ve pulled through stronger and much better than ever. Some recent surveys about car reliability and dependability show that Toyota remains at the the surface of the list. Toyota as a business has additionally stepped up and added some major safety features to its line-up of cars for 2011.
Over 1.3 million vehicle owners who’re also readers of Consumer Reports voted for which cars they found most reliable. The analysis covered model years 2001 to 2010. The vehicles that made the list of Most Reliable Cars must have performed well in government and insurance industry crash and rollover tests. The cars also needed electronic stability control for sale in a mainstream high-volume trim line in order to be considered. The results of the reliability study put Toyota cars at the the surface of the list. Models from Toyota, Scion and Lexus (brands of Toyota) were among the absolute most reliable cars and earned top scores in five different vehicle categories. The Toyota Yaris, FJ Cruiser, Sienna V6 and Tundra V6 all scored top scores in the study. The Lexus LX also earned top marks.
J.D. Power and Associates conducted another similar study to obtain the dependability of vehicles. They surveyed owners of 3-year old models that were purchased new and asked them to identify problems that had arisen within the last 12 months. The Vehicle Dependability Study asks owners to identify any issues they’ve had in 200 different problem areas. Toyota performed well in this study and received four different segment awards- more than any brand in the study. The Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sequoia and Tundra all received above average marks for his or her dependability. Toyota Rav4 Review Toyota’s Lexus brand also made the most truly effective 5 list. In the compact car category the Toyota Prius was number 1 followed closely by the Corolla. In the Large Multi-Activity category the Toyota Sequoia topped the list as did the Tundra in the large pickup category. In the midsize multi activity category Toyota took the most truly effective 2 spots with the Highlander and the 4Runner. The Toyota Sienna and Yaris were in the most truly effective 3 for the minivan and sub-compact car categories respectively. Lexus made the most truly effective 3 in the large premium car category (LS460), midsize premium car (ES 350) and midsize premium multi activity category (GX 470, RX).
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has their own study that rates a vehicle for how well it protects its occupants from front and side impacts, rollovers and rear impacts. Toyota had more top picks than any make. The Toyota Avalon, Corolla, Highlander, Sienna and Venza all made the list in each of these respected categories. In the minivan category the Sienna was the only one to help make the list.
Standard on all new Toyota vehicles is the Star Safety System. Toyota is the first manufacture to produce these features standard on all vehicles. The Star Safety System is comprised of five different safety features; vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Vehicle stability control aids in preventing slipping and loss of traction by reducing engine power and applying brake force to the wheels that require it. Traction control also helps with slipping on wet, icy, loose or uneven surfaces by applying brake force on the spinning wheels. The anti-lock braking system prevents the brakes from locking up by “pulsing” brake pressure to each wheel to greatly help the driver maintain control during emergency braking situations. Brake assist can detect sudden or “panic” braking and adds the full pressure needed to greatly help prevent collision. Lastly, electronic brake-force distribution aids in redistributing brake force to keep the trunk wheels from locking up during sudden braking situations. Smart Stop Technology can also be being installed in all new Toyota models. This system automatically reduces engine power when both the accelerator and brake pedals are pressed at the same time frame under certain conditions. The device will intervene once the accelerator is pressed first and the brakes are applied firmly for longer than fifty per cent of a second at speeds greater than five miles per hour.
Toyota cars have made a name for themselves. Despite all of the bad press Toyota Motor Corporation has received their cars are speaking volumes with regards to safety, reliability and dependability.