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The Toyota Camry and the Subaru Impreza and XV have earned the maximum five-star safety rating from independent crash tester ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Program).

The new Camry became the second-highest ranked medium-sized car according to ANCAP’s data, earning an impressive 36.27 points out of 37. All models of the 2012 Toyota Camry come standard with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtains, and driver’s knee), electronic stability control (ESC), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), anti-lock brakes (ABS), and seatbelt reminders for all passengers.

The Subaru Impreza and XV (effectively a high-riding version of the Impreza) both scored 35.33 points out of 37. Like the Camry, the Impreza/XV are also equipped with seven airbags, ESC, EBD, ABS, and five seatbelt reminders.

The Impreza/XV also achieved an “acceptable” rating for pedestrian protection. The front bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians’ legs, but the front edge of the bonnet scored zero points as it was rated poor in all areas of testing.

ANCAP has not yet published pedestrian protection results for the Camry.

ANCAP chair Lauchlan McIntosh said the standard five-star safety rating of all Subaru vehicles in Australia was pleasing, but insisted manufacturers now needed to focus on improving their pedestrian protection rankings.

“It is encouraging that manufacturers like Subaru are achieving five-star performance for all the vehicles they produce for Australia,” McIntosh said.

“Both Subaru and Toyota now need to work on getting the top ratings for pedestrian protection. Many manufacturers are now scoring in the top category for occupant protection but more attention must be paid to protecting pedestrians as well.”

  • Sydlocal

    In the case of the Camry I guess if you only have class average “active” safety it is good to know that the “passive” safety is very high… 😉

  • Neeko

    Whats the highest ranked medium car?

    • Guest

      A medium sized tank.

    • mrxandthexfactor

      According to ANCAP website, it’s the Alfa Romeo Giulietta LT JTD

  • Ivovhp

    Funny how the U.S Camry has 10 airbags standard

  • Realcars

    Finally Camry gets a five star rating. Considering this is a high selling global model built by the largest auto maker it is laughable that they have taken an extra five years to achieve what their competitors have had for so long including the Koreans.

    Regardless their customers are still prepared to settle for second best. Truely amazing.

    • tekkyy

      5 star cars of the time were
      2006 Passat, 2007 Mondeo

      so it wasn’t the Koreans
      2006 Sonata and 2008 Epica were 4 stars
      as were 2006 Commodore, Camry, Aurion

      later on everyone jumped onto 5 stars
      2008 Falcon, Mazda6 Accord Euro, 2009 Liberty, 2010 i45 and Kizashi

      Australian manufacturers reacted and 2008 Commodore, 2009 Aurion, 2011 Camry are 5 stars

      2012 Camry joins 2006 Aurion to be the only cars to medium/large segment to date to achieve full score for both head and chest in frontal offset
      read the fine prints

    • Guest

      Like you’d care what others buy.

  • save it for the track

    Now if they could just add those voice reminders to the camry, then there’d be less crashing  through shop fronts/garages and onto footpaths. Voice reminder as to position of accellerator and brake pedals, and voice reminders for Drive and reverse. Should be top priority for Toyota in their octagenarian specials. i.e. Corolla and Camry

  • Gizza

    New Camry is looking sharp.