The new Ford Mondeo, Toyota Prius V and Lexus NX have all achieved a maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) following the latest round of crash tests.
Each variant of every model achieved the five-star rating, meaning they also benefit from a 2015 ANCAP date stamp. The 2015 ANCAP date stamp gives buyers reassurance that the vehicles have been tested using more stringent testing methods and requirements determined by ANCAP for 2015.
ANCAP chief executive officer Nicholas Clarke said, "With ANCAP's annual increases to requirements, ANCAP reminds consumers to look for two simple things when buying their next car. First, look for five stars. Second, look for a model which has the latest ANCAP date stamp. That way you can be assured you're buying one of the safest cars possible."
The Ford Mondeo, which launches in Australia in April, comes standard with a long list of safety features including side airbags for the first and second row of seats, inflatable rear seat belts, trailer sway and stability control and an emergency calling feature that will notify emergency services of an accident automatically.
Meanwhile, with its five-star rating applying retrospectively to all Prius V models sold since 2012, the hybrid people mover's safety rating comes courtesy of a long list of safety features that help protect passengers and pedestrians in the event of an impact.
"The Toyota Prius V has excellent family car credentials," Clarke said.
"It has side head-protection (curtain airbags) and seat belt reminders for all three rows, reversing camera, and provides excellent pedestrian protection."