The 2021 Toyota Kluger has earned a five-star safety rating after scoring top marks in a series of local crash tests and crash avoidance assessments.
Independent safety authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – which is funded primarily by state and federal governments – issued the 2021 Toyota Kluger with a five-star rating against the toughest testing protocols to date.
While a number of vehicles required centre airbag protection between the front seats to achieve their recent five-star results – such as the Toyota Yaris hatch, Mazda CX-30 city SUV, Kia Sorento family SUV, and Isuzu D-Max ute – the Toyota Kluger was the third large vehicle able to achieve a five-star rating (out of five) without a centre airbag.
The Kia Carnival people mover and Land Rover Defender four-wheel drive also earned five stars against the latest criteria without a centre airbag to prevent head strike between front-seat occupants during a severe side-impact crash.
Of the 11 new vehicles tested against the latest and toughest criteria, the Toyota Kluger so far has the highest overall weighting across all assessment areas.
In addition to the full suite of advanced safety tech fitted as standard on all Toyota Kluger variants, ANCAP praised the vehicle’s curtain airbag protection for all three rows of seats.
The curtain airbags in some other SUVs, such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, do not extend far enough to offer head protection to third-row seat occupants.
In a media statement, ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg said the Toyota Kluger’s five-star result is “good news for families and fleet buyers.”
“The occupants of all three seating rows are protected by side curtain airbags,” said ANCAP.
“A fatigue detection system, intelligent speed assistance system, and rear cross-traffic alert system are also fitted as standard … across all hybrid and V6 models.”
The ANCAP chief executive said: “With every new model generation, the highest levels of safety should be offered to provide consumers with immediate safety benefits as well as provide sustained road safety benefits for future owners and other road users.”
“Toyota (has) sought to achieve the highest level of safety with the Kluger and succeeded,” said Ms Hoorweg. “Brands taking this approach should be proud of the proactive role they are playing to improve safety on our roads.”
ANCAP performed five destructive crash tests at laboratories in Sydney and Melbourne and conducted an assessment of crash-avoidance technology at a facility near Orange, west of Bathurst in NSW.
While ANCAP anonymously buys certain new vehicles for crash tests, in this instance Toyota funded the Kluger’s test program – however the assessments were conducted independently and the vehicles were selected randomly to ensure they were indicative of examples sold to the public.
The ANCAP website has test results and safety scores for more than 780 motor vehicles dating back to the early 2000s, although the organisation originated in 1992, predating Euro NCAP.
Crash tests and assessments of crash avoidance tech of certain vehicles are paid for by ANCAP from its limited budget, however manufacturers also have the option to pay for tests, but are unable to influence the process, the outcome, or prevent ANCAP from publishing unfavourable results.