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Toyota Earns Top Safety Picks from IIHS

June 3, 2010

Toyota SafetyFinally, Toyota is on a roll. After weeks of bad news, the beleaguered Japanese automaker can boast three vehicles in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's latest "top picks".

Based on a battery of rollover tests, Toyota's 2011 Sienna, Avalon, and 2010 Lexus RX 350 took top honors.

The Toyota Sienna is the first minivan ever to win since rollover was added to the testing criteria in 2010.

To win a "good" rollover rating, a roof must support at least four times the vehicle's weight. The Sienna withstood a force equal to 4.12 times its weight, while Avalon withstood 4.07 times its weight.

If safety is a big concern for you, these vehicles should be on your car shopping list.

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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