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Toyota Prius reliability & safety

The Toyota Prius packs plenty of standard safety technology, which means it’ll be safe, dependable and secure family transport

Toyota Prius
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

Euro NCAP ratingAdult protection ratingChild protection ratingSafety assist rating
5 stars (2016)92%82%85%

Toyota Prius reliability & problems

Given this is the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, the Japanese manufacturer has extensive experience when it comes to the electrified element of the engine technology. That means over more than 20 years of development, the car and its electronics have been ultra-reliable, as you’d expect from a Toyota. Our sister title Auto Express ranked Toyota Prius as the 16th best car to own in its most recent Driver Power owner survey, while the brand overall ranked sixth on the list of best manufacturers for 2020. Those are very strong results indeed and should give buyers confidence with this facelifted model.


The Toyota Prius' standard safety kit and clever platform mean it’ll help prevent a collision, but if the worst should happen it’ll be safe in a crash, too. All cars get seven airbags, collision warning with pedestrian detection and autonomous braking, lane-departure alert, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera fitted as standard, which helped the Prius achieve a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. If you go for a Business Edition model, you also get blind-spot monitoring, while Business Edition+ adds front and rear parking sensors.

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