Toyota Tacoma Safety Ratings Waldorf MD

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Testing

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a federal safety testing organization that rates vehicles based on one to five stars in front crash, side crash, and rollover tests. It also assigns an overall safety test rating based on the subcategory scores.

For the NHTSA testing, the Toyota Tacoma scored exceptionally well in all subcategories, as well as overall.


Recommended Safety Technologies

These features have been either verified by NHTSA or reported by the vehicle manufacturers as meeting NHTSA’s performance criteria.

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Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Standard Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Superior Superior

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Advanced Safety Features

Additional advanced safety features, such as BlindAside from its passive safety equipment, the Toyota Tacoma includes many of the Toyota Safety Sense™ P advanced safety technology standard on all models. Automatic high beams, a rearview camera, front automated emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control are included with this system. All these technologies are designed to alert you to a potential crash from the front or side, and help you to avoid a crash if you don’t react quickly enough.

Additional advanced safety features, such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and rear parking sensors are also available upgrades, though this is still an impressive amount of standard technology in this class.

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2016-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 2wd

The Toyota Tacoma Double Cab was re-engineered and restyled for the 2016 model year.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Passenger injury measures






Lower leg/foot


Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics The dummy’s movement was reasonably well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with typical side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed. However, the grab handle on the A-pillar protrudes so far into the path of the dummy’s head that the rear of the head hit it.


Driver injury measures






Lower leg/foot


Driver restraints and dummy kinematics


Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy’s position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked reasonably well together, but smeared greasepaint shows where the rear of the dummy’s head hit the protruding A-pillar grab handle.

Although intrusion overall into the passenger’s space was low, the unusual intrusion pattern of the footwell contributed to a likely risk of injury to the right lower leg and a moderate risk to the right foot.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side Test ID CEP1824 Lower occupant compartment Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 11 Footrest (cm) 17 Right toepan (cm) 15 Center toepan (cm) 11 Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8 Upper occupant compartment Center dash (cm) 4 Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5 Upper dash (cm) 6 Right lower dash (cm) 7 Passenger injury measures Test ID CEP1824 Head HIC-15 336 Peak gs at hard contact 63 Neck Tension (kN) 2.1 Extension bending moment (Nm) 19 Maximum Nij 0.32 Chest maximum compression (mm) 10 Femur (kN) Left 2.5 Right 4.1 Knee displacement (mm) Left 8 Right 12 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right 2 Maximum tibia index Left 0.65 Right 1.50 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 2.3 Right 10.0 Foot acceleration (g) Left 68 Right 197 Driver injury measures Test ID CEP1824 Head HIC-15 109 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 0.7 Extension bending moment (Nm) 9 Maximum Nij 0.16 Chest maximum compression (mm) 26 Femur (kN) Left 1.1 Right 1.5 Knee displacement (mm) Left 3 Right 2 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right Maximum tibia index Left 0.47 Right 0.49 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 1.8 Right 2.8 Foot acceleration (g) Left 29 Right 59

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Toyota Tacoma: Standard Toyota Safety Sense P

One of the most exciting features offered by the Tacoma is the Toyota Safety Sense™ P suite. This system gives you tons of standard safety features, such as a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. This feature will automatically use the brakes if your truck detects that you’re coming up too fast on the car ahead of you.

You’ll also find helpful driver-assistance features like a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This feature works like a normal cruise control system; however, your truck can actually slow down automatically to keep you at a safe distance behind traffic. You won’t have to leave cruise control just because you’re driving behind traffic.

Toyota Tacoma Safety Features

The Toyota Tacoma also includes lots of technology that can help you avoid accidents. Toyota Safety Sense™ P comes standard and looks out for your truck during your drive. It gives you more awareness with the following driver-assistance features:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

An integrated backup camera also comes standard to give you a closer look at what’s behind your truck. It comes in handy when you’re backing out of a parking spot or lining up with your trailer. You can also add a Blind Spot Monitor that can help you change lanes while you’re towing. A panoramic view monitor is also available to give you even more visibility. It creates an overhead view, so you’ll see every angle of your pickup.

2019 Toyota Tacoma Safety: A Stable Driving Experience

 Vehicle Stability Control Traction Control Anti-lWhenever you get behind the wheel, you can expect the Tacoma to provide you with a ride that’s nice and stable from start to finish. What makes this possible is the Star Safety System™ that comes as a standard feature and includes the following:

  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
  • Brake Assist
  • Smart Stop Technology®

Test Drive the Toyota Tacoma

To learn more about the Toyota Tacoma safety ratings, visit Toyota of Gallatin and take a test drive. It’s a rugged pickup that offers a safe and reliable ride to drivers in Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison, TN.


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