Is the Perfect Parent-Mobile a Prius?

September 24th, 2016 by


When most young people begin to plan for a family, the first vehicle segment they turn to is the crossover. Sales of SUVs, like the RAV4, have been booming in recent years as millennials start to have kids of their own.

But maybe that's all wrong. It's possible the first car you should think of is the Toyota Prius.

Wait, wait — we hear you say — the Prius is a compact. It's true, it may be small, but when it comes to parental priorities, it delivers big. The 2016 Prius was one of only three models to earn a Good+ rating from the IIHS for LATCH ease-of-use.

The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system provides dedicated lower anchors and upper tether anchors for installing child safety seats. The idea is, LATCH makes it easier to install child seats correctly, thus improving safety.

Many vehicles tested, however, had LATCH systems that were confusing, anchors that were hard to reach, and required undue amounts of strength to connect to the seat.

"Frustrating child seat installations have become a familiar rite of parenthood," said Jessica Jermakian, IIHS senior research engineer. "Unfortunately, these frustrations lead to mistakes that can have real consequences in the event of a crash."

A Good+ rating means the 2016 Toyota Prius is one of the easiest vehicles for installing a child seat.

Not only that, the Prius is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. It proved its mettle, earning top scores in all five of the IIHS's crashworthiness tests.

Need to protect your growing family, but don't need three rows of seating and a cavernous cargo hold? Visit Street Toyota, Inc., and see if the new Prius is just the right size for you.

Source: Street Toyota Blog

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