The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross and the RAV4 Prime plug-in hybrid bagged top honors from IIHS. While the 2022 Toyota RAV4 bagged the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS. The latter one missed the top honors because of its poor headlights and low rating in the side crash test. The Corolla Cross starts at $22,445 and is the cheapest among all. While the RAV4 Prime starting at $40,300 is the most expensive model.

Toyota as a brand name has always been associated with making reliable, cheap to run, and long-lasting cars. But we rarely focus on the point that the brand also takes safety seriously. To back the last part Toyota’s Corolla Cross and RAV4 Prime both of which are entry-level crossovers priced aggressively have bagged the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While the regular gas-powered RAV4 managed only the ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS. 

The latter one is a step lower than the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ award. Of the three models, the Corolla Cross is a crossover version of the famous Corolla nameplate also available as a sedan and a hatchback. While the RAV4 Prime is a plug-in hybrid model. For getting the award each car needs to score the highest rating of ‘Good’ in all the six crashworthiness parameters set by IIHS. Then it also needs to at least get a ‘Good’ or ‘Acceptable’ rating for each variant's headlights.

 Further, the model also needs to score top ratings in the standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention system. Starting with the RAV4, it got the highest rating of ‘Good’ in five out of six parameters. The five parameters include small overlap front for the driver as well as passenger side, moderate front overlap, roof strength, and head restraints & seats. The sixth parameter is the side crash test where the crossover score was ‘Good’ in the original test but in the updated test it got the second-best rating of ‘Acceptable’. 

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While the RAV4 scored the second-lowest rating ‘Marginal’ for the base trim (LE) with LED reflector headlights. The lights provide inadequate illumination in both high and low beams on the curves. Though rest all trims of the RAV4 that come with LED projector headlights scored the highest rating of ‘Good’. Thus because of these two, the RAV4 was overall awarded the second-highest ‘Top Safety Pick’ award. Coming to the Corolla Cross, this one managed to get a top rating of ‘Good’ in all six crashworthiness parameters and a rating of ‘Good’ for trims with adaptive headlights. 

While trims with regular LED projector headlights were rated as second-best ‘Acceptable’ by IIHS. Thus fulfilling the criterion, the Corolla Cross was awarded the top honors from IIHS. As for the RAV4 Prime, this one also ‘Good’ rating for all six tests while all its trims with LED projector headlights were rated ‘Good’ by IIHS. The crash-prevention system of the same for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian was awarded the highest rating of ‘Superior’. 

Considering their safety rating if you are looking to get one of these crossovers for yourself then the RAV4 starts at $26,975 and the RAV4 Prime starts at $40,300. The former offers a gas mileage of 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The latter offers 38 mpg combined and 94 MPGe combined. The Corolla Cross starting at $22,445 is the cheapest and returns gas mileage of 31 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

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