The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested a 2022 Toyota Tacoma extended cab pickup truck and gave it a marginal rating in the passenger side low overlap frontal crash test. This was an improvement from the previous poor rating when the truck’s rear leaf springs punctured the fuel tank, creating a fire hazard. Tacomas built after October 2021 have modifications to prevent a gas leak in the event of a collision.
In the small passenger-side overlap, the IIHS found that the crash caused the door frame and instrument panel to intrude into the cabin. The results showed a “probable risk of injury to the lower right leg and a moderate risk of injury to the lower left leg”, according to the agency. In addition, the dummy’s head struck the A-pillar grab handle.
The Tacoma earned high marks in all five other IIHS crash ratings. The standard frontal collision prevention system received a superior rating for incidents between vehicles. The agency did not test it to avoid wreckage between vehicles and pedestrians.
Standard halogen headlights have a marginal score. The LED lamps of the upper trim levels have a good rating.
For a 2022 model year vehicle to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick award, a good score in all six crash tests is required, which means this Tacoma is not eligible for that honor. In addition, an available frontal collision prevention system must have an Advanced or Superior rating in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests. Available headlights must be good or acceptable.
Spy photos tell us that Toyota is currently developing the next-generation Tacoma. Development vehicles are still camouflaged, so we don’t know much about what the new truck looks like. Mechanically, it would ride on the TNGA-F platform and possibly adopt a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Motor1.com contacted Toyota for a statement on how the Tacoma performed in the latest IIHS crash rating. The lengthy response from the automaker is below:
Toyota produces vehicles that meet or even exceed federal safety requirements. Additionally, the IIHS has developed more stringent or specialized tests that go beyond federal requirements and serve as another benchmark for our engineers to consider as we continually improve our vehicles. It should be noted that the 2022 Tacoma Extended Cab received “good” ratings in five crashworthiness ratings – driver’s side small overlap, front moderate overlap, factory side, crashworthiness roof and head restraint tests. Additionally, the Tacoma earned a “superior” rating in the standard frontal crash prevention system during the vehicle-to-vehicle evaluation. Finally, we also got a “good” rating for the optional LED reflector headlights available on higher Tacoma trims.
Toyota is aware of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) passenger side small overlap testing of an extended cab version of the 2021-22 Tacoma trucks. Following the Tacoma 2021 test, we reviewed the available test information, conducted assessments and analyzed the data. We implemented a production change in October that resulted in an improved IIHS rating for the 2022 Tacoma Extended Cab for this test.