Remember when Toyota said one of the reasons for moving the Hiace's engine in front is to improve crash safety? Well, here's the result of the massive re-engineering they did to the van.
Looking the latest crash test conducted by ASEAN NCAP (through the Australasian New Car Assesment Program or ANCAP), the Hiace got the result the Japanese automaker was (most likely) expecting. The popular van scored five out of five stars in testing, showing that moving the mill to the front was, indeed, the right move in the matters of safety.
In offset frontal impact testing, the Hiace managed 14.07 points out of 16.00 as it offered good protection to the head, arms, thighs, and feet. ASEAN NCAP did note high loads to the chests of the front occupants, but the protection to other parts of the body boosted its score nonetheless. What's even more impressive is the Hiace's side impact results, which managed a perfect 16.00 out of 16.00 score.
The results above are for adult protection but child protection was rated almost perfect by the agency. The Hiace got 15.94 out of 16.00 in front impact safety, and a perfect 8.00 out of 8.00 for side impact. ASEAN NCAP also lauded the Hiace for having easy to install ISOFIX child seats as well.
But giving the Hiace its five-star safety rating is its active safety equipment. ASEAN NCAP gave top marks for its emergency braking assist system. Additional points were handed out for its seat belt reminders and blind-spot monitoring. The agency gave the van further praise for having stability control available, as well as anti-lock brakes standard across the entire range.
For the Philippines, the active safety systems, known as Toyota Safety Sense, come standard in the in the top of the line Super Grandia. The rest of the range meanwhile gets two airbags at the very least and most get stability control from the GL Grandia and up.