The new Toyota LandCruiser is the first vehicle in 2022 to score the maximum ANCAP crash rating.

The burly beast napped 89 per cent for adult occupant protection and 88 per cent for child occupant protection – though the lack of child-seat points in the third row was noted – plus 77 per cent for safety assist driver aids.

“In the assessment area of Safety Assist, the Toyota LandCruiser performed well with a score of 77 per cent. The LandCruiser is fitted with an AEB – Car-to-Car system, which avoided or mitigated collisions in most test scenarios, and a lane support system,” ANCAP said.

Despite being so big and bluff, it also scored a good 81 per cent for vulnerable road user protection – the second-best score to date under the latest test protocols active since 2020.

The LandCruiser is able to avoid collisions with pedestrians when turning across their path, and showed good performance in all forward pedestrian autonomous emergency braking tests, with collisions avoided or mitigated across all scenarios,” ANCAP said.

“The protection the Toyota LandCruiser offers to vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is impressive for a large SUV,” added ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg.

“… Larger, heavier vehicles always present higher risks for other road users and this is why ANCAP focusses on a vehicle’s ability to either avoid a crash, or reduce its impact, through our suite of Safety Assist tests.”

The five-star safety rating applies to all variants of the Toyota LandCruiser – GX, GXL, VX, Sahara, and Sahara ZX – except the hardcore GR Sport which was not assessed.

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