Who would have thought such a small car is so safe? The Toyota iQ and Toyota Avensis both scored five-star crash ratings from the Euro NCAP.

Small car fans are frequently mocked for driving around in cars that look about as safe as sitting on a stool in the middle of a golf driving range. Toyota is trying to change that perception.

The incredibly small Toyota iQ received a five-star crash safety rating from the Euro NCAP. The iQ's larger stable mate, the Avensis, also received a five-star rating.

Ratings were given out based on a new weighted score, which breaks down several different crash safety factors. Adult protection is weighted the highest, accounting for 50% of the score, with child and pedestrian ptotection each taking 20%. The final 10% is based on driver assist systems, like lane departure, that are installed as standard equipment. A minimum of 70 out of 100 is needed for a five-star rating.

The smallest four-seater available, the Toyota iQ scored 79, while the Avensis reached 81. Toyota points out that the iQ comes standard with anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, traction control, and nine airbags. One of these is the first ever rear-window curtain shield air bag. Avensis also adds adaptive cruise control, lane assist, lane departure warnings, and a pre-crash system.

Deliveries of the Toyota iQ began this year. Toyota expects to sell 100,000 units of the car this year.

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