Following a dismal showing by the Toyota Camry in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging small-overlap frontal crash test, Toyota has improved the sedan's structural protection to receive an acceptable score in the test. IIHS crash-test scores are poor, marginal, acceptable and good. The latest IIHS small-overlap scores (above) reflect major improvements in the Camry's crash structure, as well as the amount of movement from crash-test dummies during the test.
However, the improvements come to 2014 Camry sedans built in mid-December and later. How can you tell them apart? In a rare move — IIHS spokesman Russ Rader said he has "not seen this before" — Toyota said it would label each updated Camry as a 2014.5 model year on its Monroney window sticker.