The 2022 Toyota Tundra is a major improvement over its predecessor and now it has a new accolade, since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has announced that it has received its highest rating, Top Safety Pick+.

The IIHS says that the Tundra received its highest rating thanks to improved performance in two small overlap front crash tests and better headlights. The previous Tundra missed out on the award, due to marginal and poor ratings in the driver- and passenger-side small overlap tests as well as marginal headlights.

To receive either of the Institute’s awards, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daylight vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.

To get the higher award, a vehicle’s headlights on all trims must be rated as good or acceptable. The Tundra’s headlights were rated as good or acceptable.