Small, sporty coupes tend to have some of the riskiest drivers. That's what insurance claims data points out, and it's why insurance rates tend to be quite high for compact two-doors.
But if you're still drawn to this type of car, compact coupes aren't inherently bad. The 2011 Scion tC has emerged as one of the safest of its kind, thanks to some excellent safety ratings.
The Scion tC has just earned a five-star rating overall in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Side crash ratings for the tC were the best in every category, including top marks in the side barrier test for male- and female-size crash dummies, and top five-star protection in the new side pole test.
Scores weren't completely perfect, though; the tC achieved just four stars in the frontal barrier crash.
The other major organization that conducts crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has already given the 2011 Scion tC its best possible rating, with 'good' results in frontal offset, side impact, rear, and roof strength tests and the organization's Top Safety Pick accolade.