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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal impact; 'good.' side impact
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The tiny corner windows are basically useless, the roof pillars behind the doors are really thick, and the back window isn’t all that large.
The 2012 Matrix has earned respectable safety ratings, with top 'good' ratings from the IIHS in frontal and side impact (the related Corolla sedan is a Top Safety Pick). The Matrix hasn't been rated by the federal government, in its heavily revised NCAP testing program.
Like nearly all other vehicles in this class, front side and side-curtain airbags are included, as are anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control.
Some of us don't have much rearward visibility in the Matrix (it depends on your seating position), as the rather narrow window openings in back allow a pretty narrow aperture. Consider that on your test drive.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix has only a few safety ratings, but they're all good; outward visibility might be an issue, though.