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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; four stars, side-impact protection
“Without those $655 airbags, the Corolla’s overall side-impact score drops to Poor”
Frontal-offset test--Good; side-impact test--Acceptable
The 2008 Toyota Corolla gets good crash-test scores from the government and the insurance industry—provided the curtain airbags are ordered.
The 2008 Toyota Corolla fares well in government crash tests and scored five stars in both driver and passenger side front impact tests with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Side-impact scores were slightly lower, as the Corolla earned four out of five stars on both sides. However, Cars.com is quick to point out the IIHS tested Corollas both with and without side-curtain airbags, and “without those $655 airbags, the Corolla’s overall side-impact score drops to Poor.”
AOL Autos notes that other “optional safety equipment includes: side-impact airbags, curtain airbags...and Vehicle Stability Control.”
In the 2008 edition of the Corolla, Toyota offers a respectable number of safety features that are mostly par for the course for its segment. Front-seat side and curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are available as options for all model grades.
The 2008 Toyota Corolla scores well in crash tests—so long as it’s fitted with optional airbags.