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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
All the safety gear is there; airbags left, right, center, and curtain
Only the XRS has four-wheel disc brakes; other Corollas have rear drums
Four stars, front impact; five stars, front side impact; four stars, front rear impact
Good, frontal offset impact
When it comes to safety, the 2009 Toyota Corolla should inspire confidence with both its crash test ratings and its available safety features.
During independent crash tests, the Toyota Corolla scored very well in a multitude of impacts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the federal government's testing agency, gives the Toyota Corolla four out of five stars for most impacts, and a full five stars for front side impacts. The private Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also gives the Corolla Toyota its highest rating, "good," for the frontal offset impact test, which is the only one it has conducted so far.
Aside from commendable engineering, there are a number of safety features that work together to improve occupant protection on the Corolla Toyota. Autoblog writes that the 2009 Toyota Corolla has "airbags left, right, center, and curtain," along with "seatbelt pretensioners" and "active head restraints." Edmunds adds that "stability control is standard on the XRS and optional on other Corollas" and notes that "only the XRS has four-wheel disc brakes; other Corollas have rear drums." Cars.com says that "traction control and an electronic stability system" are optional on every 2009 Toyota Corolla except the XRS, which comes standard with the systems, and adds that "the option is well worth the price."
One important aspect of driving safety is outward visibility, and on the Toyota Corolla “outward visibility is good,” according to ConsumerGuide. Other reviewers agree, and the Toyota Corolla scores well in terms of driver visibility.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla offers high crash test ratings and a strong list of safety features.