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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, driver frontal impact, side front and rear impact; four stars, passenger frontal impact and rollover resistance
Neither traction control nor [stability control] are offered
a wide variety of standard safety features
The 2009 Scion tC earns a nearly perfect crash protection rating, and it comes with a comprehensive set of airbags and standard four-wheel ABS.
All safety equipment is standard, rather than optional, on the tC, but traction control and stability control are not available, notes Car and Driver. Listing its crucial safety standards, Edmunds informs that "the 2009 Scion tC comes with antilock disc brakes, a first aid kit and a driver knee airbag as standard equipment," and wrongly adds that "side airbags for front occupants and full-length head curtain airbags are optional." Side and curtain airbags are standard. Regarding its performance in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash-testing regimen, Edmunds points out that with its side airbags, the tC earns "a perfect five stars for driver protection." In other NHTSA ratings, the tC got four stars for passenger frontal impact, four stars for rollover resistance, and five stars for side impact protection for both driver and rear passenger. Tire pressure monitoring is also standard.
Finally, ConsumerGuide reports, "Visibility is good, but the sloped hatch window lacks a wiper and washer."
Though it lacks electronic stability control, valuable in crash avoidance, the 2009 Scion tC cocoons passengers in seven airbags.