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SAFETY | 5 out of 10
Good," frontal impact and side impact; "marginal," rear impact
Four stars, frontal impact protection; side not yet tested
ABS and six airbags are standard features
Car and Driver
The 2009 Toyota Yaris takes a significant step forward for 2009, with ABS and six airbags (dual front, side, and curtain) becoming standard features. Stability control, however, is not offered.
Not all of the crash-test data is in yet for the 2009 Toyota Yaris. NHTSA's Web site shows it scoring four out of five stars in frontal impact tests, but no rating is given for side impact, presumably because the six airbags—optional last year—now included as standard equipment could affect the outcome. NHTSA also awards the Yaris four stars for rollover resistance, according to Edmunds.
Previous Toyota Yaris models scored unimpressive safety ratings, achieving only three-star ratings—the lowest mark typically awarded—for side impact, along with four- and five-star ratings for frontal impact. With the side airbags, the IIHS rates the Yaris "good" for side impact but "poor" without.
The 2009 Toyota Yaris has been significantly upgraded in terms of standard safety equipment, but TheCarConnection.com notes that it still trails other cars in its class.