2012 Toyota Yaris Safety

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Depending on whether you choose the 2012 Toyota Yaris Liftback or the Yaris Sedan, you're getting a different level of occupant protection. For 2012, the Yaris Liftback models are all-new, and their stronger body structure and additional airbags put them at an advantage over the Yaris Sedan. 

With nine standard airbags—including front seat-mounted side bags, a knee airbag for the driver, and roll-sensing side bags for front and rear occupants, the 2012 Yaris is a big step forward compared to the outgoing model, and it's now one of the safest models in its class. The IIHS has already helped confirm this, awarding its Top Safety Pick accolade to the 2012 Yaris Liftback after it earned top scores in all categories (though federal results still aren't available).

For the 2012 Yaris Sedan, which is carried over from last year and is still being sold to some fleets, the news isn't as good, as EPA roof-strength ratings are 'acceptable' and rear-impact tested 'marginal.' If you're want a sedan and are concerned about safety, you'd probably be better served moving up the Corolla.

The 2012 Toyota Yaris offers top-notch occupant protection and is significantly improved over the previous model.

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