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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
Brake size has increased to help fill the bigger wheels
standard ABS brakes with electric brake-force distribution and... *ahem,* a brake over-ride system that cancels throttle application when the brake pedal is depressed
The crash tests are in, and the 2012 Scion tC has something to crow about.
In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) battery of tests, the tC has earned a five-star rating, with four stars for front-impact protection and five stars for side impacts. It's a strong performance for a small two-door. It's joined by the good news from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which calls the tC a Top Safety Pick.
The number of airbags is now up to eight, including seat-mounted side bags along with side-curtain bags and a driver knee bag, and anti-lock brakes are also included. Unlike the prior model, the tC now comes with electronic stability control, Brake Assist, and a brake-throttle override system. Like many of its competitors, the tC doesn't offer advanced safety options such as blind-spot monitors.
The Scion tC passes its crash tests with flying colors (and probably some flying bits of plastic, too).