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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 battery of crash tests performed by your government and by the insurance industry are speaking in unison: the tC's a very safe little coupe.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the latest Scion tC earns a 'good' rating in all its relevant crash tests, including rear impacts and roof-crush tests. Along with stability control that's standard, those performances earn the coupe a Top Safety Pick award. The only caution is an 'acceptable' rating in the new small overlap test; but that's still better than any other small coupe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), meanwhile, puts the tC in the small class of vehicles that get an overall rating of five stars. The two-door receives four stars in the agency's front-impact crash tests, and five stars for the new side-impact tests.
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.
Excellent crash-test scores make the tC a great first-car choice.