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2013 Scion tC Safety

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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.

Excellent crash-test scores make the tC a great first-car choice.

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.

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