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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal, side, rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'acceptable,' small overlap frontal
Top Safety Pick+
Five stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side impact
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 Scion tC has held strong safety ratings, with top scores from both the IIHS (Top Safety Pick) and the federal government (five-star overall).
The number of airbags is now up to eight, including seat-mounted side bags along with side-curtain bags and a driver knee bag. Brake Assist and a brake-throttle override system are also included. But like many of its competitors, the tC doesn't offer advanced safety options such as blind-spot monitors.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that the Scion tC earns a 'good' rating in all its relevant crash tests, including rear impacts and roof-strength tests. It's also earned an 'acceptable' result in the new small overlap frontal test--enough to garner the new IIHS Top Safety Pick+ accolade.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts the tC in the small class of vehicles that get an overall rating of five stars. Although it receives four stars in the front-impact crash test, it earns five stars in side impact.
With excellent crash-test scores, the tC is a safe choice for younger drivers who want a sporty car.