The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla definitely makes some improvements in safety, with better occupant safety, an improved structure, and new active-safety features.
The Corolla has achieved top five-star safety scores in frontal and side impact areas, resulting in a five-star score from the federal government. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Corolla earned top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, rear, and roof strength tests, but a 'marginal' rating in the new small overlap frontal test dashed Toyota's prediction that the Corolla would earn the best Top Safety Pick+ accolade. It's instead a Top Safety Pick.
In addition to employing more high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel, the new Corolla has a rear-seat cross bar that helps with load transmission during side impacts—and helps reduce injury for rear-seat passengers.New this year are both a driver’s side knee airbag as well as a front passenger seat cushion airbag. That's in addition to driver and front passenger front and side airbags, as well as side-curtain bags that cover outboard occupants front and back. Other included safety equipment includes electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, as well as a Smart Stop system that automatically cuts engine power in some cases if the brake and accelerator pedals are simultaneously pressed.
While some cars in the Corolla's class include a few active-safety features like active parking systems, or blind-spot systems, the Corolla keeps it simple. It does however have good outward visibility, and a rear camera system is included in most versions.