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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' frontal side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'marginal, side impact
Top Safety Pick
Five stars overall; five stars frontal, five stars side impact, four stars rollover
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.
Eight standard airbags and five-star safety headline the safety story for the 2014 Corolla.