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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
Yaris Sedan: 'Good,' frontal, side impact; 'marginal,' rear/seat; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Yaris Hatchback: 'Good,' frontal, side, rear/seat; 'good,' roof strength; 'marginal,' small overlap frontal
Four stars overall; four stars frontal impact, five stars side
nine standard airbags—a fact far more attractive to parents than to those college kids who will undoubtedly be driving this affordable compact new Toyota
Road & Track
Toyota has also one-upped the competition in terms of safety with nine standard air bags.
The 2014 Toyota Yaris is now in its third year on the market; and based on the crash-test ratings available at this point, we might suggest that if safety if your top priority in a small car, there are better picks.
The Yaris five-door hatchback got decent but not stellar safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which gave it a four-star Overall rating, made up of four stars each for frontal impact and rollover, and five stars for side impact.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the 2014 Yaris five-door hatchback as Good (its highest rating) on its moderate-overlap front crash, side crash, roof crush, and head-restraint/seats tests. But on the newer small-overlap frontal impact test, it achieved a worrisome 'Marginal' rating--only one notch above Poor.
Neither agency rated the three-door Yaris separately.
The current Yaris has than nine airbags as standard. They include dashboard bags, front seat-mounted side bags, a knee airbag for the driver, and roll-sensing side bags for front and rear occupants. And with a stiffer body structure, the 2014 Yaris is likely to do better in real-world crashes than previous generations of the same car.
The 2014 Toyota Yaris gets excellent ratings and safety is one of its outstanding aspects.