2014 Toyota Corolla Gets Marginal Rating in IIHS Crash Test


  • 2014 Toyota Corolla Picture

    2014 Toyota Corolla Picture

    The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla is rated marginal in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test. | October 04, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla earned a "marginal" rating in the new small overlap front crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • "Structural performance was poor and the driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure," said the IIHS.
  • The test duplicates what would happen if the car crashed into a pole on the driver's side.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla earned a "marginal" rating in the new small overlap front crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

"Structural performance was poor and the driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure," said the IIHS.

The test duplicates what would happen if the car crashed into a pole on the driver's side.

The crash-test dummy took a hit in the test. The IIHS said if it had been a person, it would have had injuries to the left lower leg.

"The dummy's head contacted the front airbag but rolled to the left as the steering wheel moved 4 inches to the right," said the IIHS.

The Corolla's performance in the tough small overlap front crash test had been highly anticipated. When the IIHS released results for 12 other small cars in August, it did not test the Corolla because the new model was about to debut. The testing was postponed so that the ratings would not be obsolete.

The 2013 Honda Civic came out on top in the August crash results.

The 2013 Honda Civic is the only small car to get a top score on the new crash test that simulates a severe front-end crash, while the 2014 Kia Forte was the worst performer, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The IIHS rates on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal and poor.

Toyota did not respond immediately to a request for a comment on the Corolla's performance in the new test.

The 2014 Corolla has not been rated in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety ratings programs. NHTSA says its safety ratings information will not be updated during the government shutdown.

The Corolla continues to qualify for the IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick award.

Edmunds says: Safety is a major concern for small-car buyers, so this latest test of the Corolla provides them with some critical information.

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