Toyota Corolla will be updated to improve its IIHS crash test rating

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2013

The next Toyota Corolla will receive improvements so that it can do well during the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, particularly in the challenging small overlap front crash test. Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly have the best safety record. Many of its models, including the 2014 Toyota Corolla, were given “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings by the IIHS.

Toyota is reportedly attempting to improve its scores on the safety tests by reworking the RAV4, Camry, and Prius V. According to a report from Automotive.com, the Toyota Corolla is due for a safety update too. Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato said that the automaker is already working on improving the Corolla.

It’s likely that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will get structural reinforcements so that it can get a high score on the small overlap test, which crashes the vehicle moving 40 mph into a barrier that covers just 25% of front surface of the car.

So that the vehicle could get the top safety rating of Top Safety Pick +, it must get at least an “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap test as well as a good rating in the other four IIHS crash tests.

The 2014 Scion tC is the only Toyota vehicle with a Top Safety Pick + designation but many Toyota models haven’t been assessed yet in the small overlap test. The rivals of the Corolla that are Top Safety Pick + models include the 2013 Dodge Dart, the 2013 Ford Focus, the 2013 Honda Civic, and the 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

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