Toyota has invested a lot into the redesigned 2014 Corolla sedan, heralding its new designs both inside and out as fresh and exciting, but despite the new looks, the Corolla falls short in the safety department. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ranks the new Corolla as “marginal” in the small-overlap crash test.
The new-for-2013 small overlap crash test has caught many automakers off-guard with its stringent new standards, but Toyota is feeling the ill effects with many of its vehicles. The Camry, Prius V , and RAV4 all received a “poor” rating in the new test. As a result, those vehicles will not qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ honors.
During the test, the Corolla suffered damage to the driver’s foot well, raising the chances of lower-leg injuries. The dummy’s head also rolled to the left of the airbag and could potentially strike the A-pillar or dashboard. Luckily, the side curtain airbag deployed properly and prevented any injuries to the dummy’s head.
Toyota was obviously not happy with the results. Spokesman John Hanson even questioned the new standard’s relevancy by saying, “When all-new crash tests are introduced by the [IIHS], we need to be confident that the changes needed to accommodate the tests will enhance overall safety in real-world crashes.”
The IIHS says the new standards are in response to research suggesting that 25 percent of all highway deaths are caused by small overlap head-on collisions.
The news isn’t all bad for Toyota, however. The redesigned Scion tC earned the second-highest safety rating of “acceptable” in the small-overlap frontal crash test back in August.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota Corolla
The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla is a welcomed replacement for the drab and rather boring 2013 model. A familiar 1.8-liter, in-line four-cylinder produces 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 128 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm and is mated to either a 4-speed automatic, a six-speed manual, or Toyota’s new CVTi-S.
Added to the returning L, LE, and S trim levels is an LE Eco trim that includes a nifty new engine management system called Valvematic. The new system works to vary the amount the intake valves open to specifically control the volume of fresh air entering the combustion chambers. LE Eco Corollas get an extra 3 mpg over the standard 1.8-liter and make an extra eight horsepower.
Pricing for the 2014 Corolla starts at $16,800 and increases to $20,100 for a well-optioned LE Eco.