IIHS gives redesigned compact “marginal” rating due to “intruding structure”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has just completed testing of the 2014 Toyota Corolla and in the small overlap test the new compact was given a “marginal” rating.

The small overlap test, the newest test developed by the IIHS, is particularly hard to score “good” on due to the nature of the collision. It is meant to simulate a very off-centre collision with another vehicle or with a small static object, such as a pole. The test is performed by having 25-percent of the vehicle’s front end strike a 5-foot barrier at 40 mph (64 km/h).

While testing the Corolla, IIHS noted “structural performance was poor and the driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure” and “injuries to the left lower leg would be possible in a real-world crash of this severity”.

Other vehicles in the class – Cruze, Sonic, Beetle, Forte, Soul, and Sentra – have all been given “marginal” or “poor” ratings. However, the Corolla is the first redesigned model for 2014 to be given a mark below “good” or “acceptable”.

Honda’s 2-door and 4-door 2013 Civics are the only vehicles to date in the compact class to be given a “good” rating on the small overlap test from IIHS.

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