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2003 Toyota Corolla

Small car
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    P
  • Head restraints & seats
    A
Ratings shown are the latest available for this model year.
See below for ratings based on manufacture date.
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags with front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional beginning with 2005 models)
2
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags (optional, 2003-04 models)
3
Electronic stability control (optional beginning with 2005 models)
4
Antilock brakes (optional)
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
A
P
P
2007
G
A
P
P
2006
G
A
P
P
2005
G
A
P
P
2004
G
P
A
2003
G
P
A
2002
A
2001
A
2000
A
1999
A
1998
A

Applies to 2003-08 models built after December 2002

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Toyota Corolla was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Corolla in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, forces on the right tibia were high enough to indicate the possibility of lower leg injury. This led Toyota to modify a portion of the padding underneath the carpeting on models produced after December, 2002. (Note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door.) The Institute tested a second Corolla that had been retrofitted with the improved padding, and forces on the lower right leg were reduced so that significant injury was unlikely.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in the second test in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. During rebound in the second test, the head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door
Weight 2,582 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase102 in.
Length178 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings29 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0223
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)10
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)4
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)-1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0223
Head
HIC-15182
Peak gs at hard contact26.000000
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)19
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)2.2
Femur force - right (kN)0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.50
Maximum tibia index - right0.71
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left67
Right58

Applies to 2003 models built before January 2003

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
M
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Toyota Corolla was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Corolla in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, forces on the right tibia were high enough to indicate the possibility of lower leg injury. This led Toyota to modify a portion of the padding underneath the carpeting on models produced after December, 2002. (Note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door.) The Institute tested a second Corolla that had been retrofitted with the improved padding, and forces on the lower right leg were reduced so that significant injury was unlikely.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the head, neck, chest, and left leg indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in the first test in a crash of this severity. Forces on the right tibia indicate that injuries to the lower leg would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in both tests. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag in the first test, it rebounded into the seat without its head hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door
Weight 2,597 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase102 in.
Length178 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings29 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0218
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)8
Left (cm)13
Center (cm)12
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)0
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)3
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0218
Head
HIC-15148
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)31
Maximum Nij 0.29
Chest maximum compression (mm)26
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.2
Femur force - right (kN)1.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)2
Maximum tibia index - left0.39
Maximum tibia index - right1.04
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN)4.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left71
Right91

Applies to 2003-08 models

Overall evaluation
P
Structure and safety cage
M
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
P
Torso
M
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
P
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
A
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Toyota Corolla was redesigned for the 2003 model year. Side curtain airbags designed to protect front and rear occupants’ heads became optional beginning with 2005 models, in addition to the optional side airbags designed to protect drivers’ and front passengers’ torsos available since 2003.

Two tests of a Corolla were conducted, one with optional side airbags for the driver and rear passenger, and one without. These vehicles are rated separately, except that the structural ratings for both vehicles are based on both tests.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that serious skull fracture and/or brain injuries would be likely in a crash of this severity. Rib fractures and/or internal organ injuries and a fracture of the pelvis would also be possible.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was hit by the intruding barrier, producing high head injury measures.

Passenger — The dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2005 Toyota Corolla LE 4-door
Weight 2,584 lbs.
Side airbagsnone
Wheelbase102 in.
Length178 in.
Width67 in.
Engine1.8 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings30 mpg city / 38 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0420CES0421
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-3.5-3.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0421
Head HIC-152,345
Neck
Tension (kN)2.7
Compression (kN)0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)68
Lateral force (kN)3.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)45
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.43
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)1.16
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.6
Acetabulum force (kN)3.5
Combined force (kN)5.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.2
L-M moment (Nm)108
A-P moment (Nm) 44

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0421
Head HIC-15401
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)2.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)56
Lateral force (kN)3.1
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)40
Average deflection (mm)33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.82
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.84
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.5
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)2.5
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.3
L-M moment (Nm)127
A-P moment (Nm) -70

Applies to 2003-04 models

Overall evaluation
A
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Head restraints & seats ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Seats with adjustable height

How this test is conducted

Seat typeSeats with adjustable height
Geometry
Backset (mm)40
Distance below top of head (mm)62
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)8.5
Head contact time (ms)91
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)22
Max neck tension (N)686

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