Redesigned Toyota Corolla hatchback is a Top Safety Pick

October 2, 2018

The redesigned Toyota Corolla hatchback, a small car, qualifies for the 2018 Top Safety Pick award when equipped with optional curve-adaptive headlights.

The 2019 Corolla hatchback takes the place of the Corolla iM hatchback. The Corolla sedan has not yet been redesigned, and the hatchback ratings don't apply to it.

To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must have good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also needs a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating and available headlights that earn an acceptable or good rating.

The Corolla comes with standard, superior-rated front crash prevention, and its optional curve-adaptive headlights earn an acceptable rating. The base headlights, however, earn a marginal rating.

The car also earns a good rating in the newest crash test from IIHS, the passenger-side small overlap front. The test isn't factored into the Top Safety Pick criteria, but an acceptable or good rating is required for a Top Safety Pick+ award. The Corolla, however, misses out on the "plus" because it lacks another requirement, good-rated headlights.

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