After scoring a “marginal” rating on the small overlap front crash test, Toyota is already working to better the Corolla’s results.
The small overlap front crash test from the IIHS was put into place last year and is currently used as a separate safety test that awards a vehicle the Top Safety Pick Plus designation if it does well. The 2013 Honda Civic, which underwent numerous changes between the 2012 and 2013 model year, has earned Top Safety Pick Plus after going through some extensive chassis changes.
Despite knowing about the small overlap front crash test since 2009, Toyota remained conservative and didn’t want to start making engineering changes to its vehicles until the test became official. Other new Toyota models are also undergoing changes to ensure a better score on the new test, which typically means many of those models will see a weight gain. The 2013 Civic for example, put on another 125 lbs due to structural reinforcements in order to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus honors.
The Japanese automaker didn’t announce when changes will be done on the Corolla, but it’s likely they’ll be in place by the 2015 model year.
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