Top Safety Pick

2020 Toyota Corolla

small car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights

2020 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback

The Toyota Corolla hatchback was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It replaces the Corolla iM hatchback. The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year (the listed ratings do not apply to the 2019 Corolla sedan). Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2019 Corolla hatchback conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1809
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 2
Left toepan (cm) 2
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 4
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1809
Head
HIC-15 203
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 6
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 0.5
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.54
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 78
Right 60

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Corolla 4-door hatchback

The Toyota Corolla hatchback was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It replaces the Corolla iM hatchback. The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year (the listed ratings do not apply to the 2019 Corolla sedan). Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2019 Corolla hatchback conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1826
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 1
Right toepan (cm) 4
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 4
Right lower dash (cm) 3

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1826
Head
HIC-15 151
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 44
Maximum Nij 0.44
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.56
Right 0.64
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.7
Right 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 52
Right 46

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1826
Head
HIC-15 95
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.31
Right 0.28
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 0.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 35
Right 56

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback

The Toyota Corolla hatchback was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It replaces the Corolla iM hatchback. The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year (the listed ratings do not apply to the 2019 Corolla sedan). Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2019 Corolla hatchback conducted by Toyota as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1817
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 4
Center (cm) 2
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -1
Right (cm) -3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1817
Head
HIC-15 204
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.72
Maximum tibia index - right 0.62
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 75

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback

The Toyota Corolla hatchback was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It replaces the Corolla iM hatchback. The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year (the listed ratings do not apply to the 2019 Corolla sedan).

Two side tests of a 2019 Corolla hatchback were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Toyota as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both the hatchback and redesigned sedan.

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle:2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback

The Toyota Corolla hatchback was redesigned for the 2019 model year. It replaces the Corolla iM hatchback. The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for the 2020 model year (the listed ratings do not apply to the 2019 Corolla sedan).

Two side tests of a 2019 Corolla hatchback were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Toyota as part of side crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both the hatchback and redesigned sedan.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier (left edge of photo) just after the Institute's crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment (Institute test car shown).

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag in the Institute's test.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1814 CES1809
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.0 -19.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1814 CES1809
Head HIC-15 294 181
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 0.8
Compression (kN) 0.2 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 23 21
Lateral force (kN) 1.2 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31 25
Average deflection (mm) 28 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.20 3.52
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.42 0.24
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.1 2.5
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8 1.2
Combined force (kN) 4.8 3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 118 112
A-P moment (Nm) 20 35

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1814 CES1809
Head HIC-15 111 127
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.8 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 24 23
Lateral force (kN) 0.8 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 26 23
Average deflection (mm) 22 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.20 2.28
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.31 0.23
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.1 0.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2 1.1
Combined force (kN) 1.2 1.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.8 1.4
L-M moment (Nm) 236 226
A-P moment (Nm) 79 -102

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Toyota Corolla SE 4-door hatchback

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,998 lbs
Peak force 15,653 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.22

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019-20 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 24
Distance below top of head (mm) 6
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.7
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 193

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0: Pre-Collision System w/Pedestrian Detection

Applies to 2019-20 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • XLE trim equipped with Advanced Lighting package
  • XSE trim equipped with Advanced Lighting package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • XLE trim equipped with Advanced Lighting package
  • XSE trim equipped with Advanced Lighting package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 88.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.8 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 48.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.3 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.0 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 130.4 m
Straightaway left edge 127.0 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 81.2 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 81.5 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 71.4 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 69.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • L trim
  • LE trim
  • Hybrid LE trim
  • SE trim
  • XLE trim
  • XSE trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • L trim
  • LE trim
  • Hybrid LE trim
  • SE trim
  • XLE trim
  • XSE trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019-20 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.0 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 58.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 36.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 50.4 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 137.5 m
Straightaway left edge 123.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 63.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.1 m

How headlights are evaluated