2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Aces IIHS Crash Tests

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback may share the same nameplate as the iconic four-door sedan, but its redesigned styling and added sense of sportiness make it the obvious choice for consumers wanting a little more versatility and driving pleasure. There's some more good news for the Corolla Hatchback, as the vehicle aced all of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) crash tests.

The Corolla Hatchback earned a rating of “Good,” which is the highest score possible, in all of the institute's crash tests. Thanks to Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 system, which adds things like a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control, the vehicle's front crash prevention system was found to be “Superior.” That's also the highest score possible for that test.

With its excellent crash test scores and “Superior” rating for the IIHS' front crash prevention test, the Corolla Hatchback was on its way to get the institute's highest possible award of being named a Top Safety Pick Plus. Unfortunately, because of its headlights, which were found to be “Acceptable,” the best the Corolla Hatchback could do is be named a Top Safety Pick.

The “Acceptable” headlight rating applies to the range-topping XSE trim with the available Preferred Package that adds adaptive LED projector headlights. The standard LED projector headlights found on the SE and XSE trims earned a lower score of “Marginal.”

The 2018 Corolla sedan was also named as a Top Safety Pick, missing out on the Plus designation because of its headlights that were also found to be “Acceptable.” The Corolla wasn't put through the IIHS' difficult passenger-side small overlap front test, though.

With the Top Safety Pick rating, the Corolla Hatchback has a similar rating as the Hyundai Elantra GT and Mazda3 5-Door. The Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Impreza hatchback, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, and Hyundai Elantra sedan were named Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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