2020 Toyota Corolla Fails To Earn Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - June 19, 2019

Toyota introduced an all-new Corolla sedan for the 2020 model year, packing the compact with more safety features than ever thanks to its standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) suite of safety features. Unfortunately, even with an amazing list of standard safety features, the 2020 Corolla missed out on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick Plus award.

The new Corolla earned a Top Safety Pick award from the institute, acing all six of its crash tests and having a front-crash prevention system that earned a rating of Superior. Where the Corolla fell short is with its headlights. The two units that the IIHS failed to earn a rating of Good, which is necessary for the Plus designation.

The standard LED projector headlights on the Corolla were found to be Marginal, the second worst score possible. According to the IIHS, the base headlights “provided inadequate visibility in multiple IIHS test scenarios.” The LED headlights on the XLE trim with the Advanced Lighting package earned an Acceptable rating.

With a Top Safety Pick award, the 2020 Corolla sedan matches the same rating that the 2019 Corolla Hatchback earned from the organization.

If you’re looking to get into a Corolla that earns the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick rating, you’ll have to go straight up to the range-topping XSE trim, which starts at $26,380 (including destination). But to get the adaptive LED headlights, you’ll have to opt for the available "XLE/XSE Connectivity Package with options" that’s an extra $2,165. With that box ticked, pricing climbs to $28,545. An entry-level Corolla L starts at $20,430.

2020 Toyota Corolla

While the Corolla missed out on the Top Safety Pick Plus award, it comes with an exceptional list of standard safety features. A pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist and road edge detection with a sway warning system, automatic high beams, road sign assist, lane tracing assist, and dynamic radar cruise control are standard.

In the compact segment, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, 2019 Kia Forte sedan, 2019 Subaru Impreza, and 2019 Subaru WRX earned a Top Safety Pick Plus designation from the IIHS. The 2019 Mazda3, 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback, and 2019 Kia Soul are Top Safety Pick vehicles.

For 2020, the Corolla sedan is an all-new model. The sedan now utilizes Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform, has a new look (both on the inside and outside), and more features than before, including the aforementioned list of safety equipment.

Learn more about the Corolla »

, Automotive Editor

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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