Safety

In Australia, Corolla models built between 1986-2006 were assessed in the Used Car Safety Ratings 2008:

  • (1986–1988) — worse than average
  • (1989–1993) — average
  • (1994–1997) — better than average
  • (1998–2001) — better than average
  • (2002–2006) — better than average

The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 1998-2002 models as “Acceptable” in their 40 mph (64 km/h) frontal offset crash test. Initial 2003 models had an overall “Good” rating, but received a “Marginal” on left foot injury protection. A rebuild beginning December 2002, which continues through to the 2008 model, gives the Corolla a “Good” rating in all aspects of the test. Corolla models from model year 2005 to 2008 with optional side curtain air bags received an “Acceptable” rating in the side impact crash test, largely due to a “Marginal” rating in structure/safety cage design. Otherwise, injury protection ratings for driver and rear passenger were all good except for driver pelvis/leg injury protection, which was “Acceptable”. The Corolla from model year 2009 to present with standard side curtain air bags received a “Good” rating in both the frontal offset and side impact crash test.

Euro NCAP ratings are as follows:

  • 1998 (EE110 1.3 5-door liftback LHD): 3 stars (23 points) adult occupant, 2 stars (15 points) pedestrian (pre-2002 rating system)
  • 2002 (ZZE120 1.4 5-door hatchback RHD): 4 stars (28 points) adult occupant, 2 stars (11 points) pedestrian
  • 2007 (E150 4-door sedan): 5 stars (34 points) adult occupant, 4 stars (39 points) child occupant, 3 stars (23 points) pedestrian