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One Minor Flaw Prevented 2020 Toyota Corolla's Perfect Crash Score

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How serious is "minor" though?

The redesigned 2020 Corolla sedan is a massive improvement over the previous generation thanks to the heavy influence of the stylish 2019 Corolla hatchback. With a starting price of just $19,500, the Corolla is great value in the compact sedan segment and it now has the style to back up its frugal nature. There's just one question - is it safe to crash?

The National Highway Safety Administration, the US government-funded crash-test agency, has yet to test the 2020 Corolla sedan but has awarded the similar 2019 Corolla Hatchback with a five-star rating. Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a privately funded agency, has crash-tested the 2020 Corolla sedan and the results a great, but not perfect.

The IISH has awarded the Corolla sedan with a Top Safety Pick, which sounds excellent. To earn this, the Corolla has to score "Good" ratings for all of the agency's crashes including the passenger-side small overlap crash. The Corolla's standard automatic emergency braking technology even earned it a "Superior" rating for front crash prevention by avoiding a collision at 25 mph.

Even the base Corolla L includes the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance systems as standard. Safety Sense 2.0 bundles in Pre-Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Auto High Beam Headlights, Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, and Lane Tracing Assist.

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The news just keeps getting better but there was just one area keeping the Corolla from earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating. In the headlight category, the Corolla only scored "Acceptable" on the XLE and XSE trims with the Advanced Lighting Package. The base Corolla LE only scored "Marginal" in the test, which has been an ongoing trend with headlights in the US market. It seems a shame for the Corolla to fall short of a perfect score just because of the headlights but the car is still very safe in a crash.