2014 Toyota Corolla Gets Low Score On America's Toughest Crash Test

Toyota redesigned the 2014 Corolla to acclaim from some of us, scorn from others. It's also earned scorn from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on its new overlap front crash test, where it earned a score slightly better than "poor."

The new test is one of the toughest that the IIHS has ever enacted, basically recreating what would happen if a car were crashed at 40 MPH into a light pole. The Corolla got a score of "marginal," which is the second lowest rating that the IIHS offers.

As Cars.com notes, the picture looks pretty bad, but the Honda Civic also looks as bad, and it scored a "good" in the test.

Overall, the Corolla did perform admirably, since it earned a score of "good" in all the other crash tests. It has been named a top safety pick. Still, with more stringent crash tests on the way, automakers will need to be more vigilant than ever.