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The new year sometimes has consumers itching for a new ride. If you haven’t considered the new Toyota Corolla, you should definitely take a look. Fully redesigned for 2020 and kicking off the 12th generation of the beloved car, the Corolla is stepping up its sedan game this year in terms of standard features, handling, fuel economy, and safety.

If you’re one of those consumers who prioritize safety and advanced driver assistance features, the Corolla is sure to check all your boxes.

What the IIHS has to say about the 2020 Toyota Corolla

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated and crash-tested the 2020 Toyota Corolla. It not only performed well, but it also earned the organization’s second-highest ranking of Top Safety Pick.

Both hatchback and sedan models have this top honor. Based on a variety of front and side crash testing, along with an evaluation of the advanced digital safety features, the Corolla has occupant protection as a priority.

What the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration thinks about the Toyota Corolla

Since it’s often best to get a second opinion, the NHTSA has also positively endorsed the 2020 Corolla. The experts performed various crash tests similar to those of the IIHS and came to the same conclusion.

The Corolla earns an overall five-star rating, with its ability to protect drivers and passengers during front and side crash simulations. The Corolla’s eight airbags and the standard Star Safety System that includes vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, and anti-lock brakes, has helped it earn this top safety rating.

Child protection features

For those consumers who have families or little ones in car seats, the Toyota Corolla offers child protection safety features as well. You’ll have the child protective rear door locks to prevent children from accidentally opening doors.

Also included in the rear seating are the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). These lower anchors along the outboard rear seats, along with the tether for middle seating, making loading and unloading booster and cars seat effortless.

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes standard

Many of today’s models offer advanced driver aids as additional tools for safe driving. In a lot of these vehicles, the coolest assistance features come at higher trim levels, costing car-buyers a little extra. The Toyota Corolla, however, makes sure the most essential guide tech is available standard, and many come with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of features.

Enjoy pre-collision warnings with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, steering assist, and road edge detection. But that’s not all. This menu keeps going with lane tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise, and road sign assist. Married to various alerts in the car, the driver will be notified if there is any chance of unsafe occurrences.

Keeping your hands at ten and two

The safest drivers know that keeping eyes on the road and surroundings without distraction is key to avoiding potential risks. The Toyota Corolla brings all the best standard hands-free tech to help you do just that.

Even the base model L trim comes with Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency communications, Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, and a seven-inch touchscreen with rearview camera.

Pair Apple or Android devices with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as well. Play texts out loud, make and receive calls, or voice command your favorite audiobook, without moving your hands from the ten and two position.

If you’re itching for a new car this year, the 2020 Toyota Corolla has tons to offer. It’s great for families, easy on the bank account in terms of cost of ownership, and boasts strong fuel economy. It’s also one of the safest vehicles out there today, which is peace of mind money can’t buy.