Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Scion tC 2-door

The Scion tC was redesigned for the 2011 model year. Beginning with 2014 models, the side curtain airbags were reprogrammed to deploy in small overlap frontal crashes to improve occupant protection.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Driver injury measures






Lower leg/foot


Driver restraints and dummy kinematics The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.


Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy’s position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver’s survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The side curtain airbag extended far enough forward toward the A-pillar to protect the head from contact with forward side structure.

Door hinge pillar intrusion contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID CEN1320 Lower occupant compartment Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 24 Footrest (cm) 13 Left toepan (cm) 4 Brake pedal (cm) 3 Parking brake (cm) Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8 Upper occupant compartment Steering column 5 Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 14 Upper dash (cm) 14 Lower instrument panel (cm) 13 Driver injury measures Test ID CEN1320 Head HIC-15 127 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.2 Extension bending moment (Nm) 7 Maximum Nij 0.30 Chest maximum compression (mm) 22 Femur (kN) Left 2.4 Right 0.8 Knee displacement (mm) Left 9 Right 2 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right Maximum tibia index Left 0.96 Right 0.39 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 3.2 Right 1.9 Foot acceleration (g) Left 106 Right 58

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted


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Scion poured sporty details into the last few tCs

2014 Scion tC | Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images
2014 Scion tC | Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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The 2014 Scion tC is loaded with interior touches. A sun and moon roof gives the coupe a fun feel that younger drivers will appreciate. Features like hands-free calling with Bluetooth connectivity add to the 2014 tC’s appeal. The last Scion tC was released in 2016 before Toyota killed the brand.

Where this coupe really shines is in cargo space. The smart hatchback design means it can hold more items than the typical dorm room. Moving in, moving out, and packing up for holiday road trips is a breeze in this roomy coupe.

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Head restraints seats

Seat type: Manual cloth seats (AHR)

Overall evaluation


Dynamic rating


Seat/head restraint geometry


Technical measurements for this test Seat type Manual cloth seats (AHR) Geometry Backset (mm) 20 Distance below top of head (mm) 42 Seat design parameters Pass/fail Pass Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.6 Head contact time (ms) 63 Force rating 1 Neck forces Max neck shear force (N) 46 Max neck tension (N) 486

How the head restraint & seat test is conductedCurrently, IIHS tests apply only to front seats.


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