When looking for a sports coupe how many people think about safety? Okay, so that is a rhetorical question, but the reality is that sports cars aren’t necessarily thought of as the pillar of automotive safety. Scion is looking to prove otherwise, like they proved to the automotive world on could steer away from mainstream and still be successful. This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the all-new Scion tC sports coupe a five star rating in the overall crash test review. We drove the 2011 Scion
last year in Las Vegas and can vouch for its sporty-ness, but the latest news on safety makes it not only fashionable, but also practical.
The NHTSA tested the 2011 Scion tC as part of a consumer information program it created to rate vehicles to determine crash and rollover safety. The program, named the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), has goals set to gather information on controlled crash and rollover tests conducted at the NHTSA research facility and then rate them on a five star scale. You can read more about the NCAP program in the announcement on www.safecar.gov
A high crash test rating from NHTSA isn’t the only thing the Scion tC brings to the safety discussion. The tC comes standard with a total of eight airbags, including front driver and passenger knee airbags and side curtains. In addition, all tC’s come standard with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Smart Stop Technology (SST), a tire pressure monitoring system and newly adopted active front headrests.
On sale since October of last year (see are preview review), the Scion tC has continued the company’s tradition of being a car that you can personalize. It also comes with a community of owners—some call it a lifestyle of it’s own. Anyway you slice it, if you are looking for a small sports coupe, then the Scion tC should be on your list—at 180 horsepower it has power and with an available 300-watt 8-speaker audio system you can be singing at the top of your lungs in traffic as people stare on in aw.