We've Come So Far: 1998 Toyota Corolla Vs 2015 Toyota Corolla Crash Test

May 16, 2017

This is a video of a 1998 and 2015 Toyota Corolla smashing into each other in a partial-overlap crash test at 40MPH. The test was purportedly funded by Australia and New Zealand's safety advocate group, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), although I suspect it was actually funded by car manufacturers to encourage people to buy new cars. Obviously, the 2015 model fared much better than the 1998, which "sustained catastrophic structural failure" and scored a zero out of five stars safety rating (the 2015 scored a five). So, if you had to choose between a 1998 or 2015 Toyota Corolla to be involved in an accident, choose the 2015. But, if you can choose any car, pick a tank. Preferably one with flames painted on the sides to make it look extra bitchin'.

Keep going for the video, but skip to 1:30 for the actual test and results.

Thanks to Dougie, who agrees nobody should be allowed to drive over 30MPH. It's unnatural.

  • sebastian

    they didnt have airbags in 1998??

  • Matt Fricke

    Yeah, that seems to really make things seem overly dramatic...

  • n11

    Pretty interesting. But what would happen if two 2015 TC went head-on?

  • The_Wretched

    This should have an epic rap battle overlay. Who won! whose next!

  • Xockszky

    Yea but that's a Japanese vehicle. They have come a LONG way from being rickety, unreliable rustbuckets to among the best cars on the market.
    Try the test again, and this time do it with a 1998 Ford Taurus and a 2015 Ford Taurus. Hell, try it with a 1988 Crown Victoria, and there won't be any '15 Taurus left.

  • GeneralDisorder

    When you throw in a huge weight differential it's going to change the outcome but the point of the crash test is that the passenger compartment stays more or less intact.

    I don't think the 88 Crown Vic had any crumple zones. So your front row of passengers would have an engine in their laps and most likely be unable to exit the vehicle. The 98 Taurus would be pretty solid and the occupants would most likely survive but every year the passenger compartments get stiffer and better equipped. The front will probably just rip right off. The engine should eject downward in a crash meaning it won't crush the occupants or pin them in in either Taurus. Neither one will be drivable afterward. In fact the only car ever crash tested at 40 mph to drive away was the McLaren F1.

  • WhiteEagle2

    2:58 is where the difference becomes real clear.

  • The_Wretched

    Yeah, i froze that frame then a couple before and after it.

  • TwiZtedS

    Not that it would have made it a whole lot better, but the 1998 Corolla did come standard with a driver side air bag (at least it did on the US models), which didn't deploy in the video...

  • DeadZeppelin

    The '98 car was also missing the steering wheel airbag.

  • Malcolm Fried

    This only proves that, not unlike people, all of the shittiest things were made in the 90's.

  • GeneralDisorder

    You do know the 80s were a thing right? I can't think of much good that came of that fucking decade.

  • Malcolm Fried

    It my not have been good, but at least people were doing something. Small business was on the rise (which yes, did thrive even more in the 90's), international business, and cultural exchange started growing exponentially. Plus coke.

    The 90's simply produced a bunch of louts. "Peace" is great and all, but it doesn't produce worthwhile people. Life became not enough which is why everyone looks for "the meaning", which is just thriving.

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