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2016 Subaru WRX Draws Top Safety Rating

September 18, 2015

Photo of Subaru WRX courtesy of Subaru. 
Photo of Subaru WRX courtesy of Subaru.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the 2016 model-year Subaru WRX a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with the optional front-crash prevention system.

The addition of the optional EyeSight system is the only significant change to the WRX, which underwent a redesign last year, IIHS pointed out. Like the 2015 model, the 2016 WRX drew a “good” rating – the highest possible score – in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests. Those tests evaluate small overlap front crashes, moderate overlap front crashes, side crashes, roof strength and head restraints.

“The EyeSight-equipped WRX avoided collisions in track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph,” IIHS said. “The system also includes a forward collision warning function that meets criteria set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicle earns the maximum 6 points for a superior front crash prevention rating.”

To qualify for Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn “good” ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, plus a “good” or “acceptable” rating in the small overlap test. For Top Safety Pick+, vehicles also need an available front crash system with an “advanced” or “superior” rating.

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