2015 Subaru WRX Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The 2015 Subaru WRX has earned a top safety pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To qualify to be a top safety pick, a vehicle must earn a “good” rating (the highest rating) in the moderate overlap front, side crash, roof strength and head restraint tests, along with at least an “acceptable” rating in the new small overlap test.

The 2015 WRX managed to score top marks in every single crash test category, with the only factor holding it back from being a top safety pick plus being its lack of crash avoidance technology. To get that added “plus” moniker, the vehicle in question must score at least a “basic” rating in crash avoidance technology.

There are two spots where this Subaru faltered however. During the moderate overlap front crash test, the IIHS says that the dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through the airbag and forces on the left foot indicate lower leg injuries are possible.

This marks the sixth Subaru vehicle to get a top safety pick, three of which are the full top safety pick plus.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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