Subaru Crosstrek and WRX Earn Top Safety Honors

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The Subaru Crosstrek and WRX have both earned IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards.

Both models have been redesigned for the 2018 model year, and both qualify for the top award from IIHS when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. In addition to earning good crashworthiness ratings across the board, the Crosstrek’s optional front crash prevention earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, a Crosstrek equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight system avoided collisions. It also has a forward collision warning system that meets NHTSA criteria.

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The headlights on the Crosstrek’s 2.0i Limited trim earn an acceptable rating when the vehicle is equipped with high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles. But without high-beam assist, the LED headlights earn a marginal rating, and the standard halogen lights earn a poor rating.

Improved headlights on the 2018 WRX however help it earn a Top Safety Pick+. The 2017 model fell sort by earning a Top Safety Pick award, because its best-available headlights were marginal. The 2018 Subaru WRX when equipped with high-beam assist and LED lights that come with the Limited trim earn a good headlight rating. Without high-beam assist, the WRX’s headlights are acceptable, while the base halogen lights receive a poor rating.

“Subaru is committed to developing the highest safety standards for our vehicles,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., “and receiving the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award for all our 2018 models equipped with EyeSight and LED Steering Responsive Headlights proves this commitment to our customers.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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