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2015 Subaru WRX

Small car
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
Crash avoidance rating
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Subaru WRX was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Although the car shares some of its design elements with the Subaru Impreza, there are now sufficient differences for the WRX to be rated separately.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 12 cm at the footrest. Upper interior intrusion measured 6 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Subaru WRX Premium 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,443 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1418
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 12
Left toepan (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 6
Upper dash (cm) 6
Lower instrument panel (cm) 6

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1418
Head
HIC-15 116
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 8
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 24
Femur (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 6
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.64
Right 0.66
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.0
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 77

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
A
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
A
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Subaru WRX was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Although the car shares some of its design elements with the Subaru Impreza, there are now sufficient differences for the WRX to be rated separately.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck and chest indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Forces on the left tibia indicate that lower leg injuries would be possible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. As the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head grazed the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Subaru WRX Premium 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,437 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1403
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 3
Center (cm) 6
Right (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1403
Head
HIC-15 373
Peak gs at hard contact 80
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.39
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.7
Femur force - right (kN) 1.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 2
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.60
Maximum tibia index - right 0.56
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 5.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 67
Right 47

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Subaru WRX was redesigned for the 2015 model year. Although the car shares some of its design elements with the Subaru Impreza, there are now sufficient differences for the WRX to be rated separately.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2015 Subaru WRX Premium 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,437 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 181 in.
Width 71 in.
Engine 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 19 mpg city / 25 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES1404
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-13.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES1404
Head HIC-15 273
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.6
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 35
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.12
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.55
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.2
L-M moment (Nm) 166
A-P moment (Nm) 45

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES1404
Head HIC-15 297
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.3
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 30
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.19
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.43
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.3
Combined force (kN) 1.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.9
L-M moment (Nm) 154
A-P moment (Nm) 42

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,420 lbs
Peak force 17,641 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.16
Tested vehicle
2015 Subaru WRX Premium 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2015-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 22
Distance below top of head (mm) 0
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.5
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 379

Applies to 2015 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Driver knee airbag: a separate airbag in the lower instrument panel designed to minimize knee injuries in frontal crashes
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights

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