Subaru Crosstrek, WRX earn highest award

October 5, 2017

The redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2018 Subaru WRX, both small cars, join the ranks of Top Safety Pick+ winners. Both vehicles qualify for the top award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

To earn the Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The new design of the Crosstrek shares the same structure as the Subaru Impreza, which was redesigned for 2017. The Top Safety Pick+ award earned by the 2017 Impreza carries over to the 2018 model and also to the 2018 Crosstrek.

In addition to across-the-board good crashworthiness ratings, the Crosstrek has optional front crash prevention that 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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The LED 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. Without high-beam assist, the LED headlights earn a marginal rating, and the base halogen lights earn a poor rating.

Meanwhile, improved headlights boost the 2018 WRX into Top Safety Pick+ territory. The 2017 model earned a Top Safety Pick award, but fell short of the "plus" because its best-available headlights were marginal. When equipped with high-beam assist and LED lights that come with the Limited trim, the 2018 WRX earns a good headlight rating. Without high-beam assist, the same headlights rate acceptable. The base halogen lights earn a poor rating.

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