2003 Subaru Impreza

small car / 4-door sedan

2003 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan
2002 Subaru Impreza shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2002-07 models built after September 2001

Tested vehicle: 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS 4-door

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2002 model year. Imprezas manufactured after September 2001 include structural changes to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). The Saab 9-2X was introduced in the 2005 model year and discontinued after the 2006 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of an Impreza with the structural changes in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier.

The frontal offset crash test ratings also apply to the station wagon version of the Impreza, beginning with 2002 models manufactured after September 2001. The 9-2X was available only as a wagon.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head brushed the B-pillar during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was negligible.

There was little change in the position of the dummy's feet following the crash test. Injury risk was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0126
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 5
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 8
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0126
Head
HIC-15 138
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 21
Maximum Nij 0.25
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 2.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.44
Maximum tibia index - right 0.68
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 75
Right 56

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted