Top Safety Pick +

2017 Subaru Impreza

small car / 4-door sedan

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2017 Subaru Impreza 4-door sedan

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use
+

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Subaru Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Two driver-side small overlap frontal tests of the Impreza were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests and apply to both the 4-door sedan and wagon versions of the Impreza as well as 2018 and later models of the Crosstrek wagon.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric variant of the Crosstrek wagon, was introduced in the 2019 model year. Ratings also apply to the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the Institute's driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained very well (Institute test car shown).

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury (Institute test shown).

The driver's space was maintained well in both tests, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1704 VTN1701
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2 4
Footrest (cm) 4 7
Left toepan (cm) 3 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3 4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2 2
Upper dash (cm) 2 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 3 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1704 VTN1701
Head
HIC-15 78 261
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 10 7
Maximum Nij 0.21 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21 27
Femur (kN)
Left 0.9 1.1
Right 1.7 1.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1 1
Right 1 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 0
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.62 0.64
Right 0.68 0.34
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.8 2.9
Right 4.0 2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 60 66
Right 67 79

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium wagon 4wd

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Subaru Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and wagon versions of the Impreza as well as 2018 and later models of the Crosstrek wagon.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric variant of the Crosstrek wagon, was introduced in the 2019 model year. Ratings also apply to the Crosstrek Hybrid.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1707
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 11
Right toepan (cm) 6
Center toepan (cm) 1
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 1
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 4
Right lower dash (cm) 4

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1707
Head
HIC-15 85
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) 22
Femur (kN)
Left 0.2
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.42
Right 0.59
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 38
Right 31

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1707
Head
HIC-15 70
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 9
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Femur (kN)
Left 0.4
Right 0.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.36
Right 0.43
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.1
Right 1.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 39
Right 51

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium wagon 4wd

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Subaru Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and wagon versions of the Impreza as well as 2018 and later models of the Crosstrek wagon.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric variant of the Crosstrek wagon, was introduced in the 2019 model year. Ratings also apply to the Crosstrek Hybrid.

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

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1627
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 7
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -6
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1627
Head
HIC-15 143
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.4
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.43
Maximum tibia index - right 0.52
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 84
Right 50

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium wagon 4wd

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Subaru Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of side crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and wagon versions of the Impreza as well as 2018 and later models of the Crosstrek wagon.

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle:2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium wagon 4wd

The Subaru Impreza was redesigned for the 2017 model year and the Subaru Crosstrek was redesigned for the 2018 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of side crash test verification. Ratings apply to both the 4-door sedan and wagon versions of the Impreza as well as 2018 and later models of the Crosstrek wagon.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1626
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1626
Head HIC-15 273
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.9
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.88
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.54
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.5
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.2
L-M moment (Nm) 191
A-P moment (Nm) 47

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1626
Head HIC-15 189
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Compression (kN) 0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 33
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 25
Average deflection (mm) 21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.15
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.24
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.2
Combined force (kN) 1.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.7
L-M moment (Nm) 168
A-P moment (Nm) -41

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2017 Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,058 lbs
Peak force 15,167 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.96

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 26
Distance below top of head (mm) -4
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.2
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 329

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional EyeSight

Package name

  • Optional EyeSight

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • 2.0i Limited trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.0i Limited trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 111.3 m 13.5 %
Straightaway left edge 56.3 m 13.5 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.9 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 62.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 62.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 143.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.0i Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.0i Limited trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 111.3 m 13.5 %
Straightaway left edge 56.3 m 13.5 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.9 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 62.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 62.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 143.0 m
Straightaway left edge 140.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 73.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 70.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.0i Premium trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.0i Premium trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 55.3 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 52.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 42.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 154.9 m
Straightaway left edge 138.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 60.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.2 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.0i Premium trim
  • 2.0i Sport trim
  • 2.0i trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the left side of the road and inadequate on the right side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.0i Premium trim
  • 2.0i Sport trim
  • 2.0i trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 76.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 50.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 44.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 44.3 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 39.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 154.9 m
Straightaway left edge 138.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 65.5 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 60.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 51.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.2 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim 2.0i Premium
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 90
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Visible
Force (lbs) 0
Clearance angle (degrees) 87
Tether anchor
Location Rear deck
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
No

How child seat anchors are evaluated