The 2008 Subaru WRX and STI, along with the Impreza models that they’re based on, have done exceptionally well in crash tests and promise to be among the safest small cars available.
“Still think you can’t have it all?” asks Cars.com. “Check out the Impreza’s crash tests, which at the time of publication are the best in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Small Car class, with top scores for frontal and side-impact collisions.”
“All-wheel drive is of course standard, as is an electronic stability system with traction control for added protection,” adds Cars.com. “Standard side-impact torso airbags for the front occupants, plus curtain airbags that cover the side windows completely, are standard and contribute to the model’s good scores."
Edmunds reports that U.S. drivers aren’t yet getting the “ultrasupportive Recaro seats available in Japan” for safety/bureaucratic reasons. “Word is that a version incorporating the U.S.-required passenger-detection sensor for airbag use hasn’t been certified, but Subaru may decide to do so in the future.”