All the standard safety features are here, too, including anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints to help mitigate crash-induced whiplash. It could be argued that in some situations the standard all-wheel drive system also serves as a safety feature.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Impreza and Impreza Sport top 'good' ratings for frontal, side, and rear impact, as well as the new roof strength test. That altogether makes it one of the IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2011.
The federal government hasn't yet tested the Impreza in its revised and more stringent battery of tests for 2011, but in previous model years this model has received a mix of four- and five-star results.