The 2008 Subaru Impreza hatchbacks do well in crash tests, with the top five stars for frontal impact and four- and five-star results in side impact from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), plus top "good" results from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for both front and rear impact. It’s also a Top Safety Pick, as deemed by the IIHS.
Electronic stability control and incline start assist are included in the Outback Sport or with the Premium Package but not otherwise available on the 2.5i wagon. Anti-lock brakes are standard, along with front side airbags and side curtain bags. Cars.com says that all 2008 Subaru Imprezas "include an impressive array of safety features," such as "six airbags and active head restraints are standard." Other standard 2008 Subaru safety equipment includes "front disc and rear drum brakes...on 2.5i models." Optional Subaru 2008 safety equipment, according to Cars.com, includes "an electronic stability system" and "optional antilock braking system upgrades."
According to MyRide.com, "oddly shaped rearmost pillars intrude in the [Subaru 2008] outward vision a bit, but only when the rear seats are folded; when up, the rear seat head restraints block the pillars."