Subaru has built its reputation on two factors: safety and performance. The 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi and WRX hatchback and sedan offer both in spades, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com invariably praise the high crash-test ratings for these models.
Few vehicles rate as highly as the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX lineup when it comes to crash-test scores. The Subaru Impreza WRX earns the IIHS's highest rating, "good," in both frontal offset and side impact tests on its way to being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009. The IIHS cites the Subaru Impreza WRX's "good performance in front, side, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control" as the primary reasons for the award. NHTSA also bestows very high grades on the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and its WRX siblings; in NHTSA testing, the Subaru Impreza WRX earns perfect five-star ratings in both frontal impact categories and the side driver impact category, and four of five stars for the side passenger impact category.
When it comes to overall safety ratings, crash-test scores are just one part of the story. In addition to its solid construction, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX boasts a number of standard safety features that work to keep occupants out of harm's way. Cars.com reports that "all Imprezas include an impressive array of safety features," including "standard side impact and side-curtain airbags, standard electronic stability system with traction control, standard antilock brakes with brake-force distribution and brake assist, [and] standard incline-start assist." ConsumerGuide mentions that an "antiskid system" is also standard on the Subaru Impreza WRX STi and WRX models. As noted in the performance section, all Subaru Impreza WRX vehicles come with standard all-wheel drive as well, which can prove invaluable during inclement weather.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com report that visibility is great from within either body style. Edmunds declares, "from behind the wheel, outward visibility in our 2009 Subaru WRX Sedan Premium test car is excellent.”