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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Good," frontal offset impact; "good," side impact; Top Safety Pick
Five stars, front impacts; five stars, side driver impact; four stars, side passenger impact
Subaru has built its reputation, at least in recent years, on two key attributes: safety and performance. Not surprisingly, safety is a strong point for the 2010 Impreza WRX and STI, and almost all reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the high crash-test scores.
Few vehicles rate as highly as the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI when it comes to crash-test scores—both sedan and hatchback. The Subaru Impreza WRX earns the IIHS's highest rating of "good" in both frontal offset and side impact tests on its way to being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2010. The IIHS reports that 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. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also rates the Subaru Impreza WRX and STI very highly. In the agency’s 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.
The high crash-test ratings of the Impreza WRX and STI are just part of the story. Both models boast a number of standard safety features that work to keep occupants out of harm's way. To start, Edmunds notes that "from behind the wheel, outward visibility in our 2010 Subaru WRX Sedan Premium test car is excellent.” Cars.com reports that "all Imprezas include an impressive array of safety features," such as "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." Finally, as with any Subaru model, standard all-wheel drive proves invaluable during inclement weather.
Subaru is a leader when it comes to safety, and it’s no surprise that the 2010 Subaru Impreza WRX and STI are packed with the latest safety gear.