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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
The 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek is based on the Impreza hatchback, yet with a number of improvements to the body structure--in addition to its nearly four-inch-higher ride height, we can't extend the Impreza's excellent crash-test ratings and impressive record to this new model.
However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the XV Crosstrek its Top Safety Pick award, which means along with its standard stability control, the Crosstrek earns "good" ratings in front-, side-, and rear-impact tests, as well as roof-crush tests.
As a nod to the Crosstrek’s taller stance, Subaru added rollover sensors for the side-curtain bags (a feature the Impreza doesn’t get).
Outward visibility is far better than in most other crossover vehicles, thanks to a reasonably low beltline, relatively thin front pillars, and enough rear glass to give you a good wrap-around view.
The 2013 Crosstrek has better outward visibility than most other crossovers -- plus Subaru's reputation for good safety ratings.