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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The federal government still hasn't tested the current Impreza, but in IIHS testing the 2012 model earned the group's Top Safety Pick accolade—with top 'good' ratings in every category—and we expect the 2013 model to do the same.
Subaru models from recent years have, with few exceptions, achieved top-tier safety ratings. The roster of safety features is good, too; in addition to the usual set of airbags, Subaru has added a seventh airbag to protect the driver’s knees. A brake-override system is also included.
Subaru also improved outward visibility last year, by slimming the pillars; and with a relatively high front seating position and somewhat low shoulder line, there's now good visibility in most directions. The side-mirror design introduced last year is also 20 percent larger, providing a full field of rear view.
The 2013 Impreza keeps with Subaru's excellent track record for high safety ratings.