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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
'Good,' all categories; Top Safety Pick
Five stars overall; five stars frontal, five stars side
The 2014 Impreza is one of the top-performing small cars for safety; and that holds true whether you're referring to crash-test protection or features.
The Impreza is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ choice, meaning that it's received a top score of "Good" across the board in all tests--including in the new small overlap frontal test.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also given the Impreza an overall five out of five star rating–with top scores in all tests, with exception only for a four-star rating in frontal impacts. At the time that this review was updated, the federal government still hadn't officially carried over the Impreza's four-star frontal and five-star overall scores, but for now we're assuming that will be the case as there have been no changes to the body structure.
Subaru also improved outward visibility with the current design, 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 in 2012 is also 20 percent larger, providing a full field of rear view.
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.
With good scores from the NHTSA and a top-tier performance in IIHS tests, the Impreza is among the safest compact-car picks.