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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars overall; five stars frontal, five stars side
'Good,' all categories; Top Safety Pick
There's a disappointingly sizable moment of vagueness when you hit the stop pedal, and you have to dig your toes deeper into the footwell to get the sort of stopping performance required during spirited runs.
On the safety side, there’s a new knee airbag on the driver’s side as well as three-mode stability control—on, off, and off with brake-based yaw control (ATV) on.
Car and Driver
Its slender A-pillars, low cowl and door-mounted mirrors afford a great view that allows you to place the car with confidence.
The Subaru WRX hasn't been rated yet for crash safety, but we expect a repeat performance of the Impreza's excellent scores, since the two cars are structurally closely related.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) pegs the Impreza at five stars overall, with perfect scores save for a four-star score in its front-impact test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Impreza a Top Safety Pick, which means it gets good ratings across the board, including in the IIHS' new small-overlap test. However, it's no longer a TSP+--a rating which the IIHS now reserves only for cars with collision-prevention systems at least available as options.
Boosting its safety over the last WRX, the new edition adds a driver knee airbag to its standard-equipment list, as well as a rearview camera.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.
The WRX shares the Subaru Impreza's body--and therefore its excellent crash-test scores.