The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet fully tested the WRX; although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the WRX good ratings across the board, including in the IIHS' new small-overlap test.
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.