Both models are shaping up to be safety all-stars, and two of the best-rated sports cars for those who value safety. They achieve IIHS Top Safety Pick status, with the best 'good' ratings in all categories of testing—including frontal, side, and rear impact plus roof strength.
The FR-S and BRZ, which are structurally identical, achieve 'good' scores in all subcategories of testing as well, with the only 'acceptable' rating there being for driver torso injury in the side impact test; nevertheless the overall side-impact score was 'good.'
The IIHS doesn't have a sports car or coupe category and thus lumps the FR-S and BRZ in with other small cars in listing, and it achieves an excellent (considering its relatively low likelihood of rollover) roof-strength result of 5.00. And in all fairness, there aren't many sports car models given full safety ratings by either of the U.S. agencies—mainly because of their high price and rather low sales volumes.
The surprising part about these two cars' safety ratings is that, as light, lean performance coupes and purists' sports cars, shoppers might not necessarily expect their protection to be top-notch.
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Keeping in mind these cars' new results, we've raised our safety score to 9 for both models.