2013 Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ: Safe And Exciting Sports Car Picks

September 6, 2012
The first U.S. crash-test results are in for the new 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars, and they may be a bit surprising to some—surprisingly good, that is.

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.

2013 Subaru BRZ

2013 Subaru BRZ

As we point out in our full review of the 2013 Subaru BRZ, these models are built on an entirely new structure that extensively uses high-tensile-strength steel and the safety-ring structure that's proven its mettle in other Subaru models. Outward visibility is also quite good for a sports car.

Keeping in mind these cars' new results, we've raised our safety score to 9 for both models.

See our reviews on the BRZ and FRS for more information, and see below for video of the IIHS side testing.

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