Simple and lightweight don't always add up to the highest crash-test ratings and occupant protection. But in this case, buyers of the Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S sports cars (and shoppers considering these great sports cars) have another reason to rest assured that their car will protect them in case of the unthinkable: Both cars have earned a top five-star Overall Rating in the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) test, administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That includes a four-star rating for frontal impact and a five-star score for side-impact protection, as well as a five-star score in the rollover category.
The results for both cars are based on a test conducted a couple of weeks ago, of a Scion FR-S Coupe. Both cars are structurally identical, with minor variations in suspension tuning and feature content.
Those ratings aren't all top-notch however, and there's clearly room for improvement. While the BRZ and FR-S performed extremely well in the side pole rating, as well as with a smaller (female) size rear passenger, they earned a less admirable three-star rating with an average male-size test dummy in the driver's seat.
2014 Scion FR-S
In all, knowing that these two small sports cars have respectable safety scores only adds to their appeal. As we say of both, they capture the essence of what a sports car should be: honest, inexpensive fun.