The Subaru WRX, redesigned for 2015, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award, the institute announced today. This was the first time the IIHS has safety-tested the all-wheel-drive compact sedan separately from the Impreza, with which it shares a platform. The agency said 2015 is the first model year the WRX is distinctive enough from the Impreza to warrant its own testing.
The WRX received scores of "good" in the four areas of crash testing, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side and roof strength. The WRX was ineligible for the institute's highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, because safety features including lane departure, blind spot and frontal collision warning systems are not available.