Subaru reintroduced a hybrid to its Crosstrek lineup and the redesigned model is more impressive than the original in a couple of ways — including safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that the compact hatchback is a Top Safety Pick Plus, the agency’s highest designation.
The plug-in hybrid version joins the regular version in Top Safety Pick Plus status for earning good scores in all crash tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations.
It also earned a good score for its headlights — curve-adaptive LED projectors with high-beam assist — and a superior rating in front crash prevention. IIHS said that, in track tests, the Crosstrek Hybrid’s standard system avoided collisions at 12 and 25 mph.
Subaru now has nine models, the most of any brand, that earn a 2019 Top Safety PickPlus award. Competitors in the subcompact SUV class haven’t fared as well. The 2019 Honda HR-V, for example, is only a Top Safety Pick, failing to earn the Plus designation for poorly rated headlights. Another competitor, the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, failed to earn either award.
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