Subaru’s seven 2015 Subaru models have earned 2015 Top Safety Pick awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the sole hybrid in the range, the XV Crosstrek hybrid.
The seven Subaru models are the Legacy, Outback, Forester, BRZ, WRX/STI, Impreza and XV Crosstrek.
Subaru is the only manufacturer with IIHS Top Safety Picks for all its models for six years in a row (2010-2015).
To top it off, five of the seven vehicles also earn 2015 Top Safety Pick+ status when equipped with optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. These models are the Forester, Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and XV Crosstrek.
Subaru added Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) is the highest standard of safety the Institute can award and the 2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza and XV Crosstrek were awarded the highest possible rating of “Superior” for front crash prevention. When equipped with the optional EyeSight, these five 2015 models also earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention.
Impreza and XV Crosstrek are the only cars in the entire small car category to achieve the “Superior” rating, continued Subaru. Beginning with model year 2015, the Impreza and XV Crosstrek joined the Legacy, Outback and Forester carlines in offering the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning.
The Subaru EyeSight system was the first system ever to use only stereo camera technology to detect objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
“We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized Subaru in their recent tests,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “Safety is a long-time hallmark of the Subaru brand and we are proud to have the IIHS’ 2015 Top Safety Pick endorsement for every vehicle in our line-up.”
As explained by the IIHS, to win 2015 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must have “Good” ratings in all four tests of high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, and evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. In addition, “Good” or “Acceptable” performance in a small overlap front test introduced in 2012 is also required. The same level of performance in those tests, along with an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, 2015 Top Safety Pick+.