Subaru Crosstrek, WRX Make IIHS Top Safety Pick+ List


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The redesigned 2018 Subaru Crosstrek and WRX are receiving Top Safety Pick+ honors from the (IIHS).

Making the Top Safety Pick list means both models score ĎGoodí in all five controlled IIHS crash tests. But crash tests alone arenít enough anymore. The IIHS also now factors in front crash prevention and headlight scores to come up with the trim levels that meet the highest award level.

Subaru Eyesight

In this case, the Top Safety Pick+ honors apply to the Crosstrek and WRX trims equipped with the optional Subaru Eyesight system, a safety technology suite that weíre huge fans of here at Despreporno. The system includes the front crash prevention system which scores ĎSuperiorí on both models.

Headlight Ratings

Both the WRX and Crosstrek trims that make the Top Safety Pick+ list also come with ĎAcceptableí or ĎGoodí headlights.

  • 2018 WRX

    The improved headlights on the WRX Limited trim help move it into TOP SAFETY PICK+ territory. The 2017 model fell short of top honors because its best-available headlights were marginal. While the Limited trim earns a ĎGoodí rating due to its high-beam assist and LED lights, the modelís base halogen lights donít make the cut with a ĎPoorí rating.

  • 2018 Crosstrek

    The LED headlights on the Crosstrekís 2.0i Limited trim earn an ĎAcceptableí rating when the vehicle is equipped with high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles. Note, that without high-beam assist, the LED headlights earn a ĎMarginalí rating, and like the WRX, the base halogen lights earn a ĎPoorí rating.


You can check out our recent review of the 2018 Crosstrek Limited
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