The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has designated the 2017 Subaru Impreza as their top safety pick award. This coveted recognition, called the 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, was given because of the small car’s top ratings for crash protection, a superior-rated front crash prevention system and good-rated headlights. Its added driver-assist technology, new design language, and an updated flat-four engine were also considered.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses of deaths, injuries and property damage from crashes on the nation’s roads.
Each year the IIHS awards their safety award to the vehicle that earns the best ratings in their five crashworthiness tests: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. They also consider front crash prevention systems that are rated advanced or superior. The “+” in the award is for cars that also have acceptable or good headlights.
According to the IIHS’s news release, both the 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback wagon versions won the award. “The Impreza’s optional EyeSight system earns a superior rating for front crash prevention. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, the Impreza avoided a collision. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.
“The Impreza has several available headlight systems. When equipped with LED headlights and high-beam assist, which automatically switches between high beams and low beams depending on the presence of other vehicles, the car earns a good headlight rating. Without high-beam assist, the LED headlights earn an acceptable rating. The halogen lights that come on lower trim levels earn a marginal rating.
The Impreza also earns the top rating of good+ for ease of use of LATCH hardware for installing child restraints. This makes it the only small car to earn top ratings in all IIHS evaluations.”
Both the sedan and the four-door hatchback are equipped with standard all-wheel-drive (AWD), with an updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This is the Subaru Impreza’s fifth generation.
The optional EyeSight system adopts adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, sway warning, and lane keep assist. The car also includes reverse automatic braking when going in reverse if an obstacle is detected.
As you know, I am not a car salesman – I am a personal injury lawyer – but I always want to report on the improved safety of the cars on the roads. As always, there is no improvement that can be made to work, if the driver is not driving attentively and defensively.
Please, no matter what you are driving, stay safe out there.
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Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety