Safety is a core value for the Subaru brand and they keep turning out the safest cars on the road. Now the brand’s first-ever plug-in hybrid, the all-new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (IIHS). Subaru Corp now has nine models with the highest safety rating, more than any automaker.
Customers will save fuel and feel safe in the new Subaru plug-in hybrid because it scored well in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. For a car to earn the top designation, it must earn good ratings in all six evaluations, as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gets standard EyeSight
The new 2019 Crosstrek Hybrid gets the latest version of Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system, and it also gets new LED Steering Responsive Headlights that help it earn the top honor. IIHS says in front crash prevention track tests, the Crosstrek Hybrid's standard system avoided collisions at 12 and 25 mph, earning the small car a superior rating for front crash prevention.
All Crosstrek models also ride on the new Subaru Global Platform. Subaru says the new platform offers 90 percent more chassis front lateral flexural rigidity and 70 percent chassis torsional rigidity, 70 percent more front suspension rigidity, and 100 percent rear subframe rigidity.
With the improvements, Subaru was able to improve crash energy absorption by 40 percent over the previous-generation model. These changes have led to the second-generation Crosstrek performing better on the IIHS small-overlap test than the prior-generation editions.
In the small SUV category, Kia Niro Plug-in hybrid, and Kia Soul both scored top safety picks+, but the 2019 Honda HR-V 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.
Subaru is delivering on their stated goal, to become the “overall safety leader.” The proof is in the new 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Plug-in hybrid model and eight other models that earn the highest IIHS safety award.
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