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How 2016 Subaru WRX achieves highest IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2016 Subaru WRX achieves the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety top award. How does Subaru keep doing it?

The 2016 Subaru WRX performance sedan is the latest Subaru to achieve the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) top safety award. IIHS gives the highest standard of safety, 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) along with the highest possible rating of “Superior” to WRX. The U.S. spec WRX achieves Superior for front crash prevention when equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology.

EyeSight is the reason Subaru keeps piling up these awards in all their vehicles. EyeSight was the first system ever to use only stereo camera technology to detect the objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Features available on this system include pre-collision braking control and all-speed range adaptive cruise control tracking function. Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, keeps enhancing the system that improves preventive safety performance in their vehicles.

EyeSight is now available on the 2016 Subaru WRX and the performance sedans so equipped earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention. To get this award, 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.

The 2016 WRX earned the highest possible rating of “Good” in these five IIHS evaluations for occupant protection. 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, TOP SAFETY PICK+ which WRX also achieved.

Subaru now has seven models that have earned 2015 safety awards from IIHS, six with TOP SAFETY PICK+ and one with TOP SAFETY PICK. Look for FHI to continue to enhance EyeSight, which will keep the 2016 Subaru WRX the safest performance compact vehicle on the planet.

Media source: Subaru Global