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New Subaru Crosstrek Is Involved In The Most At-Fault Accidents Than Any Car In America

It's not a distinction Subaru wants the 2019 Crosstrek to have. See what other Subaru nameplate makes the top-10 models with the most accidents list.


Subaru is known for its cars having the best safety ratings in America but is getting a reputation for having models in their stable of all-wheel-drive vehicles with the most tickets, and now the most accidents. Subaru has two cars that have the highest rate of at-fault accidents than any car in America. According to a recent report from Insurify, the Subaru Crosstrek compact SUV is involved in more accidents than any car in the US. The national average is 13.64 percent of all models on the road have had at least one prior accident.

Subaru's most-awarded car, the Crosstrek, ranks number one of all car models with a 25.81 percent accident rate.

It’s not surprising the Subaru brand has another car in the top-10 list. The sporty and fast Subaru WRX/STI is number five on the list with an accident rate of 24.9 percent. The Subaru WRX was found recently to be the model with drivers that get the most speeding tickets of any car in America. Neither one is a distinction that Subaru wants to have.

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Insurify doesn’t break down the year of Crosstrek that gets in the most accidents just the model. Subaru brought the Crosstrek compact all-wheel-drive SUV as a new global model in 2012 and the second-generation Crosstrek model change was launched in 2018. Surprisingly, even though the Crosstrek has the most accidents, Insure says the second-generation 2019 Crosstrek, is one of the least expensive cars to insure at #12 on the list and costs $1,353 per year. Why is Crosstrek cheaper to insure? It is loaded with safety features.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Safety is a core value for Subaru and they are proud of the cars’ safety ratings. Both the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek and sport-tuned WRX have been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as Top Safety Pick+ and the safest cars in America. Maybe Crosstrek and WRX drivers have a false sense of security and go faster and take more risks because of it?

Cars with most at-fault accidents

The Subaru Crosstrek is number one at 25.81%, the Honda HR-V came in second, at 25.7%. The rest of the worst are the Hyundai Elantra GT (25.58%), the Infiniti Q50 (25.14%), the Subaru WRX (24.9%), the Mazda3 (24.65%), the Acura ILX (24.18%) , the Lexus CT (24.17%), the Chevrolet Trax (23.98%) and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (23.92%).

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek now has the distinction of being the model that has been involved in more at-fault accidents than any other car in America. The Subaru WRX is not far behind its stablemate at number five on the list. Subaru is attracting a younger demographic to their sportier models and could be the reason they have the most accidents.

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Westczek (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 1:37PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Poor visibility would be my guess. The Honda HR-V also has poor visibility. Sure, it has cameras and other new safety equipment, but that doesn't make up for being able to see around you by turning your head. Long live my 1999 Forester!

dmoney (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 1:46PM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Maybe because it's one of the cheapest Subarus available and parents buy it for their millennial children who won't put the damn phones down while driving! Seriously... I see mostly 16-25 somethings driving these things, either with coffee or a pop-socketed phone glued to their hand at all times.

A_Millenial (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 4:37PM

In reply to by dmoney (not verified)

I'm a millennial. I have a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath brick ranch and I park my 2019 crosstrek in the garage... both of which I bought. I'm concerned with safety and always use the handsfree systems on board my car. I'm 33 years old. I was brought up in a single parent house hold and didn't get any hand outs.

Generation Z is the generation that is currently between the ages of 4 and 24. Might want to think about that before you continue to bash Millennials. We grew up.

William Trexler (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 8:24AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Daughter has a new crosstrek but totaled her mother's new crosstrek now we are on our 3 crosstrek and daughter is barred from driving moms....Car was smashed from front to rear. But daughter never even felt a thing and no injury shocked me when I saw the car....They are very safe

richard j sawyer (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 9:28AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

Since I've been with one for the last seven months I've noticed that it is so easy to drive you just think that you can do anything with it but the truth is you still need to pay attention to what you're doing that would be the reason complacency

Glenn (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 12:05PM

If you read the Insurify report carefully, it does not say that Crosstreks are involved in the most at-fault accidents. It does say that the drivers of Crosstreks have the most prior at-faut accidents. Many may have bought a Crosstrek after a previous accident just for the added safety features. As with most statistics, the devil is in the details.

Brian (not verified)    August 17, 2019 - 1:20AM

In reply to by Glenn (not verified)

This is the real answer. The Insurify article is a complete misinterpretation, just read their methodology. 1 in 4 Crosstreks have been in accidents? No.
25% of Crosstrek drivers have been in a prior accident. Those drivers have since upgraded to a safer vehicle.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 12:23PM

Maybe the Crosstrek is too underpowered, and can't avoid any accidents. Preventing an accident is not all about extra safety equipment.

Christopher Cushman (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 1:11PM

Okay, so this arguement is not the car but stupid young people that don't know how to be responsible for the car they drive. I love my Subaru Crosstrek and to say that Subaru Crosstrek have more at fault crashes is asinine. I have a new Headline... Younger Demographics SPIKE on insurance. This article had me so mad... blame something that others have total control over their behavior.

Al Schultz (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 1:20PM

The poor rear/side visability may have something to do with this. But then, this is an issue with so many cars....

Jeff nards (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 3:40PM

This is great news, there's going to be a bu ch of electric swapped versions if these all over the back roads in 10 years. It's the perfect size, the massive fuel tank is the perfect place to put hella batteries. My dream is a totaled Crosstrek,Tesla swapped with solar panels and a roof top tent

petey pablo (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 5:10PM

That is not what this data shows. And the rest of the list doesn't make sense either. Must be because all the chevy cruzes and chryslers run from the scene of an accident. Since the driver most likely doesn't have insurance.

John gurley (not verified)    August 14, 2019 - 10:53PM

Hi. In defence of the car, the 2019 car (which I own) is halfway to self-driving. It is more a problem with the driver not reading the manual or the dealer not fully explaining the system. I have been driving for nearly 60 years and it took me awhile to adjust to the adaptive cruise control.
Once I had a few highway miles under my belt. I like it. Others I know have thought the system was on and nearly hit someone thinking the car would slow down by itself. So before blaming the car, look at the circumstance involved.

William (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 9:05AM

In reply to by John gurley (not verified)

I'm with this guy! I'm in my 3rd Crosstrek. Had a '14, a '16, and am now in an '18. Each was an upgrade from the previous model for safety reasons: to Eyesight in '16; and the new platform in '18. This is the 7th Subaru in my family. I have nearly a million miles on Subarus and never had an accident. But I can attest that the Eyesight feature saved my life, literally, twice. My '18 Crosstrek is my favorite car of all time, and I have owned dozens of cars over my 74 years; and without a doubt it is the safest!

Robert rusgo (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 8:36AM

I bought a 2019 Outback (SOB) in Sept 18 and after 15000 miles I have not run out of ways to wish I did not have it ! While driving it whips side to side as though driving in strong wind. Exhausting on trips and aggravating all the time.
Noise in front end and broken radio.

JM (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 10:05AM

I leased my 2019 Crosstrek in December, and only a short time later, my brother decided to buy one. It’s a great car with even better safety features, but it’s only as good as the driver’s competence. It’s semiautonomous, so it relies on the driver knowing what to do to make it work. Oh yeah, the driver should know how to drive too. I’m in my 30s, so I have some experience on blind spot detection—the Crosstrek pulls this off nicely, I also wouldn’t mind an audible cue as well when lane changing.

Ken Pletter (not verified)    August 15, 2019 - 3:35PM

The new Crosstrek has very fishy steering... they changed the geometry of steering and while you were driving it all of a sudden wants to go right or left with only the slightest nudge on the wheel... Notice this when I first got in the car after I bought it... they say they changed the steering because of City driving and the ability to change lanes, but I can easily see that it is a safety hazard if you are not very careful...