Subaru is touting an achievement in the safety department. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just added the 2016 Subaru WRX to its list of Top Safety Pick+ models. This makes the WRX the sixth Subaru model on the 2015 list and gives Subaru the honor of being the only automaker to receive a Top Safety Pick for all of its models for six years running.
“Safety is a hallmark of the Subaru brand and every year we continue to innovate and improve the safety of all our vehicles. This award is a testament to our commitment of providing customers with the highest level of safety standards,” says Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc.
The WRX received the Top Safety Pick award after achieving the highest rating of ‘Good’ in the front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush, and rear impact tests. When equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, the WRX gets a Top Safety Pick+ rating, which is the highest safety award. The EyeSight Driver Assist Technology adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane Departure Warning. Other optional safety features include Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Lane Change Assist.
The sporty WRX model comes with a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder engine that gets 268-horsepower. It comes with Subaru’s signature symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which plays up the sporty side along with track-tuned suspension. Lastly, it also uses Vehicle Dynamics Control with Active Torque Vectoring for tighter turns and reduced understeer.
The 2016 Subaru WRX is available now and starts at $26,595 for the base model. There are four trims above this with the next two being the Premium and Limited. They start at $28,895 and $30,395 respectively and add 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and a rear spoiler. The Limited also adds LED headlights and leather-trimmed upholstery. The next step up is the STI model. It starts at $34,695 and adds more sport features with a 305-horsepower engine and Brembo brakes. The top of the line STI Limited adds leather-trimmed upholstery, keyless access and start, and a moonroof. It starts at $39,995.
If the WRX is not your cup of tea, Subaru offers six other IIHS Top Safety Pick+ models: the Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, and XV Crosstrek. All models start under $30K and each gets the ‘+’ when paired with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.