The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its latest crash test results for the 2022 Subaru WRX, which has earned the Institute’s highest award, Top Safety Pick+.
This is an improvement over the 2021 WRX, which missed out on the top rating due to the poor performance of its standard halogen headlights.
To earn either of the Institute’s two awards, a vehicle must earn good ratings in six IIHS crashworthiness tests, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations.
For the lower-tier Top Safety Pick award, at least one good or acceptable headlight system must be available. For the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trims.
The WRX’s front crash prevention system earned superior ratings. The curve-adaptive LED projector headlights on the Limited and GT trims earned a good rating, while the standard LED projectors earned an acceptable rating.
The 2023 Subaru Legacy and Outback also earned the Institute’s highest award.