November 19, 2007

2008 Subaru Impreza first small car to earn ‘Top Safety Pick’ in crash tests

2008 Subaru Impreza
2008 Subaru Impreza. Click image to enlarge

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey – Subaru announced that the 2008 Subaru Impreza is the only small car to earn the highest rating in the most recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests that now require side head protection and electronic stability control.

The 2008 Subaru Impreza received “Good” ratings in the frontal, side and rear-impact crash tests for both the driver and passenger seating positions. Based on this performance and standard side curtains for side impact head protection, the 2008 Impreza 2.5i with VDC was the first small car to receive the coveted IIHS “Top Safety Pick” award.

In its report, the IIHS highlighted the reinforced pillar behind the rear passenger door and standard side airbags of the 2008 Subaru Impreza. It also said the Impreza 2.5i active head restraints “do a better job” than those in other small cars.

The IIHS provides consumers with vehicle safety information in a simple rating system — poor, marginal, acceptable and good, with good being the highest. The IIHS crash tests are conducted at speeds higher than required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for both side impacts, at 31 miles per hour, and frontal offset barrier impacts, at 40 miles per hour. The rear crash test simulates a collision in which a stationary vehicle is struck at 20 miles per hour, and is a measure of the effectiveness of the head restraint.

The Subaru Impreza has been redesigned for 2008 and is available in two body styles — four-door sedan and four-door hatchback. The 2008 Impreza with VDC joins the 2008 Subaru Tribeca, Forester, and Legacy with VDC as “Top Safety Pick” award winners. For more information visit

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