Subaru BRZ is IIHS' top safety pick

September 10, 2012 12:00 AM

Subaru Canada announced that the automaker's new 2013 BRZ earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) top award for safety. Good overall performance for testing on the front, side, rear and rollover collisions set the Subaru in a class above the rest.

AutoBlog reports that the Subaru vehicles were the only coupes costing less than $30,000 to make the list. Subaru is also the only manufacturer to earn the distinction of Top Safety Pick for every model car it builds.

"For three years running, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer with the distinction of earning IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK awards for every model it builds," said Institute president Adrian Lund. "It's tough to win, and we commend Subaru for making safety a top priority."

The IIHS tests which vehicles do the best job of protecting passengers in different types of crashes. The top ranking a car can achieve is "Good," with other potential rankings being Acceptable, Marginal and Poor.

Subaru's impressive safety results and overall solid on-road performance have led to a boost in sales throughout 2012. Low-cost vehicle maintenance and other features have increased its popularity, and when the 2013 IIHS Top Safety Picks are released in December of this year car buyers may have even more high-ranking Subaru models to consider. 

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