2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid Earns Highest IIHS Safety Rating

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, Automotive Editor - July 23, 2019

Recently, Subaru’s made a big push to be one of the safer automakers on the market. The Japanese brand only has eight vehicles on sale, but the majority of them have earned a Top Safety Pick Plus from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Subaru can add another notch on its belt, because the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid just earned the IIHS’ highest safety rating.

The first-ever plug-in hybrid to wear a Subaru badge matched the regular Crosstrek with a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the institute. To meet the requirements for the designation, the Crosstrek Hybrid earned a rating of God in all six of the IIHS’ crash tests, had headlights that were found to be Good, and had a front crash prevention system that earned a rating of Superior.

Unlike the regular Crosstrek, there are no catches with the Hybrid’s Top Safety Pick Plus designation. Subaru only offers the plug-in hybrid variant in one trim that's loaded with all sorts of safety features. LED steering responsive headlights, Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology suite of safety features, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking are all standard on the Crosstrek Hybrid. If you want a lot of these features in a non-hybrid Crosstrek, you have to move up to the range-topping Limited trim.

Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

With the addition of the Crosstrek Hybrid to Subaru’s lineup, the brand only has one car that hasn’t earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the IIHS – the BRZ sports car. The only other hybrid to earn a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the institute in the compact segment is the Kia Niro. Both the regular hybrid version and the plug-in hybrid variant earned the IIHS’ highest safety rating. The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid were named Top Safety Pick vehicles. None of those, though, have all-wheel drive or the same off-roading capabilities as the Crosstrek Hybrid.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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