Confidence from the word “go”
Subaru has forged a reputation for building vehicles that offer superior levels of protection through the use of the most technologically advanced active and passive safety systems available. The end result: vehicles that inspire confidence on every type of road, under all possible conditions and at all times. The Subaru Impreza has earned top safety ratings year after year and this trend continues with the latest-generation version—the strongest Impreza ever built and the one equipped with more powerful safety systems than ever before.
Always on guard, always active
The combination of a world-class all-wheel drive system, striking agility, superior visibility and class-leading active safety systems such as EyeSight®◊ Driver Assist Technology, Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection system and ABS gives the Subaru Impreza excellent evasive capabilities. After all, the best way to stay safe in an accident situation is to avoid the accident in the first place.
EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
Several Impreza models are available with EyeSight, which utilizes two cameras to monitor activity on the road ahead, help identify potential danger and provide assistance to the driver when needed most. EyeSight features several different advanced active-safety systems: Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Pre-Collision Throttle Management, and Vehicle Lane Departure, Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist. Powered by this award-winning driver assist system, past versions of the Subaru Impreza earned the highest possible front crash prevention rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)**.
High Beam Assist
This system automatically switches from high beams to low beams when approaching other vehicles in the road ahead and then automatically switches back to generate superior visibility. High Beam Assist is available on Sport and Sport-tech trims equipped with EyeSight®.
Reverse Automatic Braking
Using proximity sensors, this advanced system warns you as your vehicle approaches an obstacle and will automatically apply the brakes if it appears that a collision is imminent. Reverse Automatic Braking is available on Sport and Sport-tech trims equipped with EyeSight®.
Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD)
The SRVD system uses sensors to detect other vehicles and has three distinct functions designed to promote higher levels of safety. Using LED indicators located inside the mirror surround, Blind Spot Detection identifies vehicles approaching from behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots. Lane Change Assist detects fast-approaching vehicles when you’re about to change lanes. Lastly, while reversing out of a driveway or parking space, Rear Cross Traffic Alert signals when vehicles are approaching from either side of your vehicle.
Being able to see behind is not only a great convenience, it’s a great safety feature. This standard rearview camera captures a crystal-clear image of what’s behind your vehicle and projects it, along with dynamic guide lines, onto the centre console screen. For an even more natural, distortion-free view, the lens is protected by a hydrophilic coating and the camera is located close to the centre of the vehicle to provide the widest possible angle.
Steering Responsive Headlights
These LED headlights automatically angle in the direction of the turn, providing better illumination and increased levels of safety. The headlights themselves also cast a brighter and whiter beam for improved visibility. This system is available on Sport and Sport-tech trims.
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
The standard VDC* system utilizes sensors to assess whether the vehicle is following its intended course. When the limits of stability are approached, the system automatically adjusts the AWD torque distribution‡, engine output and brakes at each wheel to help keep the vehicle under control. The Sport-tech version also features Active Torque Vectoring, which applies braking force to the inside front wheel and distributes more torque to the outside wheel during cornering to help the car turn better. These systems give drivers of all abilities the feeling of added security and increased confidence under all possible scenarios.
* VDC is also known as electronic stability control
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
The ABS incorporates the latest thinking on anti-skid prevention, as well as other advanced features designed with added safety in mind. Electronic Brake-force Distribution automatically adjusts front/rear brake pressure for consistent performance under different vehicle loads. Brake Override cuts engine power when the brakes and accelerator are applied simultaneously. Brake Assist automatically provides added stopping power in panic-braking situations. The Hill Holder System prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards on inclines. Finally, the entire braking system has been engineered for quick response through the use of a short pedal stroke, high-quality brake pads and next-generation calipers.
Drives peace of mind
In the event that an accident is unavoidable, every Subaru boasts a wide range of passive safety systems that are designed to deliver class-leading levels of protection. The latest Impreza is built upon the Subaru Global Platform, an innovative design that is stronger in all areas and features an enhanced array of safety technologies. These advances work together to minimize impact forces on occupants and, in turn, generate much greater peace of mind.
Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame
This proprietary advanced frame design, able to absorb 40% more impact energy than on the previous generation Impreza, strengthens the passenger compartment by linking the roof to the side pillars and the floor. As a result, impact energy coming from all directions is dissipated and diverted away from the passenger cabin. The reengineering process has resulted in a stronger frame and joint structures, boosting the already impressive safety standards.
Injury-reducing Seats and Seatbelt Systems
The front seats utilize frames, energy-absorbing mounting and active headrests to reduce the chance of whiplash. Height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and rear outboard seatbelts with pretensioners hold passengers firmly in place, while load limiters ease peak forces to the chest. A locking tongue system is incorporated into the front seatbelts to further reduce potential injuries. The ISO-FIX/LATCH system, positioned for quick and easy access, helps secure younger passengers riding in compatible child safety seats.
Every Subaru goes above and beyond common practice when it comes to your safety. In the event of a head-on collision, the SUBARU BOXER engine and transmission are designed to absorb impact, and then break away from the vehicle structure and drop below the passenger cabin for added protection.
The Impreza features a rollover sensor and a full complement of supplemental restraints. These restraints include dual-stage front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, driver’s side knee airbag, and side-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard occupants. An unwavering focus on passive safety represents an integral part of the Subaru brand promise.