Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru vehicles, announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the highest standard of safety along with a “Superior” front crash prevention rating to the 2016 WRC equipped with the brand's EyeSight technology.

By adopting the EyeSight for the 2016 model, Subaru says the WRX earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention. The Japanese automaker adds that seven Subaru vehicles, including the 2016 WRX, have earned the 2015 safety awards from IIHS: six with Top Safety Pick+ and one with Top Safety Pick. These are the following Subaru vehicles that were recognized by the IIHS: (1) 2015 Impreza, (2) 2015 XV Crosstrek, (3) 2015 Subaru Forester, (4) 2015 Legacy, (5) 2015 Outback and (6) 2015 BRZ.

The EyeSight technology detects objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Since its Japanese debut in May 2008, Subaru claims that this technology has been “highly praised.” The said technology includes safety features such as pre-collision braking control and adaptive cruise control.

To win the “Top Safety Pick,” Subaru explains that a vehicle must have “Good” ratings in all four tests of high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test and evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. In addition, “Good” or “Acceptable” performance in a small overlap front test introduced in 2012 is also required. The 2016 WRX earned the highest possible rating of “Good” in these five IIHS evaluations for occupant protection. The same level of performance in those tests, along with an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, “Top Safety Pick+.”