After a one-year hiatus, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has been named one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. Thanks to the addition of available LED projector headlights that earned a rating of “Good,” the compact hatchback is now one of the safer vehicles on the road.
The 2017 Crosstrek was an IIHS Top Safety Pick that earned a rating of “Good” (highest possible) for all of the institute’s crash tests. But the vehicle missed out on the Plus rating because of its headlights that were found to be “Poor” and the child seat anchors also lagged behind with a rating of “Acceptable.”
For 2018, Subaru improved the child seat anchors, which were now found to be “Good Plus,” and the headlights, which rated as “Good.” The caveat with the Top Safety Pick Plus rating is that it only applies to vehicles with the available LED Steering Responsive Headlights. These are standard on the range-topping 2.0i Limited trim. The other two trims – the 2.0i and 2.0i Premium – come with multi-reflector halogen headlights.
With the new Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the Crosstrek joins the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX as other 2018 Subaru models that have earned the IIHS’ highest rating.