Next-Gen Subaru BRZ Just Earned Its First-Ever Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2022 models

Tested vehicle: 2022 Subaru BRZ Premium 2-door

The Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 (formerly known as the Toyota 86) were redesigned for the 2022 model year after a one year absence from the market. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2022 BRZ conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation

G

Structure and safety cage

G

Passenger injury measures
Head/neck

G

Chest

G

Hip/thigh

G

Lower leg/foot

G

Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics

G

Driver injury measures
Head/neck

G

Chest

G

Hip/thigh

G

Lower leg/foot

G

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

G

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side Test ID VTP2205 Lower occupant compartment Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 12 Footrest (cm) 9 Right toepan (cm) 4 Center toepan (cm) 3 Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 3 Upper occupant compartment Center dash (cm) 3 Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5 Upper dash (cm) 7 Right lower dash (cm) 5 Passenger injury measures Test ID VTP2205 Head HIC-15 295 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.9 Extension bending moment (Nm) 11 Maximum Nij 0.30 Chest maximum compression (mm) 25 Femur (kN) Left 1.4 Right 4.5 Knee displacement (mm) Left 1 Right 5 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right Maximum tibia index Left 0.44 Right 0.69 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 2.6 Right 2.7 Foot acceleration (g) Left 52 Right 55 Driver injury measures Test ID VTP2205 Head HIC-15 109 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 0.8 Extension bending moment (Nm) 9 Maximum Nij 0.20 Chest maximum compression (mm) 25 Femur (kN) Left 1.1 Right 0.5 Knee displacement (mm) Left 1 Right 1 Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%) Left Right Maximum tibia index Left 0.38 Right 0.23 Tibia axial force (kN) Left 1.3 Right 2.6 Foot acceleration (g) Left 34 Right 56

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

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Is the Subaru BRZ a good car?

Even without top-rated safety ratings, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is the best first sports car you can get for the money. It’s a bargain for under $30,000 and combines fun driving performance with decent fuel economy and good reliability for a sports car. The BRZ is a relatively new coupe, having been around only since 2013, but it’s gained a solid following.

Subaru’s coupe is so popular that buyers snapped up early models as soon as the 2022 versions were released. You can’t even order a BRZ anymore.

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with CVT package

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the gradual left curve.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) Limited trim equipped with CVT package Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? Yes High-beam assist? Yes Overall rating Applies to 2022 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 146.2 m None Straightaway left edge 74.1 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 74.8 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 69.1 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 63.7 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 61.8 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 152.5 m Straightaway left edge 137.8 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 78.9 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 76.6 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 66.1 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 65.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim equipped with Manual Transmission package

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) Limited trim equipped with Manual Transmission package Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? Yes High-beam assist? No Overall rating Applies to 2022 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 146.2 m None Straightaway left edge 74.1 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 74.8 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 69.1 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 63.7 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 61.8 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 152.5 m Straightaway left edge 137.8 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 78.9 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 76.6 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 66.1 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 65.4 m

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim equipped with CVT package

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination High-beam assist credit

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve and fair on the sharp right and both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle’s low beams on the gradual left curve and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) Premium trim equipped with CVT package Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? No High-beam assist? Yes Overall rating Applies to 2022 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 143.9 m None Straightaway left edge 76.6 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 67.1 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 60.4 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 51.6 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 49.3 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 151.6 m Straightaway left edge 138.9 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 68.2 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 63.8 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 51.1 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 49.1 m

Trim level(s)

  • Premium trim equipped with Manual Transmission package

Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating

G

Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve and fair on the sharp right and both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual right curve and inadequate on the sharp right and both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test Trim level(s) Premium trim equipped with Manual Transmission package Low-beam headlight type LED projector High-beam headlight type LED projector Curve-adaptive? No High-beam assist? No Overall rating Applies to 2022 models G LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Amount glare exceeded threshold Straightaway right edge 143.9 m None Straightaway left edge 76.6 m None 250m radius right curve, right edge 67.1 m None 250m radius left curve, left edge 60.4 m None 150m radius right curve, right edge 51.6 m None 150m radius left curve, left edge 49.3 m None HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful illumination distance (5 lux) Straightaway right edge 151.6 m Straightaway left edge 138.9 m 250m radius right curve, right edge 68.2 m 250m radius left curve, left edge 63.8 m 150m radius right curve, right edge 51.1 m 150m radius left curve, left edge 49.1 m

How headlights are evaluated

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