On the 11th of March 2021, Subaru Corporation announced that they had received 5 Top Safety Pick + Awards and 4 Top Safety Pick awards for 2021. In total Subaru has been awarded 57 Top Safety Pick+ Awards since inception in 2013. This means that to date Subaru has won more Top Safety Pick +  awards than any other manufacturer.
The Top Safety Pick+ is the highest rating that is given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In America the IIHS is responsible for the safety ratings that manufacturers receive. Much like NCAP, ANCAP and JNCAP that are responsible for the ratings in Europe, Australia and Japan. These organisations are in charge of putting cars through rigorous tests, including crash testing. Safety tests allow consumers to make a more informed decision when purchasing a car.They also help to better safety regulations in the automotive industry.
South Africa has recently started doing crash testing to the same standards as overseas. Currently it is being run by the AA South Africa in conjunction with Global NCAP. This program was launched in 2017 and they have tested a variety of small compact vehicles, sedans and bakkies. This is still a new project but the results will benefit consumers, and hopefully help regulate the safety in all cars available in South Africa.
Here are the Subaru winners for this year:
2021 Top Safety Pick +
· Crosstrek Hybrid (XV) – Not available in South Africa
· Ascent – Not available in South Africa
2021 Top Safety Pick
Applies to US spec vehicles.