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2016 Subaru Forester, Outback, and More Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

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WRX 2.0-liter turbocharged BOXER engine also earns recognition

The 2016 Outback and five other Subarus earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ distinction

The 2016 Outback and five other Subarus earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ distinction

Subaru yesterday announced that six of its seven models earned not just the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the even more prestigious Top Safety Pick+. The six models included the 2016 Subaru Forester, the 2016 Subaru Outback, the 2016 Subaru Legacy, the 2016 Subaru Impreza, the 2016 Subaru WRX, and the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, when all are equipped with the optional EyeSight technology. The only model not to earn the distinction was the 2016 Subaru BRZ.

Even more impressively, these six models were six of just 48 vehicles that took home the Top Safety Pick+ distinction. That’s 12.5% of the awards, when Subaru’s vehicles make up far less a percentage of the total number of vehicles offered in the United States.

According to Adrian Lund, IIHS president, testing was even more difficult this year, with a “good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test” as a “requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

Safety is not all that is earning Subaru praise, however. The 2016 WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged BOXER engine merited a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the second consecutive year. The engine in question nets 268 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. High performance and efficiency are easily attained with the engine’s winning combination of direct fuel injection, high compression, the Subaru Dual Active Valve Control System, a twin-scroll turbocharger, and an intercooler.

A look at the 2016 WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged BOXER engine

A look at the 2016 WRX’s 2.0-liter turbocharged BOXER engine

All 2016 Subaru models are available for purchase now.

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    Tim Shults is the President of the Shults Auto Group. In his spare time he likes to play golf and spend time with his four daughters.