The Toyota 86, or also known as the GT86 in Europe, Scion FR-S in North America and the Subaru BRZ as its twin sister have received numerous praises from the automotive community all over. Besides of successfully capturing the original AE86’s main essences in being a slick and fun-to-drive rear wheeler, it is also a safe car to drive in as they are listed in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2012 Top Safety Picks.
As an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization that puts their full commitment in reducing any type of losses which includes deaths, injuries and property damage, the IIHS is one of the trusted parties in determining the safety level of a car that is being driven on the roads. And receiving the honor in being listed as one of the safest car on the road is the Scion FR-S and the Subaru BRZ.
Since both of them are basically identical cars, only the FR-S was subjected to the cruel impacts that would hurt the eyes of a car lover. But these are necessary steps in ensuring that the car could withstand the impacts caused from an accident, and most importantly protect the occupants from suffering any fatal injuries.
Being subjected to frontal, side and rear-crash, the FR-S managed to score top marks which also includes its roof strength. After the crash test, it was also found out that the driver’s survival space was well intact and there was no intrusion into the driver’s area. Both the FR-S and the BRZ are well equipped with safety features such as side airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and daytime running lights.
A detailed evaluation of the crash test could be found here.