2013 Scion FR-S in IIHS crash testingEnlarge Photo
Earlier this week, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) announced the 2013 Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S both scored Top Safety Pick status. Now we have videos of the 2013 Scion FR-S getting mashed during the tests.
The first video shows what happens when the side-impact test sled rams the car at 31 mph. While there's a fair bit of deformation as the ram intrudes on the passenger compartment, the side-impact airbags do their job, minimizing injury to the occupants, earning a top rating of "good" from the IIHS, despite an "acceptable" sub-rating for the possibility of driver torso injury.
In the second video, we see the FR-S in what the IIHS calls its "moderate overlap" test, wherein the car runs into a stationary wall with a small crumple zone attached at 40 mph. The impact shown at full speed is brutal, but the FR-S's crumple zones and airbags again do their job, resulting in a ruined car but a fairly happy crash test dummy--and top marks of "good" once again.
The structurally identical Subaru BRZ can be expected to perform just as well in a crash.
Given the BRZ and FR-S twins' status as (by modern standards) lightweight, compact sports cars, these high ratings might not have been expected--but they're certainly welcome, perhaps especially for the family and friends of the young drivers drawn to them.