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.
If you're not yet fully up to speed on this fun and safe duo, visit The Car Connection for detailed reviews of both the 2013 Scion FR-S and 2013 Subaru BRZ.