For the first time since 2015, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR 86 IIHS have received the Top Safety Peak Award. In fact, they actually got the Top Safety Pick + award – better than the previously tested model.
In the crash test, two coupes passed with flying colors, achieving “good” scores in all types of crashes. The headlights were also top rated, as was the optional forward collision prevention system. Child seat anchor usability has just been rated as the second-highest “acceptable”, but if you drag a car seat to 2 + 2, you know you have to pay a little more than you buy. A Toyota Highlander or Subaru Ascent.
There is a small caveat to this award though. Full Top Safety Pick + Award only applies to models with optional Forward Collection system. This system is only offered in auto-equipped BRZ and GR86 models. Manual models do not adopt any forward collision technology. This is a strange observation considering that other automakers like Mazda and Honda have combined this type of technology with manual-equipped vehicles in the last few years.
Still, even the manual models have great crash performance and headlights. And with its better engine and still brilliant handling, it’s a great sports car choice.