Saab 9-2x (and Impreza) win Top Safety Picks

Must resist…….snark……..must……..resist……

Interestingly, whilst the Impreza also achieved the Top Safety Pick status (and wouldn’t it have been funny if it didn’t?!?), it achieved this for the non-WRX models only. Maybe Suuby didn’t submit a WRX for testing, but there’s nothing in the release on the IIHS website to say that Saab’s Top Safety Pick is for the non-Aero model of the 9-2x only. Puzzling.

Anyway, here’s hoping they flog this bit of news ’til it bleeds and manage to sell a few more of these cars.


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Detroit, Mich. — With the 9-2X premium compact joining the 9-3 Sport Sedan, Saab is the first luxury carmaker to receive a pair of ‘Top Safety Pick – Gold Award’ designations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The Gold Award is a best-of-the-best distinction that recognizes car designs that provide the best occupant protection in front, side and rear crashes based on Institute testing.

“We commend Saab for making the 9-2X the second Saab vehicle to earn our demanding Top Safety Pick award”, said Adrian Lund, President of the IIHS.

The IIHS frontal impact test is carried out at 40 mph against a deformable fixed barrier, with a 40 percent driver’s side offset. In the IIHS side impact test a deformable barrier constructed to resemble a full-size sport utility vehicle, is propelled at 31 mph against the driver’s side of the car to measure side impact protection. The rear-end test simulates a 20-mph rear impact into a stationary car, during which the front seat/head restraint performance is assessed.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit research and communications organization in the United States funded by auto insurers. It investigates the crashworthiness of vehicles. More information at


I thought Saab had 2 Top Safety Picks already. Why isn’t the 9-5 a Top Safety Pick? I thought it was. Maybe the new model hasn’t been tested yet. Something for the to-do list, Jay.

Of course, the really good news is that if you see a 9-2x you can ram it knowing the occupants will be quite safe.

OK, I’m kidding……

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  1. Offtopic, but related to GM safety:

    I know this is off-topic, but it shows that GM can make safe vehicles. This guy in a GMC Yukon (I think based on photos) was travelling about 60 mph the wrong way on I-90 in Cleveland and hit a semi head on. The semi driver says he never had time to even hit his brakes. Believe it or not, the guy was able to walk after the accident–although he’s in the hospital listed as in good condition.
    Take a look at the photo gallery and what he did to the semi! I was hoping it was a GMC Envoy like they said on the radio (same platform as the 9-7), but, alas, apparently not.
    Still, it’s amazing. The semi driver says it’s his first accident ever–and probably his last trip ever.
    Ted Yurkon

  2. The WRX has (or had) Recaro seats that do not (or did not) incorporate active head restraints. The regular Impreza sedan and wagon and all 9-2X’s get them.

  3. “Just imagine that SUV colliding with a more normal size car…”
    Yeah, I guess you’re right. I guess they can also be looked at as killer vehicles.

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