The 2013 Subaru BRZ and 2013 Scion FR-S—jointly developed by Subaru and Toyota—are already well known for providing true rear-wheel-drive sports-car performance at truly affordable prices: The former, slightly more upscale offering comes in at $25,495, while the latter can be had for $24,995. And now, those MSRPs also include Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
That means both scored top grades in the IIHS’ evaluations of front, side, rear and rollover crash protection. Well, at least one of them did. Because the two are so closely related, the Institute only sacrificed the Scion in its comprehensive safety evaluations. On the other hand, the dynamic duo does put the spotlight on protection in different ways, which, combined, add up to a singularly impressive safety story.