Just because thee A-pillars are thinner on the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek doesn’t mean there is not any high-strength steel lurking inside. The XV Crosstrek is expected to score a maximum five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and earn a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2013 XV Crosstrek features Subaru’s Advanced Frontal Airbag System. This is important because the intelligent air bag system employs dual-stage-deployment driver and front passenger airbags. A seat position sensor on the driver’s seat track detects if the driver is sitting too close to the airbag, in which case the system would delay deployment of the airbag’s second stage. The passenger side front seat incorporates an occupant detection module that detects seat occupancy and passenger weight to control airbag deployment.
Electrically triggered pre-tensioners and force limiters are located in the front 3-point seatbelts. The seatbelt mechanism also absorbs energy through internal deformation.