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This chart gives you the details on occupant compartment intrusion on frontal crash tests, where the Impreza is ranked first because it betters the Civic by 3 cm (<------3cm------->) in the footrest, 1 cm in the left and center footwell intrusions, and 2 cm in the right footwell intrusion. It also either ties with or betters the Civic by 1 or 2 cm in other compartment intrusion evaluations.
As you hinted, that is why the Impreza is ranked ahead of the Civic in the IIHS report. It's not because of the headrest (where the Impreza ranks ahead of the Civic), otherwise the nod would go to either the Civic or both cars since IIHS also includes the bumper damage evaluation (where the Civic ranks ahead of the Impreza) into the overall ranking. Although Honda does come before Subaru alphabetically.
So you're correct that the Impreza is tops, even though by only 3 cm at most.
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