Subaru Outback Only Model to Earn Top Rating in Latest IIHS Side-Impact Testing  

The IIHS released its list of top-performing vehicles in the latest round of side-impact tests. Subaru is proud to announce that the Outback, the only model to earn a Top Safety Pick+ rating and one of only two models to receive a Superior rating for front crash prevention, was ranked first among midsize SUVs.

The test simulates a crash with a side-sloping pole at about 20 mph, replicating what could happen if the vehicle is struck by a car wandering out of a driveway or hit head-on by another.

The driver's space was maintained well, the safety belt worked adequately, and airbags deployed appropriately. The Outback came to a stop after hitting two different sets of cones designed to replicate roadside barriers, one pair offset and one location directly in front of the vehicle. The crash test dummy showed no sign of being in danger of being injured in either set of cones.

In addition to airbags and seatbelts, the Outback comes standard with several advanced safety features, including EyeSight Driver Assist Technology which helps prevent accidents in various ways, including braking, turning, and emergency lane changes. One of the newest features, Reverse Automatic Braking, can help avoid a low-speed rear collision with an object such as a car in a driveway or backing out of a parking spot. An optional feature, Blind Spot Collision Warning, which uses a camera mounted in the rear-view mirror to detect vehicles around the vehicle, is now available on ALL new Subaru models and includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Subaru continues to make safety technology an essential focus of its design philosophy, as evidenced by the recent introduction of EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This system incorporates cameras and radar sensors that help detect pedestrians and other objects. The system's Automatic Lane Change function takes over steering so the driver can concentrate on other tasks. The driver can still control speed, turn signals, and windshield wipers with a voice command or shift knob.

The IIHS has been conducting its side impact tests for nearly 30 years. The tests evaluate frontal and rear crashworthiness using a standard government-approved test apparatus. Unlike most vehicles on the road today, built to meet only one set of federal safety standards, Subaru vehicles designed to meet a range of regulatory requirements from front to rear are tested by both the U.S. Dept. of Transportation NHTSA and the IIHS. The Outback is one of only two vehicles that earned a Superior rating for forwarding Collision Prevention, conducted by the IIHS.

The Subarus were also tested for how well they protect vehicle occupants in a head-on crash, using a standard developed by the NHTSA called the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Also, Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is Exceptional by the IIHS.

Subaru's attention to safety has paid off as the company receives high marks yearly. For more information, you can visit our dealership in Phoenix, Arizona.

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