Subaru Legacy and Outback earn highest possible rating under IIHS new test program
-- New IIHS test program rates the performance of front crash prevention systems. -- Subaru Legacy and Outback are two of only seven vehicles to earn the highest possible rating for superior front crash prevention.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 27, 2013 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. today
announced top marks for front crash prevention in the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new test program. Subaru Legacy
and Outback (2013-14 model year) vehicles were among only seven to earn
the highest possible rating of superior. A total of 74 moderately
priced and luxury midsize passenger cars and SUVs were evaluated under
this new program.
The new crash avoidance ratings, designed to evaluate the performance of
front crash prevention systems, are intended to help consumers decide
which features to consider and encourage automakers to speed adoption
of the technology. The rating system is based on research by the
Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), indicating that forward collision
warning and automatic braking systems are helping drivers avoid
The Institute rates models with optional or standard front crash
prevention systems as superior, advanced or basic depending on efficacy
in tests at 12 and 25 miles per hour. The Subaru Legacy and Outback
with preventative safety technology, EyeSight, were able to avoid a
crash or substantially reduce speeds in both tests. The Institute
awards as many as six points based on credit for forward collision
warning and how much the systems slow the vehicle to avoid or lessen
the severity of impact. Subaru’s Legacy and Outback performed best and
were the only two vehicles to receive a full six points. Five or six
points are needed to obtain a superior rating.
“We want to help get the most effective systems in as many vehicles as
soon as possible,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “That
means a speed mitigation system like Subaru’s EyeSight that can prevent
crashes at low and moderate speeds. At the same time, we want consumers
to know that a forward collision warning alone can help them avoid
crashes, and it’s a feature that’s available on more models than
Subaru’s innovative driver-assist system, EyeSight, was introduced on select 2013 Legacy and Outback models. Like a second
pair of eyes to help monitor the road ahead, EyeSight employs a pair of
cameras mounted over the rearview mirror to monitor driver behavior and
detect objects in the vehicle’s path. Pre-collision braking, for
example, warns of a vehicle directly in front and applies the brakes
automatically to slow or stop the vehicle, depending on travelling
The front crash prevention ratings complement the Institute’s
long-standing crash test program telling consumers how well passenger
vehicles protect people in a range of crash configurations. In its
crashworthiness program, the Institute rates vehicles good, acceptable,
marginal or poor based on performance in moderate overlap front, side,
roof strength and head restraint evaluations. The Institute will award
TOP SAFETY PICK with good ratings in all four of those tests.
Last year, the Institute introduced the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award to
recognize models with the best crash protection. To qualify for the
2013 award, vehicles had to have good or acceptable protection in a new
small overlap front crash test, in addition to good ratings for
occupant protection in a moderate overlap front, side and roof strength
test, plus good head restraints and seats for protection against neck
injuries in rear impacts. For 2014, vehicles must also have standard or
optional front crash prevention technology with a basic, advanced or
superior rating for TOP SAFETY PICK+ award eligibility.
“This new rating criteria for a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ award bodes
well for Subaru,” said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada,
Inc. “Subaru is the only manufacturer to have achieved a 2013 TOP
SAFETY PICK rating for all models four years in a row (2010-2013). Our
2014 model year Subaru Legacy and Outback achieved a 2013 TOP SAFETY
PICK+ award. Earning a top rating under the Institute’s new program is
a positive step towards 2014 TSP/TSP+ award eligibility for us.”
About Subaru Canada, Inc.
Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy
Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the
company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories
through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.
SOURCE Subaru Canada Inc.