The 2022 Forester earned the highest Top Safety Pick+ award safety score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but how does it help customers who buy the compact SUV? The Forester earned the top score, and it comes standard with EyeSight driver assist technology that can help prevent an accident.
How does EyeSight work? Subaru says the 2022 Subaru Forester can detect danger and keep you from crashing altogether. The IIHS says the 2022 Forester meets all the criteria for the highest award because of its standard front crash prevention system that earns superior ratings in recent tests.
To earn the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must be available with a front crash prevention system with advanced or superior ratings in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations. For the higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award, good or acceptable headlights must be standard across all trim levels.
Forester qualifies for both criteria
The 2022 Subaru Forester comes standard with the automaker’s EyeSight driver-assist system. All Forester trim levels from the Base model to the upper Touring trim receive a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention from the IIHS.
What is Subaru EyeSight?
The new-generation Subaru Forester EyeSight includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with complete stop, lane departure warning, lead vehicle start alert, rear vehicle detection, blind-spot detection, lane change assist, and a rear cross-traffic alert.
EyeSight can detect an object or vehicle in front of the Forester and bring the compact SUV to a complete stop. The video below shows the 2002 Forester on a test course going 30 miles per hour. Without a driver to step on the brakes, the Forester stops before hitting the barrier.
A vehicle without the driver assist EyeSight technology would slam into the car ahead and could cause serious injury.
What other Subaru vehicles come equipped with Subaru EyeSight?
All 2023 Outback midsize SUV, 2023 Ascent 3-Row SUV, and 2023 Legacy sedan trim levels come standard with EyeSight. The 2023 Crosstrek, 2023 Impreza, 2022 WRX, and 2022 BRZ with a CVT automatic come with EyeSight driver assist safety technology.
What is the price of the 2022 Forester with EyeSight?
All 2022 Forester trim levels come standard with EyeSight. The Base Forester starts at $27,070, Premium ($30,070), Sport ($31,640), Limited ($33,750), new Wilderness ($34,695), and Touring ($37,170). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,175).
Along with the newly-refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester, they all earned the highest Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Check out the 2022 Subaru Forester Sport “Undoing the Impact” video.
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