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Are New Subaru Forester, Outback, Ascent Built For Safety Like The Ads Say

Subaru knows how to produce great TV spots, but are its vehicles really as safe like the ads say? See why they might be telling the truth.


You can’t always trust TV ads that make all kinds of claims about a car, but Subaru does have truth in their recent tv spots touting the new Forester's safety. Families looking for safety should at least consider buying a new 2020 Subaru Forester SUV, Outback SUV/Crossover or Ascent family hauler.

Subaru knows customers are looking for safety in their next new vehicle. It goes beyond having all-wheel-drive and the best crash test scores. In an interview at a recent test drive of the 2020 Outback, Peter Tenn, planning manager for the Japanese automaker told WardsAuto the desire for vehicle safety tech is a common theme across demographic and psychographic lines.

2020 Subaru Forester

Subaru is giving customers what they want. The Japanese automaker has new safety technology in the new 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback and Ascent vehicles. The new Subaru vehicles come with Driver Focus, Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control, and a new Front View Monitor. They do add an extra level of safety for customers.

Subaru’s newly-introduced DriverFocus uses a dedicated infrared camera aimed at the driver to identify signs of driver fatigue (closed eyes) and distraction (eyes off the road too long). Such detected perils trigger visual and audio signals on the dash to warn the driver to pull over and get some rest.

DriverFocus warning

Stop-go Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering on the new Forester, Outback and Ascent automatically slows and accelerates the vehicle, depending on the speed of the vehicle ahead. The system works precisely, keeping an “eye” on the vehicle ahead. This is especially useful in stop-and-go-driving where the driver can become complacent.

A new Front View Monitor captures images in the driver’s blind spots and displays a 180-degree view. It’s a first for the newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and will be coming on new models. The front grille camera can project the vehicle's front view via the in-dash display, increasing front visibility at intersections and when parking facing a wall.

There is also a new Side View Monitor that displays blind spots diagonally in front of the passenger side to make navigating narrow roads easier and street parking more convenient.

Subaru’s TV spots are well produced and aimed at customers interested in safety. The Japanese automaker seems to be telling the truth when it comes to its new 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback and Ascent vehicles being safe for families.

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Jim Walsh (not verified)    September 24, 2019 - 1:01AM

In reply to by Denis Flierl

The Subaru Eyesight usually performs it's role correctly, but sometimes it over re-acts. I usually notice this when using adaptive cruise control on the interstates. I usually drive at, or slightly below the speed limit in the right lane. Impatient drivers behind me often pass me and then cut into the my lane in front of me -too close for the Eyesight system to consider safe. So, it brakes hard, when braking is not called for - the car in front of me is accelerating away from me.
The Eyesight system also sounds an alarm when I get too close to the painted lane dividers on the pavement. Here in the midwest, it's construction season, and the lines are often not painted correctly. The Eyesight system does know this, so it beeps at the driver when the vehicle may be in the correct lane position.
However, as I stated earlier, usually it get s it right, and someday, it may prevent a costly collision.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    September 17, 2019 - 12:21PM

Subaru makes a car that you have to crash to truly appreciate. Let's hope one day soon they make one that has the power and performance that it deserves, and not hamper it. Too much of the lineup- Crosstrek, BRZ, Forester, and Impreza- is underpowered, with no optional engine choice.

Marian Garland (not verified)    September 19, 2019 - 7:01PM

I bought a 2019 Subaru Forester this year. I like the car however I have had the side panel on the drivers seat that holds the seat controls pop off and brake twice now. Unless this problem can be correct I will probably trade it in for another car.

Mike (not verified)    September 25, 2019 - 2:29AM

We have a 2018 legacy limited and I love all the safety features
I have high hopes for our new 2020 outback being even better