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Check New IIHS Safety Ratings Before You Buy; Subaru Leads All U.S. Brands

The Subaru brand leads the industry in safety again for the 2019 model year. New 2019 Forester improves its rating over the outgoing model.

Consumers say safety performance is important when they buy a new car. According to the J.D. Power U.S. Tech Choice Study, three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are related to collision protection. Consumers looking for a vehicle, need to look at the latest 2019 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks before they buy a new vehicle.

Subaru leads all automakers

IIHS says Subaru leads all automakers in safety performance. The IIHS announced the Subaru brand has achieved TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards on seven of their 2019 models, more than any other automaker. The 2019 Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza (sedan and 5-door), Legacy, Outback and WRX all earned the highest ratings in the latest safety testing.

The IIHS has implemented new criteria for the 2019 model year. A vehicle must now receive a “Good” rating specifically for the passenger side small overlap crash test to earn a TSP+ award. Also, an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating for the passenger-side test is now necessary to earn a TSP award. The Subaru brand shines in all areas.

All Subaru vehicles also received a ‘Superior’ rating in front crash prevention when equipped with the brand’s EyeSight driver assist technology. EyeSight uses stereo cameras mounted at the top of the windscreen, capturing “live” images of the road ahead. The car recognizes potentially dangerous situations and can alert the driver if they are distracted and help prevent accidents. EyeSight has been proven in independent studies to prevent collisions and reduce impact damage.

New Forester improves safety ratings

The new 2019 Subaru Forester gets improved safety ratings over the outgoing model. The next-generation Forester gets Good marks in crashworthiness in the driver side, passenger side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. Forester gets a Superior rating in front crash prevention. It gets an acceptable rating for headlights and a good plus rating in child seat anchors (latch) ease of use. The next-generation 2019 Forester improves in passenger side crashworthiness and child seat anchors over the 2018 model year. Forester earns a 2019 Top Safety Pick rating.

Consumers are interested in safety, and the Subaru brand is tops in the latest 2019 IIHS safety ratings. They have achieved IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards on seven of their 2019 models, more than any other automaker.

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