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Check New Safety Scores Before You Buy, Subaru Has 9 Top 2020 Models

Subaru has the most top safety picks among all automakers along with one other brand. The 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and Legacy score highest. See the other automaker that also has 9 top models.


Consumers say safety performance is important when they are looking for a new car. Shoppers looking for Compact SUVs, Subcompact SUVs, Wagons, and Sedans with the highest safety ratings have two one shop automaker's to get the best models. The Subaru brand ties with Hyundai for the most combined top safety picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the latest 2020 model rankings.

Subaru continues as a leading automaker in safety performance. The 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek Hybrid, and Legacy earn the highest Top Safety Pick+ awards, and Crosstrek, Impreza, WRX, WRX STI, and Ascent earn Top Safety Pick awards.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru CrosstrekSubaru is one of the most prolific Top Safety Pick-awarded brands in the industry

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What does it mean for car shoppers?

All Subaru vehicles received a ‘Superior’ rating in front crash prevention when equipped with the brand’s EyeSight driver assist technology. EyeSight is now standard equipment on all Outback, Forester, Legacy, and Ascent models and on all Crosstrek trims when equipped with the CVT automatic transmission.

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.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid gets a top score for its headlights

You might be asking as we did, why the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is a Top Safety Pick+ winner and the Subaru Crosstrek gas model is rated a Top Safety Pick? It’s all because of the headlights. The Crosstrek Hybrid trim comes standard with LED prosector headlights, while the gas 2.0i base model and Premium trims come with Halogen headlights as standard equipment. The Crosstrek Limited gets LED headlights and gets the “Good” rating required to earn the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The 2020 Subaru Forester improves its safety rating and gets the highest Top Safety Pick+ award after being dinged last year for its headlights. The 2020 Forester now gets an overall “Good” rating for having LED headlights on all trims except Sport.

2020 Subaru Forester2020 Subaru Forester improves its safety rating

2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek Hybrid, and Legacy all get Good marks in crashworthiness in the driver side, passenger side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats. These models also earned a Superior rating in front crash prevention.

Subaru was also voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features recently in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, and the newly-redesigned Forester is the number two vehicle overall among 100 cars ranked for safety by customers who drive one.

Compact SUV, Subcompact SUV, Wagon, Sedan, and Compact car shoppers interested in safety, have a one-stop-shop with the Subaru brand. The Japanese automaker is tops in the latest 2020 IIHS safety ratings with the 2020 Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, and Legacy getting the highest marks. They tie with Hyundai as the most prolific Top Safety Pick-awarded brand in the industry.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!

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