You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a car with safety features. Luxury brands lead the auto industry in the top-ranked safety technology, according to a new study from Consumer Reports (by subscription). But it also reveals Subaru has the highest-rated safety feature called EyeSight on its 2021 Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs, and it's standard on nearly all models.
In Consumer Reports' first-ever ranking of these systems, they put seventeen automaker's safety technology to the test. Not all safety technology works as it should, and some advanced or active driver assist systems (ADAS) perform differently.
Here are CR's findings. It's no surprise that the luxury brands top the list with the best and most effective ADAS safety systems. In capabilities and performance, Tesla Autopilot scores best with a 9/10 ranking. Luxury brands Audi Driver Assistance Plus, Cadillac Super Cruise, and Lincoln Co-Pilot 360 rank 8/10 for second place. The third place is Subaru EyeSight and BMW Active Driving Assistance Pro, with a 7/10 score from CR engineers.
All other luxury and mainstream brands score a 6/10 score or less putting Subaru up with the top ADAS luxury cars' safety systems. Subaru has publicly stated they want to be the automotive safety leader, and among mainstream brands, they are ahead of the competition.
Subaru recently made EyeSight standard equipment on the new Subaru Forester, Outback, Ascent, and Legacy models. It comes standard on all Crosstrek models with a CVT automatic transmission, which accounts for 90 percent of Crosstrek's models. It also comes standard on Impreza and WRX models with a CVT.
Why does the Subaru EyeSight get high scores?
Subaru achieves the highest safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on its EyeSight equipped models. But the automaker isn't satisfied. Now they have a goal to use its EyeSight advanced safety system to achieve improved safety performance and have zero traffic fatalities in their automobiles by 2030.
Subaru's next-generation EyeSight X coming next year gets even better. EyeSight X offers 360-degree sensing by combining the front and rear radars, and the new-generation system uses 3D high-precision map data with road information for each lane.
Subaru says the next-generation system scans everything captured by stereo cameras enabling the automaker to offer advanced features such as pre-collision braking at an intersection and assisting with the hands-off driving in heavy traffic.
A report from Embedded Computing Design says the cameras and four external radars capture images of cars, pedestrians, and lane dividers, which the system then analyzes and, if needed, sends signals to the steering and brakes to take corrective action. "These actions could include accelerating, decelerating, changing direction, flashing lights, honking, and other methods of alerting drivers of possible danger."
You don't have to buy a luxury car to get the best ADAS system now. The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $25,845, including destination and delivery fees, and comes standard with EyeSight. The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek rank high with the top luxury brands
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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