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How Good Is Subaru EyeSight? AJAC Says It's The Best New Innovation

Subaru's new EyeSight comes standard on the 2023 Outback, Ascent, and Legacy. So how effective is it, and why do you need it?


If you buy a 2023 Subaru Outback midsize SUV, Ascent 3-Row SUV, or Legacy, they come standard with the newest version of the automaker’s EyeSight driver assist safety technology. So how good is EyeSight driver assist safety technology, and why do you need it?

Subaru Canada announced Subaru's latest version of its EyeSight safety technology was recently named the Best Safety Innovation by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The next-generation EyeSight comes with a wide-angle Mono Camera that AJAC says makes it the best safety technology available on vehicles today.

2023 Subaru Outback

"Subaru has a track record of continuous improvement in active safety systems," said Graham Heeps, Chair, AJAC Innovation Awards, "With the latest step, it is pushing to increase safety not only for those inside the vehicle but outside as well. Accidents frequently occur at intersections, and Subaru's Wide-angle Mono Camera is an innovative solution to help reduce them."

AJAC members made nominations for the innovation awards, and finalists were selected in each of the three categories. Each automaker chosen as a finalist presented its technology virtually to a panel of 11 judges, comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and respected journalists across Canada who regularly cover automotive technology.

2023 Subaru Outback

What Subaru vehicles have the latest technology?

Subaru's EyeSight safety technology with the Wide-angle Mono Camera debuted on top trims of the 2023 Subaru Outback and 2023 Legacy and is offered as standard equipment on the 2023 Ascent family hauler.

Because many accidents with bicycles and pedestrians occur around an intersection, the new vision sensor will help detect children and bicycles entering the road suddenly from the side and apply the Outback, Ascent, and Legacy brakes.

The new safety technology uses Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system that processes the recognized information and first gives an alert to the driver. Then, it applies brakes to avoid collisions with crossing bicycles and pedestrians when necessary. In case of an accident, the system helps to mitigate the damage.

The technology is coming on the 2024 Crosstrek and Impreza.

The new version of Eyesight has been announced as standard equipment for the all-new 2024 Crosstrek subcompact SUV and Impreza compact hatchback, bringing the award-winning safety technology to Subaru's most affordable models. The 2024 Impreza and 2024 Crosstrek arrive this spring.

"Safety is a core value and at the forefront of all of our products," stated Subaru Canada chairman, president, and CEO, Tomohiro Kubota. "With a push for pedestrian and cyclist safety alongside driver and passenger safety, we aim to make the roads safer for all who use them."

Check out the video below that explains how Subaru Eyesight works.

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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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Al (not verified)    March 16, 2023 - 10:23PM

I have a 2020 Outback touring XT and intend to trade it in for the same car except in a 2023….when I thought Subaru couldn’t up their game on safety…they did for 2023.

Tom Farrell (not verified)    March 17, 2023 - 2:13PM

I have a 2019 Outback with all of the Eyesight Technology. I hate it and will never buy another Subaru. I have three altogether so that is three lost sales.

Tom Farrell (not verified)    March 18, 2023 - 5:10PM

In reply to by Anil (not verified)

I would start by getting rid of the screen. I like single purpose controls. Switches are prove technology for instance. I also don’t want a car that beeps at me so much. I understand that Subaru is now a Toyota sub, but the parents approach is better. I will want to check out European cars or maybe even USA ones.

Elliot (not verified)    March 19, 2023 - 8:21AM

In reply to by Tom Farrell (not verified)

The EyeSight Safety system you state that you dislike has nothing to do with the controls and switches not being physical knobs or buttons on your dash and infotainment system. These are two separate things. I also do not like the large 11.6" LCD with all digital controls. Which is why I bought a '23 Forester that uses a 8" screen and all traditional physical buttons and knobs.

ImprezaOwner (not verified)    March 18, 2023 - 10:24PM

In reply to by Anil (not verified)

I should preface this by saying that I like Subaru eyesight technology, but there is one area where it beeps too much - the adaptive cruise control. Every time the car ahead enters or exits the camera's eyesight, the thing beeps. On a long distance trip where the cruise control is engaged on the interstate for long periods of time, the thing is constantly beeping.

I prefer the eyesight only beep for lane and collision warnings.

Jim Lavelle (not verified)    March 26, 2023 - 10:18PM

In reply to by Anil (not verified)

I appreciate the function, but the location of the sensor is unpleasant. It is in my field of view quite a lot and is distracting, and gives me a headache. If the sensor were somewhere else, I would like it.

Hassaan Khan (not verified)    March 23, 2023 - 6:01AM

I totally disagree that eyesight is standard in all models. I have subaru outback touring 2023 . It does not have eyesight . And when the car was delivered to me or most of the people even sales person was fully educated about it .and they were saying that it is standard and available in all tries. In my outback 2023 model touring I don't eyesight . And suggest all the media people to stop selling this that's its standard and available on all trims