How safe are Subaru vehicles like the 2023 Forester, 2023 Outback, 2023 Ascent, 2023 Solterra, and 2023 Legacy? A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reveals in its latest list of the safest cars of 2023 they are the best.
The IIHS says its crash tests are getting more challenging for new vehicles to attain the Top Safety Pick+ awards. As a result, only 28 new cars now qualify for the highest achievement, and only 20 vehicles qualify for the Top Safety Pick award. That's down from the 101 cars to get the top award last year.
What makes the IIHS tests harder to pass?
The IIHS says fewer cars passed because of the addition of a stricter side impact crash test, a more comprehensive evaluation of automatic emergency braking (AEB), and new headlight requirements. The IIHS says the changes are designed to replicate real-world situations where crashes can take place.
Subaru vehicles are getting safer
Subaru has three new models to earn the highest safety award. First, the 2023 Subaru Outback achieved the highest Top Safety Pick+ award in the Midsize Car category. The all-new 2023 Subaru Solterra EV (built after October 2022) earned the Top Safety Pick+ award for Small SUVs. Finally, the 2023 Subaru Ascent is the best in the Midsize SUV segment.
The IIHS says these vehicles must have the highest 'Good' ratings in the driver- and passenger-side small-overlap front crash test and original moderate-overlap front crash test and a 'Good' rating in the updated side crash test.
In addition to requiring standard-equipped 'Acceptable' or 'Good' ratings for headlights, which use a different scale, they must also have an 'Advanced' or 'Superior' rating for daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention and an 'Advanced' or 'Superior' rating for nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention.
Subaru scored two models that earned the Top Safety Pick award.
The 2023 Subaru Forester wins the Top Safety Pick award in the Small SUV category. In addition, the 2023 Subaru Legacy is a Top Safety Pick winner in the Midsize Car category.
The IIHS says these vehicles had to earn 'Good' ratings in the driver- and passenger-side small-overlap front crash test, 'Good' ratings in the original moderate-overlap front crash test, and 'Acceptable' or 'Good' ratings in the updated side crash test. They must also have 'Acceptable' or 'Good' headlight ratings and an 'Advanced' or 'Superior' rating for daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention.
Subaru says it aims to have zero fatal accidents with its vehicles by 2030. The new IIHS ratings show they are on their way to achieving the goal.
The 2023 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2023 Outback midsize SUV, 2023 Ascent 3-Row SUV, 2023 all-electric Solterra Compact SUV, and the 2023 Legacy midsize sedan all come standard with the automaker's EyeSight driver assist safety technology on all trim levels. The EyeSight technology and Subaru's ring-shaped reinforcement frame helped the models earn the tougher-to-earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards.
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