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IIHS Says New Subaru Model's Rear Automatic E-Braking Saves You Time And Money

Consumers say safety performance is a key factor when looking for a new car or SUV. Check out a new report from IIHS about Subaru’s rear auto-emergency braking system.

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How safe are the 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Ascent SUVs? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says rear automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems on the automaker’s models save owners money and time because they help prevent rear accidents.

An updated analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows Subaru and GM models equipped with rear AEB had 28 percent fewer property damage liability claims and 10 percent fewer collision claims across the two manufacturers. The advanced safety technology saves drivers more money than any other AEB feature, according to the new study.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback AEB

The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, Ascent, and Legacy models all come standard with front and rear AEB. The vehicles use cameras and radar to detect when the car is getting too close to an obstacle and automatically applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate collisions.

“We haven’t seen that kind of reduction in claims for vehicle and other property damage from any other advanced driver assistance system,” says HLDI Senior Vice President Matt Moore.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Outback AEB

The IIHS report says low-speed backing crashes represent a substantial portion of insurance claims. A separate HLDI analysis looked at the point of impact of crashes found collision claims with rear damage of less than $2,000 accounted for 17 percent of all collision claims and over $8 billion in estimated damage during calendar years 2010–17.

IIHS tests and rates both front and rear AEB systems, but only front crash prevention performance is a criterion for the Institute’s Top Safety Pick and the highest Top Safety Pick+ award.

Consumers say safety performance is a key factor when looking for a new car. The Subaru brand ties for the most combined top safety awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Subaru wants to be the global leader in safety and has targeted 2030 for zero fatal accidents. The Subaru Forester, Outback, Ascent, and Legacy all come with rear automatic emergency braking, and Crosstrek, Impreza, and WRX will upgrade with AEB on all trims in the next three years.

The IIHS now says rear automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems save owners money and time. The 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV, Outback wagon/crossover, Ascent 3-Row SUV, and Legacy sedan with rear automatic emergency braking will help prevent rear collision accidents.

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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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