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New Subaru Forester Is Now The Best Small SUV In Protecting Your Children

The new 2020 Subaru Forester just earned the best 5 Star Global Safety Award. See how it now protects your family best in the event of a crash.


The 2020 Subaru Forester (e-Boxer-equipped European spec model) has won the highest five-star overall rating in the latest European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) safety performance test. This is the eighth consecutive time Subaru has earned the top award.

Even more impressive, the new Forester achieved the highest score ever in its class in the Child Occupant Protection test and performed the best score ever for Subaru in Adult and Child Occupant Protection. What it means for customers is the compact SUV will keep you and your kids safest in the event of a crash.

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The report says, Forester registered outstanding scores in all four assessment areas, well above the minimum threshold required to earn a five-star rating. The Subaru Forester achieved the remarkable score in the Child Occupant Protection with maximum points in both frontal and side barrier tests.

The Subaru Forester in the Child Occupant Protection test scored 91 percent in the latest Euro NCAP assessment Protocol and also received the highest score in the Small Off-Road category of any cars tested until today. Subaru says Forester scored even higher (97 percent) in the Adult Occupant Protection score in the latest Euro NCAP assessment Protocol.

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How does Subaru make the Forester the safest Compact SUV for families?

The superior crash safety performance is achieved thanks to the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) the brand introduced in the new-generation 2019 model. The SGP significantly enhanced the body and chassis rigidity (front lateral flexural rigidity +90 percent, torsional rigidity +70 percent, front suspension rigidity +70 percent, rear subframe rigidity +100 percent) and impact energy absorption is improved by 40 percent over previous-generation models.

Subaru also includes as standard equipment, the EyeSight driver-assist suite of safety technology on all Forester trims. It features autonomous emergency braking, rear vehicle detection, reverse automatic braking, side view monitor and, a new facial recognition technology that alerts the driver when detecting signs of fatigue or distraction while on the road.

2020 Subaru Forester Best Child Safety Driver Monitoring System

The 2020 Subaru Forester is the best compact SUV for keeping adults and children safest in the event of a crash. In the U.S., the IIHS has announced new more stringent side passenger tests are coming. Stay tuned.

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Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on FacebookTwitterInstagramSubaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates!

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