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The New Subaru Forester, Outback, Legacy Are Smart Choices For Parents And Teens

What cars are the best for teen drivers? The IIHS and Consumer Reports says the 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy are smart choices.
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports have teamed up to rate the best new cars for teens drivers. The IIHS picks cars that help avoid collisions and have the best crash tests, and Consumer Reports looks at reliability and road-test performance. The cars are good for anyone looking for a new vehicle.

Three Subaru models make the list; the 2020 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2020 Subaru Outback wagon, and the 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan. The cars they recommend are perfect for teens because young drivers have crash rates almost four times higher than older drivers. No Subaru models on this list cost more than $26,000.

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Cars were also chosen because of their weight (over 2,750 pounds) which rules out the smallest vehicles, which tend to be most vulnerable. Cars also must have standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, and must be Top Safety Pick or better from the IIHS. They also should have five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

What is the cost of a new Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy?

The 2020 Subaru Forester starts at $23,900, 2020 Subaru Outback is $25,900, and 2020 Subaru Legacy $22,100. All come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive and Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist technology.

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How safe are Subaru vehicles?

Subaru’s vehicles with standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive excel in all-weather driving, but the brand is also known for it’s exceptional crash protection and safety record. Forester, Outback, and Legacy models are all IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus winners.

Why do the Subaru models excel in Consumer Reports road test scores?

The 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy use a Boxer engine, bringing a unique quality called balance that sets the models apart from the competition. Scientifically, balance is the body’s ability to maintain its center of gravity above its support base.

No other automaker offers a flat-four Boxer engine in all its vehicles. The horizontally-opposed design allows the engine to sit low in the chassis lowering the center of gravity, giving the SUV excellent balance and the best driving dynamics. A driver can make a mistake in a Subaru vehicle and not get hurt because they tend to be more stable than other cars and sport utility vehicles.

You can check out the 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy model’s road test scores here.

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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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