New Subaru Outback Just Earned Highest Safety Score Of Any Vehicle Class
How safe is the 2022 Subaru Outback? Safety is a core value for the Subaru brand, and the Japanese automaker earned another top award. The 2022 Subaru Outback just earned the highest 5 Star NCAP safety rating, and the midsize SUV also achieved the highest ever score in its class for child occupant protection. What does it mean for consumers?
The 2021 European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tests vehicles in four assessment areas; adult occupant, child occupant, vulnerable road users, and safety assist. The 2022 Outback didn’t just score above the minimum threshold required; the SUV also totaled a noticeably high overall average score.
The announcement by NCAP says the Outback “attained the highest score ever achieved by a Subaru vehicle in both safety assist and vulnerable road users, corresponding to the highest score across all vehicle classes according to the latest applicable test.”
According to the latest test protocols, the new Outback also registered the highest marks in the child occupant protection test across its class of Large Family Cars.
The new European spec Outback comes equipped with Subaru’s next-generation EyeSight safety technology. The driver-assist system uses stereo cameras that have a nearly doubled expanded view coverage for collision prevention.
Subaru says EyeSight has reduced the rear-end collision rate by 84 percent and the pedestrian accident rate by 49 percent. The rear-end collision rate for vehicles equipped with EyeSight is 0.06 percent.
Subaru’s new-generation EyeSight uses a new image recognition software with eleven safety functions: advanced adaptive cruise control with lane-centering function, emergency lane keep assist, speed sign recognition with intelligent speed limiter, lane departure warning with steering wheel vibration, lane departure prevention (also recognizing dividing lines such as grass and road edge) and pre-collision braking system with expanded support for collision avoidance at intersections.
The new Outback’s EyeSight also includes reverse automatic braking, rear vehicle detection, rear seat reminder, and multi-view monitors: front, rear, and side view monitor that reduces vehicle blind spots.
The safety technology features Subaru’s new driver monitoring system with face recognition technology that alerts the driver when feeling tired or distracted while driving.
The 2022 Subaru Outback is now the safest vehicle in the midsize SUV category and a good choice for families concerned with safety. The latest NCAP testing gives the Outback the highest ever score in its class.
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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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