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New Subaru Outback Just Earned Highest Safety Score Of Any Vehicle Class

Is the 2022 Subaru Outback a safe vehicle for families? Check out its new 5 Star NCAP safety rating and how it achieved the highest result ever across all vehicle classes. Learn more here.

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.

2022 Subaru Outback safety features, specs, upgrades

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.

2022 Subaru Outback safety features, specs, upgrades

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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John Goreham    September 9, 2021 - 2:01PM

As a four-time Subaru owner over four decades, it is very satisfying to me to see brands like Subaru and Mazda owning safety. There was a time when only one overpriced European brand was reliably safe model after model. Now, American's can choose from many affordable models that top every safety category. When I bought my Forester in 2016 there was no vehicle that cost less in its class that came with automatic emergency braking. It was one of the reasons I bought it. The only thing left is for Subaru to offer a plug-in Forester.

Steve Bator (not verified)    September 10, 2021 - 2:40PM

My 2016 Outback 2.5 is great. 209,000 km and it rides as well as when I bought it. Such a treat on winter highways. Like riding on magnets. So good that after a test drive of 2022 Its difficult to rationalize a new one....keep it going....

ASC (not verified)    September 11, 2021 - 10:01AM

A '21 Outback Onyx XT is our fourth Subaru . The glued-down handling manners when there is something on the road besides sunshine were the first thing that endeared them to me. Then it was the resoluteness, they always started and always ran and always tackled more than expected. Our XT with its safety and driving aid suite is a pleasure to drive long distances. I responded to a family health emergency with the1000 mile drive. My dog and I arrived safely and not feeling punished 15 hours later. Strong kudos to adaptive cruise control, lane assist, automatic and adaptive headlights. The cumulative stresses taken on by these systems to keep the driver fresher longer make this car well worth ownership, whatever shape or category it is compared to.

Sid (not verified)    May 6, 2022 - 9:58AM

I have a Subaru Imprza 5 yrs old and my wife has the Subaru Outback Touring 2022 and we have been driving Subaru's for over 10 years and have lost count of the many times where our cars have saved us and protected us from accidents and the many idiots on the road today safety is high propriety, even in hi windy days the lane keep assist will keep you centered on the road in the 2022 Outback and more.
only complaint is AU did not get the turbo in the 2022 Outback.