If Subaru’s goal is to become the overall safety leader in the auto industry, they needed the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent family hauler to show up big. They succeeded because the largest vehicle they’ve ever built just earned the highest possible ratings from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in all crashworthiness and front crash prevention categories.
It should be no surprise Ascent gets the highest safety rating because Subaru touts safety as being one of their core values. The Japanese automaker has six other TSP+ award-winners, including the Impreza sedan and five-door compact, Legacy sedan, WRX performance car, Crosstrek small SUV, Outback wagon when equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights. The brand can now boast they have seven with Ascent.
The Subaru Ascent all-wheel-drive vehicle tops out in safety getting Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation from IIHS when equipped with available steering-responsive LED headlights. According to the most recent crash tests, Ascent earned “Good” ratings (the highest possible) in all six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.
The tests include driver- and passenger side front small overlap; front moderate overlap; side impact; roof crush and rear. IIHS says the Ascent also earned the highest possible six-point score in front crash prevention for a “Superior” crash avoidance rating, helping it earn the TSP+ award when equipped with available steering-responsive LED headlights.
It’s built into the cabin
Ascent rides on the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) architecture integrating the brand’s ring-shaped reinforcement frame, which protects the vehicle's occupants in a collision. Subaru uses it on every vehicle in their stable of all-wheel-drive vehicles.
A first for Subaru, Ascent comes standard with EyeSight Driver Assist tech that includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Contro, , Lane Departure and Sway Warning, Pre-Collision Throttle Management. It also comes with new EyeSight Assist Monitor (EAM) which provides a heads-up display of the EyeSight system warnings as well as system status information on the windshield of the vehicle. Ascent Limited and Touring trims come standard with new Steering Responsive Headlights.
Ascent will be available with more safety tech with Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, and Reverse Automatic Braking. Families should ride feeling safer in the new 2019 Subaru Ascent.
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Photo credit: IIHS