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The Real Cost To Replace Your New Subaru Windshield With EyeSight Will Shock You

What will it cost to replace your 2023 or older Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, or Ascent windshield equipped with EyeSight? A new report from the IIHS says the cost may shock you.

How much will it cost to replace the windshield in your newer Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, or another model equipped with EyeSight safety technology? A report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says it will cost more than you think, and it could shock you.

The IIHS reports Subaru vehicles equipped with EyeSight driver assist technology with cameras mounted on the windshield is the reason for the more expensive windshield replacement costs.

2023 Subaru Windshield w EyeSight

For example, a simple windshield replacement can cost as little as $250. But a separate Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) study found that vehicles equipped with front crash prevention, like newer Subaru models, were much more likely to have glass claims of $1000 or more. Much of the higher cost is related to having the EyeSight system recalibrated.

Sometimes the safety system must be repaired in the event of a crash. The IIHS report says vehicle repairs can make it necessary to calibrate Subaru’s EyeSight cameras and sensors that the features rely on to ensure they work correctly, a process that can be complicated and expensive.

2023 Subaru Windshield w EyeSight

Subaru’s EyeSight advanced safety system with crash avoidance features is now standard on the 2023 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent, Legacy, and Solterra models. But the cost to replace the windshield is a hidden cost that can shock owners if they get a cracked windshield or, worse, if they have an accident and need further repairs to the system.

The Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA) investigation found Subaru vehicles equipped with the EyeSight safety system had an 80 percent decrease in rear-end collisions between cars and 50 percent fewer pedestrian accidents. In addition, there was a 60 percent decrease overall in all driver accidents. But things like replacing a windshield are more expensive to repair.

What does it cost to replace a Subaru windshield with EyeSight?

Another study from Consumer Reports said Ted Hine was shocked when the dealership quoted $1,400 for a replacement windshield for his Subaru Forester. The reason it’s so expensive is Subaru uses OEM windshields, and after it’s installed, the EyeSight cameras located on the windshield need to be recalibrated. If there are any distortions on the new glass, EyeSight will not work correctly.

Do you have to use an OEM windshield?

There are cheaper alternatives than going to a Subaru retailer. Companies like Safelite AutoGlass and other national companies quoted between $650-$700 for the Forester windshield. But then it costs an additional $220 for the EyeSight technology recalibration. This still brings the total to $900.

In the Consumer Reports study, Hine said, “I’m 74 years old and retired, on a limited fixed income. I can’t afford $900-plus for a windshield every time a truck randomly throws a rock at me.”

Does EyeSight have to be recalibrated every time?

We contacted a Subaru retailer near Denver, and they told us that the EyeSight system might not need to be recalibrated after replacing a windshield. After the new glass is in, a light on the dash will stay lit if it’s not working correctly. If the light goes out, the new glass is good. But it’s important to use OEM or approved glass for the replacement to be successful.

Depending on the model, the new windshield will still cost you $650 or more. Subaru’s YouTube video says a new windshield with labor cost and EyeSight recalibration is $1,000+.

All 2023 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs now come standard with EyeSight technology. It will protect you in the event of a crash and decrease the chance of an accident. The downside is replacing a windshield will cost you more.

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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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ian (not verified)    February 23, 2023 - 7:14PM

The Subaru retailer's comments contradict Subaru of America's official position statements regarding the neccesity of calibrations.

Don (not verified)    June 9, 2023 - 6:58PM

It's worse than you report.
Just had the cracked windshield on my 2021 Forester replaced at Safelite.
Windshield parts & labor: $1053.10.
Re-calibrate Eyesight cameras (static & dynamic): $600.00 (yikes!)
Total: $1653.10 (plus tax).
Thankfully, my insurance picked up the entire cost. But it's pretty clear where our insurance premiums for comprehensive are headed.

And now, the latest version of Eyesight has integrated part of it's electronics onto the windshield itself. So windshields for the 2022 and later models are even more expensive.

C'mon, Subaru. I love the Forester, but...really? What's next? How about integrating the tire with the wheel and brakes, so if you get a flat you have to replace the whole axle assembly.

Jamie (not verified)    September 10, 2023 - 11:02PM

It's wild how a seemingly simple windshield replacement can turn into a pricey venture, especially when you factor in advanced safety systems like Subaru's EyeSight. Those recalibrations and repairs sure can add up. If you ever find yourself dealing with windshield issues or recalibration needs, Dr. Rock Chip ( might be worth considering. They specialize in windshield services and could offer some guidance on the best way to keep your Subaru's safety features in check without breaking the bank. 🚗💨🔧

Linda Smith (not verified)    March 4, 2024 - 8:03PM

In reply to by Jamie (not verified)

My husband and I have over 100 years of combined driving experience and had only one windshield replacement claim. That was until we bought our 2022 Subaru Outback. We had a crack that immediately spider-webbed across the windshield before we could take corrective action to limit the damage. Between our insurance company and our deductible, we paid over $1100 for that repair. Less than three months later, it has happened again. We spent considerable time researching the safety features of the Subaru, but it never occurred to us to research the fragility of the windshield glass. We are loyal to the Subaru brand, but never imagined that driving one would be so expensive with multiple replacement glass costs and increased insurance premiums due to claims.