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The Safest Cars Aren’t The Most Expensive, Subaru Forester Rated 2nd Overall

You don’t have to buy a luxury vehicle to get the safest SUV.


Consumers looking for the safest SUVs don’t have to spend a lot to get one. The Subaru brand offers an affordable lineup of all-wheel-drive SUVs that rank highest is safety. Subaru beat 29 other manufactures in a new survey to take the number one spot. It was customers who rated the Subaru brand highest among all automakers in the UK. Subaru was voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, and the newly-redesigned 2019 Forester ($24,295) is the number two vehicle overall among 100 cars ranked for safety by customers who drive one.

The all-new Forester SUV comes with standard EyeSight, Subaru’s driver assist system that customers have consistently praised. It now includes low-and high-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring as standard equipment. The second-generation Subaru Crosstrek ($21,895) was also rated high and came in fifth place overall in the customer survey, and Outback ($26,345) came in 11th among 100 cars for safety.

Steve Fowler, Auto Express editor-in-chief said: “Subaru has long been known as a maker of tough, well-built, all-wheel-drive models. More recently, Subaru has placed its EyeSight system at the heart of its model range. The feature is a well-judged package of safety systems powered by a pair of cameras to scan the road ahead. This year, owners have consistently praised Subaru’s safety credentials in our Driver Power survey, placing the manufacturer ahead of some far-larger manufacturers.” 

Subaru leads all automakers in the U.S.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says Subaru leads all automakers in safety performance. The IIHS announced the Subaru brand has achieved TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards on seven of their 2019 models, more than any other automaker. Subaru’s win streak of top IIHS safety picks goes back over a decade, and Forester extends its title as the longest running TSP winner in the small SUV category with a record 13th win.

Subaru also gets 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating

The 2019 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, and Outback also hold the maximum 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating. All three models are fitted with a host of safety features, including EyeSight driver assistance, as standard. Customers looking for safety don’t have to buy a luxury vehicle to get it.

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Khairul Annuar… (not verified)    May 5, 2019 - 7:22AM

Subaru outstanding safety features durability realiability robustness and versatility had always been the hallsmark .
It has been my most preffered brand amongst the great Japanese make.

Shaun (not verified)    May 5, 2019 - 7:42AM

This is not true. Subaru is the worst brand of SUV for me. I regret having one. Please stop writing articles that are misleading. Have you actually driven one?

Tom Brown (not verified)    May 5, 2019 - 2:47PM

In reply to by Shaun (not verified)

Yes Shaun, I've actually driven one. I bought a 2018 Outback new and drove it 3000 miles around the SW. last summer. Performed flawlessly. The 6 cyl. got 26 MPG @ 80 MPH all the way across TX,, (Houston), and back to AZ. Got 12,000 miles on it now, nothing not to like so far.

Jesse (not verified)    May 6, 2019 - 5:19AM

In reply to by Sidd (not verified)

I own a 2018 forester convince model. Straight up short and honest. The interior is cheap. The engine and handling is amazing. Very torquey and nimble. I was always a Honda guy. Now after a year of driving the forester. I will never go back. I will be giving the forester to my daughter in 3 years for her sixteenth and doing what I've always wanted to do a long time ago. Buy the STI for myself. I highly suggest getting the forester.

Christopher Geke (not verified)    May 5, 2019 - 4:04PM

I happen to own a legacy and if I were to purchase a car I'll purchase a car I'll purchase a Subaru and if I were to purchase another I'll purchase a Subaru.It has the most wonderful performance on and offroad.

Jack Stephens (not verified)    May 5, 2019 - 9:38PM

A couple of years ago the EyeSight system saved my butt big time. I was late to work and there was an important conference call starting. I began trying dial in to the conf call on my phone -- struggling to punch in all the numbers. A flat bed truck -the type that carries cars -- pulled into my lane and hit the brakes. While i was looking down i heard the beep beep beep of the system and it immediately hit the brakes. I looked up and saw the slim bed of the truck ready to slice right into my windshield at about eye level. I don't like to think about the wreck that would have happened if i didn't have EyeSight.

james (not verified)    May 8, 2019 - 9:20PM

if you want a luxurious vehicle, do not buy a Subaru. I have an 04 forester and the darn thing is a sherman tank. It is not pretty, in fact it is boxy. And it doesnt take curves very well. If I wanted a race-car, I would buy a different car. But, it survived running over a large truck tire left on a road in a poor maryland neighborhood outside of DC. It tore up my exhaust. Per my reading, many Subaru's need head gaskets after 100k and periodic timing belts. I lost my trans too. If you drive a lot, the miles will wear out any car. But, guess what? when it is a blizzard outside you can still get around! A very safe and dependable vehicle. just dont grumble or curse when you need maintenance. In short, my soccer-mom SUV is very dependable.