Does Subaru still make the safest cars? Subaru has four top picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2022 Subaru Outback, Crosstrek Hybrid, Ascent, and Legacy earn the highest Top Safety Pick+ award. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza earn Top Safety Pick awards.
The IIHS has not tested the refreshed 2022 Subaru Forester or all-new next-generation 2022 Subaru WRX and has not yet scored for the new ratings. It’s likely due to not having a Forester or WRX available for the IIHS when they ran their crash tests earlier this year. Due to supply chain issues, Subaru has few new models available.
The IIHS did not test the performance-tuned Subaru WRX STI or the next-generation 2022 BRZ sports coupe.
Why are the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and Impreza rated lower than the Outback, Crosstrek Hybrid, Ascent, and Legacy? The Crosstrek and Impreza all come standard with a manual transmission, and Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology is not compatible with the manual gearbox.
Subaru models with EyeSight all receive a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention from the IIHS. EyeSight is now standard equipment on all 2021 Forester, Outback, Ascent, Legacy models, and all Crosstrek trims when equipped with the CVT automatic transmission.
Subaru has an impressive safety score record
2022 Top Safety Pick + winners
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid (4 consecutive years)
Subaru Legacy (17 straight years)
Subaru Outback (14 straight years)
Subaru Ascent (5 straight years)
2022 Top Safety Pick winners
Subaru Crosstrek (with EyeSight and specific headlights) (11 consecutive years). Subaru Impreza sedan and five-door (with EyeSight and specific headlights) (15 consecutive years) Subaru WRX (with EyeSight and specific headlights) (8 consecutive years). Compact SUV, Subcompact SUV, Wagon, 3-Row SUV, Sedan, and Compact car shoppers interested in safety, have a one-stop shop with the Subaru brand.
The 2022 Subaru Outback, 2022 Crosstrek Hybrid, 2022 Ascent, and 2022 Legacy earn the highest marks from IIHS. The 2022 Subaru Forester remains untested. Stay tuned to Subaru Report for the latest Forester report when it becomes available.
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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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