2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Ascent, best advanced driver-assist systems
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Subaru Outback And Ascent Are Top-7 Most-Affordable SUVs Offering Standard Safety Tech

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback wagon and Ascent family hauler offer safety technology for mid-size SUV shoppers. See the top seven affordable mid-size SUVs with standard advanced driver-assist systems.
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A recent report from J.D. Powers says consumers want advanced safety features on their mid-size SUVs, and the 2020 Subaru Outback and Ascent are two vehicles that offer the best safety technology at an affordable price according to Consumer Reports. Customers don’t have to pay extra to get a mid-size SUV with advanced driver assist systems, and they come standard on most Subaru vehicles now.

A report from Consumer Reports (by subscription) says there are five other mid-sized SUVs with starting prices from $25,000 to $35,000 that have some advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features standard on all models. Some automakers don’t offer the safety technology on base models and make customers pay extra for them. But they come standard on seven affordable mid-size SUVs.

2020 Subaru Outback wagon and Ascent family hauler offer safety technology for mid-size SUV shoppers
2020 Subaru Outback offers ADAS safety technology on all models

CR lists the 2020 Kia Telluride, 2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Ascent, 2020 Ford Edge, 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2020 Nissan Murano, and 2020 Honda Pilot as the seven models that offer advanced driver assist technology including city-and highway-speed automatic emergency braking (AEB) and forward-collision warning (FCW). Some also have pedestrian detection systems and/or blind-spot warning (BSW) technology. 

Subaru has been a leader in the safety technology area for decades, developing its EyeSight driver-assist system over 20 years ago in 1999, and is the world’s first system to solely use stereo camera technology. Subaru offers the active-safety technology as standard equipment on all 2020 Outback, Forester, Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza, WRX, and Legacy models equipped with a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.

2020 Subaru Outback EyeSight uses stereo cameras mounted at the top of the windshield
2020 Subaru Outback EyeSight uses stereo cameras mounted at the top of the windshield

Subaru’s driver-assist system uses stereo cameras mounted at the top of the windshield, capturing “live” images of the road ahead. This helps the car and driver be able to react quickly to potential accidents. The safety system is designed to help prevent collisions or reduce impact damage.

EyeSight driver-assist features a new Lane Centering function that warns you when you sway outside your lane and new Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control that applies full braking force in emergency situations helping you avoid a rear-end collision.

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Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Other safety features on the newly-redesigned 2020 Outback include blind-spot detection with a visual indicator in the side mirrors if it senses a vehicle in your blind spots. Rear cross-traffic alert helps warn you of traffic approaching from the side as you are backing up. And, with available reverse automatic braking, Outback can stop itself to help avoid objects behind the vehicle. A rear-vision camera is standard on all trims.

You don’t have to buy an expensive luxury model to get a mid-size SUV with advanced driver assist systems as standard equipment. The 2020 Subaru Outback wagon and Ascent family hauler are two of the seven new models that offer the active-safety technology as standard equipment on all trims.

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Our 2020 Subaru Ascent saved our lives! On a 2-lane mountain highway the semi in the other lane hit a deer, throwing it into our lane. The Ascent quickly, but smoothly slowed down with the assistive breaking system. I was able to calmly steer around the deer and go merrily along our way. I can't even begin to express my enthusiastic thanks for the technology on the Ascent.