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Subaru Ranks First With AEB Tech And Which Automakers Are Still Last

How safe are the 2022 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and other are new models? A new report says Subaru ranks #1 in offering automatic emergency braking. See which automakers lag behind.

Which automakers offer automatic emergency braking (AEB) on their new vehicles? A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports says Subaru ranks #1 in offering AEB on its cars.

The IIHS says twelve automakers are ahead of schedule in a pledge to equip all their 2021 vehicles with automatic emergency braking. The IIHS says the technology has been proven to reduce crashes and injuries by stopping or slowing a vehicle if a collision is imminent.

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Honda/Acura and Ford/Lincoln join Subaru, Tesla, Volvo, Audi, BMW, Hyundai/Genesis, Volkswagen/Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota/Lexus, and Mazda in equipping more than 95 percent of their 2021-model-year passenger cars and light trucks with AEB.

Two automakers still lag behind

The report reveals two major automakers lag behind, with only 58 percent of General Motors vehicles sold in 2021 having AEB. And Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, and Ram, equipped only 43 percent of its 2021 vehicles with AEB. For the 2022 model year, only 40 percent of Stellantis models come with standard AEB. Porsche and Jaguar Land Rover are also at the bottom of the pack.

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Subaru ranks number one in offering standard automatic emergency braking on its 2021 model year vehicles. Check out the chart above showing the top ten automakers that have fulfilled the voluntary commitment to provide AEB in previous years.

Which Subaru models offer AEB?

The 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV, Outback midsize SUV/crossover, Ascent 3-Row SUV, and Legacy sedan come standard with AEB on all trim levels. The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV, Impreza sedan and hatchback, WRX, and BRZ come standard with AEB on all CVT automatic transmission trim levels.

What is the benefit of having AEB on your vehicle?

The forward collision warning feature must meet a subset of NHTSA’s current 5-Star Safety rating program requirements on the timing of driver alerts. The AEB must earn an advanced rating in the IIHS vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention evaluation. To achieve the rating, the system must slow the vehicle by at least ten mph in either the 12 or 25 mph test or five mph in both of the tests.

The IIHS estimates that if all manufacturers meet the agreement, it could prevent 42,000 crashes and 20,000 injuries by 2025.

2022 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, Ascent SUVs, and the brand’s other models meet the IIHS and NHTSA safety specs. Customers will get vehicles with standard safety tech the IIHS should come with today.

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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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