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Subaru Scores Near Bottom Of New Consumer Reports Safety Tech Testing

Does Subaru have the best safety tech in its vehicles? Not according to Consumer Reports. Here are the latest results and which automaker is ranked the best.


According to an updated Consumer Reports test (by subscription), Subaru wants to be the global leader in advanced safety technology but needs a better system. Subaru scored among the lowest in its new testing data. CR released the information from testing Subaru's Active Driving Assistance System (ADAS) that controls adaptive cruise control and lane centering assistance.

Subaru was not included in its first round of testing in 2022, that I covered here but was recently added along with Jaguar/Land Rover, Lucid, Hyundai, and Nissan. Here are the latest results. 

2024 Subaru Outback with EyeSight driver assist

With a total of 17 car brand's systems now tested, Ford's BlueCruise remains CR's top-rated ADA system, followed by Cadillac Super Cruise and Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance. Subaru scored in the bottom half at number twelve.  

How CR tests the ADAS systems

CR says, "The 17 active driving assistance systems we tested were put through their paces around the track at our 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut and on a 50-mile loop on public roads between September and December 2022 and between June and August 2023." 

2024 Subaru models come with ADAS

"Each system was rated for its performance in 40 separate tests, such as steering the car, controlling the speed, and keeping the driver safe and engaged with driving. Additional features such as automatic lane changes or reacting to traffic lights were not evaluated in these tests."

Consumer Reports testers evaluated how each of the 17 systems performed within five categories: capabilities and performance, keeping the driver engaged, ease of use, straightforward when safe to use, and unresponsive driver.

Subaru is in the bottom half. 

Subaru's 12th-ranked Advanced Adaptive Cruise Control w/Lane Centering Assist had an overall system score of 59 points. In comparison, Ford's top-ranked BlueCruise had a score of 84 points. 

Subaru scored 8/10 in Capabilities and Performance, Keeping Driver Engaged 5/10, Ease of Use 6/10, Clear When Safe to Use 3/10, and Unresponsive Driver 3/10. 

Subaru DriverFocus

In a previous report, I covered Subaru's DriverFocus, which comes on some new models that can detect signs of distraction or drowsiness at the wheel. According to Consumer Reports, the Subaru Forester compact SUV, Outback midsize SUV, and Legacy sedan with DriverFocus failed its new evaluation study. 

CR says, "We tested Subaru's DriverFocus camera on a Subaru Outback equipped with the company's EyeSight active driving assistance feature. It can detect driver distraction in some scenarios. Still, it can be completely shut off via the menu, and it is not required to be activated to use a vehicle's driver assistance systems.”

Subaru EyeSight driver assist ranks high in crash protection

I have covered Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system extensively in my reports. As I reported earlier, Subaru’s EyeSight-equipped vehicles account for 91 percent of Subaru's global sales. That will increase as EyeSight driver assist technology is standard on all 2024 Crosstrek, 2024 Impreza, 2024 WRX TR, and 2024 BRZ tS with standard transmissions. 

All 2024 Subaru Forester, 2024 Outback, 2024 Ascent, 2023 Solterra, and 2024 Legacy trim levels come standard with the safety technology. 

Subaru is the leader in accident prevention. A study by Subaru based on data from Japan's Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA) has revealed the accident rate of EyeSight-equipped vehicles is as low as 0.06% in Japan. 

A similar study in the U.S. conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found the safety system reduces rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85 percent in U.S. EyeSight-equipped vehicles.

Subaru is among the car manufacturer leaders in safety technology in passenger crash safety. Still, according to Consumer Reports, they are not among the best in their ADAS system that controls adaptive cruise control and lane centering assistance. Subaru has work to do. 

Thanks for reading, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this Subaru story. See you tomorrow for my latest Subaru Report.

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stacey caldwell (not verified)    October 26, 2023 - 6:46PM

Traded our 2017 Subaru Forester touring for a 2023 Subaru Forester Premium. Big mistake. Switches completely different, stereo is half as good. Think there might be a short. Suspension and shocks feel inferior. Jerked every time you go from a stop to a go. Consumes more gas than our 2017. Signals for blindside monitoring are inferior, very dim in sunshine. Center arm rest is smaller and hampers the cup holder. Daylight running lights use headlights instead of Led side lights.

Maria Luz Lee (not verified)    October 27, 2023 - 5:04PM

We have to cut the seatbelt behind the driver's side because my Goddaughter got entangled with it. We can't loosen up the seatbelt, got stucked really hard. Since it was very tight around my Goddaughter's belly, cutting the seatblet was the first thing the father did.
So, I believe that seatbelts of subarus are not safe for children.
I did complain to the dealer because my subaru was very new then, but I was ignored repeatedly. In fact, I even sent a picture of my Goddaughter's scenario with the seatbelt to the dealer.