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Why You Want Safety First In New Subaru Outback, Legacy Models

Consumers want safety in their new cars and Subaru is delivering it in the new 2020 Outback and Legacy models. See what new safety tech is coming for customers.


The desire for vehicle safety is one of the most important factors for consumers in deciding which car to buy. Subaru Corp knows this and is bringing the new 2020 Outback with plenty of safety features for customers. Building safe cars is not something new for the Japanese automaker, safety has been a core value for the brand for decades.

A recent J.D. Power U.S. Tech Study shows that Subaru is on the right track when it comes to loading up the new 2020 Outback with safety tech. According to the study released in 2015, three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are blind spot detection and prevention systems, night vision, and enhanced collision mitigation systems. Business Insider says Subaru’s EyeSight safety system will be an auto-industry game changer.

2020 Subaru Outback EyeSight

Subaru launched its EyeSight safety technology in May 2008. The 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. The seventh-generation 2020 Subaru Outback now comes standard with EyeSight.

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.

Other 2020 Outback safety features 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.

Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System

The new 2020 Outback is also available with DriverFocus and is designed to help drivers who may be distracted. The vehicles have been equipped with a system that uses facial recognition technology to determine if a driver is fatigued or distracted.

It’s similar technology used on the new iPhone X and is the first of its kind in the compact SUV segment. More expensive cars like Lexus employ this type of technology, but Subaru offers it on the new-generation Outback and Legacy for under $40,000.

The newly-redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback SUV/Crossover and 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan will arrive in showrooms this September with more safety tech for customers.

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Digitaldoc (not verified)    August 22, 2019 - 5:23PM

Safety is important as I expect a new car to have automatic emergency braking. I also like rear cross traffic alert, and lane keeping. However, I think DriveFocus is too invasive, and would not want it in my next car.

While safety is valued, it is only one parameter not to be valued more than others, and also value performance, comfort, reliability, value for the dollar, and fuel economy- in no particular order.

In my analyses, no Subaru has been enough of a total package for me to purchase over other brands.

sam (not verified)    October 21, 2019 - 1:39PM

In reply to by Digitaldoc (not verified)

subaru has been #1 in Kelly Blue book as far as resale value is concerned for 5 straight years, it is #1 with consumer reports, they are reliable, super comfortable, with a low sticker price compared to its competitors. On top of all that the eyesight reduces the possibility of injury between you and the car in front of you by 85% and because of that reduces your insurance cost. just saying.

Duke Woolworth (not verified)    August 23, 2019 - 3:40PM

Eyesight, at least in my '17 Outback, fails when needed most: when weather gets the nasties and the windshield not perfectly clear. While it might screw up my detector, radar or another technology would be better.

Digitaldoc (not verified)    August 24, 2019 - 12:21PM

In reply to by Duke Woolworth (not verified)

Supposedly the Subaru system costs less to install, and replace as it is based on two optical cameras. Also less likely to get screwed up if the bumper gets hit in a low speed accident. Agree it is better to have radar supplementing it. On my Mazda, which is both single camera optical, and radar based for the safety system, it only shut down once so far, and that was when the radar sensor got encrusted with a build up of ice on the front of the car.

zztop (not verified)    August 26, 2019 - 12:29PM

Re: " Business Insider says Subaru’s EyeSight safety system will be an auto-industry game changer."

"Wll be?" EyeSight system's been around since 2015.