The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced its more rigorous standards for the Top Safety Pick+ crash test rating back in September, and has recently called out some new models that have attained this highest rating. Last year, the TSP+ category was created for vehicles passing the then-new small overlap crash test; this year the top award has been amended to include crash prevention technology.

Thanks to its EyeSight technology, the Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester are among just 22 vehicles to have been named a 2014 TSP+ by the IIHS. Without this technology, all three vehicles – and the Impreza and XV Crosstrek – were still named a Top Safety Pick (without the +).

To test the crash prevention technology, the IIHS uses two tests (one at 12 miles per hour and one at 25 mph) to see how well the systems do to lessen the severity of an impact. or prevent an impact altogether. Vehicles are then given a rating from Superior (best), Advanced or Basic, and cars that do not offer forward collision warning or auto braking are not given a rating in this category. To be named a TSP+, a car must achieve at least a Basic score for crash prevention, but all three Subaru models earned a perfect score to receive a Superior rating. Scroll down for Subaru's press release.
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Subaru Meets Higher Standard of Safety with 2014 "IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK (TSP) +" Award for Three Models

The 2014 Legacy, Outback and Forester with optional "EyeSight" received the IIHS' highest standard of safety, the 2014 "TSP+" award and the highest possible rating of superior for front crash prevention.

The 2014 Impreza (except WRX) and Subaru XV Crosstrek met tougher criteria with the 2014 "TSP" award

Tokyo, December 25, 2013 – Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, today announced that the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS; a nonprofit organization supported by auto insurers in the US) has awarded the highest standard of safety, 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) along with the highest possible rating of superior for front crash prevention to the 2014 Subaru Legacy, Outback and Forester, equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driving assist system and currently sold in the North American region. Furthermore, the 2014 Impreza (except WRX) and Subaru XV Crosstrek have earned a 2014 TSP rating.

In all the tested vehicles, only the EyeSight-equipped Legacy, Outback and Forester have avoided a collision in the front crash prevention tests at both 12 mph and 25 mph. These three models earned 6 of 6 points for front crash prevention.

The EyeSight was the first system ever to use only stereo camera technology to detect the presence of pedestrians and cyclists. Since its Japanese debut in May 2008, features available on this system have been highly praised; they included pre-collision braking control and all-speed range adaptive cruise control tracking function. It stops the vehicle if it detects a risk of frontal collision, thereby avoiding the collision or reducing collision damage.

IIHS is using new criteria for the awards this year. TOP SAFETY PICK requires good performance in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and, for the first time, good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test introduced in 2012. The same level of performance in those tests, along with a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, TOP SAFETY PICK+.

With the small overlap test now incorporated into the basic TOP SAFETY PICK criteria, IIHS is using the TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation to reward manufacturers that provide the next level of safety. This year, that means vehicles that not only protect their occupants in a crash but also have systems that can prevent or mitigate front-to-rear crashes. Front crash prevention, which includes both warning systems and automatic braking, is intended to help inattentive drivers avoid rear-ending a stopped or slower moving vehicle in front of them.

FHI aims to offer "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" through the Subaru experience, its brand statement "Confidence in Motion" at the foundation. "Enjoyment and Peace of Mind" is not possible without the crucial element of "safety". Subaru will pursue all-around safety by continuing to advance its active, passive and pre-crash safety technologies.


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      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is good to hear, as I may be picking up a new Forester or XV Crosstrek in the next month or so.
      Dart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad their quality is going down hill. My parents have leased several of these cars over the last 15 years. Their 2nd to last one had issues, but they thought is was just a fluke. They took a chance and got a new one when the lease rolled over...it was ever worse than the previous one. So bad that they jumped ship and changed manufacturers.
        hokkaido76
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        Yeah, no (but thanks for trolling).
        Al Terego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        My parents think you told a cool story, bro.
        gazaer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        A lease - still under warranty - according to your story. Subaru's have issues but I doubt your story is as accurate as you say. Be more specific. What model? What year? What was the issue or issues?
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        Dartster .. be honest, your ride is a Schwinn, right?
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dart
        all cars have issues, and u just told a lie
      nagmashot
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a ugly car....
        hokkaido76
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nagmashot
        Haters will keep on hating.........
          Ted C
          • 1 Year Ago
          @hokkaido76
          Well, he is right, they are ugly. I don't hate them I just dont understand why those you like them put them on a pedestal and act like they are far better than any other manufacture. They are just cars.
        Arizonarelax
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nagmashot
        I am the first to say- and it is obvious - Toyota is having far too much influence on Subaru. That is a very bad thing. Evidence the NEW WRX launch and looks, performance etc. (just compare to the extra mile and effort Ford has gone with the new Mustang) and in my opinion the team which worked on the new WRX should be demoted or transferred to cleaning the factory parking lot with a tooth brush. However, Subaru's engineering meeting and exceeding safety standards with multiple vehicle choices with medium to good looks, all-wheel drive etc. is impressive and if I am I a collision with a Subaru "may the odds always be in my favor" - quote Hunger Games.
          Arizonarelax
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Chris your comprehension is hopelessly two dimensional on several key points of my statement above. I said, "influenced". I never declared Toyota has a lurking board member or member on Subaru's design team. But I do like your diversion tactic. Likely Subaru's Ivory Tower boys believe main stream is the only way to go in a world full of Jelly bean cars like a Toyota Corolla with a hood scoop. The WRX may never have been a good looking car, the difference my two-dimensional friend it was uniquely Subaru. You could identify with WRX in previous years and it built a following all on its own as it offered distinctive looks and Subaru's proven performance on the track. The new WRX is extending neither of those heritage traits in its recent WRX release to date and I doubt it will. One man can make a difference. The number of shares owned is irrelevant to success or the amount of influence one can make.
          Chris Bangle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          Toyota doesn't have anything to do with Subaru's designs other than the BRZ. Toyota doesn't even have a member on Subaru's board of directors, let alone have influence in the design/engineering department. When has the WRX ever been a good looking car. Do you remember the 2002 version? the 2008 version? Toyota has less stake in Subaru than Nissan had for 20 years or General Motors had for 10 years.
          Chris Bangle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Arizonarelax
          02 was bemoaned as looking like a Neon 04 was bemoaned as looking like a Hyundai 08 was said to look like a Mazda You can testify that the 2015 doesn't extend Subaru's performance on the track? Who has had one on a track? What I've gathered from the reviews I've read thus far is that the new WRX far outclasses the old one in dynamics. You're statements aren't based in reality.
      theweegeean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome safety ratings, good job Subaru. In other news, apparently I missed the part where Subaru took the front end of a Toyota 4Runner and glued it to the Forester. It looks marginally less awful on the Forester.
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