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  • Image Credit: Subaru
  • Image Credit: Subaru
  • Image Credit: Subaru
  • Image Credit: Subaru
  • Image Credit: Subaru
  • Image Credit: Subaru
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Subaru OutbackThe Subaru Legacy and Outback are the latest vehicles to be awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's most prestigious safety title, Top Safety Pick+.

As we've explained many times before, this only applies vehicles that can score an "Acceptable" or "Good" rating on the five IIHS crash tests and earn at least a "Basic" rating for crash prevention systems.

In the Legacy's case, it totally aced IIHS's testing, earning "Good" scores on the small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush and rear impact tests, while also bringing home the top "Superior" rating for its optional EyeSight system.

According to IIHS, Subaru holds more Top Safety Pick titles than any other manufacturer, with seven vehicles earning the safety award. Of those, four of them are TSP+ vehicles.

Scroll down for video of the Legacy's small-overlap test, as well as press releases from both IIHS and Subaru.
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August 19, 2014

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. today announced that the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has recognized the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback as a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+.

The redesigned Subaru Legacy achieved the highest possible rating of 'good' in the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations of front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof crush and rear impact. The sedan also received a 'superior' rating in the Institute's front crash avoidance testing. The 2015 Subaru Legacy is a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ winner when equipped with the optional EyeSight® driver-assist system.

The all-new 2015 Subaru Outback also achieved the highest possible rating of 'good' in the Institute's crashworthiness evaluations, as well as a 'superior' rating in the front crash avoidance testing. Similar to the mid-size Legacy, the Outback crossover is a 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ winner when equipped with optional EyeSight®.

Subaru has more 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick awards than any other brand. Seven Subaru models, including the BRZ, Impreza, WRX/STI and XV Crosstrek, have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS – four with TOP SAFETY PICK and three with TOP SAFETY PICK+ including its Forester, Legacy and Outback models equipped with optional EyeSight ®.

The Institute's findings reinforce our dedication to building safe vehicles," Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. "We are proud of the 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK endorsement for every Subaru vehicle in our line-up."

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.

2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback shine in small overlap test, earn TOP SAFETY PICK+

ARLINGTON, Va. - The redesigned Subaru Legacy earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test, with top marks in every measurement category. With its optional front crash prevention system, the midsize car is a TOP SAFETY PICK+ winner. The award also applies to the Outback, the station wagon version of the Legacy.

The previous generation Legacy also was a TOP SAFETY PICK+ winner, earning an acceptable rating overall in the small overlap front test. Structural performance improved to good for the 2015 Legacy, compared with a marginal score for the outgoing model. The driver space was maintained well, with the safety cage preventing excessive intrusion into the occupant compartment. The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures. Ratings for restraints, dummy kinematics, and injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, and legs and feet are all good.

The Institute added the small overlap evaluation to its testing lineup in 2012. In the crash, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.

The Legacy and Outback earn superior ratings for front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight, their optional forward collision warning system with autobrake. In track evaluations, the system completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute's 12 and 25 mph front crash avoidance tests.

Subaru has the most 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK awards of any brand. Its other winners include the BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek. To qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners must meet those same criteria and also earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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      • 5 Months Ago

      Kudos to Subaru- they are building a reputation of safety that Volvo would be envious of.

      Neutral President
      • 5 Months Ago

      Oh, how i wish we could get the regular, non-Outback Legacy wagon in North America. :(

        • 5 Months Ago
        @Neutral President

        Why?  Wagons don't sell in America...this isn't the 1970s and early 80s.  Subaru isn't going to waste their precious resources on a wagon that'd sell maybe 7,000 to 10,000 units in America.  You want a wagon...go visit M-B, Audi, or BMW.

      • 5 Months Ago

      As expected. Hopefully the EyeSight system makes it to the Impreza/ Crosstrek XV soon.

      • 5 Months Ago

      No surprise. Subaru is a great brand made in america. 

        • 5 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY

        Only the Legacy is made in the US. The others are made in Japan.

          • 5 Months Ago

          Actually the Legacy, Outback, Tribeca, and soon to be Impreza are all made in Lafayette Indiana

      Andrew Pappas
      • 5 Months Ago

      They need extra safety, since the way these cars are designed will put the driver to sleep.

      • 5 Months Ago

      The seat cushion airbag FAILED to deploy during a severe frontal impact, as advertised.

        • 5 Months Ago

        so... you want a SIDE impact bag to deploy for a situation it cant help? OK. Side curtain bags deploy in severe frontal crashes so that if the glass breaks your head doesn't go outside the car. 

          • 5 Months Ago

          It's not a side impact airbag. It's a seat cushion airbag, which is different. Get to know a Subaru before commenting on things you know nothing about.  Check out Subaru forums and educate yourselves.

      Master Austin
      • 5 Months Ago

      One I see the front door deforming or intruding into, I dont care what the dummies say thats the point where it didnt go too well either.

        Chris Bangle
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Master Austin

        Every midsize sedan ranked "good" in the small overlap test had door deformation. In the latest round with the 200, Malibu, and Accord ranked good, the Legacy had the least deformation. At some point, size and weight can't cheat physics.

        • 5 Months Ago
        @Master Austin

        Oh hey we have an IIHS testing expert here! This guy knows way more than the people that actually run the test, because he invented the IIHS tests.

      • 2 Months Ago

      With an added Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), the Forester has the technology to sense steering and braking changes and inputs and works to keep your car stable. Here are some more safety features of the 2014 Subaru Forester,http://www.freeholdsubaru.com/2015-subaru-forester-safety-features.htm

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