New Forester is Top Safety Pick+

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New gen­er­a­tion Subaru Forester has be­come the first ve­hi­cle to pass ev­ery as­pect of chal­leng­ing new “small over­lap front crash tests”, con­ducted in North Amer­ica.

The In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety re­sults show Forester is the only one of 13 small SUVs tested to earn an over­all “Good” rat­ing in the most re­cent test, net­ting the In­sti­tute’s re­cently in­au­gu­rated top hon­our: “Top Safety Pick+.”

The in­sti­tute’s vice pres­i­dent for ve­hi­cle re­search Joe Nolan said the re­designed Forester, Subaru’s engi­neers set out to do well in the new test and they suc­ceeded.

“This is ex­actly how we hoped man­u­fac­tur­ers would re­spond to im­prove pro­tec­tion for peo­ple in th­ese kinds of se­ri­ous frontal crashes,” Mr Nolan said.

The In­sur­ance In­sti­tute for High­way Safety added the small over­lap test to its suite of ve­hi­cle safety eval­u­a­tions last year. While most mod­ern ve­hi­cles are de­signed to do well in the full-width front crash tests and in the In­sti­tute’s mod­er­ate over­lap front test, that is no guar­an­tee of good per­for­mance in a small over­lap crash.

The Top Safety Pick+ award is based on per­for­mance in the small over­lap front test as well as in the mod­er­ate over­lap front, side, rollover and rear tests. To qual­ify, a ve­hi­cle must earn good rat­ings in four of the five tests and no less than ac­cept­able in the fifth.

For a full run­down on Subaru ve­hi­cles call into Ken Muston Au­to­mo­tive, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or give Brad or James a call on 5821 6688.

The All-Wheel Drive fourth gen­er­a­tion Forester

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