New Forester is Top Safety Pick+
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.
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The All-Wheel Drive fourth generation Forester