Top Safety Pick
Subaru’s new generation Legacy (Liberty in Australia) and Outback have received the highest possible safety ranking in testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in North America.
Both cars have been awarded ‘Top Safety Pick+’ status — along with the elite ‘Superior’ rating for front crash prevention for versions equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system.
EyeSight variants earned the maximum six out of six points for front crash prevention.
The results mean Subaru now has seven models that have earned 2014 safety awards from IIHS — four with Top Safety Pick and three with Top Safety Pick+.
EyeSight was the first driver assist system to use stereo camera technology to detect objects such as vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Since its Japanese debut in May 2008, EyeSight features have won wide acclaim. They include precollision braking control and allspeed range adaptive cruise control tracking.
The new generation n EyeSight featured on the latest US specification Legacy and Outback includes fully revamped stereo cameras that increase viewing angle and range by about 40 per cent, further improving preventative safety.
To win a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must have Good ratings in all four tests: high-speed front crash; highspeed side crash; roll-over; and evaluation of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.
In addition, Good or Acceptable performance in a small overlap front crash test is required.
2015 Legacy and Outback earned the highest Good rating in these five IIHS evaluations for occupant protection.
To achieve Top Safety Pick+, cars also have to achieve Basic, Advanced or Superior ratings for front crash prevention.
New generation Liberty and Outback are due for launch in Australia by early 2015.
For a full rundown on Subaru vehicles call into Ken Muston Automotive, Benalla road Shepparton. Or give Brad B or James a call on 5821 6688.