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2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback Named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/19/2014 Karla Sanchez
2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test During© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test During

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently finished testing the redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback, both of which excelled in all the tests to earn the coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation.

2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test Knee© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Legacy IIHS Small Overlap Test Knee

With the IIHS' revised criteria, scores of "good" or "acceptable" in the small overlap front crash test are now mandatory for Top Safety Pick consideration. The Legacy and Outback both earned a good rating in the small overlap crash test, which set it up for success in the other four tests: front moderate overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.In the small overlap test, the dummy's position indicated that the driver's survival space was maintained very well. The IIHS also says the Legacy and Outback's frontal and side airbags worked well together to keep the dummy's head from getting too close to stiff structures or outside objects that could cause injury. In addition, the risk of injury to the dummy's legs and feet were rated low.

It should come as no surprise that both Subarus performed so well, considering the 2014 models also earned Top Safety Pick+ status. However, safety revisions made to both the Legacy and Outback meant that they achieved "good" ratings in the small overlap crash test, an improvement over the 2014 models' "acceptable" rating. That can be attributed to the new front seat-cushion airbags and a new rollover-prevention sensor. Of course, both models can also be had with automaker's highly regarded EyeSight system, which includes a pre-collision warning and braking feature. The institute rates Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with the Eyesight system with a "superior" rating for front crash protection.

Source: IIHS


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