Subaru Legacy, Outback earn Top Safety Pick + status

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IIHS 2014 Subaru Legacy Small Overlap crash test photo

The 2014 Subaru Legacy aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap crash test on its way to a Top Safety Pick + award. (Photo courtesy Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

Subaru EyeSight crash avoidance technology helped the redesigned Subaru Legacy and Outback get Top Safety Pick + ratings in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.

A press release from Subaru said the Subaru Legacy notably achieved the IIHS’ highest possible rating of “good” in the small-overlap frontal crash test that has decimated many vehicles since it was added to the IIHS test regimen a couple years ago. The Legacy reportedly also scored “good” ratings in all the other crash tests: moderate front overlap, side impact, roof crush, and rear impact. Meanwhile, Subaru EyeSight crash avoidance technology helped the sedan earn a “superior” rating in the IIHS crash avoidance test, the press release said. All of that, in concert, was enough to earn the Legacy the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + status.

The release said the Outback, for its part, earned a “good” rating in crashworthiness evaluations and a “superior” crash avoidance rating when equipped with Subaru EyeSight, making it a Top Safety Pick + as well.

The press release said Subaru has more 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick awards than any other brand. Seven other Subaru models are rated Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick +, including the 2014 Subaru BRZ (and its Scionese twin, the FR-S), the Impreza, and the XV Crosstrek. In other words, your insurance agent will probably love you if you call them some weekend to say the new car you just bought is a Subaru.

We previously covered Subaru EyeSight technology here. Eyesight uses two color stereo cameras to “see” the road ahead, scanning for brake lights or even pedestrians in the car’s path of travel. If it sees a hazard, it can automatically cut throttle and apply the brakes, up to the point of stopping completely. The twin cameras are mounted unobtrusively at the top edge of the windshield inside the car on either side of the inside rearview mirror.

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