2014 Subaru Forester Comes Out on Top in New Crash Test


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    2014 Subaru Forester Picture

    The 2014 Subaru Forester was the only one of 13 small SUVs to earn an overall rating of "good" in a new "small overlap" crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. | May 16, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The 2014 Subaru Forester earned a "good" rating on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new "small overlap" crash test, the only one of 13 small SUVs to get the distinction.
  • The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 was not subjected to the test because Toyota asked for a delay to make changes to improve the vehicle's performance.
  • The Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Buick Encore, Jeep Patriot and Ford Escape received "poor" ratings on the small overlap test, said the IIHS.

ARLINGTON, Virginia — The 2014 Subaru Forester earned a "good" rating on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new "small overlap" crash test, the only one of 13 small SUVs to get the distinction.

The redesigned 2013 Toyota RAV4 was not subjected to the test because Toyota asked for a delay to make changes to improve the vehicle's performance.

The Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Buick Encore, Jeep Patriot and Ford Escape received "poor" ratings on the small overlap test, said the IIHS.

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was praised for earning an "acceptable" score on the small overlap test. The Forester and the Outlander Sport are the latest vehicles to qualify for the IIHS's Top Safety Pick+ award.

"Each of the other 11 SUVs earns either a poor or marginal rating," said the IIHS in a statement on Thursday.

Among the vehicles with the marginal rating in the small overlap crash test are the 2013 Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V, Volkswagen Tiguan, Jeep Wrangler two-door, BMW X1 and Mazda CX-5.

The new test replicates a crash in which the corner of a car hits an object such as a tree or pole. The test is noteworthy because it is not yet included in the federal government's five-star ratings.

"With the redesigned Forester, Subaru's engineers set out to do well in our new test and they succeeded," said Joe Nolan, the vice president for vehicle research at IIHS. "This is exactly how we hoped manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these kinds of serious frontal crashes."

Edmunds says: Kudos to the 2014 Subaru Forester for standing out from the crowd in this new crash test.

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