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2014 Subaru Forester Comes Out on Top in New Crash Test


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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.

Comments

  • soakee_ soakee_ Posts:

    Seemingly not a year passes that the IIHS doesn't develop another new test of crashworthiness. I for one am tired of reading about which cars flunked this or passed that. A vehicle's safety rating is way down on the list of things which I consider when car shopping.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @soakee: then you are pretty unique in that regard. These are "passive" safety tests that are not meant to protect you from your own stupidity, but from the texting teen who decides to careen into you. The small offset test is hardly an area for

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    Hmm... on one hand we will probably survive a "small overlap test" and on the other hand we have to put up with the CVT. I have driven the 2014 Forester with the CVT and I must say it is not very good. On the third hand, the Accord CVT is marvelous. I predict that the CR-V will get the higher powered Accord engine and CVT next year. It would be nice to have the CR-V get some needed torque.

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