The Subaru Tribeca, Outback, Impreza, and Legacy were all on the Forbes.com list of 10 best cars in a crash. The list is based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick awards. Then Forbes.com evaluated current model-year vehicles and picked ones that have earned perfect or near-perfect scores of "good" in all sections. This year no car on the "small car" segment received "good" scores across the board, but the Impreza had the next best score with one "acceptable" rating.
Several safety features contribute to the highly rated safety of these Subaru vehicles:
- Unique SUBARU BOXER engine design, which sits low on the chassis and slips under passengers in the event of a frontal impact
- Three-ring construction, which reinforces body pillars from front to rear
- Durable, high-strength steel and special latches that attach the rear doors to the metal frame
The Subaru Forester won the Compact SUV 2009 Automotive Loyalty Award, making it a repeat winner. R.L. Polk & Co. bases these awards on customer loyalty.
New Forester packages for 2010 expand choices and respond to customer input. The Forester 2.5X Special Edition now includes 16-inch alloy wheels and roof rails.
The Forester 2.5X Limited offers a new Navigation System and Convenience Package, along with first-ever Forester High Intensity Discharge headlights, one-touch folding rear seats, and a cargo-area cover.
Other Forester enhancements for 2010 include standard 10-way power driver's seat for 2.5X Premium and Bluetooth®1 wireless capabilities for the available navigation systems in Limited models.
For more information, go to www.subaru.com.
1 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
The Popular Mechanics 2010 Automotive Excellence Awards named the Subaru Outback as the Most Versatile Car, boasting that it blends the best attributes of an SUV with the capabilities of the rally-bred all-wheel drive experience.
The original 1995 Outback is considered by many as the first "crossover" vehicle, introduced long before the current car-based utility wagon segment.