ARLINGTON, Va. — The redesigned Subaru Legacy earns a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test, with top marks in every measurement category. With its optional front crash prevention system, the midsize car is a Top Safety Pick+ winner. The award also applies to the Outback, the station wagon version of the Legacy.
The previous generation Legacy also was a Top Safety Pick+ winner, earning an acceptable rating overall in the small overlap front test. Structural performance improved to good for the 2015 Legacy, compared with a marginal score for the outgoing model. The driver space was maintained well, with the safety cage preventing excessive intrusion into the occupant compartment. The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures. Ratings for restraints, dummy kinematics, and injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, and legs and feet are all good.
The Institute added the small overlap evaluation to its testing lineup in 2012. In the crash, 25 percent of a vehicle's front end on the driver side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object such as a tree or a utility pole.
The Legacy and Outback earn superior ratings for front crash prevention when equipped with EyeSight, their optional forward collision warning system with autobrake. In track evaluations, the system completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute's 12 and 25 mph front crash avoidance tests.
Subaru has the most 2014 Top Safety Pick awards of any brand. Its other winners include the BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. Top Safety Pick+ winners must meet those same criteria and also earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.