Applies to 2003-08 models
|Structure and safety cage|
|Driver injury measures|
|Rear passenger injury measures|
|Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.
The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2003 model year.
Two tests of the Forester were conducted. The injury and head protection ratings for the driver are based on just the second test; measures for the driver in the first test were not used because the seating procedure was not comparable to other tested vehicles. Injury and head protection ratings for the rear seat passenger are based on both tests. Structural ratings also are based on both tests.
Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that a fracture of the pelvis would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.
Passenger — Measures taken from the dummies in the two tests, taken together, indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side airbag that deployed from the seat.
Passenger — In both tests, the dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door. This pillar is required by federal standard to provide some protection for occupants' heads.
Tested vehicle specifications
|Tested vehicle||2003 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd|
|Weight|| 3,189 lbs.|
|Side airbags||standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags|
|Engine||2.5 L 4-cylinder|
|EPA ratings||21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway|
How this test is conducted
Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side
|B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) |
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
Driver injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||58|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.8|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||44|
|Average deflection (mm)||34|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||4.48|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.67|
|Iliac force (kN)||3.1|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.5|
|Combined force (kN)||5.7|
Passenger injury measures
|Lateral deflection (mm)||33||33|
|Lateral force (kN)||1.6||1.6|
|Maximum deflection (mm)||32||34|
|Average deflection (mm)||29||30|
|Maximum deflection rate (m/s)||3.03||4.03|
|Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)||0.41||0.58|
|Iliac force (kN)||0.8||1.2|
|Acetabulum force (kN)||2.6||2.7|
|Combined force (kN)||3.2||3.7|