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2011 Subaru Forester

Small SUV
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2010 Subaru Forester shown
2010 Subaru Forester shown
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
G
G
G
G
G
2013
G
G
G
G
2012
G
G
G
G
2011
G
G
G
G
2010
G
G
G
G
2009
G
G
G
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
G
G
2005
G
G
2004
G
G
2003
G
G
2002
G
2001
G
2000
G
1999
G

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4wd
Weight 3,296 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted side torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length180 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF0718
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)3
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)11
Right (cm)8
Brake pedal (cm)1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)2
Rearward (cm)1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF0718
Head
HIC-15193
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)27
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm)33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.5
Femur force - right (kN)2.7
Knee displacement - left (mm)2
Knee displacement - right (mm)6
Maximum tibia index - left0.35
Maximum tibia index - right0.65
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left59
Right86

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
A
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Injury measures

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 dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Passenger — The dummy’s head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4wd
Weight 3,256 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted side torso airbags
Wheelbase103 in.
Length180 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.5 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings20 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES0814
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.
-11.5

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES0814
Head HIC-15247
Neck
Tension (kN)0.8
Compression (kN)0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)31
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)23
Average deflection (mm)22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.42
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.27
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)5.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)126
A-P moment (Nm) -29

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES0814
Head HIC-15131
Neck
Tension (kN)0.0
Compression (kN)0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)35
Lateral force (kN)1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)24
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.26
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.27
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.6
Acetabulum force (kN)2.8
Combined force (kN)4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)71
A-P moment (Nm) -14

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,268 lbs
Peak force15,166 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.64
Tested vehicle
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

How this test is conducted

Applies to 2009-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)25
Distance below top of head (mm)30
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)12.1
Head contact time (ms)57
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)1
Max neck tension (N)367

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