Top Safety Pick

2018 Subaru Forester

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2018 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV
2017 Subaru Forester shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights(varies by trim/ option)
Front crash prevention
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Optional lane departure warning
  • Optional lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the driver-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1303
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Footrest (cm) 10
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 4
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1303
Head
HIC-15 127
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) no data
Extension bending moment (Nm) no data
Maximum Nij 0.00
Chest maximum compression (mm) 26
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 1.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.35
Right 0.41
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.3
Right 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 50
Right 47

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger's survival space was not maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

Despite extensive intrusion of the door hinge pillar and dashboard, risk of injury was moderate and limited to the right lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CN15006
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 29
Footrest (cm) 24
Right toepan (cm) 17
Center toepan (cm) 11
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 4
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 15
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 26
Upper dash (cm) 23
Right lower dash (cm) 21

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CN15006
Head
HIC-15 77
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.7
Right 3.8
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 10
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 1
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.56
Right 0.86
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.0
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 129
Right 73

Driver injury measures

Test ID CN15006
Head
HIC-15 44
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.17
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28
Femur (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 0.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 3
Right 2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.34
Right 0.24
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.9
Right 1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 35

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1301
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 1
Left (cm) 2
Center (cm) 3
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) -2
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -3
Rearward (cm) -5
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1301
Head
HIC-15 223
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 30
Maximum Nij 0.37
Chest maximum compression (mm) 31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 1.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 2
Maximum tibia index - left 0.48
Maximum tibia index - right 0.49
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 63
Right 50

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1224
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -14.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1224
Head HIC-15 186
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.97
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.67
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.1
Combined force (kN) 2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 85
A-P moment (Nm) -31

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1224
Head HIC-15 75
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 42
Lateral force (kN) 2.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 31
Average deflection (mm) 22
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.28
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.48
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 1.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 20
A-P moment (Nm) 75

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,352 lbs
Peak force 16,585 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.95

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-18 models

Seat type: Power cloth seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Power cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 23
Distance below top of head (mm) -2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 14.5
Head contact time (ms) 58
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 347

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Headlights

Ratings are given for 6 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i Limited trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package; built after June 2017
  • 2.5i Touring trim; built after June 2017
  • 2.0XT Touring trim; built after June 2017
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the sharp right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i Limited trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package
  • 2.5i Touring trim
  • 2.0XT Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built after June 2017
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 110.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 52.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.9 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 54.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 119.8 m
Straightaway left edge 118.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 74.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.1 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with Black Edition package; built after June 2017
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with Black Edition package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built after June 2017
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 110.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 52.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 69.1 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 52.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.9 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 54.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 119.8 m
Straightaway left edge 118.7 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 74.2 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.1 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package
  • 2.5i Black Edition trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package
  • 2.5i Black Edition trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 43.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 42.2 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.8 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 40.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 170.3 m
Straightaway left edge 157.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i trim
  • 2.5i Premium trim
  • 2.5i Limited trim
  • 2.0XT Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i trim
  • 2.5i Premium trim
  • 2.5i Limited trim
  • 2.0XT Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 86.0 m None
Straightaway left edge 49.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 43.8 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 42.6 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.7 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 170.3 m
Straightaway left edge 157.1 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 64.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.2 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 50.5 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i Limited trim equipped with Eyesight package; built before July 2017
  • 2.5i Touring trim equipped with Eyesight package; built before July 2017
  • 2.0XT Touring trim equipped with Eyesight package; built before July 2017
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i Limited trim equipped with Eyesight package
  • 2.5i Touring trim equipped with Eyesight package
  • 2.0XT Touring trim equipped with Eyesight package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models built before July 2017
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 46.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 142.3 m
Straightaway left edge 136.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 60.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with Black Edition package; built before July 2017
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler car-simpler 0 ft 100 ft 200 ft 300 ft 400 ft 500 ft 600 ft Low beams Optimal low-beam illumination High beams Optimal high-beam illumination

Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp right curve, fair on the gradual right and sharp left curves, and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • 2.5i Premium trim equipped with Black Edition package
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2018 models built before July 2017
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 81.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 46.6 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.4 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 56.9 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.5 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 142.3 m
Straightaway left edge 136.3 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 70.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 58.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 60.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional EyeSight

Package name

  • Optional EyeSight

Applies to 2017-18 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2017-18 models built after January 2017

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim 2.5i
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from the other seating positions.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
Can be borrowed from 1 and 3
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 2
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Lower anchor B
Open access rated Yes
Depth Not visible
Force (lbs) 1
Clearance angle (degrees) 69
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present No
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 2
Clearance angle (degrees) 74
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 4
Clearance angle (degrees) 63
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated