Top Safety Pick

2007 Subaru Forester

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2007 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV
2003 Subaru Forester shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2003-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2003 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

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

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof liner during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was negligible.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Side

Rating applies to 2003-08 models

Tested vehicle: 2003 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

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.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the pillar behind the rear passenger door (second test shown).

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2006-08 models

Seat type: All seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry