Top Safety Pick

2009 Subaru Forester

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
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 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd

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.

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

Side

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted side torso airbags

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

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 airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,268 lbs
Peak force 15,166 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.64

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-13 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry