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2014 Subaru Forester Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

2014 Subaru Forester Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

By Jeff Youngs, March 11, 2013
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester, and the new crossover SUV earns a "Top Safety Pick" rating. The IIHS has also tested the Forester in the new small overlap frontal-impact test, but is withholding results until it announces ratings for small SUVs in the spring.

In redesigning the 2014 Forester, Subaru built the new compact crossover SUV around what the automaker calls a Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame, one designed to deflect crash energy away from the occupant compartment. The new SUV is also equipped with a new driver knee air bag, front-seat head restraints designed to reduce the likelihood of whiplash, and a brake override system that prevents the Forester from accelerating when the brake pedal is pressed.

In addition to these safety-related upgrades, every 2014 Forester except for the base 2.5i is equipped with a reversing camera, and models with the Touring trim level can be optioned with Subaru's EyeSight driver assistance technology, which includes a lane-departure warning system, pre-collision braking system, and an adaptive cruise control system.

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