Subaru Legacy and Outback received mixed ratings in IIHS crash testsNovember 29, 2019
Both models proved to be most effective in a series of tests for receiving various damages, and the performance rating of active safety systems was also high. Claims from the testers arose regarding headlight, and it was from Outback.
The American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published brief crash test results for the Subaru Legacy and Outback models of the 2020 model year. The sedan received the highest possible rating of Top Safety Pick + (TSP +), and the station wagon for outdoor activities did not reach it a little, having earned only the Top Safety Pick without a “+”. The reason is the headlights.
Both models earned the highest “good” rating in the entire passive safety test series. Crash tests were completed with a frontal impact on a crushed obstacle and a standard overlap zone, as well as a crush-resistant one with a reduced overlap zone. The same applies to roof stiffness tests (tipping simulations), side impact and head restraint performance tests (rear impact simulations).
The maximum “superior” rating was obtained by the automatic braking system – the cars were able to stop completely, avoiding collisions at speeds of 20 and 40 km / h. Moreover, the pedestrian detection system turned out to be fully operational, although its presence does not yet affect the assignment of a TSP rating.
Hitch happened to the headlights. Structurally, they are identical in Legacy and Outback, but they showed themselves in the sedan, receiving a rating of “good”, while the wagon only average “acceptable”. This did not allow Outback to get a TSP + rating. It is noteworthy that he was in the version of the last model year before the modernization of the headlight deflection system when cornering.
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