Subaru Forester receives top safety rating

May 17, 2013 12:00 AM

The 2014 Subaru Forester has already started garnering awards for its safe design. After crash testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the vehicle earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the organization. 

"With the redesigned Forester, Subaru's engineers set out to do well in our new test, and they succeeded," said Joe Nolan, a vice president at the IIHS. "This is exactly how we hoped manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these kinds of serious frontal crashes." 

According to NBC News, out of the five crossover-utility cars that were tested, the Subaru Forester was the only one to achieve a top rating. In fact, it was the only vehicle that didn't fail the overlap crash test, solidifying its position as one of the top models on the market. Although most vehicles are designed to escape from frontal crashes with only minimal auto repair, there are just a few that can handle the rigors of overlap testing like the Subaru Forester can. 

Earning the Top Safety Pick+ continues Subaru's tradition of placing safety first. For the 2013 model year, it was the only automaker to achieve the status for all of its models - a feat it has reached for the past four years. 

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