A new Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) test suggests that when it comes to small SUVs, the 2014 Subaru Forester might be one of the safest on the planet.
The new Subaru Forester is the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the small overlap front crash test conducted by the (IIHS), which replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole.
In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall barrier at 40 mph. A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat.
The Forester was the only one of 13 small SUVs to earn an overall rating of good in the overall front crash test.
The Forester and the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which earned an “acceptable” rating in the overlap test, are the latest vehicles to qualify for the Institute’s “Top Safety Pick+” honor.
Each of the other 11 SUVs earns either a poor or marginal rating.
“With the redesigned Forester, Subaru’s engineers set out to do well in our new test, and they succeeded,” says Joe Nolan, the Institute’s vice president for vehicle research in an official press release. “This is exactly how we hoped manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these kinds of serious frontal crashes.”
IIHS added the small overlap test last year after finding that the crashes accounted for nearly 25 percent of the frontal crashes involving serious or fatal injury to front seat occupants.
Here’s the video with some rather scary test crash footage and the finding report.
Earlier this week, we got all hot and bothered over a set of spy photos showing the next-generation Subaru WRX STI testing at the Nürburgring. And while pretty still shots of a camouflaged car are always nice to look at, stirring up lots of speculation, having video is even better. Good thing, then, that our trusty spies were on hand to get some rolling footage of that STI as it lapped the infamous German track.
Now, as a good majority of the comments on our previous post will point out, it looks like Subaru has dumbed down the design of that decidedly hot WRX Concept from New York for the road-going car. Of course, we need to wait until all that swirly paper is pulled off the body, but from what we can see here, it looks like this new 'Rex will be more akin to the current Impreza than we were originally led to believe.
So while we wait and hope that what's under the camouflage will be something sexy, have a look at the video below to watch the WRX STI prototype get worked out on the 'Ring.
Subaru has released a new web series called “Launch Control,” giving viewers an in-depth look at the Subaru Rally Team USA and the Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team as they compete in the 2013 race season.
The web series will launch new episodes bi-weekly and gives insight to what it takes to compete for a championship in a gruelling race season. The debut episode, which can be viewed below, features Subaru Rally Team USA and defending Rally America Champion David Higgins as he trains in Wales, UK for the upcoming season.
It also highlights how the cars are prepared, and shows off what goes into getting a rally racer ready for race day.