Subaru Vehicles Earn Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Ratings for 2017MY
9 December 2016
For the 2017 model year, four Subaru models have once again received top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Legacy, Outback, Forester and Crosstrek earned “good” ratings across all five of the IIHS evaluation criteria as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention.
For 2017 IIHS once again toughened the criteria for earning a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation, this time by adding in more stringent requirements for headlights to reflect new evaluations launched this year. For both Top designations, the vehicle must earn “good” ratings in the Institute’s small overlap front, moderate overlap front, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an “advanced” or “superior” rating for front crash prevention with standard or optional autobrake. In order to carry the TSP+ rating, headlights must now receive a “good” or acceptable” rating.
Among 2017 models only seven vehicles are available with “good” rated headlights, amongst them the Subaru Legacy midsize sedan. “Manufacturers are focusing on improving this basic safety equipment,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president, and we’re confident that the winners’ list will grow as the year progresses.”
In addition to earning the TSP+ designation, select Subaru vehicles built on their impressive safety records by once again setting industry benchmarks. The Subaru Legacy continued its streak as the longest running midsize sedan by receiving top safety ratings for an astounding 12th year in a row, while the Forester extended its title as the longest running winner in the small SUV category with a record 11th win.
Nearly eight percent of 2017 TSP+ winners were Subaru models, performing well above the brand’s growing Canadian market share and solidifying Subaru’s reputation for world-class safety.
“Safety continues to be one of Subaru’s core values,” said Shiro Ohta, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to safety as we design and develop core technologies such as the Subaru Global Platform, to meet the safety standards of the future.”