Posted: May 16, 2013 at 1:23 am
The 2014 Subaru Forester crossover is the first vehicle to earn a top score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new “small overlap” crash test.
IIHS added the test, which is not required by federal safety standards, last year to determine what happens when the left front 25% of a vehicle strikes a rigid wall at 40 mph.
The test, which is considerably harsher than the full-width frontal crash used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is intended to simulate the impact of hitting a pole or the edge of an oncoming car. The NHTSA said in January it may add a similar test to its portfolio.
The Forester was the only one of 13 small crossovers and SUVs in the latest batch of test vehicles to earn a “good” rating in the new IIHS test. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossover won an “acceptable” rating, but the other 11 vehicles were ranked “poor” or “marginal” in the test.
Nine of those vehicles did earn “top safety pick” ratings for doing well in all other IIHS crash tests. They include the BMW X1, Buick Encore, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson/Kia Sportage, Jeep Patriot, Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The Forester earned a “top safety pick+” rating for also performing well in the new small overlap test.