“…At the top of the list are the Subaru Legacy and Outback, which earned perfect scores in our tests for avoiding crashes at both 12 and 25 miles per hour.” – David Zuby, Chief Research Officer, IIHS.
Well, looks like Subaru has done it again – the IIHS reports that the Legacy and the Outback topped the list of vehicles with collision avoidance systems – rating best (IIHS rating of ‘superior’) in the industry. The IIHS studied over 70 midsize cars and SUV’s. The tests measured how responsive the avoidance systems are – alerting drivers about possible rear-end collisions, and whether the vehicles are able to avoid a crash or appropriately reduce their speed.
“Front crash prevention systems can add a thousand dollars or more to the cost of a new car,” said David Zuby, chief research officer at IIHS. “Our new ratings let consumers know which systems offer the most promise for the extra expense.” And there is good reason to pay attention to these statistics; according to 2011 Department of Transportation data, there were 1.7 million rear-end accidents in the U.S. alone that year, with 21 percent of those resulting in injuries.
Of the vehicles tested, the Subaru EyeSight collision avoidance system is the only system that automatically applied the brakes, and prevented the vehicles from hitting the target when traveling at the test speeds of 25 mph and 12 mph.
Watch a video of the results, here:
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