With the fully redesigned 2014 Subaru Forester recently joining the club, Subaru remains the only auto brand in the country with a full lineup of IIHS Top Safety Pick winners. The honor goes only to vehicles that provide superior occupant protection in rigorous testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. More specifically, Top Safety Picks like the Forester must score the highest possible marks in testing from front-, rear- and side-impact scenarios, as well as a roof-strength test that analyzes performance in rollover situations.
The 2014 Subaru Forester accomplished that task thanks to an increasingly robust list of standard safety features that, for the new model year, now adds front seats designed specifically to lessen the chance of whiplash injuries, a driver’s-side knee airbag, Brake Override (which shuts off engine power in certain situations when the driver presses both the gas and brake pedals), and a fuel-system cutoff system. That latter feature automatically cuts the flow of fuel to the engine if the Forester’s sensors detect an airbag deployment. In addition, the 2014 Subaru Forester also is offered with the brand’s EyeSight driver-assist feature.
EyeSight bundles adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning into one package, backed by Subaru’s innovative stereo camera technology.
The 2014 Subaru Forester—priced from $21,995—already has begun arriving at dealerships, helping the brand achieve an all-time February sales record, too.