Even Volvo will be jealous of Subaru's safety record.
As we await the imminent arrival of new-age cars like the Subaru Solterra EV, we are reminded that the Japanese manufacturer still has some compelling models on sale right now. Besides capability and mechanical simplicity, Subaru products are well-known for their impressive safety standards. This is something that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recognizes as it has awarded four of its cars with a Top Safety Pick+ and two with a Top Safety Pick for 2022.
A large part to play in its success for this year's round of testing was the brand's fitment of the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This advanced driver assist system consists of a series of dual-color cameras placed in the cars' interiors to monitor everything from adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking and throttle management.
Earning the esteemed Top Safety Pick + award are the Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, Legacy, Outback, and Ascent. For the Crosstrek, this is the fourth consecutive time that it has earned a Top Safety Pick+ badge while the Legacy, Outback and Ascent have achieved a Top Safety Pick for 17, 14, and five consecutive years respectively.
The five-door Impreza and Crosstrek, equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights, were given the respectable Top Safety Pick badge. This is the 15th consecutive win for the Impreza and 11th for the Crosstrek. Since the Top Safety Pick+ designation was introduced in 2013, Subarus have cumulatively collected 61 of these awards, more than any other brand.
Although the IIHS is pleased with the performance of Subaru's EyeSight technology, the American Automobile Association (AAA) recently revealed that it had some reservations about driver monitoring. It came to this conclusion after testing it in the Subaru Forester alongside a Cadillac Escalade with Super Cruise and Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot.
The AAA noted that camera-based systems afforded drivers far too much distraction time before forcing them to intervene. Subaru backs its system up by promising that it will use the technology to help achieve a goal of zero road deaths by 2030. It aims to do this by introducing a new artificial intelligence judgment system that can better identify hazardous situations on the road.