The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently introduced a new, more stringent side crash test, and the next round of models tested are mid-sized cars, where the 2022 Subaru Outback is located. The IIHS just put seven midsize cars through the new test, and only one, the 2022 Subaru Outback, achieved a “Good” rating.
How does the Subaru Outback compare to the other midsize cars?
The 2022 Subaru Outback was the only model to receive the highest rating, a “good” rating from the IIHS. The Hyundai Sonata and Volkswagen Jetta received acceptable scores, the Honda Accord received a marginal rating and the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima and Chevrolet Malibu received a poor rating.
photo credit: Insurance Institute for Road Safety
The IIHS developed the new side test to address higher-speed crashes that continue to cause fatalities, and they suspected few new models would make the highest score. “We developed this new test because we suspected there was room for more progress, and these results confirm that,” said IIHS President David Harkey.
Why does the Outback? get the highest rating Good?
The IIHS believes one of the reasons could be that the Outback’s higher ride height gives it an advantage. “On vehicles that are lower to the ground, the conspicuous barrier will be higher on the door panel,” said IIHS President David Harkey. “That may put sedans and wagons at a disadvantage in this evaluation, but reflects what happens in a real crash when these vehicles are hit by a higher-traveling pickup or SUV.”
The Subaru Outback has a ride height of 8.7 inches, higher than a sedan, and sits taller than most mid-sized SUVs. The IIHS says driver and rear passenger head protection airbags performed well in the Outback, Sonata and Jetta, “contributing to a low risk of head and neck injury for occupants in both seats.”
Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center, says the new test “means we all have new information about models that can provide extra protection in these types of side-impact collisions, and those future models are likely to have improvements that will make them even better.” We’ll all benefit from those improvements and we’re looking to organizations like IIHS to continue to drive them.”
The new IIHS side crash test reveals that the 2022 Subaru Outback is the safest new midsize car customers can buy. Joe Young, a spokesperson for the IIHS, says: “We expect continued improvements with the rollout of this new test. These new assessments certainly reflect the challenge of the new test setup, but, as the Subaru Outback shows, good side protection is achievable for this vehicle class.”
Watch the video below about the 2022 Subaru Outback crash on the side.
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