The 2014 Subaru Forester has earned the top marks in the latest and stricter crash test simulations performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Based on the information provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway or IIHS, the 2014 version of the Subaru Forester was the only small crossover model to obtain the “good’ rating when this was subjected to the side impact, rear-impact, rollover and two different frontal impact tests .
Although most of the 13 small crossover models were able to achieve the good rating in every impact test conducted, the 2014 Subaru Forester was the only vehicle which earned the highest rating of “good” when this was subjected to the newest frontal impact test implemented by the IIHS which is known as the “small overlap” frontal test.
The “small overlap” frontal test according to the IIHS was designed to measure the strength of the vehicle’s safety cage as well as the strength of the front A-pillar or the one which is popularly known as the windshield pillar. Due to its success in getting the “good” rating in the small overlap test, the 2014 Subaru Forester has immediately obtained the Top Safety Pick Award from the IIHS.
Aside from the 2014 Subaru Forester, the IIHS has also performed the same set of tests to other car models. The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander performed well in the 4 crash tests where this was subjected to. Unfortunately, the Outlander has only obtained the second-best “acceptable” rating on the small overlap test. Due to this, the Outlander earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award.
Unfortunately, the Nissan Rogue, Jeep Wrangler and the Suzuki Grand Vitara failed to obtained the Top Safety Pick or the Top Safety Pick Plus award due to different reasons. The Nissan Rogue failed to pass the rollover test, the Jeep Wrangler provided a poor performance in the side impact test and the Suzuki Grand Vitara has only received moderate scores.