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Video: Subaru tops in safety

2013-05-16 11:58

The 2013 Subaru Forester has become the first vehicle to ace every aspect of the challenging "small overlap front crash test" conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Forester was the only one of 13 small SUV's to earn an overall rating of 'good' in the test and was awarded the IIHS top safety pick.

FIVE PERFORMED POORLY

Joe Nolan, IIHS vice-president for vehicle research, said: “It’s what we envisioned when we were first developing this test. Subaru addressed the issues of structure; the issues of keeping the occupant engaged with the front air bag; keeping the steering wheel in front of the driver; deploying the side curtain air bag. All of those things, when they work together, they work very well.”

The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport earned an 'acceptable' rating The BMW X1, Honda CR-V, two-door Jeep Wrangler, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue and Volkswagen Tiguan eached received an overall rating of 'marginal'.

The lowest rating ('poor') went to the Buick Encore, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Patriot and Kia Sportage (the last three available in SA).

The 11 vehicles rated 'marginal' or 'poor' lost out because the test-crash dummy’s movements were not well-controlled or because of a issue with the structure of the vehicle.

SMALL OVERLAP TEST


Absent from the test group was the new Toyota RAV4, which will only be tested later in 2013. According to the IIHS, Toyota “asked for the delay” so it could make changes “to improve” the car’s test performance.


According to the IIHS, the "small overlap test' is intended to replicate what happens when a front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or perhaps a road bridge. In the test, 25% of the vehicle's front end on the driver’s side strikes a 1.7m tall barrier at 64km/h. Since the impact is to the vehicle’s outer edge, it misses the main crumple-zone in the middle of the vehicle (which absorbs crash forces), increasing the risk of severe damage to the vehicle and its occupants.

Vehicles tend to rotate and slide during such an impact. The movement can fling a crash dummy toward the windscreen and front door (A) pillar.

The force can push the steering wheel, which contains an airbag, so far sideways that the dummy can fall into a gap between the steering wheel and the side air bag that is meant to protect the head.

Watch the video!

Small SUV safety ratings - Front small overlap

Ratings - G -Good, A - Acceptable, M - Marginal, P - Poor


Subaru Forester - G
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - A
BMW X1 - M
Honda CR-V - M
Mazda CX-5 - M
Volkswagen Tiguan - M
Buick Encore - P
Ford Escape - P
Hyundai ix35 - P
Jeep Patriot - P
Kia Sportage - P
Nissan Rogue - M
Jeep Wrangler - M

Comments
  • Johan Van Noordwyk - 2013-05-16 12:17

    The Volvo XC60, of course, aced this as well. But I suppose that is another category? :-)

      Neil Russell - 2013-05-16 15:27

      XC60 not vey good in avoiding one though, all over the place + its much bigger than the Forester so yes you can really compare. Dont get me started on Volvo unreliablity too. The Volvo is nice to look at though. Their marketing message has always been about safety but there are plenty cars out there in respective classes that offer better saftey figures. Vovo is well marketed making an impact on peoples perception.

      Neil Russell - 2013-05-16 15:27

      XC60 not vey good in avoiding one though, all over the place + its much bigger than the Forester so yes you can really compare. Dont get me started on Volvo unreliablity too. The Volvo is nice to look at though. Their marketing message has always been about safety but there are plenty cars out there in respective classes that offer better saftey figures. Vovo is well marketed making an impact on peoples perception.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-05-16 14:21

    in just one type of test? NCAP test for many situations not just one simulation. overall performance is more realistic than a single type of test.

      Neil Russell - 2013-05-16 15:22

      Subaru were crash testing their cars 10 years before people even started thinking about its legislation. All Subaru Vehicles are top of class in all crash test ratings. You can watch these on You Tube. They are built like tanks but due to poor marketing dont have the perceved superiority of their European counterparts. Most people look at "bling" such as squishy dashboards, gatgets and design elements and think that is quality. Its whats underneith that counts. As car mag once said: "after a nuclear war only two things will remain, cockroaches & Subarus". Subaru dynamics are better than the rest too - WHAT A CAR!

      Neil Russell - 2013-05-16 15:22

      Subaru were crash testing their cars 10 years before people even started thinking about its legislation. All Subaru Vehicles are top of class in all crash test ratings. You can watch these on You Tube. They are built like tanks but due to poor marketing dont have the perceved superiority of their European counterparts. Most people look at "bling" such as squishy dashboards, gatgets and design elements and think that is quality. Its whats underneith that counts. As car mag once said: "after a nuclear war only two things will remain, cockroaches & Subarus". Subaru dynamics are better than the rest too - WHAT A CAR!

      Neil Russell - 2014-07-31 18:43

      Kwashirai, IIHS tests are the most stringent on the planet. NCAP is one of the least stringent. To get this result the vehicle would have to recieve a "Good" rating in all 4 catagories and "Marginal" or better in the partial offset. Subaru for a number of years now have been making the safest cars on the Planet.

  • Adriaan Grove - 2013-05-16 17:54

    a bit misleading, as this is for the small SUV category only, Volvo XC60 (midsize) aced this long ago with top safety pick+ award: http://www.volvocars.com/us/top/about/iihs-crash-test/Pages/default.aspx

  • Donne Austin - 2013-05-16 22:16

    Beautiful car...

  • Jacques Shepperson - 2013-05-18 08:56

    I have owned 7 Subaru's and still have one... Good result, but please note that these results can be relative as the test are done in controlled enviroments. Crash a LC200/RAM into a Forester and results may vary.

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