Since 2013, the Subaru Outback has earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and been named a TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) every year. So, what makes it so safe and reliable?

Maguire Subaru finds out. We looked at the Subaru Outback safety ratings to show drivers and families in Ithaca why you can count on this crossover to keep you safe.

Subaru Outback Safety Features

The interior of the Subaru Outback is protected by eight standard airbags. This includes advanced front airbags for the driver and passenger, seat-mounted front side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, a front passenger's seat cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats.

Just outside the airbag system, you'll be surrounded by a sturdy Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame. While it's designed to stand up to impact, a collapsible steering column is can absorb the force from an accident.

To make sure everyone on board is strapped in properly, front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters come standard, as well as Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH) in the back seats.

Capable Drivetrain

All of these reliable safety features run on a drivetrain that's designed to provide you with traction and keep you in control in any conditions. The Outback comes with standard Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and X-MODE® to help you grip the road or trail on everything from rainy nights to snowy days.

You can also trust the standard Vehicle Dynamics Control and Traction Control System to monitor your drive. These can detect when your wheels start slipping or your vehicle starts to skid, then apply the brakes to help you maintain traction and continue steering.

Whether you're running errands on a dry summer day or in the middle of winter, you'll be able to stop on a dime with standard anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution.

Intelligent Driver Assistance Features

The Subaru Outback comes with the EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology system. This bundle of intelligent features looks out for every angle of your car and can both prevent accidents and give you more awareness with features like:

  • Pre-Collision Braking System
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management
  • Lane Departure and Sway Warning with Lane Keep Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

You can also look behind your SUV while you're backing up with a standard Rear-Vision Camera. While all of these come standard, there are even more features available, including Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

If an accident does take place though, you'll have the STARLINK™ Safety Plus system there to assist you. It sends out an Automatic Collision Notification and can provide you with Enhanced Roadside Assistance or call SOS Emergency Assistance for you.  

Test Drive the Subaru Outback

Visit Maguire Subaru to learn more about the Subaru Outback safety ratings and take a test drive. It's versatile drivetrain, interior safety features, and the EyeSight® system offer peace of mind to both drivers and families in Ithaca.

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