Long before beginning our Subaru Forester Six-Month Road Test--and before the brand's recent sales surge--the Forester had built quite a reputation as one of the safer small utility vehicles or crossovers on the market. Today it lives up to that reputation; and that holds whether we're speaking of empirical results, or our own observations of what make a car feel safer from behind the wheel.
Turns out there are plenty of both types of reasons. What makes the Forester one of the safest vehicles on the road? It's a combination of serious occupant-protection measures and smart structural engineering, as well as packaging benefits like good visibility, all-wheel-drive traction that helps stability and confidence, and some seriously useful accident-avoidance features.
The 2014 Forester doesn't quite add up to a perfect 10 (like the Mazda CX-5), by the federal and insurance-industry crash-test results that weigh heavily in how we rate vehicles in this category; but in our full review of the 2014 Subaru Forester you can read more about all the safety that's offered in this compact but very family-friendly vehicle--and how we think the Subaru might have a subjective/feature-based edge.
Click on to see the six things that we see as exceptional about the Forester's safety.