The 2015 Subaru Legacy and 2015 Subaru Outback have earned the best possible set of safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)—and the organization's 'Top Safety Pick+' status.
Both models absolutely aced the IIHS battery of frontal and side crash tests—as well as roof strength and rear (seat-based) tests—with top 'good' performance in every single subcategory. Last year's models had a very good yet imperfect report card, with the second-best 'acceptable' rating in the front small overlap category.
The 2014 Subaru Legacy was already a top performer and made our recent list of Safest Cars For 2014. The 2015 models' upgraded structure are likely part of its stellar performance. They also include standard rear-view camera systems, plus a rollover sensor for the side-curtain airbag system. There are also new front-seat cushion airbags to help keep occupants in place. And separately, the new Rear Vehicle Detection system, with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Cross Traffic Alert., is a standard feature.
In the 2015 models, as an option, there's also a new version of the EyeSight active-safety system that not only has streamlined, downsized hardware that takes up can respond (and brake) to a wider speed differential than before.
The 2015 Outback and Legacy models haven't yet been tested by the federal government, as part of the New-Car Assessment Program (NCAP), but last year's models earned five stars in every category (four stars in Rollover for the Outback). If the 2015 models' test as well, we'll have cause to give these new models one of our top '10' ratings in the Safety of The Car Connection's full reviews, where you can find a summary of safety features, crash-test ratings, and how it all measures up against competing models.