Dual-stage dash-mounted front airbags, thorax-protecting front-seat side airbags, and full side-curtain airbags for head protection are all standard on the 2011 Outback, as are seatbelt pre-tensioners. Every 2011 Subaru Outback also includes stability and four-wheel traction control systems. The Hill Holder makes starting easier on slopes of five percent or higher by keeping the brakes engaged. The only common complaint among editors is that the Outback has some rearward-vision blind spots, but the available navigation system includes a good backup camera system. For 2011, that's been supplemented, only in cars with the Power Moonroof Package, with another rear vision camera built into the rearview mirror.
It can also be argued that Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, which comes standard on all Outback models, can give an extra measure of safety in certain types of emergency maneuvers.
The 2011 Subaru Outback carries top safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including top 'good' scores for frontal, side, and rear impact, along with the new roof crush (rollover) test. Additionally, the 2011 Subaru Outback is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The news isn't quite as good from the federal government. In the fed's overhauled crash tests, which include a new side pole test, the 2011 Subaru Outback earned four out of five stars overall, with four-star ratings in frontal, side, and rollover protection.
he 2011 Subaru Outback remains one of the safer family picks, although new federal ratings knock it down a notch.