In insurance-supported IIHS tests, the 2011 Legacy has earned top 'good' ratings in all categories, including frontal, side, and rear impact tests, as well as the new roof-strength (rollover) test; and it's earned the Top Safety Pick accolade from the IIHS.
Meanwhile, the federal government has restructured its testing program this year, and in the revised tests the Legacy earned good, but not excellent, ratings—with four stars overall, as well as in frontal and side tests and the new side pole test.
Across the model line, front side airbags, side-curtain bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist are all standard. All models also include an electronic parking brake with an electronically operated Hill Holder System that aids safe, smooth starts either facing up or down on steep inclines. It can also be argued that in some situations Subaru's road-savvy all-wheel drive system can aid safety and security as well.