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2011 Subaru Forester Safety

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The 2011 Subaru Forester has some very positive indicators for its safety and occupant protection, though it's certainly not perfect in this area.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the Forester one of the top ratings of any vehicle, with top 'good' ratings in frontal, side, and rear impact tests, along with a top 'good' rating in the new roof strength test.

On the other hand, the Forester's ratings from the federal government's revised NCAP tests are far from top-notch. While it earned a four-star rating overall and four stars for frontal impact, it got only a three-star rating for side impact, and in the new side pole test, which isn't figured into the overall score, it rated just two stars out of five.

The 2011 Subaru Forester has a reputation (and scores) for being one of the safest vehicles in its class, though new federal tests question its side protection.

However, the Forester comes with a long list of standard safety features, including anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags. Outward visibility, thanks to the rather low beltline and broad greenhouse, is among the best in any vehicle.

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