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.
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.