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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, all impact tests; four stars, rollover resistance
Good," all crash-test ratings
anti-whiplash front head restraints are standard
The 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback is one of the safest vehicles in its class.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grants the Outback a five-star rating for front and rear seat front and side protection, and four stars for rollover protection. The more stringent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Outback its highest rating of "good" on all tests.
Cars.com reports that "standard equipment includes four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows"; however, "an electronic stability system is optional" for the 2008 Subaru Outback. Edmunds adds that "anti-whiplash front head restraints are standard on every 2008 Subaru Outback," while "stability control is available on all trims except the base and 2.5i 2008 Subaru Outback."
Kelley Blue Book reports that "Outback's seating position provides a more 'commanding' view than ordinary wagons," and ConsumerGuide says "visibility is unobstructed to all corners."
The 2008 Subaru Legacy Outback is a leader in safety.