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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, all impact tests; four stars, rollover resistance
Good," frontal and side impact rating
a top safety pick in the compact SUV class
great outward visibility
The 2008 Subaru Forester scores well in crash tests and offers plenty of standard safety gear.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Forester five stars for all front and side-impact crash tests, along with a four-star rating for rollover resistance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) calls the Forester’s crash protection “good.”
Cars.com reports Subaru 2008 "dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, front active head restraints and antilock brakes are standard, [and] the ABS system has electronic brake-force distribution for better front and rear proportioning"; however, on the 2008 Subaru, "side curtain airbags are not available." Edmunds also notes that "traction and stability control come exclusively on turbo models with the automatic transmission."
ConsumerGuide adds "a high driving position, large windows, and thin roof pillars make for great outward visibility."
The 2008 Subaru Forester offers superior levels of safety, lacking only curtain airbags.