The 2009 Subaru Legacy Outback is consistently noted as one of the safest in its class.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Outback its highest rating of "good" on all tests. 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.
Edmunds notes that "anti-whiplash front head restraints are standard on every 2009 Subaru Outback." Electronic stability control is also standard across the line. 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."
ConsumerGuide says "visibility is unobstructed to all corners." Kelley Blue Book reports that "Outback's seating position provides a more 'commanding' view than ordinary wagons."