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“Visibility is good from behind the wheel”
Subaru, more than just about any other automaker in the world (with the possible exception of Volvo), has built a reputation around safety. Subaru’s latest promotional spots emphasize the safety aspects of vehicles like the Outback Subaru, and generations of buyers can attest to the virtues of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and other safety nets.
As of this writing, the 2010 Subaru Outback has not been crash-tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS, but those results should be released in the near future. If prior results are any indication, the 2010 Subaru Outback should score among the top in its class in terms of both impact and rollover protection, and Subaru officials tell TheCarConnection.com that they expect five-star ratings in all crash tests. Stay tuned to TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the Outback Subaru’s crash-test scores.
One of Subaru’s best-known safety features is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that comes standard on each and every Outback Subaru. As the commercials mention, it’s part of “what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.” Aside from the security of having four drive wheels, ConsumerGuide reviewers find that “available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags.” TheCarConnection.com’s editors add that seatbelt pre-tensioners are included on all 2010 Subaru Outbacks, and a nifty Hill Holder feature simplifies manual-transmission hill starts. One of the Outback Subaru’s few safety options, according to Autoblog, is a “very crisp rear-view camera” that comes with the available navigation system. With a corporate history deeply rooted in the always-dangerous sport of rally racing, it’s no surprise that Subaru has become so good at developing world-class safety systems.
As ConsumerGuide reports, “visibility is good from behind the wheel” of the 2010 Subaru Outback. Despite its crossover-like looks, the Outback Subaru has few blind spots, and the available rearview camera eliminates the dangerous blind spot directly behind the vehicle.
The 2010 Subaru Outback benefits from a corporate emphasis on safety that has propelled the Subaru family to the top of virtually all safety lists.