Safety is another area where the 2010 Subaru Forester really shines. After all, the vehicle scores top marks in federal government testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Forester its best rating of "good" in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, along with rear protection, and it earns five stars from the federal government for frontal and side protection.
On top of that, the vehicle 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.
Edmunds reports that the Forester 2.5XT comes to a stop from 60 mph in 125 feet, which is a very good distance for this segment. Motor Trend adds that the Forester is outfitted with sensors that trigger the curtain airbags if the vehicle is involved in a rollover. Cars.com also notes that all five seating positions have “adequately high head restraints."
Additionally, Cars.com praises the Forester’s new four-wheel disc brakes, an upgrade over the front disc/rear drum arrangement in the previous-generation model. The anti-lock feature on the Forester’s brakes “shows its face only when skids become imminent—a welcome change from some of the more trigger-happy systems out there.”