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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; ‘good,’ rear impact; ‘good,’ roof strength; Top Safety Pick
Not rated, overall; four stars, frontal; not rated, side crash; five stars, rollover
even sensors to measure the driver's distance to the steering wheel to control [airbag] inflation strength offer further protection
The Auto Channel
The 2012 Subaru Legacy continues Subaru's long tradition of good ratings for safety and occupant protection, along with many standard safety feature. There's also the standard all-wheel drive, which aids stability and road safety as well under certain circumstances.. But the Legacy is no longer at the very top of the class for all crash tests.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), supported by the auto insurance industry, gives the 2012 Legacy its top rating of 'Good' across all categories. Those include front, rear, and side impact tests, plus a new and more stringent test of roof strength in rollover accidents. Those ratings together make the 2012 Legacy an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Meanwhile, the federal government restructured its testing program last year. The 2012 Legacy gets four out of five stars for front impact and five of five for rollover safety, but under the new tests it is not rated for either overall safety or side impact.
Standard safety equipment on the Legacy--and, to be honest, almost every new car--includes front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags that cover the window opening, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic stability control. The 2012 Legacy also uses an electric parking brake, which also provides a Hill Holder system that prevents the car from rolling backward or forward when stopped on steep inclines until the driver moves away.
While the 2012 Subaru Legacy maintains its focus on crash safety and secure handling, it no longer receives perfect scores on all crash tests.