The 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan and its rugged Outback wagon counterpart have aced federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests. And with top scores already in from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), we now can rightfully call these two mid-size models two of the safest cars on the market.
Both the Legacy and Outback have been excellent safety performers for years. But this year, with the redesign of these models, they no longer earn almost perfect ratings; they are the best rated.
Although the previous Legacy and Outback had also earned five stars, there were a few blemishes—like their imperfect ratings in the federal side pole test, and their second-best ‘acceptable’ rating in the front small overlap test.
This time, both 2015 models achieve five-star ratings in absolutely every frontal and side subcategory from the federal government, as well as top ratings from the IIHS in every single subcategory—including a top ‘superior’ crash prevention rating and IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) status.
As such, we’ve raised our Safety ratings of both the 2015 Subaru Outback and 2015 Subaru Legacy to a perfect ‘10.’
Yes, the Outback earns four stars for rollover, but that’s only because of its somewhat taller ride height—an issue we’re willing to forgive because with excellent stability control systems some types of rollover are no longer as much of a concern, and the height can increase compatibility in crashes with larger trucks and SUVs.
Safety was already a significant factor in why we recently named the Legacy our Best Car To Buy 2015. Subaru’s excellent EyeSight active-safety system is widely available in both of these models, not just top trims or as part of an expensive ‘fully loaded’ package. And EyeSight now includes rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitoring—in addition to automatic braking that could save you from an accident at lower traffic speeds or reduce the severity of impact at higher speeds.