Know for its high-quality cars, Subaru focused on safety decades before the competition. And the 2019 models take the automaker further than ever before. Almost the entire lineup has received rave reviews and awards. Through rigorous testing and research, experts have ranked every model’s safety. If you’re in the market for a safe, reliable vehicle, you have plenty of options with Subaru.
Subaru’s suite of super-safe cars
As Forbes reports, Subaru dominates as a brand in regards to safety. The automaker is ranked the No. 1 overall brand (out of 33 total models) by Consumer Reports. Two of its cars grabbed a “best-vehicle” award in its category. In terms of safety, reliability, and customer satisfaction, it seems Subaru’s lineup cannot be beat. The automaker also ranks second on Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable brands.
Furthermore, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates safety performance levels of various cars. Every Subaru model below received ratings of six out of six in front-crash prevention. New Subaru models come with a suite of standard safety features called EyeSight. This suite includes lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, sway warning, lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
This third-row crossover is the largest Subaru option. It comes in a number of trims as well as options for upgraded safety features like blind-spot detection and reverse automatic braking. According to Consumer Reports, the Ascent has a functional interior and powerful performance. It received an impressive overall score of 96. Drivers enjoy a large, easy-to-use infotainment touchscreen in the cabin. At 22 MPG overall — good fuel economy for its size — the 2019 Subaru Ascent starts at just over $31,000.
Kelley Blue Book gives the 2019 Subaru Outback an outstanding consumer score of 4.5 out of five stars. And, according to KBB, the Outback wagon is a top player among the competition. With ample interior space for cargo and passengers, as well as nearly nine inches of ground clearance, the Outback is loaded with convenience, function, and fun. You can choose a four- or six-cylinder engine. The Subaru Outback starts out at about $26,000.
The Crosstrek is a newer, extremely popular crossover. Starting at just over $21,000, it’s also available as a hybrid. The Crosstrek’s design is more rugged than a traditional Subaru, with raised ride height, sporty accents, and an ultra-smooth ride. The automaker’s standard all-wheel-drive delivers with this model. When compared to the competition, its 29 MPG overall fuel rating is impressive.
Ranked as Consumer Reports’ No. 1 pick for new compact SUVs, the Subaru Forester appeals to many. Starting at just around $24,000, the Forester is affordable, functional, and reliable. It has a great fuel economy rating of 28 MPG overall, roomy interior space, and tremendous handling.
The Forester is a familiar vehicle that resonates with many consumers and is known for its high satisfaction ratings. This model is all about function, from its low ground clearance to its split rear-seats.
U.S. News ranks the WRX on its list of compact cars, but considering the number of compacts available on the market, this is pretty impressive. It also gave the WRX a critics’ rating of 8.4 (out of 10) and an extraordinary 9.5 for safety. If you want a safe, affordable vehicle that has the advantages of a sportscar, look no further than the WRX.
At just over $27,000 the WRX offers a powerful engine that still gets an overall fuel rating of 26 MPG. Its standard all-wheel-drive and adept handling make it ready for the road.
You can get the Subaru Impreza sedan for a bargain price of under $20,000. It has a stupendous fuel economy rating of 30 MPG overall and its optional hatchback makes the interior even roomier.
With a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Impreza can zip around corners with ease and you can choose from a variety of trims. Its suspension helps with bumps in the road. For a compact, the backseat is spacious and, as Consumer Reports explains, it’s a well-rounded car.
The Legacy has earned top ratings in safety and dependability for years. The standard all-wheel-drive sedan is available in many trims starting at an affordable price of just over $22,000.
Consumer Reports made the 2019 Legacy it’s No. 1 pick for midsized cars. With an average fuel economy rating of 26 MPG overall, it received an overall score of 88. Along with a suite of safety features, the Legacy also comes with a great infotainment system and a modern interior.