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2011 Subaru Lineup: Five Models, Five IIHS Top Safety Picks
While all automakers talk about how safe their products are, consider this: This year, for the second consecutive time, only Subaru earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in every vehicle class in which it had an entry. That makes them “the cream of the crop for protecting people in the most common kinds of crashes,” according to IIHS president Adrian Lund.
The automaker’s Top Safety Picks, as classed by the IIHS:
- Midsize Cars—Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy
- Small Cars—Subaru Impreza (sedan and hatchback)
- Midsize SUVs—Subaru Tribeca
- Small SUVs—Subaru Forester
The Subaru lineup achieved their honors by offering electronic stability control as well as receiving top marks in the IIHS front, rear, side and rollover crash-testing evaluations. Notably, this includes a new roof-strength test that requires vehicle roofs to be twice as strong as mandated by current federal guidelines.
It’s yet another impressive performance for Subaru, which also set an all-time U.S. sales record in 2010—a month before the year even ended. At that time, the automaker had already racked up more than 237,000 sales, almost 20,000 more than in 2009, which was Subaru’s previous best year. That represented a 23 percent increase in customers through the first 11 months of 2010 as compared to the prior year.
“We know our customers take their safety very seriously and so we are very pleased that IIHS has recognized us again as the only manufacturer with a Top Safety Pick winner for all its models,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “This is an outstanding success and a tribute to the engineering that goes into our products. The IIHS reinforces to our customers that Subaru maintains the highest standards to produce vehicles that are fun-to-drive, durable, reliable as well as safe. “