Jan. 3, 2014
-- The buzz around Subaru of Hilton Head, a premier Subaru dealership near Savannah (http://www.subaruofhiltonhead.com/
, has been all about the Top Safety Pick+ rating bestowed upon three new Subaru models by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2014 editions of the Legacy, Forester, and Outback all achieved the highest-possible Safety Pick+ rating after rigorous testing by the prestigious safety institute. In addition, the 2014 Subaru Impreza and XV Crosstrek were both recognized with a Top Safety Pick rating.
The team at Subaru has set the bar very high when it comes to vehicle safety standards. The Legacy, Forester, and Outback, when equipped with the available EyeSight system, also scored the highest-possible rating of “superior”
for frontal crash prevention.
The experts at IIHS have employed new criteria this year in evaluating vehicle safety. To be rated a Top Safety Pick (TSP), a vehicle must earn a rating of “good” in the moderate-overlap front test, along with a “good” rating in side-impact, roof-strength, and head-restraint tests. A first for this year is the small-overlap front test. This test was originally introduced in 2012, but this year a vehicle must score “good” or “acceptable”
in the small-overlap front test in order to earn a TSP rating.
All of the above criteria, along with a rating of “basic,” “advanced,”
in frontal crash-prevention testing, is required for the highest designation possible: Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+). The new TSP+ rating indicates that a vehicle has earned top scores in providing passive, active, and pre-crash safety performance.
Equipped with the Subaru EyeSight technology, the Legacy, Forester, and Outback all scored a perfect 6 for 6 in frontal crash-prevention testing. They are the only vehicles from any automaker to receive a perfect score.
Introduced in 2008, the EyeSight system includes stereo camera technology, and has been upgraded to incorporate important safety features such as adaptive cruise control tracking and pre-crash braking control.
Savannah drivers will be pleased to know that the 2014 Legacy, Forester, and Outback, as well as the new Impreza and XV Crosstrek are all currently featured at Subaru of Hilton Head. Contact their dealership (http://www.subaruofhiltonhead.com/contact-us/
) to learn more about these stellar Top Safety Picks.
Subaru of Hilton Head is part of the New River Auto Mall. The New River Auto Mall is a group of 12 dealerships featuring 16 franchises, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, and Volkswagen. The Auto Mall also has a vehicle rental service and offers Allstate Insurance products. The New River Auto Mall is located on Highway 278, 5 miles east of I-95 at exit 8. You can find the mall online at http://www.newriverautomall.com/