The 2019 Subaru Ascent, with steering responsive headlights, has received a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS awards this top rating to vehicles that meet the highest performance levels in crash safety tests and use superior technology for front crash avoidance. The Ascent is Subarus seventh vehicle to earn the top rating from IIHS. Based on the IIHS testing, the 2019 Subaru Ascent is the number one SUV for safety in it’s class (mid-sized SUV).
As the Road Show put it, “The Ascent absolutely dominated the IIHS’ crash tests.”
The IIHS website explains, “To qualify for 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test. It also must earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and a good headlight rating.” The vehicle must have a front crash prevention system that earns an advanced or superior rating and good-rated headlights.
The Ascent achieved the IIHS best rating (Good) on all crash tests. Not many midsize SUVs earn Good rating for both driver and passenger in the Small Overlap Front collision test. The 2019 Subaru Ascent did. This test simulates a common type of impact, where only a portion of the car’s front collides with a solid barrier. It is actually rare for a vehicle to have a full frontal collision with another car or solid barrier. Most of the time only a portion of a car’s front is involved in the crash. The Small Overlap Front test assesses vehicle performance in a collision that is much more likely to occur in real life. Unlike many of its competitors, the 2019 Subaru Ascent performed well.
Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology also helped the 2019 Ascent win the Top Safety Pick+ rating. This system, available on many Subaru models, uses cameras and radar to avoid front and rear collisions. It monitors traffic, optimizes cruise control speeds, and warns the driver of swerving outside their lane. EyeSight has been found to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries by up to 85%.
For more details on the IIHS ratings and to see how the rest of the mid-sized SUVs rank, click here.