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2019 Subaru Forester

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights built after January 2019

2019 Subaru Forester 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
Standard system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use
+

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Driver-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTN1813
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Footrest (cm) 6
Left toepan (cm) 3
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm) 0
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 3
Upper dash (cm) 3
Lower instrument panel (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTN1813
Head
HIC-15 316
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 13
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Femur (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 0.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.78
Right 0.46
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.9
Right 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 64
Right 71

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP1829
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 1
Footrest (cm) 4
Right toepan (cm) 2
Center toepan (cm) 2
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 0
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 2
Upper dash (cm) 2
Right lower dash (cm) 2

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP1829
Head
HIC-15 105
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.23
Chest maximum compression (mm) 19
Femur (kN)
Left 1.2
Right 0.9
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.40
Right 0.45
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.8
Right 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 41
Right 38

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP1829
Head
HIC-15 69
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.19
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Femur (kN)
Left 0.7
Right 0.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 1
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.37
Right 0.53
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.4
Right 1.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 33
Right 50

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1825
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 5
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 1
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1825
Head
HIC-15 270
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 15
Maximum Nij 0.28
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.8
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 1
Maximum tibia index - left 0.33
Maximum tibia index - right 0.40
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 100
Right 42

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle:2019 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium 4-door 4wd

The Subaru Forester was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Subaru as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1823
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -17.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1823
Head HIC-15 65
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 32
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 34
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.18
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.66
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.6
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 2.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 86
A-P moment (Nm) 48

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1823
Head HIC-15 96
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 39
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.06
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.16
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.9
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 89
A-P moment (Nm) 56

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2019 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Subaru Forester 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,416 lbs
Peak force 17,392 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.09

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2019 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) -12
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.1
Head contact time (ms) 55
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 242

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Standard EyeSight

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
Superior
Superior

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim; built after January 2019
  • Touring trim; built after January 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built after January 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 128.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 56.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 81.8 m 13.2 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 55.8 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.8 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 55.3 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 151.8 m
Straightaway left edge 151.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 86.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 77.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 70.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 61.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • Sport trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway, on both left curves and on the gradual right curve.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Sport trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 117.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 48.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 49.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 152.9 m
Straightaway left edge 147.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • Base trim
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on the sharp left and both right curves and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair on the gradual left curve and inadequate on the sharp left and both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Base trim
  • Premium trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 117.1 m None
Straightaway left edge 48.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.3 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 49.1 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 48.6 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 152.9 m
Straightaway left edge 147.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 63.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 65.4 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 49.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 49.7 m

Trim level(s)

  • Limited trim; built before February 2019
  • Touring trim; built before February 2019
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves, fair on the sharp left curve and inadequate on the gradual left curve.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and fair on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left and both right curves and fair on the sharp left curve.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway and on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • Limited trim
  • Touring trim
Low-beam headlight type LED projector
High-beam headlight type LED projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2019 models built before February 2019
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 93.4 m None
Straightaway left edge 45.4 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 86.3 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 46.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 71.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 46.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 144.2 m
Straightaway left edge 136.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 90.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 78.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 70.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 62.8 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2019 models

Overall evaluation
+
extra LATCH positions
Vehicle trim base
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor, a single lower anchor and the ability to borrow the second anchor from another position.

Note: When anchors are borrowed, they aren't available to use in their designated positions.

1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
1 dedicated anchor and 1 that can be borrowed from seat 1
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
not too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 11
Clearance angle (degrees) 83
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 12
Clearance angle (degrees) 84
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 12
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
Lower anchor B
Lower latch is shared for this seat position
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 0-2
Force (lbs) 8
Clearance angle (degrees) 79
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated