2023 Subaru Forester Safety Ratings

2023 Subaru Forester driving by a lake


Subaru vehicles have long been rated as some of the safest and most reliable vehicles on the roads of American Canyon, Fairfield, and beyond. The new Forester continues this legendary commitment to safety, earning consistently high ratings from industry experts, thanks to the Subaru Forester safety features and design. Learn more below, and when you’re ready to experience the Forester for yourself, visit us at Hanlees Napa Subaru.



2023 Subaru Forester Safety Ratings: IIHS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a respected leader in vehicle safety assessments. They have chosen the new Forester as a Top Safety Pick for 2023, and with good reason. Here is a breakdown of the IIHS safety ratings.

Subaru Forester IIHS Crash Tests

  • Small overlap front: Driver-side – Good
  • Small overlap front: Passenger-side – Good
  • Moderate overlap front: Original test – Good
  • Moderate overlap front: Updated test – Marginal
  • Side: Original test – Good
  • Side: Updated test – Acceptable
  • Roof strength – Good
  • Head restraints and seats – Good

Subaru Forester IIHS Crash Avoidance and Mitigation Tests

  • Headlights – Good
  • Front crash prevention: Vehicle-to-vehicle
    • Standard system – Superior
  • Front crash prevention: Vehicle-to-pedestrian (day)
    • Standard system – Superior
  • Front crash prevention: Vehicle-to-pedestrian (night)
    • Standard system – Superior

Subaru Forester IIHS Seat Belt and Child Restraint Tests

  • Seat belt reminders – G
  • LATCH ease of use – Good+

2023 Subaru Forester Safety Ratings: NHTSA

Another industry authority in vehicle safety evaluations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also ranked the 2023 Forester exceptionally high. So high, in fact, that the Forester has earned full five-star ratings on virtually every assessment, for an overall score of five stars out of five. Let’s explore the NHTSA’s findings.

Subaru Forester NHTSA Crash Tests

  • Overall Safety Rating: Five Stars
  • Overall Frontal Crash Rating: Five Stars
  • Front Driver’s Side Crash Test: Five Stars
  • Front Passenger’s Side Crash Test: Five Stars
  • Overall Side Crash Rating: Five Stars
  • 1st-Row Side Crash Rating: Five Stars
  • 2nd-Row Side Crash Rating: Five Stars
  • Rollover Collision Rating: Four Stars

2023 Subaru Forester Safety Features

Not surprisingly, the Subaru Forester safety features are extensive and state-of-the-art. While some of these amenities are only available at premium trim levels, each Forester configuration comes standard with Subaru EyeSight® technology, which offers Adaptive Cruise Control with lane-centering. Lane Keep Assist with lane departure warning, and Forward Pre-Collision Braking and Pre-Collision Throttle Management.

Additional Subaru Forester safety features, like blind-spot monitoring and reverse automatic pre-collision braking, are available as upgrades.

Experience the Subaru Forester Today with a Test Drive at Hanlees Napa Subaru

As you can see, the Subaru Forester safety features and ratings make this vehicle a smart investment for all your drives in Vallejo or wherever the road may take you. Stop by our Napa showroom today for a test drive, or contact us to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and browse our latest new vehicle specials for money-saving opportunities.


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