Subaru owners are independent people who have confidence and control to take on the world and have fun along the way. They are concerned about safety, the environment, dependability and reliability, but still want a vehicle that has attractive styling and go-anywhere versatility.




Advanced Airbags

All Subaru models come equipped with SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags that utilize the latest technology to keep you safe. Sensors within the vehicle deploy one or all airbags depending on the impact of the crash to ensure all around protection where you need it. Weight sensors in the front passenger seat disable airbag deployment if unoccupied, or occupied by a young child. The peace of mind from the advanced frontal airbag system is what makes a Subaru a Subaru.

Side-Curtain Airbags

The Subaru Outback, Forester and Tribeca feature side-curtain airbags that deploy in the event of a rollover. Advanced sensors detect if a rollover occurs and deploys the airbags accordingly to ensure the safety you expect from a Subaru.

Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame Design

The exterior design of Subaru vehicles does more than just catch the eye. The ring-shaped reinforcement frame design helps prevent injury by diverting energy from impact collisions away from the passengers. Maintaining frame shape is important for preventing injuries. That is why our Subaru models utilize 40% high-tension steel to withstand even the hardest collisions.

Crumple Zones

Crumple zones on Subaru vehicles absorb the energy of crash to the crumple zone area and outer vehicle frame, while keeping the passengers safe from the dangerous impact energy. Inside the vehicle cabin, the steering wheel works the same way as the outer crumple zones. The collapsible design allows the steering wheel to absorb impact energy by controlled distortion, which helps prevent serious injury to the driver.

Safety Pedal System

The safety pedal system allows the pedals on certain Subaru models to move forward in the event of an accident. This prevents injury to the driver's feet and legs.

Three Point Seatbelts

All Subaru vehicles come equipped with a three point seatbelt system. The seatbelt adjusts for height, which helps keep occupants from lunging forward in the event of an accident. Front seatbelts come equipped with pretensioners with force limiters. This system applies seatbelt slack or pull depending on the extent of the accident. This prevents injuries from the seatbelt and helps the airbag system to remain effective. With Subaru, safety is not an option. The three point seatbelts are standard on all Subaru models.

Disconnecting Boxer Engine 

In the event of a head-on-collision or accident, the placement of your vehicles engine can play a significant role in protecting or injuring the occupants. The Subaru Boxer engine sits low on the chassis and dismounts in the event of an accident, sliding underneath the vehicle and away from injuring the passengers. The unique engine design has the pistons that move on horizontally opposing ends, rather than vertically like most other engine designs. This design gives the safety advantage of sitting lower to the ground, which prevents cabin penetration in the event of an accident.

Rear Vision Camera

When backing up, it is easy to miss a carriage, vehicle, or another person when relying on just your rearview and side mirrors. That is why select Subaru models come equipped with a rear vision camera, located in dash or on the rearview mirror. Green, yellow and red zones indicate how close your vehicle is to another object. On the rearview mirror, the camera turns on seamlessly when in reverse and disappears when in drive. This excellent preventative safety feature is what makes a Subaru a Subaru.

This Subaru Forester had a head-on collision with a truck. The woman driver walked away with some minor cuts and scrapes. Both occupants of the truck were thrown from their vehicle.

Subarus are among the safest cars on the road today. Their low center of gravity boxer engines are designed to drop below the passenger compartment in the event of a frontal collision. Photo courtesy of Subaru of Keene customer.

A Subaru will give its live to save yours.

  • Advanced Air Bags
  • Ring-shaped Reinforement Frame Design
  • Crumple Zones
  • Three point seat belts
  • Disconnecting Boxer Engine


Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive 

All-wheel drive isn't unique, but Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is. Notice how the left and right sides of the drive train are in balance - like a butterfly or an airplane. This balance is unique to Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel drive and ensures stability and its efficiency at transmitting power ensures greater grip and quick response to slippage. Providing more than just safety on slick roads, it delivers intensified performance on any road.

Daytime Running Lights (DLR)

Studies have shown that DRLs have helped reduce fatal and nonfatal collisions between oncoming vehicles by about 5 percent and fatal collisions between vehicles traveling in the opposite direction by about 23 percent. Most insurance companies offer discounts on vehicles with DRL. Standard on all Subaru models.

Rack-and-Pinion Steering

Steering is arguably the most important feature when it comes to avoiding a serious accident. All Subaru vehicles come equipped with rack-and-pinion steering systems, which provide immediate response when changing direction in a split-second. The Subaru Boxer engine provides a lower center of gravity to prevent vehicle rollover and helps with smooth turns. Subaru is the only vehicle manufacturer, besides Porsche, that uses the Boxer engine style. It's no wonder Subaru ranks among the safest vehicles available.

Anti-lock Braking System

Every driver knows the danger of slippery road conditions. No matter how powerful your braking system is, wheel lock, which occurs from loss of road traction from the tires, can prove hazardous. The Subaru anti-lock braking system (ABS) prevents wheels from locking up by pulsing braking power rapidly to help gain road grip and improve stability. ABS is a life saving, standard feature on all Subaru models.

Brake Assist

Sudden and immediate braking can occur for a variety of reasons. Subaru brake assist monitors the speed at which the car is moving and the force applied to the brake pedal, and applies the necessary force required to brake immediately. Brake assist is a life saving safety feature that is standard on all Subaru vehicles.

Subaru Boxer Engine 

Notice how the pistons in a Subaru Boxer Engine move horizontally (like boxers punching) vs. up and down in most other engines. This unique design gives you the advantage of a lower center of gravity, better balance, greater visibility over the hood and improved performance and safety. The boxer engine is unique to Subaru and certain Porsche models.

Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
also known as Electronic Stability Control

Standard on all 2010 and newer models, this stability system helps keep you on your intended path by measuring variables such as steering input, braking, and vehicle angle. Sensing any slide that causes the vehicle to deviate from your intended course, VDC applies individual brakes and / or reduces engine power to help counteract the slide and help keep you safely in control. How cool is that!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Making sure your vehicle functioning properly is important for maintaining the safety of your Subaru vehicle. The Subaru tire pressure monitoring system continuously monitors the pressure of your tires. The system alerts you immediately when pressure is below the minimum tire pressure required for safe driving conditions. Let Subaru of Keene protect you and your family with this life saving safety feature.

Subaru EyeSight? System 

Subaru's renowned technologies now include a new 'driver assist system' called EyeSight?. EyeSight? is a second pair of eyes that monitors the road ahead and recognizes potentially dangerous driving situations. Using three-dimensional images captured by cameras mounted at the top of the front windscreen, EyeSight? provides audible and visual warnings to prompt the driver to take action. Apart from these built-in functions, EyeSight? will also apply automatic braking intervention, when necessary, to help avoid or reduce the severity of a detected frontal collision. See complete details on Subaru's EyeSight? System. Available on select 2013, 2014, and 2015 models.

2014 IIHS Crash Test Safety Ratings

At Subaru of Keene, safety is our top priority when it comes to outfitting you with the best new  or used Subaru vehicle. No one expects an accident to occur, but if it does happen let Subaru protect you and your loved ones with our full lineup of IIHS Top Safety Picks. See how Subaru safety measures up to the competition based on 2014 IIHS crash tests.