Subaru Legacy receives high marks in crash test

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is an all-wheel drive refined family sedan for a lower retail price than similar competitors.

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ARLINGTON, Va. - - The redesigned Subaru Legacy and its sister car, the Outback, received strong ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) small overlap front crash test.

Receiving top marks in all measurement categories, the Legacy and Outback also received the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with its front crash prevention system. The previous generation Legacy was also a Top Safety Pick+ winner, earning a rating of "acceptable" in the small overlap front test.

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When equipped with EyeSight, Subaru's optional forward collision warning system with autobrake, the Legacy and Outbacked earned "superior" ratings for front crash prevention, the IIHS said.

"In track evaluations, the system completely stopped the vehicle in the Institute's 12 and 25 mph front crash avoidance tests," the IIHS said in a statement.

Subaru has the most 2014 Top Safety Pick awards of any brand, according to the IIHS. Its other winners include the BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the Institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.

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