Subaru Forester and Exiga Get Top Safety Rating in "JNCAP"
Forester and Exiga received the top rating for both driver and passenger protection as well as "Level 5" performance for pedestrian head protection.
According to the Subaru release, the top rating in JNCAP safety tests is offered to passenger car that achieves the highest score in both driver and front passenger tests as well as in head protection performance.
"Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and National Agency for Automotive Safety & Victims’ Aid conduct new car assessment, including braking performance test, every fiscal year aiming to encourage the use of safe automobiles by increasing users’ interests of automobile safety and promote the development of safer cars by manufacturers," the company said.
The third-generation Subaru Forester was officially unveiled in Japan on December 25, 2007 while the North American flavor saw daylight at the 2008 NAIAS held in Detroit. The American version is offered in a choice of four different trims, 2.5X, 2.5X L.L. Bean, 2.5XT and 2.5XT Limited with a turbo engine. The engines can be mated to either a manual transmission or a four-speed automatic unit.
In terms of safety equipment, the United States flavor comes with six airbags as standard - front airbags with side curtain airbags and front passenger side airbags - as well as with brake assist and Subaru's Incline Start Assist.