Subaru has just proven once again why the all-new Forester is one of their safest vehicles to date. Recently, the Forester was awarded the Grand Prix Award by the Japan New Car Assessment(JNCAP) for earning the highest score in the 2018-2019 collision safety performance assessment.

Subaru Forester achieves maximum five-star safety rating from JNCAP image

Tested by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim's Aid (NASVA), the vehicle they used for assessment was a Japan-spec 2018-2019 Forester.

It scored a total of 96.5 points, earning a perfect five-star safety rating. It was able to secure top marks after excelling in all three categories. In occupancy protection, it landed a 58.46 points. Meanwhile, over in pedestrian protection, it was able to secure 34.08 points. Lastly, the Forester scored 4.0 for having pedestrian safety belt reminders for both front and rear passengers.

Besides providing excellent protection from outside collisions, the all-new crossover was also recognized for having a wide array of standard safety kit. These includes: a host of airbags (driver & front passenger, side, curtain), anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, as well as stability control.

Subaru also paid special attention in pedestrian protection via an airbag system. The system works via a pressure sensor inside the front bumper which can determine whether the front of the vehicle has collided with a pedestrian. In an event a pedestrian gets hit by the Forester, the airbags deploy on the wipers and at the bottom of the front pillars to reduce the impact on the pedestrian's head.

The 2018-2019 Grand Prix Award in JNCAP collision safety performance assessment marks the second time Subaru was given the award. The company first won the Grand Prix Award in the 2016-2017 assessment for the Impreza and XV.

With this accolade, Subaru will continue to improve its primary, active, passive, and pre-crash safety technologies under its 'all-around safety' principle.