The Subaru Outback Wilderness of 2021 was created to travel further in the back than any other Subaru. Gary Gastelu, editor of Fox News Autos, drives it into a dense forest to see how far it can go.
NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. Only one of the seven midsize vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the 2022 model year performed well in its most recent crash test process.
The new side impact test, which simulates being hit by a 4,200-pound vehicle going at 37 mph, gave the Subaru Outback the highest rating of Good.
That resulted in 82 percent more energy being applied to the car being impacted than the prior version of the test, which used 3,300 pounds and 31 mph.
The Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry were all given Poor ratings, while the Hyundai Sonata, Volkswagen Jetta, and Honda Accord all obtained Acceptable ratings. The previous test result for each car was Good.
For the Subaru Outback, a The new side impact test result was good. (IIHS)
The Outback, which some would categorize more as an SUV than a midsize wagon, has a high ride, according to IIHS President David Harkey, and this may have aided the Outback’s performance. In fact, out of 18 midsize SUVs tested last year during a round of side impact testing, 10 achieved Good scores while none obtained a Poor rating.
There was severe cabin intrusion in the Chevrolet Malibu. (IIHS)
According to him, vehicles that are lower to the ground have larger door panel impacts from the impacting barrier.
In the test, the Malibu, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry all did poorly. (IIHS)
The Camry performed better in this area, whereas the Altima and Malibu were explicitly criticized for permitting severe cabin intrusion.
One of the cars that permitted the test dummy’s head to strike the windowsill behind the side curtain airbag was the Malibu. (IIHS)
The head of the driver or rear passenger dummy, or both, might have slipped beneath the side curtain airbag and struck the windowsill due to the side curtain airbags in all three vehicles.
The tests are still in their early stages and are intended to serve as a baseline for automakers, but starting the following year, an IIHS Top Safety Pick award will require a Marginal score, while the highest Top Safety Pick designation will require a Good score.
The automotive editor for FoxNews.com, Gary Gastelu, covers the auto business and racing. @foxnewsautos