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All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent Scores Top Marks in IIHS Testing, Earns 2018 Top Safety Pick+ Rating
19 September, 2018

  • Largest Subaru ever built awarded TSP+ rating from IIHS when equipped with available steering-responsive LED headlights.

  • Ascent earned highest possible ratings from IIHS in all crash worthiness and front crash prevention categories.

  • 2019 Subaru lineup now includes seven TSP+ award-winners.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—The largest Subaru ever built is big on many things, including safety, with the all-new 2019 Ascent three-row SUV earning the coveted Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for 2018.

The three-row Ascent with seating for up to eight earned “Good” ratings — the highest possible — in all six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS: driver- and passenger side front small overlap; front moderate overlap; side impact; roof crush and rear. Additionally, the Ascent earned the highest possible six-point score in front crash prevention for a “Superior” crash avoidance rating, helping it earn the TSP+ award when equipped with available steering-responsive LED headlights.

“Safety isn’t just something we do, it’s part of everything we do,” said Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) president, chairman and CEO Yasushi Enami. “This Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS for the 2019 Ascent reinforces that commitment, and I couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment.”

2019 Ascent

With its standard EyeSight driver-assist system, the Ascent includes preventive safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure and sway warning, pre-collision braking and pre-collision throttle management.

Other safety systems offered on the Ascent including Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD), which features blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking, as well as a standard rearview camera and available front-view camera and Smart Rearview Mirror.

With the all-new Ascent earning the top rating from the IIHS, the 2019 model year Subaru lineup now boasts seven TSP+ award-winners, including the Impreza sedan and five-door, Legacy, WRX, Crosstrek, Outback and Ascent, all when equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights. The all-new 2019 Forester, which is now on sale at Subaru dealers across Canada, has not yet been tested by the IIHS.

About Subaru Canada, Inc. Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 93 authorized dealers across Canada. For more information, please visit or or follow @SubaruCanada on Twitter.

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