2016 Subaru Forester  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#33 of 2016 SUVs

#74 of all 2016 vehicles


Pictured: 2019 Subaru Forester
The Forester, a mainstay of Subaru's lineup since 1998, is a small SUV with seating up to 5. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2019. With standard all-wheel drive (AWD), it handles mud, snow, and sand with ease. Subaru offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2016 Subaru Forester is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2016 Subaru Forester has a score of 78, implying a 0.045% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.039%, and the chance of injury falls to 3.4%.

We estimate that the 2016 Subaru Forester has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0448% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.1218%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0448% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.1218% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2016 Subaru Forester is 6% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2016 Subaru Forester is 7% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2016 Subaru Forester offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

8566Chevrolet EquinoxToyota RAV4Mitsubishi OutlanderHonda CR-VGMC TerrainHyundai TucsonFord EscapeSubaru ForesterJeep CherokeeJeep CompassVolkswagen TiguanMazda CX-5Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2016 Subaru Forester with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 66 to 85. The 2016 Subaru Forester is safer than the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, the 2016 Toyota RAV4, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the 2016 Honda CR-V, the 2016 GMC Terrain, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson, the 2016 Mazda CX-5, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, and the 2016 Jeep Compass and less safe than the 2016 Ford Escape. It is about as safe as the 2016 Jeep Cherokee.

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