For the 2019 model year, two Subaru models — the Outback wagon and related Legacy sedan — will join the redesigned Forester and all-new Ascent SUVs to include the automaker’s EyeSight crash-avoidance system as standard equipment.
Subaru EyeSight had previously been an option on the Outback, Legacy and Forester, but the move means Subaru’s two most popular models — the Forester and Outback — will soon have it standard. The news comes as a recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study indicates EyeSight may prevent roughly a third of all pedestrian-related crashes. IIHS found that the automaker’s crash-avoidance system, which uses two cameras behind the top of the windshield to facilitate a host of safety and driver assistance features — among them forward pre-collision braking and warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning with steering intervention — can reduce pedestrian-related insurance claims by 35 percent.
Subaru EyeSight is standard or optional on all cars but the BRZ coupe. IIHS compared claims for bodily injury liability without a related claim for vehicle damage — typical of injuries to pedestrians or cyclists — between Subaru vehicles equipped with EyeSight and those without the feature.
The overall difference amounted to 35 percent, with a slightly higher reduction for cars with second-generation EyeSight, which has a wider detection range thanks to upgraded cameras. Subaru phased in second-gen EyeSight during the 2015-17 model years; the first-gen system, which came in earlier model years for the Outback, Legacy and Subaru Forester, still showed a reduction in likely pedestrian claims, though it wasn’t as high.