An automotive industry analyst told me not long ago that active safety features such as adaptive cruise control and precollision braking will become common in cars — even inexpensive models — to save us from ourselves. As if on cue, Subaru offers a suite of active safety features, called EyeSight, on five of its models.
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EyeSight uses two cameras mounted near the rearview mirror to monitor the cars ahead of you. It can detect pedestrians in the car’s path as well as automatically engage the brakes to mitigate or avoid a crash. The EyeSight suite of systems includes adaptive cruise control, precollision braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
EyeSight is one of the few systems to receive a top score of superior from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Not only does EyeSight offer more active safety features (think precollision throttle management and braking) than many others systems, but it also has a low price tag. Well-played, Subaru.
I drove the 2015 Subaru Impreza, with an as-tested price of $26,885, including a destination fee. EyeSight, in this case, was part of a $2,795 option package. I’m used to being swathed in active safety features when I’m test-driving a luxury brand, but I’ve never experienced it in a non-luxury car; I had a hard time comprehending that a car that costs less than $30,000 could offer so much. After testing EyeSight firsthand and comparing it with a few of the luxury models’ systems, my doubts subsided.