Safety + security = confidence at all four corners
Over the past 60 years, Subaru has forged a reputation for building vehicles that offer superior levels of protection utilising technologically advanced active and passive safety systems. The 2022 Subaru Outback takes this effort to the next level with a stronger design that incorporates the latest thinking around safety, a combination that leads to more confidence than ever before.
Award-winning safety technology
The Subaru Outback is an active adventure vehicle with active safety at its core. This unique utility vehicle combines longstanding hallmarks of the Subaru brand—such as Subaru Symmetrical Full-Time AWD, striking agility and fantastic visibility—and next-generation thinking, including X-MODE®, Driver Assist Technology, the available Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection system and the available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System. These systems work together to give the driver all the tools needed to avoid dangers ahead while having fun along the way.
The 2022 Subaru Outback builds on one of the strengths of previous models: superior visibility. With its generous ground clearance, steeply raked windshield, unobtrusive A-pillars, front quarter windows, door-mounted side mirrors and elevated seating position, the Outback features great sightlines in all directions.
EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology
This award-winning safety system is now standard on all versions of the Subaru Outback. The system utilizes two cameras to monitor activity on the road ahead, help identify potentially dangerous situations and provide assistance to the driver when needed most. EyeSight® incorporates several advanced active-safety systems: Pre-collision Braking, Pre-collision Brake Assist, Pre-collision Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centring Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning, Lane Keep Assist and Lead Vehicle Start Alert.
DriverFocus® Driver Monitoring System (DMS)
Available on the Limited and Premier trim levels, this award-winning system utilizes a camera angled at the driver’s face and facial recognition software to monitor fatigue or lack of attention. When the driver begins to show signs of losing focus, the system sends out a helpful alert, like an automated co-driver. The DriverFocus® system stores the preferences for up to five drivers, including the position of the seats and side mirrors, climate control settings and gauge readouts on the multi-function display.
High Beam Assist
This feature, now standard on all versions of the Subaru Outback, allows the driver to keep the high beams on at all times. When the EyeSight® cameras detect an oncoming vehicle or the distance to the vehicle in front is reduced, High Beam Assist automatically dims the headlights. Then, when other vehicles are far enough away, the system switches the high beams on again.
Reverse Automatic Braking
Available on the Touring trim level and up, this system detects obstacles behind the vehicle and automatically applies the brakes if a collision seems imminent. The system also incorporates a warning function that triggers different patterns of alarm according to the distance the car is away from an obstacle. To complete the picture, a visual representation of this distance is projected onto the centre console screen.
Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection System (SRVD)
This available system incorporates three distinct functions: Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Blind Spot Detection identifies vehicles that may be travelling in your blind spot. Lane Change Assist signals when vehicles are approaching quickly from adjacent lanes. Lastly, the Rear Cross Traffic Alert function chimes in when vehicles are approaching from either side, such as when you’re reversing out of a parking space or driveway. The LED indicators for the SRVD system are located inside of the side mirrors’ housing for improved visibility.
This standard rearview camera, fitted with a washer, is mounted close to the centre of the vehicle to capture a crystal-clear, distortion-free image of what’s behind the vehicle. This wide-angle image is then projected onto the centre console screen, along with dynamic guide lines that show the driver how to angle the vehicle perfectly.
Steering Responsive HeadLights
Standard on all Outback trim levels, these LED headlights automatically angle in the direction of the corner to provide better illumination at night. The headlights also cast a brighter and whiter beam for improved visibility and, in turn, increased safety.
VDC with Active Torque Vectoring
The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)† system utilizes multiple sensors to assess when the vehicle is approaching the limits of stability and then automatically adjusts the AWD torque distribution, engine output and brakes at each wheel to help the driver remain in control. The system also features Active Torque Vectoring, which automatically applies brakes to the inside front wheel and distributes more torque to the outside front wheel during cornering. These systems, standard on all models, work together to create superior stability, cornering capability and active safety.
† VDC is also known as electronic stability control.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
This system incorporates the latest thinking to ensure reliable performance under all possible driving conditions and to promote increased driver confidence. These advances include Electronic Brake-force Distribution, which automatically adjusts front/rear brake pressure under different loads, Brake Override that cuts engine power when the brakes are applied and Brake Assist for added stopping power in emergency-braking situations. With the Auto Vehicle Hold (AHV) feature, the Outback remains in place at a full stop, even on inclines.
Rock-solid to the core
Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the Subaru Outback has a stronger envelope to better protect all occupants in the event of a collision. This platform is the starting point for a passive safety strategy that sees the Outback continue to deliver class-leading levels of protection. Added to this inherent strength is a collection of technologically advanced safety systems that work together to minimize the harm from collisions or help to avoid them altogether, creating increased confidence along the way. The Outback WildernessTM adds further peace of mind with skid plates under the front bumper, engine, transmission, and rear differential for those big adventures.
Advanced Ring-shaped Reinforcement Frame
This advanced frame design, engineered for the Subaru Outback, connects the roof, the side pillars and the floor, and uses cross-members to create one unified, super-strong structure. The design incorporates more high-tensile steel, resulting in an even more robust frame and joint structures, and is able to dissipate and divert more energy away from the passenger compartment.
As expected, the Subaru Outback features a full complement of supplemental restraints engineered to better protect all occupants. The collection includes dual-stage front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, front passenger seat cushion airbag, driver’s knee airbag and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors for front and rear outboard occupants.
Injury-reducing Seats and Seatbelt Systems
The Outback front seats utilize ultra-strong frames, energy-absorbing mounting and active headrests to reduce the chance of whiplash. Height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners hold passengers firmly in place, while load limiters ease peak forces to the chest. The Subaru Outback is equipped with standard Rear Seatbelt Reminders. The ISO-FIX/LATCH system, which now features a lower anchor bar for ease of use, helps secure younger passengers riding in compatible child safety seats.
In the event of a head-on collision, the SUBARU BOXER® engines and CVTs are designed to absorb impact energy first, then break away from the vehicle and drop below the passenger compartment. This design helps ensure that as little collision energy as possible reaches the occupants, thereby reducing the chance of harm.