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Exploring the Safety Features of the 2022 Subaru Legacy

For the average consumer, finding the ideal vehicle has always presented itself as a challenge. The trick seems to be comparable to a high-wire balancing act, finding the perfect compromise between price, performance, and practicality. While all of these contributing factors play a part in any vehicle purchase, all too often, safety and driving assistance features are overlooked, mostly because several of them are offered by many manufacturers, as the automotive industry is one that follows popular trends and practices. And while the SUV has gained notoriety as the ideal family vehicle and one that’s aimed at the average consumer, today we’ll be looking at the 2022 Subaru Legacy and its safety features which are all wrapped up in a convenient package that takes the form of a four-door sedan. While other designs have attempted to satisfy the needs of the public by being flashy, Subaru focuses its efforts on providing a vehicle that’s not only safe but cost-effective and practical as well. All qualities that many people strive to possess with the goods they purchase.

Affordable Safety at an Accessible Price

While the purpose of this article is to focus on the safety features that Subaru has to offer, it would be a grave injustice if we overlooked the lower price tag that comes attached to them. When comparing the different options from manufacturers, the question is no longer one of “what are they offering?” but “what are they offering that comes standard?” Because safety should never come with a price tag that’s heavier than the car it’s attached to.

With that being taken into consideration, the Subaru Legacy is affordable, with a starting MSRP of only $23,495. What’s more, is that a wide variety of features exist as standard across all trim lines. This speaks to Subaru’s willingness to offer more at a lower price without skimping on safety. In the never-ending inquiry of what’s standard and what’s available, Subaru focuses more attention on the former than the latter. And as we’ll see, these offerings help make the Legacy stand out among many of its competitors as the practical choice for the average consumer.

Passing the Test With Flying Colors

One of the best indications of how safe a vehicle is all comes down to the testing performed by the NHTSA and IIHS (National Highway Traffic Safety Association & Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The testing performed by both agencies can be considered an excellent barometer for just how safe a vehicle is expected to be. These are extensive tests by third parties which are completely objective in their findings and whose results are easy to look up for the benefit of the average consumer.

The objective findings from both agencies proved that the 2022 Subaru Legacy is one of the best options as far as safe vehicles are concerned. The IIHS rewarded the Legacy with the distinction of Top Safety Pick+ for 2022, and its testing yielded positive results in every area, with the highest accolades going to its front crash prevention in both vehicle-to-vehicle and pedestrian-to-vehicle. This shows that Subaru is intent on not only keeping its drivers safe but the other people who share the road with them. As for the NHTSA, it ended up awarding the Legacy with a five-star overall safety rating, the highest a vehicle can score, with five stars in frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

A close up shows the black wheel on a 2022 Subaru Legacy.

What Subaru Brings to 2022

While a lower-than-average MSRP and remarkable safety ratings certainly speak to Subaru’s dedication to making safety accessible to average consumers and the manufacturer’s continuous pursuit of perfection with the vehicles they manufacture, one might wonder just what Subaru is bringing to the table in 2022 in terms of safety. Rest assured, the manufacturer is going above and beyond expectations.

All trim levels of the 2022 Subaru Legacy come standard with the Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology safety feature set. This host of safety features covers several areas that are of legitimate concern for all drivers, young and old alike. The slogan Subaru has chosen to describe the suite is “An extra set of eyes on the road, and if need be, an extra foot on the brake when you drive.” This is more than a marketing slogan meant to draw attention to bells and whistles, but a definitive statement of reassurance when you’re on the road, which can be quite unpredictable, to say the least.

The features that come with Subaru’s package are many, reliable, and are increasingly becoming more of a necessity in the world we live in. And because we want all our readers to be informed about the vehicles they might purchase, we’ve taken the time to go over each one.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control: One of the bigger breakthroughs in the past few years, adaptive cruise control not only keeps your vehicle accelerating at the rate you’ve selected, but it will also adjust speeds depending on traffic patterns to maintain a set following distance without needing manual adjustments.
  • Lane Keep Assist: One of the best safety features when you start to get fatigued or distracted, this feature keeps an eye on the road ahead and will alert you if you start to stray from the lane you’re currently in.
  • Pre-Collision Braking: One of the driving habits that can’t be taught and only developed over time is reaction to the unexpected. While experience has to be developed over time, Subaru’s Pre-Collision Warning feature is added peace of mind for the everyday driver. In the event of an imminent collision, braking pressure will be applied to help alleviate the situation. This technology has been proven to help lower the rate of pedestrian-related accidents and injuries, with the IIHS determining that this feature helped lower the rate of pedestrian injuries by a margin of 35%.
  • Pre-Collision Throttle Management: This is another feature that aids in the event of a likely collision. When an object is detected ahead of you that poses an imminent threat, power to the engine is reduced to assist in minimizing the impact at the point of collision.

While these features are put into place by Subaru for the peace of mind that comes with added protection, they’re not there to replace the habits and practices of a responsible and conscientious driver. Take advantage of the various features that Subaru is offering on the 2022 Legacy, but never forget that a safe drive starts with a safe driver.

A blue 2022 Subaru Legacy Touring XT is shown driving on a city street.

Better Safety Features for a Better and Safer World

The Subaru Legacy first debuted in the 1989 model year. The word “Legacy” implies a lineage that has maintained a high standard of quality from the moment of its inception. The 2022 Subaru Legacy certainly reaches this pedigree and reinforces the fact that there are still manufacturers who are more than willing to provide consumers with the safety they need at a price they can afford. This is just a quick look at the Subaru Legacy and the various features that have helped make it one of the highest-rated vehicles in terms of safety; however, there are many more you can enjoy in this vehicle. If you’re in the market for a car that you can depend upon, both in terms of reliability and keeping you and your family safe, then the 2022 Subaru Legacy is the ideal choice. After all, you have your own legacy to worry about, and Subaru will help you keep it as safe as possible.