The Subaru Outback and Legacy models are now safer than ever before. And that’s saying something when you consider that number of awards and safety ratings that these cars have already notched up.

2014 saw the introduction of all-new Subaru Outback and Legacy models. Both of these cars proclaimed Subaru’s ongoing pursuit of unrivalled safety, refinement and an adventurous driving experience. Just two years later, Subaru isn’t resting on its laurels with the introduction of even more safety and driver-focused features to this pair of vehicles.

Now on sale in South Africa, the 2016 Legacy and Outback models benefit from a suite of safety features under the latest Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection system. Using a radar system fitted to the left and right rear combination lamps, and other new features have been enabled.

In a bid to further improve night vision and safety, High Beam Assist (HBA) has also been added to the new Legacy and Outback models. High Beam Assist makes use of an HBA camera located in front of the interior mirror. This camera detects various light sources including headlights from oncoming vehicles, tail lamps of proceeding vehicles, street lights and other reflective objects, accordingly and automatically adjusting the lighting for each. Simply put, the driver doesn’t need to manually switch between High beam and Low beam any longer.

Paired with this technology is the anti-dazzle interior mirror which detects ambient light in the cabin and adjusts the mirror brightness to ensure safer and focused night time driving.

Also applicable to the 2,5 and 3,6 litre Outback and Legacy Vehicles is the new Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function. Under sudden and hard braking, the hazard lamps rapidly flash to warn the vehicle behind in a bid to prevent rear collisions.

Whilst safety is paramount, we’ve also imbued the Legacy and Outback models with more user-friendly Smartphone integration with the introduction of Siri Eyes-Free. Now standard across the entire 2016 Subaru range in South Africa, Siri Eyes-Free works in conjunction with the standard voice recognition system. Operation of the system is simple. Link a compatible Siri-enabled device to the Subaru Outback or Legacy, and easily engage with Siri as you would in any other circumstance: to search the web; to make a call; to play music or to read and send your messages. For those drivers without Apple devices, the cars’ still allow hands-free interaction using the normal voice recognition feature to control the telephone, audio and climate control systems.

All of these cars are offered with Subaru’s comprehensive 3 Year/75 000km Maintenance Plan and our 3 Year/100 000km Warranty.

Both the Outback and Legacy have been awarded 5 stars in the Euro NCAP, JNCAP and ANCAP safety-ratings and have also received the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick.