America's Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has introduced a test that the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) doesn't expect to adopt, but it's proving a strong marketing tool for carmakers.
Those few that make the cut, that is.
Known as the 'small overlap' test, the procedure replicates a collision with a tree, pole or parked car, striking a section of the vehicle's front at 40mph (64km/h).
According to the IIHS, the test represents crashes that account for around 25 percent of serious road injuries and fatalities in the US.
The test has proven challenging for the current crop of new cars, with just two of the most recent 13 tested making it through with a pass.
IIHS Vice President for Vehicle Research, Joe Nolan, says that as the newest model to be put through the new test, the Forester proves Subaru's adaptability.
"This is exactly how we hoped manufacturers would respond to improve protection for people in these kinds of serious frontal crashes."
The results, then, are perhaps a greater achievement for the ASX, which has been on the market since 2010.
Both cars now carry a 'Top Safety Pick+' in the US, with the plus mark highlighting their pass in the small overlap test.
In Australia, both cars carry a top five-star ANCAP safety rating.
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