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Which is Safer Between Subaru Sedans and SUVs | Subaru SA

Vehicle Safety Tips: Which is Safer Between Subaru Sedans and SUVs


Trying to choose between an SUV and a sedan is like trying to choose between a hamburger and a hot dog; they’re both great but in most instances, you can only have one. Of course, if you’re in the position to have them both we’re all for it. What we’re trying to say is that vehicle safety has always been a determining factor for most consumers when looking at which car brands to consider. It can be hard to know which is the safest one, especially if you’re not an automotive expert. That’s why we’re here to help. We’ll take you through everything sedan- and SUV-related, pros and cons, which is safer and how to pick the right car for you. 


Which is The Safest Subaru Between Sedans and SUVs?

If you’re torn between an SUV and a sedan, you might be asking yourself which is safer between the two, and for good reason too. You might assume that just because an SUV is bigger, that’s the safer car to choose. While the size and weight of an SUV play an important role in keeping you safe, sedans are equally equipped with some amazing safety features that you cannot overlook.

In a nutshell, the most important safety aspect of any vehicle is collision prevention features such as seatbelts, airbags and anti-lock brakes. While we might not be able to predict what could happen, we can prepare for it through safety-advanced cars.


Pros And Cons of Sedans vs SUVs

As a new car owner, you want to ensure that safety is the number one feature of any car. Need help deciding on an SUV or sedan, and which of the two may be better for you? Here are some pros and cons to each.


Sedan: Pros 

  • Sedans tend to be more fuel efficient than SUVs.
  • Sedans are usually a cheaper option compared to SUVs.
  • Sedans have a lower centre of gravity, so they don’t roll over as often as higher-up vehicles.


Sedan: Cons

  • They can’t tow the heavy loads that are a breeze for an SUV.
  • Sedans are lower than SUVs, so you have less visibility on the road.
  • They are usually less sporty or slick compared to SUVs.


SUV: Pros 

  • Depending on the size, an SUV can fit anything between five and nine people.
  • SUVs have the strength to haul heavier loads.
  • SUVs are better equipped to handle bad weather and go off-road if needed. 


SUV: Cons 

  • SUVs are more likely to roll over due to their higher centre of gravity.
  • SUVs tend to consume more fuel.
  • The ride quality is often not as smooth as that of a sedan.


Choose One That Is Best Suited to Yourself

Now that we’ve dealt with the safety aspects of things, which car is better for you? That comes down to your needs and personal taste. So, choose the one that is best suited to yourself and your lifestyle. Both cars are family-friendly and can give you many years of happy memories and thrilling adventures. However, if economy and style is what you’re looking for, the sedan might be the winning choice for you. If you’re looking for all-terrain ease, and something a bit more rugged, the Subaru SUV boasts a 4-wheel drive capability, and a “you can go anywhere” attitude, making camping trips and road trips a breeze.


A Guide to Subaru Safety Ratings Between Sedans and SUVs

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS, both the SUV Ascent and Sedan Legacy join first place in a crash test; this included the use of child and baby car seats. This scored them an impressive five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, and not to toot our own horn, but both the Subaru SUV and Subaru sedan were named the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS!

These ratings are based on three major tests:

  • The car’s ability to rollover
  • The impact of a side crash
  • The severity of a frontal crash


What Safety Features Should I Look for Between a Sedan and an SUV?

We’ve spent nothing short of 20 years developing safety technologies so that you can avoid any potential dangers. When looking for safety features between a sedan and an SUV, there is plenty to think about. The first is EyeSight; this is the crown jewel of our safety directive. It’s the world’s first driver-assist technology that uses only cameras to identify cars, cyclists, pedestrians and other hazards around you. 

Other safety features you should look out for, and built into every Subaru model, are:

  • Pre-collision braking system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision throttle management
  • Reverse automatic braking
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Standard airbags


It’s not just safety, it’s for the love of the drive

We care about you, and we’ve made this known through our cars. Sure, it’s one thing to speak about the safety features of a Subaru but it’s a whole other thing to experience them, and the world-class drive that goes with our safety credentials. If you’re keen to experience Subaru for yourself, visit any of our branches, or book a test drive now, to feel the power behind the wheel. 


If you would like to know more about the Subaru range, you can call us on +27 11 608 0116 or email info@subaru.co.za and a skilled member of our team will be happy to assist you.


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