Arlington, Virginia – The 2010 Subaru Legacy has marked a big improvement in bumper design when compared to its 2007-2009 predecessor in tests conducted by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2010 Legacy earns an “acceptable” rating in a recent series of tests to assess and compare how well bumpers resist damage in everyday fender-benders. In contrast, the previous Legacy was rated “poor.” Fifteen of 17 midsize cars evaluated by the IIHS were rated “marginal” or “poor” for bumper protection.

“The Legacy’s performance shows what automakers can do when they pay attention to damage prevention in the low-speed crashes that happen every day,” said IIHS senior vice-president Joe Nolan.

The Legacy is only the fifth car the IIHS has tested to earn an “acceptable” rating for its bumpers, along with the Ford Focus, Mazda6, Scion xB and Smart Fortwo. No car has yet earned a “good” rating. The Legacy is also the first car the IIHS has tested that limits damage to the bumper system in all front, rear, and front and rear corner impact tests, and is the first with all four damage estimates under US$1,000.

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