Legacy and Outback models equipped with side and curtain airbags achieved the Australian NCAP's highest recorded five-star points tally at 35.52 out of a 37 maximum.
The Subaru flagships were subjected to a frontal offset crash at 64 km/h (40 mph), a side impact test at 50 km/h (31 mph) and a pedestrian test.
The pedestrian test indicates likely injuries to a person hit by a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h (25 mph).
Even models without side/curtain airbags achieved a five-star status – believed to be a world-first. Badged 'Liberty' in Australia, the Legacy and Outbacks also achieved a three-star pedestrian safety result.
The new Legacy – which holds the title of 'Japanese Car of the Year' – has won widespread praise for its active safety provided by symmetrical all-wheel drive.