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Hi, does anyone know any testing or real life rear crash performance? So far I've found only this but there was no picture(form doesn't allow me to post the link but it is titled: check-how-the-ascent-did-on-a-rear-end-crash.3217)
It seems to me that this might be the major safety factor maybe more so than front crash since now most of that can be avoided.
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After reading your post, I searched for the IIHS Crash test information, which I knew had been published. To my surprise, there is not any rear crash rating.
Link: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/subaru/ascent-4-door-suv/2019

After realizing this, I thought I had read that US safety standards does not rate rear crash testing, however if I recall, Subaru has put the Ascent through some form of rear crash rating that was anticipated to become standard.
After a quick search on the forum, there is some IIHS Rear Crash prevention testing
Link: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/rear-crash-prevention

Here is another forum link that covers crash testing. In this link, you will find that @Robert.Mauro commented about rear crash testing. I have tagged him as he may have some additional info that he can share with you (us)

Post Link:https://www.ascentforums.com/threads/iihs-crash-test-ratings.2029/page-3#post-56089
 

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There is someone I was reading posts about being rear ended at a pretty good speed. He is on this forum and it held up very well. You might be able to get some photos from him to see how it held up. Most vehicles now days do well being rear ended. I know the headrests are very well designed to help prevent whiplash.
 

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In addition, Subaru claims that the OEM hitch is also rear crash tested. That claim can be found on the Subaru accessories page.

"Subaru hitches are engineered and crash tested to meet the same rigorous safety standards as the rest of the Ascent."


Dominic Infante (President, Product Management) claims that the Ascent was tested with the upcoming standards in mind.
 

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In addition, Subaru claims that the OEM hitch is also rear crash tested. That claim can be found on the Subaru accessories page.

"Subaru hitches are engineered and crash tested to meet the same rigorous safety standards as the rest of the Ascent."


Dominic Infante (President, Product Management) claims that the Ascent was tested with the upcoming standards in mind.
If a hitch doesn't hold up than you really shouldn't be towing with that hitch.. Yes they got some garbage ones out there and thats just Subaru saying if you buy our hitch its quality..
 

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If a hitch doesn't hold up than you really shouldn't be towing with that hitch.. Yes they got some garbage ones out there and thats just Subaru saying if you buy our hitch its quality..
I don't think you understand the difference between towing with a hitch, and the hitch being crash tested to act, react and meet the same standards as the vehicle (and, in our cases, the parts of the vehicle added and removed & replaced by the hitch).

And, if you've checked out two of the three other (non OEM) options, you'd know they couldn't in any way compare.
 

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Does car makers usually publish their own crash tests? I would like to see it bc they would prioritize safety over economic, while insurance group (iihs) is opposite.

Front collision test is important for insurance bc there’s economic loss for your carrier when you decide to plow someone. Obviously ppl don’t drive in reverse and rear crash test is understood as unnecessary
 

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Could someone post the link to the post that has the rear crashed Ascent please? I still couldn't find it. But I did find the Outback one. youtube.com/watch?v=y_NlDnnDYk8
When the forum was moved, the pics got lost, like many others. :(
 

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Both if possible. I found the side test on youtube but I am mostly interested in rear(test or real world environment) crash result. I couldn't find any rear results any where!
 

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/SubaruAscent/permalink/2376245095978328/

No pics, but fared pretty well from the description:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SubaruAscent/permalink/2412905575645613/

Not rear crash, but high speed multi-roll (see how far away the highway is in the first pic - cop cars off to the right in the distance) where, even though it had a moonroof, the Ascent retained structural integrity:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SubaruAscent/permalink/2494991010770402/

An article from a car magazine that apparently got to learn a bit about Subaru's internal crash testing (and see some of it), as well as see the IIHS tests we've all seen:
They still went above and beyond, however, developing their own in-house crash test to ensure that third-row occupants stay safe in the event of a major rear end collision.
https://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2018/09/we-watched-subaru-crash-the-2019-ascent.html

And finally, to give you an idea of just how serious Subaru has taken full vehicle crash safety, here's a 2015 Outback doing a 70% overlap 50mph rear crash test - the thing to note is that the intrusion distance is sufficiently small to not impact the Ascent's third row, assuming a similar intrusion to the rear axle. Additionally, the spare has been moved external, and would eject downwards after absorbing impact forces. And finally, the Ascent has much beefier D and C pillars:
 

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Thank you Robert! This looks very good. The rollover was quiet some distance from highway so the structure seems pretty stiff. I wish there is a rear crash like this for the Ascent. The outback one looks good! Thank you for sharing these!
 
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