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f1anatic 09-27-2013 07:37 PM

Subaru tops auto-braking tests; Jeep listed as "Basic"
Subaru tops new auto-braking tests - MSN Autos


The new IIHS test scored cars based on how much speed they reduced in a series of simulated rear-end crashes with a dummy car, at both 12 mph and 25 mph. Depending on the speed reduction, cars were rated as "Superior," "Advanced" or "Basic." Of all cars, the Subaru Legacy and Outback outperformed every car, including much more expensive luxury cars like the Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, for their stopping power using the company's new EyeSight system, which mounts two cameras on the windshield to judge vehicle distances and trigger alerts. The Subaru models were the only cars tested that fully stopped the car from 25 mph. The ATS and C-Class, respectively, were still traveling at 10 mph and 8 mph and therefore would have hit the vehicle in front. Volvo, which pioneered the feature on its 2009 XC60, is the only automaker to offer it as standard across its entire lineup. The company's S60 and XC60 performed at a Superior rating, but due to the system's 19-mph speed limit in which it can fully stop the car, the Volvo models did not ace the 25-mph test. The same cars, when not equipped with optional pedestrian detection, did not perform as well and earned a lower Advanced rating, the institute said.

The 2013 Lexus ES, Audi A4, Audi Q5 and the 2014 Acura MDX also earned Advanced ratings. The 2014 Mazda6, while not a luxury car, performed nearly as well as the top scorers in this category.

The IIHS listed Basic models as those that only offered flashing or audible warnings to the driver -- also known as forward collision alerts -- but were not equipped with auto-braking. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Dodge Durango and the BMW 3-Series were just some of the cars that alerted the driver in at least five of seven tests under three different scenarios, according to the IIHS.
So....much for the auto braking feature. To this day (and my 2014 Jeep is equipped with it) I still am not 100% convinced of the active braking application. I could swear it works some of the time...and I could swear it doesn't the other half. Recently, my warnings started coming more often but in fact the braking seems ...reduced.

Roki303 09-28-2013 12:13 PM

Re: Subaru tops auto-braking tests; Jeep listed as "Basic"
I think it is designed to warn you and help with breaking ONLY IF you take action and apply breaks. I think it applies additional pressure to make sure that you are minimizing stopping distance.

That's my understanding of FCW. I wish there was an option that would apply the breaks before you have a chance to react. That way if you like it keep it on, if you don't turn it off. I think Jeep dropped the ball on this one.

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