The 2009 Subaru Forester is one of just four small SUVs out of a total of 12 evaluated to earn top marks recently from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its stricter new rollover testing.

According to the IIHS, this new rating system is based on research showing that occupants in rollover crashes benefit from stronger roofs. Vehicles rated Good — the institute’s highest rating — must have roofs that are more than twice as strong as those required by minimum U.S. federal safety standards.

“Subaru is delighted ... to do so well in these latest tests,” said Katsuhiro Yokoyama, president and CEO of Subaru Canada. “We have an unwavering commitment to designing and building vehicles to the highest standards of active and passive safety, and the results of these independent tests are a reassuring confirmation of our own results.”