2012 Subaru Impreza 5-door

Jan 17th
Months in Fleet: 13 monthsCurrent Mileage: 41,099 milesAverage Fuel Economy: 28 mpg Average Range: 406 miles Service: $812Normal Wear: $0Repair: $0 Damage and Destruction:$5747If John Deere were to make cars, we’re confident they’d be as trustworthy and straightforward as our long-term 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i hatchback was during its year in our care. We’re not saying that driving the Impreza…
2015 Subaru WRX Sedan

Jan 16th
Even the cruelest parking valets are unlikely to rev a car’s engine to redline and dump its clutch. But that’s just what a Subaru engineer suggested we do when we asked him how to get the best acceleration times out of the 2015 WRX.In human terms, this sort of launch is equivalent to jumping out of a moving car and…
2017 Subaru Impreza 5-door

Jan 6th
Subaru is an odd company in many ways. One such way is its ratio of sedan to wagon sales, which is pretty much the inverse of every other manufacturer except, perhaps, Volvo. Take the Impreza, which sells at a rate of 30 percent sedans to 70 percent wagons—or “five-doors” to use the preferred industry terminology. Honda, for instance, expects the…
2015 Subaru WRX Sedan

Dec 29th
A collective groan went out from the car-loving world when Subaru announced that its WRX would be getting a CVT. This is the first two-pedal WRX since 2008, an autobox reprieve we knew couldn’t last. But a CVT? Beulah, fetch my pitchfork and torch.And then we drove it. And we started to think: If you buy the WRX with an…
2013 Subaru BRZ

Dec 29th
The Subaru BRZ, along with its Scion FR-S twin, is a car of enormous significance to enthusiasts. Not since Mazda’s Miata two-seater made its debut 25 years ago has a new rear-drive sports car been so attainable yet so dedicated to the art of driving. But while we are able to concede some refinements in the name of the Subieyota’s…
2014 Subaru Forester

Dec 28th
The Forester could be credited as the original formulator of the car-based crossover SUV. This most recent iteration stands proud against its newly redesigned, sleek, and carlike competition—the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5—while looking neither particularly sleek nor carlike. But the evolutionary styling masks a comprehensive overhaul that includes a new turbo engine and fresh transmissions. We already…
2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Dec 24th
Subaru sometimes accomplishes amazing things by playing mix-and-match with the limited range of platforms and hardware at its disposal. When this approach works, we get enduring hits like the Outback and WRX. When it doesn’t, the six-star badge travels dead-end roads—see the BRAT, the SVX, or the XT. The 2014XVCrosstrek hybrid could be one of the latter, playing the niche…
2017 Subaru BRZ

Dec 23rd
It’s easy to write off the 2017 Subaru BRZ, which was updated this year, as being only slightly improved. Several carefully chosen engine tweaks net Subaru’s nippy little sports car just 5 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque more than before. There also were some structural enhancements here and there that made the sort of difference that Subaru can’t be…
2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 4-door

Dec 22nd
To most people, the Subaru Impreza is a practical compact sedan with enhanced all-weather capability. But enthusiasts have long known its darker side. The WRX alludes to the WRC rally car, and for several years now, Subaru has offered Americans the STI with even more power. Sophistication, however, isn’t the STI’s thing. It is brash and loud, with a wing…
2015 Subaru Legacy

Dec 21st
Subaru has never been afraid to chart its own path. From its first passenger car, the rear-engine, two-cylinder, two-stroke Subaru 360, to the import-duty-skirting Subaru Brat of the 1970s, the company built its reputation filling niches that many manufacturers never even knew existed. This resourcefulness served Subaru well, helping it develop a small but dedicated following. But after watching the…
2015 Subaru Outback

Dec 18th
There’s a high-fiber thread weaving through Subaru that runs contrary to convention. While the station-wagon body style has been experiencing widespread decline and some automakers have abandoned it entirely, plucky Subaru sells four times as many wagons and wagonlike crossovers as it does sedans. Four-wheel drive isn’t just a low-volume upcharge for snow-country denizens or a trendy sub-brand; at Subaru…
2015 Subaru Legacy

Dec 16th
Largely on the strength of its ute-y wagons and wagony utes, Subaru recently posted U.S. sales numbers that put the company ahead of the Volkswagen brand. Now the Japanese firm is hoping that its new Legacy finally will make real inroads into the family-sedan segment, just as IHS Automotive reports that the SUV/crossover body style has finally overtaken the stolid…
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