2020 Marks the Final Year For the Current-Gen BRZ, But That’s a Good Thing
The Subaru BRZ and it’s twin the Toyota 86 have been on the market for a little more than eight years (since January 2012), and now it’s time to say goodbye to one of the coolest compact sport coupes to grace the last decade. All told, 2020 will mark the final year for the Subaru BRZ, at least as we know it, but that’s a good thing, as long as you’re willing to wait for the next-gen model. Don’t bother sounding the fake news or rumor alarm, either, as this news comes directly from Subaru itself – if you can read Japanese, that is.
This is the Best-Looking, Low-Mileage Subaru Impreza 22B on Earth But It’ll Cost You $370,000
A few days ago, we watched Doug DeMuro driving a Subaru Impreza 22B to discover why it was the ultimate incarnation of the iconic Japanese performance compact. We also discussed how the 22B was built in just 424 units and how it’s now worth more than $100,000. Well, it turns out that the Impreza 22B is even more expensive than that. A pristine example with just 271 miles on the odometer showed up for sale via Appreciating Classics, and it’s being offered for a whopping £295,000. That’s around $370,000 as of July 2020.
The Subaru Impreza 22B is THE Legend Among Legends
Launched in 1992, the Impreza quickly became Subaru’s most iconic nameplate. Although it’s an affordable compact at the core, the Impreza became famous for WRX versions and the rally-inspired WRX STi. But even though the STi is known as the most radical variant of the Impreza, being built with technology from rally racing, Subaru once offered an even more menacing variant.
It’s called the 22B STi and it was produced for only five months in 1998 to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary as well as its third consecutive title in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Here’s the Science Behind the 2.4-liter Boxer Engine That Will Power the 2022 Subaru WRX STI
Whenever a new Subaru WRX STI is in the making, a large chunk of the car-worshiping community is bound to get excited. And while the 2020 WRX STI might be at least one year away, the rumor mill on what sort of firepower it’s going to pack has been spinning for a while.
Most reports hint that the go-fast WRX is in line to get Subaru’s new 2.4-liter FA24 powerplant that made its debut in the Ascent SUV, albeit in a higher state of tune. But what’s the deal with this new engine, anyway? Donut Media explains.
Two Legends Come Together as Chris Harris Gets Behind the Wheel Of Colin McRae’s WRC Subaru Impreza
2021 Subaru Crosstrek
The Subaru Crosstrek is one of the most underrated crossovers available in the market today. It is one of the best-selling Subarus in the States, but not the breadwinner for the Japanese automaker. The crossover has been lauded for its excellent overall value for money, hatch-like driving experience, and versatility. It is essentially an Impreza with an off-road bias.
The company introduced the second-gen of the crossover in 2018, and for the 2021 model, Subaru has refreshed the car. It comes with a few aesthetic changes, a new mill under the hood, and a new trim. Will this help boost the Crosstrek’s sales?
This $550 Lift Kit for the Subaru Crosstrek Is Actually Worth Having
The Subaru Crosstrek isn’t poised to win any beauty contests. It doesn’t shine when it comes to cabin excitement, just like it doesn’t shine if you’re looking for nippy accelerations off the line.
However, the Crosstrek wasn’t designed to impress visually, nor through performance. It has one task, and one task only: offer a tad more rugged character than a hatchback without compromising on ride and handling. And its this character that gets a boost with a little help from Crawford Performance.
2020 Subaru Outback - Driven
The Subaru Outback started like as a full-fledged station wagon that was based on the Legacy back in 1994. In those 16 years, the Outback slowly evolved from your everyday wagon to what is, essentially, a crossover by today’s standards. As such, the competition is fierce, and with the sixth-gen Outback hitting the market for the 2020 model year, we thought it would be a great idea to see just what it has th
at sets it apart from the many models on the market. Fortunately for us (and you, of course), Subaru was kind enough to let us get behind the wheel of an Outback Onyx Edition XT for an entire week. This is what we’ve learned.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
2022 Subaru WRX STI: Making the 2021 Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 Capable of 400 Horsepower
We’ve learned a lot about the next-gen Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86. We know that a deal between both companies will make Subaru an affiliate company of Toyota and that the twins will switch over to Toyota’s TNGA platform. More recently, we learned that they would both feature a turbocharged version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four,, and that’s a bigger deal than we thought. A new report says that the 2022 Subaru WRX STI will feature the same exact engine, although it will be tuned to deliver 400 horsepower. Does that mean that, with a little extra work, the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 can be pumped up to that level of performance too?
2020 Subaru Legacy - Driven
One automaker after another is facing a new reality: Most people prefer SUVs to cars. That’s nothing new to Subaru, whose cars have played second fiddle to its crossovers ever since it turned the midsize Legacy station wagon into the Outback in 1995.
A crossover before the term “crossover” existed — before even “car-based SUVs” had really emerged on the scene — the Outback was a Legacy with some butcher detailing and, soon after its launch, a higher ground clearance. Since then, the Legacy has dwindled from Subaru’s flagship to a minor part of the company’s lineup, while the Outback has become its No. 1 product. Last year, the company sold five times as many Outbacks as Legacys.
Other companies’ buyers stuck with sedans longer. That’s probably because Subarus’ famously standard all-wheel-drive system already attracted the type of buyer who wanted more utility than a sedan. But now, nearly across the board, sedan sales are falling as crossover sales rise.
Some automakers have responded by discontinuing their sedans. Many of the survivors are focusing on what makes sedans stand out from SUVs: low, sleek proportions and a sporty driving experience. The latest iterations of the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry have all dialed up their style and their performance chops. The idea is that if someone still wants a car today, they really want a car — something beautiful, something fun, something interesting.
The redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy, meanwhile, isn’t really any of those things. It sticks firmly to the old-school midsize sedan rules: a smooth ride, a big back seat, a fuel-efficient powertrain, and easy outward visibility. And, just like it has for decades, it comes standard with the same all-wheel-drive system that you’d find in a Subaru crossover. There’s little pizzazz to the design, which is nearly indistinguishable visually from the previous-generation 2015-2019 Legacy. The driving experience isn’t zesty like an Accord or like some past Legacy generations. This is a sedan that blends into the background, and Subaru doesn’t use discounted pricing to lure the remaining sedan shoppers. Even the Legacy’s storied all-wheel-drive advantage is dwindling; the Nissan Altima recently introduced an optional AWD system, and the Toyota Camry is following suit this year.
The Legacy is a safe, comfortable, no-nonsense midsize sedan. The new generation is roomier than before, it gets better gas mileage (especially if you opt for the optional new turbocharged four-cylinder, which replaces last year’s thirsty six-cylinder), and it has a bigger infotainment screen on most models. If you think excitement is overrated, you don’t have to count out this Subaru — though we’re going to go over its shortcomings as well. Prices start at $23,645, including the mandatory $900 destination charge.
The seventh-generation Subaru Legacy debuted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, and less than a year later, we finally got to get behind the wheel of one. Right away, we were impressed. It’s built on top of Subaru’s newly optimized global platform, which means it’s stiffer in all the right places. And, thanks to Subaru’s newly adopted Dynamic X Solid philosophy that makes the Legacy more expressive than even – something that’s clearly visible in the front end design and in the rear where the rear decklid is morphed into a makeshift spoiler of sorts.
The interior probably got the biggest update, though, with the major highlight being that new 11.6-inch, vertically oriented infotainment display. It’s dubbed “HD Subaru Starlink,” and it’s about as modern as you can get without stepping into a Mercedes. Other interior features worth boasting is the new Nappa leather – a first for the Legacy and Subaru as a company – improved headroom and legroom, and improved cargo capacity.
Subaru has finally decided to Turbocharge the Legacy for the first time since 2012, and our Legacy XT tester featured a 2.4-liter Boxer engine that delivers a cool 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. All of that is sent through a CVT with a somewhat decent manual mode. It doesn’t make up for the lack of a manual or something with real gears, but it’s definitely not the worst CVT on the market. Four-wheel drive is, as you’d expect, a standard affair, and it took our tester just 6.1 seconds to hit 60 mph – not bad for a family sedan that’s also safe. The Subaru Legacy starts out at $22,745, but to get an XT model like ours, you’ll have to pony up at least $34,195 or $35,895 for the XT Touring.
What is the Cheapest Subaru?
The cheapest Subaru as of 2019 is the Impreza that starts at just $18,595 before you add destination and delivery charges, tax, title, and registration fees. This compact sedan that’s also available as a five-door hatchback offers over 100 cubic feet of passenger volume inside, averages 38 mpg on the highway and is about as expensive as its main rivals in the compact segment.
What is the Sportiest Subaru?
The sportiest Subaru money can buy is also based on the Impreza but isn’t an Impreza, at least not since it got its own model. The Subaru WRX STI with its $36,595 MSRP is the most expensive model in Subaru’s lineup costing almost $10,000 over the base price of a Subaru WRX. The STI features a 2.5-liter, DOHC, turbocharged engine that cranks out 310 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 4,000 and 5,000 rpm, good for a 0-60 mph run in just 4.5 seconds. AWD is standard as is the close-ratio six-speed transmission.
What is the Most Popular Subaru?
Subaru sold 680,135 vehicles last year marking its tenth year of growth in a row. The best-selling car in 2018 was the Outback of which 178,854 units were sold, pipping the Forester by little over 7,000 units. The $26,345 Outback is actually slightly more expensive than the Forester that starts at $24,295, but both of these crossovers offer ample interior space and above-average off-road ability, something that you should expect since we’re talking about Subarus here. The WRX remains, however, the perennial favorite of gearheads, particularly the WRX STI sporty version.
What is the Most Expensive Subaru?
If we consider the WRX STI as simply the more expensive version of another model, namely the WRX, then the most expensive model in Subaru’s lineup is the Ascent mid-size crossover SUV at $31,995. With seating for seven, it’s also the biggest Subaru currently offered by the Japanese automaker and is slated to become one of the brand’s most popular models.
What is the Fastest Subaru?
The fastest Subaru currently in production is undoubtedly the WRX STI that can sprint from naught to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds thanks to its 2.5-liter boxer engine. Top speed is still 155 mph but there’s a way to go five mph quicker than that - if you purchase a WRX STI S209, the first ’S’ model offered exclusively in the U.S. that delivers 341 horsepower. We didn’t mention it in the previous sections as it’s not yet part of Subaru’s offer but it’s coming and when it’ll be here it will surpass even the WRX STI Type RA that cost $50,000 in 2018.
Are Subaru Cars Reliable?
Generally speaking, Subaru models are known for their reliability and ruggedness and, with proper care, they’ll last you more than some of the rival offerings. Most factory recalls that hit Subaru models only affected a few examples and the issues were usually not catastrophic in nature.