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Subaru is an automaker that's become synonymous with both the boxer engine and symmetrical all-wheel drive. While not one of the giants of the Japanese automotive industry, Subaru has been making cars since the '50s. Stateside, Subaru is popular for its affordable yet rugged models such as the best-selling Outback or the Impreza that still oozes WRC pedigree to this day. AWD is standard on most cars in Subaru's lineup but for the BRZ compact sports car that's RWD, while boxer engines continue to be the norm on most of the models on offer, be it compact SUVs, sedans, station wagons, or the lone sports car.

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2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition

2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition

Is this BRZ mule a go-faster prototype, a tester for the next-gen’s 2.4-liter drivetrain, or a simple facelift?

Back in June of 2019, we received confirmation that a next-gen Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ were in the works Then, in September, we learned that the new BRZ and 86 twins may take a re-tuned version of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter Flat-Four as their main source of motivation. Fast forward to the end of October 2019, and here we are looking at a random Subaru BRZ prototype undergoing the rigors of testing on none other than the Nurburgring. This begs the question of what Subaru has under its sleeve. Right away, I’m here to tell you that it’s not the next-gen BRZ, as that’s still at least a couple of years away. Based on the camo, this appears to be a hotter version of the BRZ, one that could be offered as a special edition or maybe even as a new range-topping model to hold us off until the next-gen BRZ arrives. Even better yet, we think this prototype is being pushed around the track by the Ascent’s 2.4-liter flat-four. After all, what better way to test the reception of a sport-tuned engine than to unleash it in a go-faster version of the current model.

Update 11/28/2019:The special edition Subaru BRZ that’s planned to debut sometime in 2020 was spotted testing on the Nurburgring being benchmarked against the Alpine A110 of all things. Check out the new images and learn more in our Spy Shots section below!

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2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype

The near-production model will arrive in Japan in the second half of 2020

Subaru has pulled the covers off the all-new Levorg wagon, ushering in the second-generation version of what has become one of the most popular wagons in Japan. The Subaru Levorg Prototype isn’t the final production model. It is, as Subaru deftly calls it, a near-production “prototype” of the second-generation wagon that will arrive in the Japanese market in the second half of 2020. The Levorg isn’t going to the U.S. market, but some of the new and updated technologies that are being showcased by the prototype in Tokyo will find their way to America in some form or fashion. In the absence of the actual wagon heading Stateside, we’ll take our victories where we can get them.

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2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

2020 Subaru WRX STI EJ20 Final Edition

Subaru’s 2.0-liter engine, aka the EJ20, in Subaru terms, has been around since 1989 when it was introduced in the JDM-spec Subaru Legacy. Now, after 30 years, it’s time to lay a legendary engine to rest, so Subaru has decided to produce a special edition WRX STI known as the EJ20 Final Edition. It will be limited to just 555 models, but that doesn’t matter, because this beauty is available in Japan only at the price of 4,110 million Yen – about $38,000 at current exchange rates. Subaru will stop taking orders on December 23rd, but there’s a lot more to it than that, so let me fill you in on the finer details.

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A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We're Not Sure if This is Real Life

A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We’re Not Sure if This is Real Life

Quicker than a V-8-powered dragster!

The Subaru BRAT was a cool, light-duty utility vehicle that the Japanese brand sold in various markets from 1978 to 1994. The BRAT wasn’t particularly powerful for its era and wasn’t very popular either. But its lack of power didn’t stop one Australian owner from turning his BRAT into a high-performance dragster. This seemingly standard BRAT ran the quarter-mile in only 7.95 seconds at a whopping 168 mph.

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Why Isn't Subaru Bringing Back the Hatchback...Yet

Why Isn’t Subaru Bringing Back the Hatchback...Yet

Hatchback Market Is Dwindling Hard, And It is A Massive Niche Risk For The Manufacturers Such As The Subaru

However you cut it, the only genuine hatchback within the Subaru line of cars was the third generation Subaru Impreza hatch. True, the company did make odd-shaped, wagon-like hatchbacks on top of the Impreza chassis since the very beginning in 1992, but none of them had that proper hatchback quality. It is the same story today. If you walk in a Subaru showroom, you can have an Impreza hatch that looks like a wagon. Alternatively, you can have an Outback - a five-door wagon, based on the Legacy, with raised suspension and body claddings. In short, the company has no hatch to fight the likes of the Golf, Focus, Fiesta, Polo, or Yaris, among others! Nevertheless, the question remains - can we expect the new Subaru hatch?

In the shortest of terms, not yet!

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2020 Subaru Outback

2020 Subaru Outback

The new Outback should be better, if not bolder

The Subaru Outback is one of Subaru’s best-selling models in its biggest market in the world, the American one. The sixth-generation model was unveiled at the 2019 New York Auto Show and, as expected, it’s an evolution of the car it replaces rather than a revolution to the extent that you need to be quite the automotive detective to find the differences between the older model and the new one. But the Outback is riding on a winning formula so Subaru had no reason to rush and change it.

As you know, the new Forester will come next year along with the new seventh-generation Legacy to which it will still be linked. Both cars, as well as the Outback, will sit on the new Subaru Global Platform which should ensure better handling thanks to a lower center of gravity, increased structural rigidity and versatility. The Outback will still be classified as a crossover rather than a station wagon, a move that was made when the fifth-generation model was unveiled back in 2015 when the Outback gained some much-needed inches for more room inside.

Subaru previewed the design direction of the new Outback with the Viziv Concept Tourer, but none of us thought we’ll see anything that sporty hit the production line. Of course, some design cues have been broadly carried over, albeit toned down a few notches, but, overall, what you see is the result of 25 years of refinement that made the Outback into what it is today: a combo between the dying breed of station wagons and the booming breed of compact crossovers that brings together the best of both worlds.

The 2020 Outback will be available with a choice of two engines, a 2.4-liter, turbocharged boxer unit, and a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated one with less power that will be fitted to the entry-level version. Both will be mated to a CVT transmission and symmetrical AWD is standard, Subaru boasting with up to 33 mpg fuel economy with the more economical mill under the hood.

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2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever

2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever

The Outback is killing it in sales, and the latest generation looks to continue that trend

Subaru just revealed the latest sixth-generation Outback, and it’s looking better than ever. The 2020 model year once again slots into a unique niche, straddling the line between high-riding wagon and full-fledged soft-roader crossover, offering loads of practicality and standard all-wheel grip. To this package, Subaru added in a new turbocharged engine option, as well as fresh styling, a new cabin, and the latest tech for infotainment and safety.

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Everything We Know About the 2020 Subaru Outback

Everything We Know About the 2020 Subaru Outback

A Major Step Ahead For The 2020 Subaru Outback Compared to 2019 Subaru Outback

Initially introduced in 1995, the Subaru Outback brought an idea of a raised wagon with clear off-road proves to fruition. Many successful generations later, we are on a look for the introduction of an all-new 2020 Subaru Outback. For the first time created on the pillars of the Subaru’s so-called global platform (SGP), the 2020 Subaru Outback shares almost everything with the recently introduced 2020 Subaru Legacy that showed its face at the 2019 Chicago Motor Show. This is what we know about the 2020 Subaru Outback.

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2019 Subaru WRX

2019 Subaru WRX

FUN affordable sport sedan STILL exist!

The Subaru WRX is one of those sporty sedan rally cars that every enthusiast should drive at least once in their life. It went through a generational shift for the 2015 model year that made it even better, bringing new exterior looks, a longer A-Pillar, LED exterior lighting, a roomier interior, better outward visibility, and a new 2.0-liter four-banger that was 0.5-liters smaller than the outgoing unit but offered three extra ponies and 14 extra pound-feet which really helped to offset the 50+ pound weight gain than came with the new-gen model. It’s only been a couple of years since the new-gen model hit showrooms, and Subie put together some minor revisions for the 2018 model year. There was no power gain to speak of, unfortunately, but it did make some minor exterior styling updates, improved the suspension setup, updated the manual transmission, and now offers a new optional Performance pack – the latter of which you really want to know about if you’re hoping to ride off into the sunset with a new WRX. For 2019, there were no changes to speak of but we were excited to get our hands on one anyway. This was our experience.

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The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?

The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?

Subaru’s best-seller is looking better than ever

The Subaru Outback is one of the Six-Star brand’s most important models. Slotting into the ever-popular crossover segment as a tall-riding wagon soft-roader, it should come as no surprise the Outback is cleaning up in terms of sales, providing loads of practicality and all-wheel grip for not much outlay. Now, a fresh sixth-generation is heading down the pipeline for the 2020 model year, and while we’ll have to wait for next week’s debut at the New York Auto Show for all the official details, there’s plenty to speculate on at this point.

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2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

Is it the perfect weekend warrior?

Subaru went all in with the 2019 Forester, and it really paid off. When you add up the fresh, modern look, all that interior space, a little bit of extra power, and loads of updated safety tech, it’s hard not to be mesmerized by this amazing piece of machinery. Of course, looks and features are only half the story, though. What about the experience of being behind the wheel? How does the Forester handle quick maneuvers? How is it for long trips? Well, we spent some one-on-one time the 2019 Forester, and this is our experience.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Rally’s greatest hero in road-going form

The Subaru WRX has a long and illustrious history as one of the greatest cars to ever grace the World Rally Championship. In competition form, it packs the absolute best package for AWD trail decimation. In road-going form, it’s not far off, as it includes an awesome four-cylinder engine, Subaru’s amazing all-wheel-drive system, and the sportiest look to ever grace a non-German sedan. With 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque from the 2.5-liter boxer engine, it can sprint to 60 mph in as little as 4.6 seconds – that’s 0.7-seconds faster than the Volkswagen Golf R and 0.1-seconds faster than the Ford Focus RS. With that kind of power, and it’s amazing look, we decided that the 2018 Subaru WRX STI deserves some screen time and thought you, our readers, might want to do the same. As such, we’ve picked out our favorite wallpaper below.

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2019 Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept

2019 Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept

A Mysterious New Crossover Concept From Subaru Could Showcase The Next Crosstrek

Expectedly, Subaru is among the first ones to jump onto the wagon of endless teasers released before an auto show to introduce us to a new vehicle. In this case, the Japanese company we all adore released a really dark teaser of what is called the Subaru Viziv Adrenaline Concept. It is the seventh Viziv concept since 2013, and it definitely projects what will become an all-new car. Well, in the case of the Viziv Adrenaline Concept - what will become an all-new crossover. Because, of course, it is a crossover. Maybe even one that will evolve like a Pokemon into the next Crosstrek.

Subaru is really, like really, really secretive about it for now, but I did find out a thing or two about it and can make some logical conclusions.

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Subaru Teases Viziv Adrenaline Concept Bound for Geneva

Subaru Teases Viziv Adrenaline Concept Bound for Geneva

Looks like it’s a compact two-door high-rider

Subaru will add another study to its Viziv line of concepts that it’s been parading at motor shows over the past half-decade. This latest one, the seventh in the series, is called Subaru Viziv Adrenaline, and it’s set to make its debut next month, at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

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2020 Subaru Legacy

2020 Subaru Legacy

A more mature mid-size Six-Star four-door, now with updated tech, more refinement, and turbo performance

First arriving on the scene in 1989, the Legacy nameplate has served as Subaru’s flagship sedan for six full generations. Now there’s a new seventh-generation arriving for the 2020 model year, and it’s framed as “the most advanced Legacy in the model’s 30-year history.” Sporting a revised exterior, oodles of new technology and luxury features in the cabin, as well as a new platform and a new turbocharged engine option, the Legacy is feeling fresher than ever. But with segment competition tightening, does the Legacy have what it takes?

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Old versus New: How different is the 2020 Subaru Legacy to its predecessor?

Old versus New: How different is the 2020 Subaru Legacy to its predecessor?

It has been criticized by some for being way too conservative

Subaru has revealed an all-new seventh-generation 2020 Legacy sedan at the2019 Chicago auto show, but right off the bat it was criticized for playing it too safe with its design and styling. Some even say it looks nearly identical to the vehicle it’s meant to replace and while that is an overstatement, you really have to look at the fine details to be able to tell them apart.

And that’s what we’re going to do here, put the two models side by side and dissect their differences so that you don’t have to. Besides, Subaru has been doing this whole conservative, evolutionary design approach for most of the last decade now, but if you remember crazy cars like the SVX coupe from the company’s past (as well as the current BRZ), you know it wasn’t always so restrained.

In the press release that accompanied the reveal of the new model, Subaru mentioned it rides on the company’s new Subaru Global Platform it introduced in 2017, its new 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer with 260 horsepower, improved interior with extra tech and last but not least the car’s “bold design” that follows a “Dynamic x Solid” philosophy. But let’s see the two cars side by side first, then start judging them.

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2020 Subaru Legacy Brings New Engine and Tech to Chicago

2020 Subaru Legacy Brings New Engine and Tech to Chicago

New-generation sedan is more advanced than ever

Subaru launched the new, seventh-generation Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, replacing the previous midsize sedan after six years on the market. The new Legacy was redesigned from the ground up, featuring new styling cues inside and out, new tech, and a brand-new engine.

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The 2020 Subaru Legacy is Upon Us - Will It Get Any Love at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show?

The 2020 Subaru Legacy is Upon Us - Will It Get Any Love at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show?

The 2020 Subaru Legacy serves and the opening to the models 7th generation

Subaru announced that it will be unveiling the 2020 Subaru Legacy at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The announcement comes just a couple of days before the car’s official launch and it comes along with two teasers that showcase the exterior and the interior. To be honest, we weren’t very excited until the company decided to drop those two teasers, and now, we cannot wait to check this beauty out.

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Subaru Teases 2020 Legacy Interior Before Chicago Debut

Subaru Teases 2020 Legacy Interior Before Chicago Debut

Subaru pulls from the high-tech and luxury shelves for its updated mid-size sedan

The current sixth-generation Subaru Legacy dropped at the Chicago Auto Show back in 2014, and this year, the four-door is poised for a substantial update in The Windy City. To help build up some hype prior to the big sheet pull next week, Subaru just released a shadowy teaser image of the new Legacy’s interior.

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2019 Subaru WRX STI S209

2019 Subaru WRX STI S209

The Subaru WRX STI goes full super saiyan!

When Subaru first released the WRX to the U.S. market back in the early 2000’s, performance enthusiasts went nuts. Finally, after a decade left out in the cold, America was getting a taste of the turbocharged, rally-bred good life. Now we’re getting the full-fat experience thanks to the 2020 Subaru WRX STI S209, a series of numbers and letters that add up to the most extreme Six Star experience available without a roll cage. Usually reserved as a JDM-only delicacy, the limited edition S209 is the first “S” line model offered exclusively for the U.S. market, and it’s nothing less than the best-performing STI ever made thanks to an upgraded engine package, functional aero, a wider stance, and trick suspension upgrades.

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Engineering Explained: How Subaru Made the S209 Engine That Much Better

Engineering Explained: How Subaru Made the S209 Engine That Much Better

This powerplant is ancient, but it’s looking damn tasty in the S209!

Import fans with a fondness for rally-bred speed got quite the treat this week, as Subaru revealed its fastest, best handling, hardest braking STI ever - the S209. This thing is purpose-built from the factory for maximum performance thrills and comes with a long list of upgrades that includes new stuff in the power department. Engineering Explained goes under the hood scoop to figure out exactly what makes this boxer rumble.

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The 2019 WRX STI S209 Is the Best Performance News From Subaru In a Long Time

The 2019 WRX STI S209 Is the Best Performance News From Subaru In a Long Time

You asked for it, you got it - say hello to the Six Stars’ latest big ‘n bad performance monster

Ever since Subaru offloaded the first WRX onto U.S. shores back in the early 2000’s, the brand has slowly but steadily built its performance cred among stateside buyers. Between stints in rally racing, road racing, and time attack, this turbocharged icon has achieved legendary status and is now a torchbearer for Japanese go-fast machinery. Thing is, Subaru’s success has lead to, for lack of a better word, stagnation. Luckily, the 2019 WRX STI S209 changes that in a very good way.

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Here's Why Subaru Is Limiting the 2020 WRX STI S209 in the U.S.

Here’s Why Subaru Is Limiting the 2020 WRX STI S209 in the U.S.

This special edition model will fly off the shelves the second they become available

After a lot prodding and, presumably, more incessant begging, Subaru has finally gifted American customers with their own special edition Subie, called the STI S209. Limited to “around 200” units, the STI S209 is the first-ever S-series vehicle to come to the U.S. In truth, the S209 isn’t actually a Subaru, in large part because of the extensive mechanical work the model received to make it legal in America. Hence, Subaru homologated it as an STI model instead so it’s official name is “STI S209.” Name discrepancies aside, the S209 comes with a heavily modified body and an overhauled version of Subaru’s EJ25 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces around 341 horsepower. The S209 will go on sale later this year at a price that will be announced closer to launch. Considering all the work that was done on the car and its super limited status, it’s almost a certainty that all allocated units in the U.S. will sell out faster than it took me to finish writing this paragraph.

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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.