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.
Subaru Doesn’t Give F.U.C.K.S About Naming Its Special Edition Car; Issues An Apology After Getting Mocked And Trolled
The Subaru Forester has been around for over two decades and has made a name for itself in the industry. Although it is on the verge of becoming an icon for the company since it’s the kind of compact SUV that sells itself, Subaru recently made a blunder.
At the Singapore Auto Show, Subaru brought a special edition of the SUV called ’Forester Ultimate Customized Kit Special.’ This created a huge uproar and people couldn’t stop mocking the FUCKS acronym. Subaru later apologized for it once it realized the unfortunate mistake. But, can you control the wildfire once it’s started?
2020 Subaru BRZ Special Edition
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!
2019 Subaru Levorg Prototype
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.
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.
A Subaru BRAT Just Ran a Quarter-Mile in Less Than 8 Second And We’re Not Sure if This is Real Life
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.
Why Isn’t Subaru Bringing Back the Hatchback...Yet
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!
2020 Subaru Outback
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.
2020 Subaru Outback Debuts as the Safest, Most Capable Outback Ever
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.
Everything We Know About the 2020 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.
2019 Subaru WRX
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.
The All-New 2020 Subaru Outback is Coming to New York - Can it Take the Market by Storm?
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.
2019 Subaru Forester
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.
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.