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2021 Subaru Forester Buyer's Guide - Price and Trim Levels

2021 Subaru Forester Buyer’s Guide - Price and Trim Levels

Here’s what’s new about the 2021 Subaru Forester

Subaru is keeping the Forester fresh for the 2021 model year with subtle tweaks. In the process, the base sticker takes a hike, going from $24,495 for the 2020 Forester to $24,795 for the 2021 Forester. Granted, the $300 bump in price isn’t that much, not when it’s justified by the list of features.

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This $550 Lift Kit for the Subaru Crosstrek Is Actually Worth Having

This $550 Lift Kit for the Subaru Crosstrek Is Actually Worth Having

Add more ruggedness to your Crosstrek with this affordable aftermarket treat

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.

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2020 Subaru Outback - Driven

2020 Subaru Outback - Driven

Strong competition from a wagon-turned crossover in an unforgiving segment

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.

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2020 Subaru Legacy - Driven

2020 Subaru Legacy - Driven

Resisting the idea that sedans must become interesting

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.

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2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven

2019 Subaru Legacy - Driven

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.

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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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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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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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This Is What To Expect From The 2020 Subaru Outback

This Is What To Expect From The 2020 Subaru Outback

The three-seater wagon is set to enter its 25th year with the 2020 model

The Outback has been a historic product in Subaru’s portfolio. This vehicle is for those folks who want the comfort of a sedan and ruggedness of an SUV. Yes, you have subcompact crossovers for that, but the Outback is for people who don’t like crossovers also. Might sound like a niche category, but the Outback is actually Subaru’s Best-selling vehicle in the U.S. The Outback is known for its fuss-free long-term ownership; thus making it a perfect vehicle for families who want a car they can rely on. Come next year, Subaru will launch the fifth generation Outback. But will it be a competitive product and garner customer interest like the generations that came before it? Let’s find out what we can expect from the 2020 Subaru Outback.

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Subaru Ascents Recalled Over Welding Defects

Subaru Ascents Recalled Over Welding Defects

If you can’t fix it, DESTROY it!

It looks like Subaru made an oopsie with a batch of Ascents. Out of 293 of the new SUVs manufactured last month, the automaker didn’t make the correct spot welds on the B-pillar during manufacturing. The company has issued a notice to all its dealers to stop sales immediately until a factory representative has inspected them. A handful of people who have bought the car from this batch will get a brand new Ascent in exchange. But what’s the remedy for the faulty cars? Simple - Destroy them!

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX STI

The WRX STI is the world’s resident street-going rally car is due to be replaced soon, yet we’re still madly in love with the current model. With 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque on tap from a 2.5-liter, Boxer, flat-four, this baby chews the payment at all four corners thanks to Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. It might be rally-bred, but it’s fast on the street too, hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph. If all that makes you drool a little more than you would like to admit you can spruce up your desktop with one of our hand-picked wallpapers.

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2019 Subaru Forester

2019 Subaru Forester

Ready for the weekend

First hitting the scene in 1997, the Subaru Forester has seen a total of four generations come and go over the years. Now, there’s a new fifth generation for the compact crossover SUV making its big debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Framed as the “roomiest, most capable and most versatile Forester ever made,” this latest five-door brings all the right stuff for those weekend getaways, not to mention fresh styling, loads and loads of space, a bit more power, and a fresh suite of safety tech to boot.

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2019 Subaru Forester Adds Size And Safety, Scraps Turbo And Manual Gearbox

2019 Subaru Forester Adds Size And Safety, Scraps Turbo And Manual Gearbox

A grown-up compact crossover best suited for the familial grind and weekend adventures

First introduced in 1997, the Subaru Forester has seen a total of four generations come and go, with last SJ model arriving back in 2013. Now, Subaru is introducing a brand-new fifth generation at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, and it looks to offer customers a more comfortable cabin and a safer ride. Unfortunately, the Forester’s turbocharged variant, the XT, didn’t make the cut, and neither did the manual gearbox.

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Subaru Teases the 2019 Forester Prior to its New York Debut in a Couple Weeks

Subaru Teases the 2019 Forester Prior to its New York Debut in a Couple Weeks

A fifth-gen model will arrive very soon

Subaru has offered the Forester nameplate since 1997, with the latest fourth generation arriving in 2013. Now it’s looking like the Six Stars is gearing up for a new fifth-gen model, as previewed by a single shadowy teaser image ahead of a full reveal at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

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