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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

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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2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show

Fuh getta bout it

We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.

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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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2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Subaru Outback

Is it a capable alternative to the SUV status quo?

Subaru has been doing remarkably well lately, posting impressive growth and sales numbers over the past several years. Helping to fuel that success is a strong stable of vehicles that cover a broad range of segments, including a few that manage to straddle the line between segments and still offer the benefits of both. The Outback is one such vehicle. Framed as the “World’s First Sport Utility Wagon,” the Outback nameplate has been around since 1994 and is currently the brand’s top-selling model, bringing all the capability and utility of a crossover, but in a wagon body style that’s a little closer to a traditional passenger car. It’s a nice combo, and to keep it feeling fresh, Subaru unveiled a mid-cycle update for the Outback at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, giving it new styling, an updated interior, more technology for safety and convenience, and a few bits and pieces that lend it a more premium feel.

The appeal for something like this is clear, and on paper, it looks like it should do well amongst buyers looking for a non-SUV that fits their particular active lifestyle. But does the 2018 Outback have what it takes to steal sales from folks more inclined to get a crossover? Read on for details.

Update 6/23/2017: The 2018 Subaru Outback is currently in preparation to roll into dealers in the coming weeks, and we now have full pricing information. Compared to the outgoing model, the Outback gets a mild price increase that ranges between $250 and $495, depending on the trim level. The base model officially starts out at $25,895. Check out the prices section below for full details on model and option pricing.

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2017 Subaru Ascent

2017 Subaru Ascent

Previews Subaru’s next-generation seven-seat SUV

It’s no longer a secret that Subaru wants to bring the seven-passenger SUV back to the U.S., but the 2017 New York Auto Show confirms that the vehicle is very close to arriving in dealerships. Specifically, Subaru announced that the Ascent concept will go on sale in 2018 as a spiritual successor for the Tribeca. Based on the Viziv-7 concept showcased in 2016, the Ascent is much closer to production form, but it will likely lose some of its features before hitting the assembly line.

Subaru’s confirmation of the seven-seat SUV and Ascent name comes after 64 months of consecutive record-breaking sales in the United States. The Japanese firm has been growing slowly but steady in North America, and it now needs to step into new markets to keep the hype alive. A seven-seat hauler seems like a safe bet, especially with not so many companies offering this type of layout nowadays. The Ascent will be built at Subaru of Indiana plant in Lafayette and won’t be sold outside North America. Until the production model arrives, let’s find out more about the concept car in the review below.

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Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

Or maybe Subaru sees a market trend?

It’s clear crossovers and SUVs are becoming the standard vehicle in the American automotive market. Automakers see this trend and are responding to consumers. SUVs of all types, whether it be a 707-horsepower Jeep or an off-road Toyota focused at millennials, the high-riding craze is certainly gaining momentum. Well, Subaru has responded with this, a three-row crossover called the Ascent. It’s only a concept for now, but Subaru will bring it to market for 2018. Let’s just hope the production version looks this cool.

Subaru calls the Ascent’s styling theme “Dynamic x Solid,” which is an interesting oxymoron. Quite the opposite, though, is Subaru’s lack of a vehicle with more than five seats. With the death of the ill-fated Tribeca in the first months of 2014, the Japanese automaker has been without a family hauler. That left the Forester as its largest model, but only in size.

Competition from Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and even Dodge is getting strong, so the Ascent definitely has a big mountain to climb. Subaru was shy with information at the 2017 New York Auto Show, but we’re expecting more details and a debut of the production model in the next few months. What information Subaru did share is below the jump.

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2017 Subaru Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza

New platform and direct injection for Subaru’s sporty compact

Previewed by a concept car introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, the next-generation Subaru Impreza has been unveiled in production form at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The brand’s new four-door compact rides on the Subaru Global Platform, a new architecture that will underpin all of the company’s upcoming models. Much like the previous generation, the new Impreza offers a five-door hatchback version, which was also unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

The fifth-gen model has been redesigned inside and out, receiving a revised boxer engine with slightly more horsepower and enhanced fuel economy. More significant improvements were made in the safety department thanks to a stiffer body, plus updated or added driver-assist features. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 10/19/2016: Subaru announced prices for the 2017 Impreza sedan which arrive at dealerships later this year. 5-speed manual models will be available in early 2017.

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2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback

2015 - 2017 Subaru Outback

The wagon that thinks it’s a crossover

Considering the Subaru Outback is essentially the Legacy with a bigger booty, it comes as no surprise that Subaru wasted no time applying the updates from the 2015 Legacy to the Outback. As history has shown us, the 2015 Outback got similar exterior light units, grille, and overall styling. Inside, the Outback got the same redesigned dashboard, instrument panel and center console with softer, more premium materials. Of course, it won’t get the coupe-like styling in the rear because of its wagon nature, but that’s OK because it’s an Outback, right? As usual, the new Outback also got all the plastic body cladding and body-protective features normally associated with the Outback, you know, to protect it in case you really do decide to take a ride “out back.”

Of course, the powertrains from the Legacy carry over to the Outback, so there is a 2.50liter with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet and a 3.6-liter with 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet. It what almost seems like an insult, the Outback is only available with a CVT transmission, and Subaru has no intention of offering the manual transmission the car deserves. It might be enough to kill the deal for some of you who might be considering the Outback, but no everybody likes to row their own gears. So, keep on reading to learn even more about the new Outback and what all it brings to the table.

Update 05/27/2016: Subaru has released pricing for the 2017 Outback. The base 2.5i trim starts at $25,645 while the range-topping Touring trim starts at $39,070.

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2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

2017 Subaru Impreza 5-Door

The new Impreza Hatchback looks to bring even stronger competition to the compact hatchback market

We got a look at the future of the Subaru Impreza 5-Door (or hatchback) when the 2015 Impreza 5-Door Concept debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor show. With it, we saw a pretty radical design all the way around, with sleek-looking headlights, an overly aggressive front fascia, and some dominate body lines on the side. Now, one year after, Subaru decided to bring both the Impreza Sedan and the Hatchback version at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Like the sedan, the 5-Door version is largely based on the design we saw when the Concept debuted in Tokyo.

When we first saw the concept, we weren’t sure how much of the design would actually make it to the production model, but luckily, at least some of it did. The new production model isn’t nearly as aggressive, but in Sport trim, as depicted in the images we have here, the car does have a bit of a bite to it. As always, the Impreza hatchback comes with Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system. But, more importantly, it also rides on the same global architecture as the sedan.

Along with the new global architecture, the Impreza Hatchback – like the sedan – also features an updated boxer engine that offers up more power than before, as well as some other new features to get excited about. Normally, Subaru releases wild looking concepts and follows up with boring production models, but when it comes to the new Impreza, Subaru didn’t disappoint as much as we expected. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new 2017 Impreza Hatchback and see just how it compares to the outgoing model.

Updated 10-19-2016: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2017 Impreza five-door hatch. There is a small price increase ranging between $100 and $1,000 depending on trim level. Check out the Prices section below for all the juicy details.

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2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

2015 Subaru STI Performance Concept

Here in the U.S., the Subaru STI is the most extreme version of the WRX all-wheel-drive performance compact, but in Japan, there are STI versions of numerous Subaru products. That could soon be the case in North America as well, as the unveiling of the Subaru STI Performance Concept at the New York Auto Show indicates the brand’s intent to expand STI’s offering’s on this side of the ocean.

The BRZ-based STI Performance Concept heralds Subaru’s announcement that its race-engineering arm will expand its lineup of dealer-installed high-performance parts. This also means more STI models. In Japan, both the BRZ and Forester have high-performance versions modified by STI. There’s a good chance that a car similar to the hot BRZ on Subaru’s stage will make it to the streets.

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2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car

2015 Subaru WRX STI Rallycross Car

Even though Subaru left the WRC at the end of 2008, the six-star brand is definitely staying busy when it comes to the slidey stuff. In fact, you can find Subarus competing in local and national rally competitions the world over, including a very strong presence here in the U.S.

Just take a look at the Red Bull Global Rallycross and X Games Rallycross. Successful iterations of Subaru’s legendary WRX rally fighter have been running in these series since their inceptions, and so far, show no sign of drawing down.

As such, Subaru Rally Team USA (SRT USA) is unveiling its new 2015 WRX STI rallycross car, set to make its world debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Dubbed the VT15x, this AWD monster was built for competition in both the GRC and X Games, and is the culmination of years of secret development.

Built by technical partner Vermont SportsCar, the VT15x is the third version of an STI-based competitor for Subaru in four years. “We made huge strides in durability and competitiveness last season,” stated Vermont SportsCar Team Principal Lance Smith. “The VT15x is almost entirely new technology. This car is a revolution, not just an evolution."

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2015 Subaru WRX STI GRC

2015 Subaru WRX STI GRC

Remember that odd Subaru teaser image that we showed you just before the 2014 New York Auto Show? Well, as predicted, this teaser was of the RedBull Global Rallycross car that is set to run in the 2014 season. Too bad though, we were really hoping for a special-edition 2015 Subaru WRX STI, but this is still pretty darn cool.

This rally machine is a unique-looking car that comes with all the bells and whistles of a tried-and-true dirt and gravel tosser. From the custom wide-body to the carbon-fiber, modified STI spoiler to the rally-car-standard roof scoop, Subaru Rally Team USA and Vermont SportsCar spared no expense to make the car as competition-ready as possible.

The interior of the WRX STI has been reconfigured for exclusive rallying purposes, so whatever luxury amenities the car had when it first came to life have been taken out and replaced with a host of racing equipment.So don’t go looking around for an audio system, navigation or a soft-touch dash; this thing is all racer.

Rounding out the rally makeover of the WRX STI is a new set of Method Race Wheels that have been wrapped in the series’ official Yokohama race-spec tires.

The 2014 RedBull Global Rally Championships holds its season-opening race on May 18th. Subaru Rally Team USA is expected to field a strong team with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, as well as Travis Pastrana and David Haggins, behind the wheel of the WRX STI GRC this fall.

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Subaru Teases Mystery Model for the 2014 New York Auto Show

Subaru Teases Mystery Model for the 2014 New York Auto Show

With the 2014 New York Auto Show just around the corner, Subaru is teasing us with a new high-performance model that’s scheduled to debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center later this week.

The automaker refrained from sharing any kind of details on the new vehicle, but the included photo depicts what appears to be a 2015 WRX STI model fitted with a large rear wing.

Finished in a light shade of blue (looks like French Blue if you ask me), the wing includes a few bare carbon-fiber components and sits atop a trunk that’s also made out of carbon fiber. Other than that, we can notice that the WRX’s body is painted in gray, which suggests Subaru might reveal some sort of prototype.

Judging by the large wing, this vehicle must be related to motorsports, but it’s specific purpose is not quite clear. My best guess is that the Japanese are developing a new contender for the Global RallyCross Championship.

Whatever it may be, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on this new vehicle. Subaru should spill the beans over the next couple of days.

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