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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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Subaru Doesn't Give F.U.C.K.S About Naming Its Special Edition Car; Issues An Apology After Getting Mocked And Trolled

Subaru Doesn’t Give F.U.C.K.S About Naming Its Special Edition Car; Issues An Apology After Getting Mocked And Trolled

What’s in a name? Ask Subaru and they’ll tell you how important it is

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?

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Outback.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.

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2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Driven

2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – Driven

The venerable Subaru Outback has been around in the U.S. since 1995 when Subaru added a wagon version of its Legacy sedan to its lineup. Now some 21 years later, the Outback is still going strong, especially after its last generational change for the 2015 model year. Nothing changes for 2016, a fact that’s just fine with most Subaru loyalists and fans.

The 2015 redesign mirrors that of the Legacy sedan, getting a cleaner exterior design and an updated interior, among other improvements. Both the 2.5-liter flat-four and 3.6-liter flat-six carry over, along with the CVT transmission. Neither are eye-opening performance monsters, but both work well at moving the Outback down the highway or trail.

Speaking of trails, the Outback comes with Subaru’s full-time AWD system and 8.7 inches of ground clearance – only 0.1 of an inch less than a Jeep Wrangler! And then there’s X-Mode, complete with Hill Decent Control, ready to tackle the really rough stuff. The Outback is no rock crawler, but it will take you anywhere you’d want to go short of needing solid axles, mud tires, and a winch. Perhaps that’s why the Snowbelt states are covered in Outbacks.

Despite the lack of winter weather in Central Florida, I recently had a week to spend with the 2016 Outback. My tester came packed with the 3.6-liter, dressed in the Limited trim, and wearing $3,000 worth of options. So what’s this high-riding wagon like to live with? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review

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2017 Subaru Forester

2017 Subaru Forester

First introduced in 2014, the fourth-generation Subaru Forester is still pretty new. But Subaru is already looking to the future with a facelifted version slated for the Tokyo Motor Show. It might seem as though the automaker is rushing things a bit, but initially, the facelifted crossover will only be available in Japan, and the updates probably won’t reach the U.S. any earlier than the 2017 model year. At that point, the timing will be a bit closer to the norm, but the truth is, the Forester doesn’t really need help in the U.S. market. The model has experienced a sales boom in the past few years, and it’s still on an upward trajectory.

The updates aren’t extensive, but it’s entirely possible there will be a few more thrown in by the time the new model reaches our shores. The mechanical updates are subtle enough that it’s possible customers won’t even notice. However, Subaru does claim improved fuel efficiency for the naturally aspirated models. The downside is that the update doesn’t include an option for something other than a CVT for turbocharged models.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Subaru Forester.

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 Subaru upgrades the Forester JDM ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Subaru upgrades the Forester JDM ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

The 2016 Subaru Forester is officially here, well sort of. This is a specialized JDM version that will only be sold in Japan. The crossover is being placed into the spotlight ahead of its public debut, which will take place at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The new model brings several updates for the exterior and interior compared to the previous model year.

Subaru upgraded some of the technical parts of the model and we hope to see similar changes to the U.S. version as well. The modifications are minimal, however, and constitute more of a facelift than an entirely new model.

The upgrades include better driving dynamics with refined powertrains, more standard safety equipment, and improved NVH levels for smoother driving.

Continue reading to learn more about the facelift Subaru Forester.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Driven

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek - Driven

In a world full of crossover SUVs, the Subaru XV Crosstrek takes things to the extreme – it’s completely car-based, yet offers better off-road chops than the vast majority of wannabe wagons cluttering up the mall parking lots. The XV Crosstrek is indeed a legit player in the dirt, having the benefit of Subaru’s venerable AWD system and more ground clearance than a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The XV Crosstrek is a global player as well, being sold in its home market of Japan and other regions as simply the XV. North America is the only market that gets the extra Crosstrek nomenclature. Nevertheless, the Subie is making a name for itself wherever it goes. Click the Hybrid box if going green is a priority. Subaru debuted the XV Crosstrek Hybrid for 2013, a year after it’s global debut, complete with a 13-horsepower electric motor assisting the otherwise standard 2.0-liter Boxer engine.

Though 2013 was the high-riding wagon’s first year in the U.S., it sold well, rolling some 61,137 units that year. 2014 saw even better numbers, with Subaru moving nearly 10,000 more than the year prior.

So with such hubbub surrounding this little soft-roader, I grew excited to know I’d have one for a week. I admittedly loved its emboldened body cladding and two-tone wheels, so I was hopeful to see it arrive.
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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition

2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition

Subaru has recently strayed from its roots of building quirky cars that did things others couldn’t think of doing. Funky do-it-all cars like the Legacy Outback, Legacy Wagon and the Brat define yesteryear for Suby, but now the Japanese automaker seems more focused on mainstream cars. That said, the XV Crosstrek with its funky looks, 8.7 inches of ground clearance, compact

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like size, and standard all-wheel drive is everything Subaru one was. Since its debut in 2013, the funky XV Crosstrek has scratched and clawed its way to becoming the automaker’s No. 3 selling car. For 2015, Subaru has decided to celebrate the perched hatchback’s success by releasing a limited-edition XV Crosstrek Special Edition.

Limited to only 1,000 units, this special XV Crosstrek is based on the middle-of-the-pack 2.0i Premium trim level and adds in a slew of upgraded features and an exclusive paint job. Sure, it may not be packed with super-exclusive features, but its limited availability and smattering of premium features may make it worth the extra bucks you’ll need to shell out to get one.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru XV Crosstrek Special Edition.

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2015 Subaru Outback - Driven

2015 Subaru Outback - Driven

I used to have a lot of love for the Subaru Outback. I owned one for a while, and it was one of the best cars I have ever possessed. All Subaru’s have a very special feel about them, like they are built for a purpose. They are a bit rough, a little uncouth, but that is what makes them special. There is this feeling that they will really take you over any terrain, and that they will never cease to function. Nothing quite drives or feels like a Subaru. But then my Outback died, and I have since moved on.

Now, despite this great drive, Subaru has long been lambasted for creating cars that are too poorly built, too uncomfortable and too unrefined. Now with the introduction of the all-new 2015 Outback, Subaru is promising that all those woes have been corrected and it is promising more power and fuel economy to boot. Is this new machine good enough to make me get rid of my Volkswagen go back to Subaru? Has Subaru managed to fix all its issues while maintaining that special feel and attitude that has defined the brand for decades? My Outback was a 2000 model; what has Subaru managed in 15 years over three more generations?

I spent seven days and more than 500 miles beating the new Outback on-road and off to see if it still had that special magic.

Read on to find out more about the all-new 2015 Subaru Outback

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 030 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 030 LIVE

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the show. We had a great time putting it on, and maybe it will brighten up your day when you hear it. As always, we appreciate anyone and everyone who listens and watches. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions below in the comments.

This week we have Justin back, and he has a new car for Weekly Wheels, so we let him start things off with a look at the Acura ILX. After that I get to talk about how the new 2015 Subaru Outback is a great SUV, but a terrible Subaru. Mark finishes us off with a look at the new Audi A3. Small spoiler, I like it more than he does, even if it is missing a door.

For the news segment of the show I spend some time talking about my new review for Forza Horizon 2. I think that is the only important part of our whole show really, but the other two figured that we should cover other news as well. In the end we talked about the Lamborghini Asterion, the death of the Lotus Evora, and Infiniti’s desire to build a car that it kind of already makes. We also have some truck talk with Mark as we discuss the fuel economy ratings of the new Canyon and Colorado trucks before we all get angry at GM’s latest “sport truck.”

We didn’t have any questions from last week’s show to answer, so we skipped the Question and Answer section to head straight to Own, Drive, Burn. Our own Ciprian provided us with a trio of the worst cars Ferrari ever made to choose from. I’ll be honest; it wasn’t a super great or entertaining ODB. Sorry about that.

As always, we all hope that everyone has a super great Friday and a wonderful weekend. We will be back next Thursday with another awesome episode. See you guys then.

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2014 Subaru Forester

2014 Subaru Forester

Subaru showed a revamped Forrester at the 2012 Guangzhou Motor Show and the 2013 New York Auto show, which was destined to replace the current model for the 2014 model year. Overall, the new model was 1.4-inches longer, 0.6-inches wider, and had an inch added to its wheelbase. On the outside, it got a new grille and revamped exterior lenses, and new hood, and revised fascias. On the inside, the new Forester saw increased rear legroom and more cargo space, as well as some new technology features that include smartphone connectivity, better navigation, and a small display inside the instrument cluster. There were no real changes to the drivetrain to speak of, except for the new “X-Mode” all-wheel drive control system that is available as an option on higher trim levels. All told, the new generation was more like a facelift than a generational change, but Subaru made itself feel better by calling it the fourth generation model.

Competing against models like the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape comes as quite the task when Subaru doesn’t do anything to increase power output and only offers up minor changes to the exterior. Furthermore, the Forester now comes with a CVT transmission and its maximum towing capacity was reduced to a laughable 1,500 pounds across all trim levels. It does feature a “sport-oriented” suspension and 18-inch wheels on higher trim levels, but that only goes so far. With that said, you can learn more about the new Forrester by reading our full review below.

Click past the jump to read all of the details and find out.

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Video: Awesomeness in Advertising by Hoonigan.com

Video: Awesomeness in Advertising by Hoonigan.com

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was a spritely high school graduate heading into my first semester at college as a business administration – I know, my prospective career took a detour. In between Frat parties, sports, and chasing those of the opposite sex, I found myself in classes, some of which were about marketing correctly. The key to marketing is to get your viewers’ attention, flash your product, then leave the viewers with a lasting impression to remember you by.

Well, Hoonigan.com absolutely mastered the art of “gaining your viewers’ attention” with its latest attempt to peddle its online wares. Not only does this video contain some hooning awesomeness, but it is bursting at the seams with it. Pretty much every single awesome car video we have seen in the last five (or so) years has a several-second spot in this ad. Hell, there is even some Power Wheels hoonage at the 45-second mark and some bicycle hoonage going on at the 58-second mark.

All we can do is tip our collective hats to the folks that put together this video and the countless number of hours that must have been put in watching various videos. Just finding the videos alone must have taken hundreds of hours, but then editing them, dubbing Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” over it, and splicing it all together, Phew.

Some highlights are the Subaru WRX vs. Snowboarder downhill race at to 50-second mark, the Honda Civic passenger running for his life at the 38-second mark, and the worlds greatest drift pass at 1:23. If there is a single short car clip to watch so far this year, this is it!

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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Subaru has always made good use of this market and has a nice following of customers. Lately, though, it seems like Subaru is really attempting to gain an edge in new markets. First, it releases the BRZ, the Japanese automaker’s first true sports car since the SVX thankfully vanished in 1997, and now it is prepared to unveil the 2013 XV Crosstek, a compact crossover SUV, at the 2012 New York Auto Show starting April 4th.

Subaru is not shy in releasing some details about this long overdue SUV, as it has released images and basic specifications prior to its debut. The 2013 XV Crosstrek, which also falls in the crossover market, will bear styling similar to the 2013 Ford Escape, 2012 Honda CR-V, and the 2012 Hyundai Tucson – all of which will be direct competitors with the XV Crosstrek.

Hit the jump for more details on the Subaru XV Crosstrek.

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