AutoGuide.com News » Subaru http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 AutoGuide.com News » Subaru http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Subaru Plots More Hybrids, Electric Car in Future http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/subaru-plots-hybrids-electric-car-future.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/subaru-plots-hybrids-electric-car-future.html#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:02:28 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250721 Subaru Plots More Hybrids, Electric Car in Future Subaru Plots More Hybrids, Electric Car in Future
Subaru’s future plans include hybrid and full-electric powertrains, but not until after the company is able to clear the plate it is currently chewing through. The company is aiming to increase sales in the U.S., which is its largest single market with all-new versions of the Legacy and Outback mid-size models. Combined, the two nameplates... more]]>
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Subaru’s future plans include hybrid and full-electric powertrains, but not until after the company is able to clear the plate it is currently chewing through.

The company is aiming to increase sales in the U.S., which is its largest single market with all-new versions of the Legacy and Outback mid-size models. Combined, the two nameplates account for almost 38 percent of its U.S. sales. The fourth generation Outback arrived for the 2010 model year as a larger vehicle focused on appealing to U.S. customers and sales roughly doubled as a result.

Subaru is currently working on expanding its Lafayette, Ind. plant capacity to a total of 200,000 units by the end of 2016. The $400 million project was announced in May, 2013 and will add 900 jobs in the state. The Japanese company’s first priority is expanding on its current products, Outback senior project general manager Masayuki Uchida said.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

But once that portion of the company’s plan is complete, it will focus on the next phase: expanding its lineup of hybrid vehicles and developing an electric car. It won’t be the first time fielding either of those powertrains. In 2006, Subaru sold an electric Kei car and the company currently sells a hybrid version of its XV Crosstrek here.

Trouble is, Subaru is small and engineering resources are scarce, so developing new products is especially arduous. Uchida pointed to the company’s latest EyeSight safety system as an example. Even projects like that, he said, can be demanding enough on Subaru’s engineering team to put other projects put on hold. The latest version of EyeSight, a safety system lauded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, debuts on the 2015 Outback this year.

Uchida declined to reveal which models are on deck for hybridization, but said that they will need to fall on the smaller end of Subaru’s stable. Subaru is leaning on fuel efficiency as a key selling point for its newest vehicles, of which most are offered with a continuously-variable transmission. The exceptions to that are the BRZ rear-wheel drive sports car and the WRX STI.

Rumors of the company planning a plug-in hybrid spiritual successor to the SVX sports car emerged last month and Uchida declined to verify them, but said that if the company were to build such a vehicle, it wouldn’t be until after it markets more mainstream hybrid and electric models.

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Subaru BRZ to Live On into Second Generation http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/subaru-brz-will-second-generation.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/subaru-brz-will-second-generation.html#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:24:40 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=250152 Subaru BRZ to Live On into Second Generation Subaru BRZ to Live On into Second Generation
Subaru has confirmed it is planning another generation of its lightweight, affordable sports car the BRZ.  Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries told Automotive News that there will be a second-generation BRZ. ”It’s not going to be just one generation,” said Yoshinaga. SEE ALSO: Subaru BRZ Might Not See Second Generation The fate of the... more]]>
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Subaru has confirmed it is planning another generation of its lightweight, affordable sports car the BRZ. 

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries told Automotive News that there will be a second-generation BRZ. ”It’s not going to be just one generation,” said Yoshinaga.

SEE ALSO: Subaru BRZ Might Not See Second Generation

The fate of the car was questioned after a report surfaced last week claiming that Toyota was going to ditch Subaru to collaborate with BMW on the next-generation of the FR-S, which would spell the end for the BRZ. Toyota and BMW are working together on a new car, but that is likely to be a more powerful sports car that will sit above the FR-S.

Both the FR-S and BRZ are dependent on the partnership between Fuji and Toyota as Fuji manufacturers the cars, but Toyota sells them in much higher volumes.

[Source: Auto News]

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Watch the WRX STI Isle of Man Record-Setting Full Lap http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/watch-wrx-sti-isle-man-record-setting-full-lap.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/watch-wrx-sti-isle-man-record-setting-full-lap.html#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:02:02 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249495 Watch the WRX STI Isle of Man Record-Setting Full Lap Watch the WRX STI Isle of Man Record-Setting Full Lap
Want to see what it takes to set a record lap behind the wheel of a 2015 Subaru WRX STI? After releasing a video showcasing the WRX STI and the journey of Mark Higgins setting a record at the Isle of Man TT, Subaru has released the full lap video with commentary from Higgins. SEE... more]]>
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Want to see what it takes to set a record lap behind the wheel of a 2015 Subaru WRX STI?

After releasing a video showcasing the WRX STI and the journey of Mark Higgins setting a record at the Isle of Man TT, Subaru has released the full lap video with commentary from Higgins.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Sets New Isle of Man Lap Record

The record-setting lap was done in 19 minutes and 26 seconds at an average speed of 116 mph. The rigorous 37.75-mile course is not only scenic, but extremely detailed and technical to maneuver as you’ll see in the video. At over 22 minutes long, you might want to grab a drink.

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GALLERY: 2015 Subaru WRX STI at Isle of Man

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Subaru BRZ Might Not See a Second Generation http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/subaru-brz-might-see-second-generation.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/subaru-brz-might-see-second-generation.html#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:02:16 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248750 Subaru BRZ Might Not See a Second Generation Subaru BRZ Might Not See a Second Generation
  The opportunity for Toyota to lay with better bedfellows might mean and early death for Subaru’s BRZ sports car. Currently, Toyota is working with BMW to develop a sports car that will sit above the Scion FR-S, but that might not be the only performance vehicle to come of the relationship. Tetsuya Tada, the... more]]>
 

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The opportunity for Toyota to lay with better bedfellows might mean and early death for Subaru’s BRZ sports car.

Currently, Toyota is working with BMW to develop a sports car that will sit above the Scion FR-S, but that might not be the only performance vehicle to come of the relationship. Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer behind the FR-S and sports car co-developed with BMW, said the company might also work with BMW in developing the next generation of its lightweight affordable sports car according to Australian Drive.com.au.

Subaru spokesman Dominic Infante declined to comment on the story, which suggests that without financial support from Toyota, Subaru is unlikely to invest in developing a model beyond the current generation. To date, the BRZ is selling in lower volume than its nearly identical and slightly less expensive FR-S cousin. In 2013, Subaru sold 8,587 copies of the BRZ in the U.S. compared to the 18,327 FR-S coupes that found homes in the same time period. Despite that, BRZ sales are still outpacing what Subaru expected to sell in this market.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Subaru BRZ Review

Meanwhile, Drive reports that Toyota is looking for ways to offer its customers a quicker version of the FR-S in time for its planned mid-cycle refresh in the 2015 model year. The change could be something as simple as a more aggressive final drive ratio or exhaust upgrades. A more potent version of the 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder is also under consideration.

Tada also said that future versions of the FR-S will likely borrow from the company’s Le Mans hybrid technology by using some form of supercapacitors to offer more power without making the car significantly less fuel efficient.

GALLERY: Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

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[Source: Drive.com.au]

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Watch the Subaru WRX STI Set an Isle of Man Lap Record http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/watch-subaru-wrx-sti-set-isle-man-lap-record.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/watch-subaru-wrx-sti-set-isle-man-lap-record.html#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:32:56 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=248654 Watch the Subaru WRX STI Set an Isle of Man Lap Record Watch the Subaru WRX STI Set an Isle of Man Lap Record
The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is already claiming records and watching from the cockpit is quite the thrill. A video detailing Mark Higgins’ record-setting run at the Isle of Man TT has been shared by the Japanese automaker, along with interesting data on Higgins himself including his heart rate, skin temperature and respiratory rate while... more]]>
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The 2015 Subaru WRX STI is already claiming records and watching from the cockpit is quite the thrill.

A video detailing Mark Higgins’ record-setting run at the Isle of Man TT has been shared by the Japanese automaker, along with interesting data on Higgins himself including his heart rate, skin temperature and respiratory rate while behind the wheel of the WRX STI.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Sets New Isle of Man Lap Record

The record-setting 19 minute and 26 second lap held an average speed of 116 mph through the rigorous 37.75-mile course and according to Subaru, the WRX STI was nearly stock except for a few necessary upgrades such as the FIA-spec roll cage, a racing set with harness, a fire suppression system and modified springs and dampers. Naturally, the speed limiter was removed and stickier tires were used for the run.

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GALLERY: 2015 Subaru WRX STI at Isle of Man

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Subaru SVX Spiritual Successor Rumored for Production http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/subaru-svx-spiritual-successor-rumored-production.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/subaru-svx-spiritual-successor-rumored-production.html#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:38:11 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=247595 Subaru SVX Spiritual Successor Rumored for Production Subaru SVX Spiritual Successor Rumored for Production
  Subaru is rumored to be developing a grand tourer for the U.S. market that would serve as a spiritual successor to the SVX. “It’s making a comeback, and with a six-cylinder boxer hybrid setup,” said an unnamed source quoted by Australian Motoring.com.au. They claim to have seen an early sketch of the car, which... more]]>
 

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Subaru is rumored to be developing a grand tourer for the U.S. market that would serve as a spiritual successor to the SVX.

“It’s making a comeback, and with a six-cylinder boxer hybrid setup,” said an unnamed source quoted by Australian Motoring.com.au. They claim to have seen an early sketch of the car, which will purportedly be based on the new modular architecture slated to underpin several upcoming models.

It is also supposedly going to use an axle-forward layout to allow for a hybrid drivetrain. But the car won’t use the same hybrid powertrain setup found in the XV Crosstrek Hybrid because it isn’t able to handle the more powerful engine that this car will use. Instead, Subaru will borrow hybrid technology from Lexus for this application. Power from the large, low-slung coupe is expected to be somewhere in the same range as a Tesla Model S, meaning the car could have between roughly 360 and 420 hp.

Subaru spokesman Dominick Infante declined to comment on the rumor citing a company policy not to discuss future products, but the Australian story suggests that Subaru has already made plans to produce the car at its assembly plant in Indiana with showroom arrival slated for 2017.

It could all make sense. Subaru has enjoyed sales growth in the U.S. for the past six years and is seeking to elevate its volume here to 600,000 up from last year’s 478,000 sales. The Indiana plant is slated to assemble vehicles based on the Subaru Global Platform. Subaru is also already known to be planning an expansion in its product line.

[Source: Motoring.com.au]

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2016 Subaru Impreza to Feature WRX Concept Styling http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2016-subaru-impreza-feature-wrx-concepts-styling.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2016-subaru-impreza-feature-wrx-concepts-styling.html#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:45:26 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=247022 2016 Subaru Impreza to Feature WRX Concept Styling 2016 Subaru Impreza to Feature WRX Concept Styling
If you’re disappointed that the 2015 Subaru WRX didn’t look like the wild concept unveiled in New York, be patient. In an interview with MotorTrend, chief Subaru designer Mamoru Ishii revealed that the Japanese automaker will take “the next-generation Impreza’s design in a new direction” that it’s sure will excite the marketplace. Ishii noted that... more]]>
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If you’re disappointed that the 2015 Subaru WRX didn’t look like the wild concept unveiled in New York, be patient.

In an interview with MotorTrend, chief Subaru designer Mamoru Ishii revealed that the Japanese automaker will take “the next-generation Impreza’s design in a new direction” that it’s sure will excite the marketplace. Ishii noted that some of the WRX concept’s proportions will transfer to the next-generation WRX meaning the lower section of the sports sedan will be wider with a more substantial stance and a narrowed roof section.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru WRX Review

The next-generation Impreza is expected to debut in 2016 with the WRX to follow. The current Impreza lineup was launched two years ago while the new WRX made its debut at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

GALLERY: Subaru WRX concept

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GALLERY: Subaru WRX Concept

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[Source: MotorTrend]

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2015 Subaru Outback gets Big Price Increase http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2015-subaru-outback-priced-25745.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/06/2015-subaru-outback-priced-25745.html#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:10:33 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=246888 2015 Subaru Outback gets Big Price Increase 2015 Subaru Outback gets Big Price Increase
Subaru has announced pricing on the all-new 2015 Outback, coming in about $4,600 more expensive than last year’s model.  The 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i will start from $25,745 (including destination) while the 2.5i Premium will sell for $27,845. Those looking for even more standard features can opt for the 2.5i Limited which has an MSRP... more]]>
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Subaru has announced pricing on the all-new 2015 Outback, coming in about $4,600 more expensive than last year’s model. 

The 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i will start from $25,745 (including destination) while the 2.5i Premium will sell for $27,845. Those looking for even more standard features can opt for the 2.5i Limited which has an MSRP of $30,845 and those needing more performance will have to pay up $33,845 for the Outback 3.6R Limited.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru Outback ‘Steaks’ Meaty Claim to Wagon Market

The 2.5i models are powered by a 2.5-liter flat-four engine with 175 hp while the more powerful 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine offers 256 hp. All Outback models now come with a Lineartronic CVT with paddle shifters, netting 2.5i models a rating of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 3.6R is rated at 20-mpg city, 27-mpg highway.

As for the Premium model, buyers will get the All-Weather Package, Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, 10-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift handle and an illuminated overhead console and front door pull handles. The Limited model adds Perforated Leather-Trimmed Upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a Harman/Kardon 12-speaker stereo system, 10-way power driver’s seat with two-position memory, dual-mode heated rear seat backs and cushions, loads of safety tech, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, fog lights, woodgrain-pattern accent trim and center console rear A/C outlets.

Available options include a moonroof plus power rear gate for $1,695, while ading navigation to the package for takes the price up to $2,195. Adding all the bells and whistles (moonroof package, power rear gate, navigation, EyeSight, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert) will run you $3,390.

The 2015 Subaru Outback will arrive dealerships this summer.

GALLERY: 2015 Subaru Outback

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GALLERY: 2015 Subaru Outback Live Photos

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2015 Subaru BRZ will Handle Better and Cost More http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-subaru-brz-pricing.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-subaru-brz-pricing.html#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:19:22 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=246015 2015 Subaru BRZ will Handle Better and Cost More 2015 Subaru BRZ will Handle Better and Cost More
Pricing for the 2015 Subaru BRZ has been announced with the model getting a slight bump in cost. The base model BRZ equipped with a six-speed manual transmission will start from $26,490 including destination, an increase of $100 compared to the 2014 model year. With that slight price increase, buyers will get larger stainless exhaust... more]]>
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Pricing for the 2015 Subaru BRZ has been announced with the model getting a slight bump in cost.

The base model BRZ equipped with a six-speed manual transmission will start from $26,490 including destination, an increase of $100 compared to the 2014 model year. With that slight price increase, buyers will get larger stainless exhaust tips, a simulated carbon-fiber center dash panel and a roof-mounted and body color shark fin antenna.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue is Only Half Right

In addition, the Japanese automaker revealed that handling has been improved on the 2015 Subaru BRZ with revised suspension dampers for smoother motion and absorption to help achieve optimum contact on uneven roads.

The 2015 Subaru BRZ Limited, which adds a body-color trunk spoiler, standard fog lights, Alcantara trimmed interior and Keyless Access will start from $28,490. Those seeking an automatic transmission will have to pay $29,590.

Subaru also revealed the 2015 BRZ Series.Blue limited special edition (seen above), which is priced from $30,285.

GALLERY: 2015 Subaru BRZ Series.Blue

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Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX? http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/subaru-wrx-2002-2007-used-car-review.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/subaru-wrx-2002-2007-used-car-review.html#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 16:45:24 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=245029 Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX? Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX?
Vehicle Overview For 2002, Subaru sent its rally-inspired WRX to North America. Based on the Impreza, the WRX brought in a new era of compact performance cars thanks to its all-wheel drive capability and a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine. Available in either sedan or wagon body styles, the WRX could be had with a five-speed... more]]>
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Vehicle Overview

For 2002, Subaru sent its rally-inspired WRX to North America. Based on the Impreza, the WRX brought in a new era of compact performance cars thanks to its all-wheel drive capability and a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine.

Available in either sedan or wagon body styles, the WRX could be had with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.

The 2002 WRX, dubbed the bugeye due to a pair of large headlights that resembled the eyes of an insect, came equipped with a 2.0-liter engine making 227 hp and 217 lb-ft of torque. In 2004 the WRX received its first facelift and looked more conventional than the 2002-2003 models. The five-speed manual transmission was also improved for better durability at this time. In 2006, the WRX underwent another facelift and received a new power plant. Now displacing 2.5 liters, the new engine increased output to 230 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque.

Subaru released the WRX/STI sedan in 2004 with even more power and performance potential. With a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four making 305 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque, the STI was a more hardcore version of the WRX that could be had with a six-speed manual transmission. In 2005, the vehicle was heavily reworked and now featured wider bodywork that has come to be a signature feature of all STI models. Over the next two years, the WRX/STI would continue to receive minor tweaks.

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Trims Packages

For the first few years, the WRX came in a single trim. In 2004 a premium package was added to the car as well as the WRX/STI. In 2006 a limited package replaced the premium package signifying the fancier, higher optioned WRXs.  For 2007 the WRX/STI also received the upscale limited package option.

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  1. Performance: With all-wheel drive, a manual transmission and a turbocharged engine, the number one reason people are attracted to the WRX is performance, especially in regions that see snow and substantial rainfall.
  2. Practicality: Sedan or Wagon, the WRX can run with some serious sports cars. However, unlike a dedicated sports car, these cars can also carry more than one passenger and a fair amount of cargo; especially with the wagon.
  3. Modifications – The WRX is one of the most modified vehicles on the road today. With an incredible aftermarket of parts, people love to make a WRX their own.

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  1. One of the biggest issues for the WRX and WRX/STI is the transmission and drivetrain. Being relatively high-powered with all-wheel drive, a lot of strain is put on the drivetrain and some cars show premature wear, especially with the 2002 and 2003 models.
  2. As mentioned, many WRX and WRX/STIs have been modified. Upgraded or stock, many cars suffered from misfires for a multitude of reasons. Although most can easily be fixed, some cannot.
  3. Many owners of the WRX have reported raw fuel leaking in the engine bay on cold days. An investigation was opened with the NHTSA in 2009 and Subaru did make revisions to the fuel system, but not all cars have received the update.

Before You Buy

As always, ensure the car has had all recalls performed and take it for a test drive. Listen for abnormal whining, grinding or clicking coming from the transmission, differential and engine bay. Subarus do make more noise than the average car, so a taking the car to a mechanic to be inspected before buying it is a good idea.

Inspect the WRX’s rear quarter panels and under carriage for pronounced rust spots and rot. Although not a major issue, the Impreza body is prone to surface rust. It’s important to check even if you live in an area where rust is uncommon because these vehicles are all at or above a decade old so they could have easily spent time in an area where road salt is common.

Finally, spot check the struts for leaks and CV boots for any tears.

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Best Bang for Your Buck

It is best to avoid first year 2002 models. They have the most complaints and recalls on the NHTSA database and were especially problematic when it came to the five-speed manual transmission. 2003 models were slightly better, but still received the second most complaints and had transmission issues.

The best bet is to go with a 2006 WRX. All of the bugs from early models appear to have been worked out by 2006 as this model has received the least amount of NHSTA complaints. As well, this was the year when the WRX received the larger 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, although some cars have had issues with it.

Those not sold on the looks of the 2006-2007 WRX, or want a slightly cheaper used vehicle, should look at the 2004-2005 WRX. Like the 2006 model, there are far fewer complaints about this car compared to earlier models and the 2.0-liter engine still offers plenty of punch.

If interested in the WRX/STI, many claim the 2004 STI to be the rarest of the breed, but others claim the 2007 to be the best STI ever offered in North America. There are no years to avoid between 2004 and 2007 and it comes down to a choice of personal taste.

Recall and Crash Test Database

2002 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2003 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2004 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2005 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2006 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2007 Subaru WRX NHTSA Recalls

2002 Subaru WRX NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2003 Subaru WRX NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2004 Subaru WRX NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2005 Subaru WRX NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2006 Subaru WRX Sedan NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2006 Subaru WRX Wagon NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2007 Subaru WRX Sedan NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2007 Subaru WRX Wagon NHTSA Crash Test Rating

2002 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

2003 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

2004 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

2005 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

2006 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

2007 Subaru WRX IIHS Crash Test Rating

 

 

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Subaru Growth Plans Include New 7-Seater SUV, Plug-in Hybrid http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/subaru-increase-us-capacity-new-vehicle-platform.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/subaru-increase-us-capacity-new-vehicle-platform.html#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 14:01:30 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=243856 Subaru Growth Plans Include New 7-Seater SUV, Plug-in Hybrid Subaru Growth Plans Include New 7-Seater SUV, Plug-in Hybrid
Subaru is looking to increase its U.S. sales by 20 percent by 2020 and to get there the automaker will bring to market new technologies and new models. The Japanese automaker has revealed plans to introduce a new vehicle platform and more efficient engines as it looks to build on its growth in North America.... more]]>
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Subaru is looking to increase its U.S. sales by 20 percent by 2020 and to get there the automaker will bring to market new technologies and new models.

The Japanese automaker has revealed plans to introduce a new vehicle platform and more efficient engines as it looks to build on its growth in North America. The company forecasts North American volume of 600,000 units by 2020, an increase from 478,000 units in the just-ended fiscal year. Subaru also expects to expand annual capacity at its Indiana plant to 400,000 units after 2017.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Review

For the past six years, Subaru has been the only brand to increase sales in the U.S. each year and has seen double-digit increases in each of the past 16 months. Through April this year, Subaru’s sales are up 22 percent while the rest of the U.S. automotive industry has only risen three percent.

In 2016, Subaru will introduce a new modularized platform called the Subaru Global Platform. It will support every model from the Impreza to the Outback. It will also debut a next-generation Impreza along with a new seven-seater SUV to replace the outgoing Tribeca. Also, expect a plug-in hybrid to arrive for the North American market in the future, which will be based on hybrid technology from Toyota.

GALLERY: 2015 Subaru WRX STI

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2015 Subaru WRX Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-subaru-wrx-earns-iihs-top-safety-pick.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/05/2015-subaru-wrx-earns-iihs-top-safety-pick.html#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 14:55:45 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=243208 2015 Subaru WRX Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick
The 2015 Subaru WRX has earned a top safety pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). To qualify to be a top safety pick, a vehicle must earn a “good” rating (the highest rating) in the moderate overlap front, side crash, roof strength and head restraint tests, along with at least an “acceptable”... more]]>
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The 2015 Subaru WRX has earned a top safety pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

To qualify to be a top safety pick, a vehicle must earn a “good” rating (the highest rating) in the moderate overlap front, side crash, roof strength and head restraint tests, along with at least an “acceptable” rating in the new small overlap test.

The 2015 WRX managed to score top marks in every single crash test category, with the only factor holding it back from being a top safety pick plus being its lack of crash avoidance technology. To get that added “plus” moniker, the vehicle in question must score at least a “basic” rating in crash avoidance technology.

There are two spots where this Subaru faltered however. During the moderate overlap front crash test, the IIHS says that the dummy’s head hit the steering wheel through the airbag and forces on the left foot indicate lower leg injuries are possible.

This marks the sixth Subaru vehicle to get a top safety pick, three of which are the full top safety pick plus.

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