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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru Ascent concept.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Outback

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru Outback.


PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX MSRP Announced

2018_WRX-STI

The new 2018 Subaru WRX STI and WRX model are on their way to the dealerships across America as the Japanese company reveals the MSRP. Prices for the standard WRX sports sedan starts at $26,995, while the hotted-up and tricked-out WRX STI kicks things off at $36,095.

The 2018 Subaru WRX STI is, obviously, the one you want, since it comes with a 305-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged BOXER engine,Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Active Torque Vectoring and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control, plus 19-inch alloy wheels, yellow-painted brake calipers, STI Sport Design instrument cluster with LCD, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), auto on/off windshield wipers and Welcome Lighting. Also, new to WRX STI is auto LED low and high beam height adjustment control.

But the standard 2018 WRX isn’t bad either, what with a 268-hp, 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged BOXER engine, Symmetrical All Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring, standard 6-speed manual gearbox or optional Sport Lineartronic CVT, thicker door glass, revised door sealing and a foam-filled windshield header beam, new, larger high-definition multi-function display (5.9-inch vs. 4.3-inch before), heated exterior mirrors and SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” multimedia audio unit on premium models. The full 2018 WRX price list is as follows:

Model/Trim Transmission MSRP MSRP + destination and delivery
WRX MODELS
Standard WRX 6MT $26,995 $27,855
WRX Premium 6MT $29,295 $30,155
WRX Premium CVT $30,495 $31,355
WRX Limited 6MT $31,595 $32,455
WRX Limited CVT $32,795 $33,655
WRX STI MODELS
Standard WRX STI 6MT $36,095 $36,955
WRX STI Limited- Wing 6MT $40,895 $41,755
WRX STI- Low Profile Trunk Spoiler 6MT $40,895 $41,755

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PostHeaderIcon 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 has been busy putting together some minor revisions for the 2018 model year. There’s no power gain to speak of, unfortunately, but there is some minor exterior styling updates, improved suspension setup, updated manual transmission, and 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.

So, while there isn’t a lot of big news in the aesthetics department, the mechanical bits under the metal got some serious reworking, and it’s exactly what the doctor ordered. Plus there are upgraded interior materials, a new rear-seat armrest (with cup holders,) and a few updates to help cut down on unwanted noise bleed through from the road For those of you into technology, the infotainment display has grown up a bit as well, with the screen size in base trims growing by 1.5 inches while the screen in the Premium trim grows by 0.8 inches.

For a mid-cycle update, there’s actually quite a bit to talk about when it comes to the WRX. Oh, and before I forget, the WRX STI also got some significant updates, so if you’re looking to get your hands on one of those, our man Jonathan Lopez has all of the details in his full review of that 300-horsepower beast here. Anyway, let’s scroll down and see what the 2018 Subaru WRX has to offer!

Update: 4/20/2017: Subaru has announced pricing for the 2018 Subaru WRX. Check out the prices section below to learn just how much it’ll cost you to roll out in a brand-new Subie!

Continue reading to learn more about the Subaru WRX.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

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.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

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.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Begs One Question: WHY?

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.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Unveiled at NYIAS

Subaru Ascent SUV-1

One of the hottest concept cars of this year’s New York Auto Show turned out to be a fairly unremarkable – at least at first sight – SUV. The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept attracted a lot of attention at the motor show, mainly because it previews an upcoming production model.

As with the Subaru Ascent SUV Concept, the production version will be a three-row SUV bearing the same name and pretty much the same sort of design. Subaru is not in the habit of making concepts just for show. So you can expect to see the “Dynamic x Solid” theme on the finished product as well.

Among the highlights of Subaru Ascent SUV is the imposing front grille around which the muscular body is crafted. The whole design exudes offroad confidence, and it is reinforced with Subaru’s traditional assortment of offroad gear, namely the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018 powered by an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine.

Subaru Ascent SUV-2

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Unveiled at NYIAS

Subaru Ascent SUV-1

One of the hottest concept cars of this year’s New York Auto Show turned out to be a fairly unremarkable – at least at first sight – SUV. The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept attracted a lot of attention at the motor show, mainly because it previews an upcoming production model.

As with the Subaru Ascent SUV Concept, the production version will be a three-row SUV bearing the same name and pretty much the same sort of design. Subaru is not in the habit of making concepts just for show. So you can expect to see the “Dynamic x Solid” theme on the finished product as well.

Among the highlights of Subaru Ascent SUV is the imposing front grille around which the muscular body is crafted. The whole design exudes offroad confidence, and it is reinforced with Subaru’s traditional assortment of offroad gear, namely the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018 powered by an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine.

Subaru Ascent SUV-2

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Unveiled at NYIAS

Subaru Ascent SUV-1

One of the hottest concept cars of this year’s New York Auto Show turned out to be a fairly unremarkable – at least at first sight – SUV. The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept attracted a lot of attention at the motor show, mainly because it previews an upcoming production model.

As with the Subaru Ascent SUV Concept, the production version will be a three-row SUV bearing the same name and pretty much the same sort of design. Subaru is not in the habit of making concepts just for show. So you can expect to see the “Dynamic x Solid” theme on the finished product as well.

Among the highlights of Subaru Ascent SUV is the imposing front grille around which the muscular body is crafted. The whole design exudes offroad confidence, and it is reinforced with Subaru’s traditional assortment of offroad gear, namely the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018 powered by an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine.

Subaru Ascent SUV-2

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Ascent SUV Concept Unveiled at NYIAS

Subaru Ascent SUV-1

One of the hottest concept cars of this year’s New York Auto Show turned out to be a fairly unremarkable – at least at first sight – SUV. The Subaru Ascent SUV Concept attracted a lot of attention at the motor show, mainly because it previews an upcoming production model.

As with the Subaru Ascent SUV Concept, the production version will be a three-row SUV bearing the same name and pretty much the same sort of design. Subaru is not in the habit of making concepts just for show. So you can expect to see the “Dynamic x Solid” theme on the finished product as well.

Among the highlights of Subaru Ascent SUV is the imposing front grille around which the muscular body is crafted. The whole design exudes offroad confidence, and it is reinforced with Subaru’s traditional assortment of offroad gear, namely the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018 powered by an all-new turbocharged direct injection boxer engine.

Subaru Ascent SUV-2

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV Crosstrek

When crossovers and SUVs got their second wind on the market, automakers jumped on the opportunity to open the gates and flood each and every segment of the market with as many models as possible. But, some automakers have taken an interesting approach where they take a car body and throw it on a jacked-up chassis and suspension – a quick way to create new models without spending heaps of cash on research and design. The new Subaru XV is one of these models and, like the 2016 Subaru XV Concept, it sports the body of the 2017 Subaru Impreza five-door with a raised suspension; just enough to make it appealing to the masses who, predominantly, love these high-riding people-haulers a lot more than they probably should. The big news, however, is that the new XV is built upon Subie’s revamped Global platform that brings extra rigidity and strength to the table. There’s also a revamped suspension system, revised interior, and 80-percent of the parts used in that 2.0-liter Boxer engine have been revamped to deliver more power and better fuel economy in an overall lighter package.

As was the case with the first XV model that hit the market in 2013, the XV is essentially an Impreza with jacked up suspension, but this time around, Subaru has gone the distance to make the XV safer, stronger, more powerful, and nicer inside and out. When it comes to strength and safety, we’re not exactly talking small numbers either – the new XV, according to Subaru, offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 70 percent and a decrease in body roll of 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. But, before we get too far into that, let’s a stroll down the page talk more about the “all-new” Subaru XV.

Updated 04/03/2017: Subaru announced that the 2018 Crosstrek will be making its North American debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Subaru XV Crosstrek.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Launches Heavily Revised XV at Geneva

Subaru is best known for making fun, all-weather hatchbacks and wagons with impressive AWD systems. That continues with the introduction of the 2018 Subaru XV – a heavily revised version of the lifted Impreza wagon. The new XV rides on Subaru’s new Global Platform architecture, is powered by 80-percent new Boxer engine, and wears a fresh design, both inside and out.

The Subaru XV was introduced for the 2012 model year and has soldiered on basically unchanged. That changes for the 2018 model year, and the U.S.-spec XV Crosstrek will likely receive these changes for 2019.

Starting with the chassis, Subaru is continuing to spread its new Global Platform throughout its lineup. The Impreza received it last year, so naturally, the XV was next. Subaru says it’s more than 70-percent stiffer than the outgoing chassis, which is good news for off-roaders. The Impreza’s new steering rack makes the leap, too, dropping the ratio from 14:1 to 13:1. And despite the XV boasting an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the center of gravity drops by 0.2 of an inch. The XV’s handling is further aided by a revised mounting for the anti-sway bars. Subaru says body roll is reduced by a whopping 50 percent.

Most folks will concentrate on the XV’s new sheet metal and its new interior. The high-riding wagon takes after the Impreza, gaining a more angular design with a chiseled chin. New taillights and rear bumper join the mix, as does a new wheel design. Two new colors have been added – Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange. Inside, the interior completely ditches the outgoing XV’s dull dashboard, replacing it with what’s found in the 2017 Impreza, including the eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s more to Subaru’s reworked XV, so keep reading the details.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Launches Heavily Revised XV at Geneva

Subaru is best known for making fun, all-weather hatchbacks and wagons with impressive AWD systems. That continues with the introduction of the 2018 Subaru XV – a heavily revised version of the lifted Impreza wagon. The new XV rides on Subaru’s new Global Platform architecture, is powered by 80-percent new Boxer engine, and wears a fresh design, both inside and out.

The Subaru XV was introduced for the 2012 model year and has soldiered on basically unchanged. That changes for the 2018 model year, and the U.S.-spec XV Crosstrek will likely receive these changes for 2019.

Starting with the chassis, Subaru is continuing to spread its new Global Platform throughout its lineup. The Impreza received it last year, so naturally, the XV was next. Subaru says it’s more than 70-percent stiffer than the outgoing chassis, which is good news for off-roaders. The Impreza’s new steering rack makes the leap, too, dropping the ratio from 14:1 to 13:1. And despite the XV boasting an impressive 8.7-inches of ground clearance, the center of gravity drops by 0.2 of an inch. The XV’s handling is further aided by a revised mounting for the anti-sway bars. Subaru says body roll is reduced by a whopping 50 percent.

Most folks will concentrate on the XV’s new sheet metal and its new interior. The high-riding wagon takes after the Impreza, gaining a more angular design with a chiseled chin. New taillights and rear bumper join the mix, as does a new wheel design. Two new colors have been added – Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange. Inside, the interior completely ditches the outgoing XV’s dull dashboard, replacing it with what’s found in the 2017 Impreza, including the eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There’s more to Subaru’s reworked XV, so keep reading the details.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy

Introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the sixth-generation Subaru Legacy received its mid-cycle facelift exactly three years later, at the same event. Redesigned inside and out, the current Legacy carried over with the same four- and six-cylinder boxer engines, but gained a host of new technologies and active safety features. The facelift leaves a rather soft print on the midsize sedan styling-wise, with the most significant upgrades having been operated in the technology department. The sedan now features better materials, smartphone integration, and new apps, among other features.

The revised Legacy arrived just as Subaru of America posted its eighth consecutive year of record-breaking sales. Although Subaru isn’t the kind of automaker you’d expect to challenge giants like Toyota, Volkswagen, or General Motors, the Japanese firm is definitely on a roll that will lead to biggest investments in brand-new cars in the future. The Legacy is still some three years away from a complete redesign, but needless to say, the four-door is still up for a good battle in this crowded segment.

Sure, with the brand-new Camry almost in showrooms and the current Accord setting new benchmarks in the midsize market, the Legacy could use a fresh look and better tech, but it’s not as dated as it seems. Find out how it stacks against competition from Toyota, Honda, Ford, and Nissan in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Subaru Legacy

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Much to the delight of every geography teacher in America Subaru has given us a glimpse of the new Legacy ahead of its debut at the Chicago Auto Show. That means they can cancel their order for a new Camry or Accord and get themselves a 2018 Subaru Legacy which will be cheaper and more reliable, just what a balding, middle-aged man with early-onset prostate problems needs!

We joke, of course. The Legacy is a lovely car with serious rally cred which offers a lot of bang for your buck. Being kind of dull is part of its charm. Going on sale in summer, the 2018 Subaru Legacy comes with revised front and rear aprons as well as a redesigned interior, both boasting more spice than before. You will have the choice of 2.5i or 3.6R engines, the former a 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine and the latter a 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine. Standard on all trims are Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring as well as a Lineartronic CVT transmission.

Tuned to be more responsive, quieter and more comfortable, the 2018 Subaru Legacy also benefits from new technology features as well. There is a new (available) 8-inch display screen for enhanced multimedia capabilities, SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia system with Bluetooth wireless capability, iPod control, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Equipment-wise, you get real stitching on the dash, seats and door panels along with high-gloss black trim and silver-color bezels, depending on the trim, of course.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru XV

When crossovers and SUVs got their second wind on the market, automakers jumped on the opportunity to open the gates and flood each and every segment of the market with as many models as possible. But, some automakers have taken an interesting approach where they take a car body and throw it on a jacked-up chassis and suspension – a quick way to create new models without spending heaps of cash on research and design. The new Subaru XV is one of these models and, like the 2016 Subaru XV Concept, it sports the body of the 2017 Subaru Impreza five-door with a raised suspension; just enough to make it appealing to the masses who, predominantly, love these high-riding people-haulers a lot more than they probably should. The big news, however, is that the new XV is built upon Subie’s revamped Global platform that brings extra rigidity and strength to the table. There’s also a revamped suspension system, revised interior, and 80-percent of the parts used in that 2.0-liter Boxer engine have been revamped to deliver more power and better fuel economy in an overall lighter package.

As was the case with the first XV model that hit the market in 2013, the XV is essentially an Impreza with jacked up suspension, but this time around, Subaru has gone the distance to make the XV safer, stronger, more powerful, and nicer inside and out. When it comes to strength and safety, we’re not exactly talking small numbers either – the new XV, according to Subaru, offers an increase in torsional rigidity of 70 percent and a decrease in body roll of 50 percent compared to the outgoing model. But, before we get too far into that, let’s a stroll down the page talk more about the “all-new” Subaru XV.

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PostHeaderIcon Say Goodbye To Those Dreams Of Seeing A Turbocharged Subaru BRZ

Sometimes, it’s better to just swallow the bitter pill and accept things for what they’re worth. No more is that more important than after Motor Authority essentially heard confirmation from two Subaru officials that the the current-generation BRZ will not get turbocharged, STI, or convertible versions. Since the BRZ’s counterpart in Toyota, the 86, is basically the same car, don’t pin all those hopes and dreams on the 86 going the turbocharged route either.

The good news is that the “no turbocharged version” confirmation only affects the current-generation BRZ, and for what it’s worth, the decision to steer clear of that route makes sense considering that the BRZ and 86 are already five years old and second-generation models for both sports cars have already been confirmed. It’s simply too late in life for these coupes to get a turbocharger.

So for now, the current states of both sports coupes will remain the same. The Subaru BRZ and the Toyota 86 will continue to be powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. They may not have gotten turbochargers from their respective companies, but at least there’s that five-horsepower and five-pound-feet of torque bump from that mid-life cycle.

Like I said, sometimes we just have to take the good with the bad and hope for brighter days ahead. Fortunately, neither Subaru nor Toyota have given indications on whether turbochargers will be included with the second-gen versions of the BRZ and Toyota, respectively. As long as that possibility is still on the table, we’ll take it.

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