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PostHeaderIcon It’s Not Much but the Subaru WRX STI Will Get a Minor Bump in Power for 2019

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

Subaru’s WRX and WRX STI models offer the kind of driver-focused, free-wheeling driving experience that few other sedans in the market can offer. Sure, the WRX and WRX STI have aged in some respects, but the two models, specifically the STI, have established a lot of equity with their fan base. That’s good to know because Subaru’s giving the people what they want by offering the 2019 WRX STI with more power for its fans to play with.

PostHeaderIcon Good News! The Next-Gen WRX Will Be Offered with a Manual Transmission

Subaru WRX STI- $36,095

As disappointing as it is to see the manual transmission fade into the sunset as more automakers lean on its automatic counterpart, there are some automakers who are keeping the dream alive. One of these manufacturers is Subaru, which coincidentally dropped hints a month ago that it was axing the manual transmission from its models. Turns out, not every Subaru model is completely ditching the manual transmission because the fun-tactic three-pedal setup will live on through the WRX performance line.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Subaru Outback Priced from £29,995 in the UK

The new and much improved 2018 Subaru Outback goes on in the United Kingdom, offering handsome looks and a lot of features for the same price as the last year’s model. Starting from 30 grand for SE and going up to £33,010 for the SE Premium, the new Outback is not a cheap SUV. But with the improvements it now boasts in its latest version it may well be the best value. 

Subaru SUVs have a reputation in the UK as being unbreakable, though a bit agricultural, workhorses. They often remain in a household longer than the patriarch who buys them. The new 2018 Subaru Outback is like that, only it now looks rather good, too. While that might put off some of the older fans of the brand, it will attract many more new ones. The SUV looks cool and sporty without comprising on the ruggedness.

The same goes for the interior, where the main highlights include decorative gloss black panels and silver surrounds for a more luxurious look and feel. The 2018 Outback is also a tech-fest. You get all the latest luxury and safety features, such as side view camera mounted at the base of the passenger door mirror, EyeSight safety package with Lane Keep Assist, Pre-collision Braking System and Pre-collision Throttle Management, available 8 inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Powering the UK-spec 2018 Subaru Outback is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre ‘FB25’ petrol. The smooth four-banger develops 175PS at 5,800rpm and 235Nm torque, and it’s actually fairly economical in spite of its size. Subaru claims you can get 38.7mpg from it on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 166g/km.






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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Subaru Forester STI Might Be on the Cards

Subaru is a car maker that, though pretty conservative in terms of design, loves to experiment with different variants. That is why we are confident someone up in their offices in Japan is currently mulling over the possibility of a Subaru Forester STI model based on the recently revealed new version of the SUV. 

There is that, and the fact that they did release something like that with the previous version of the Forester. That car came as a limited edition with tS designation, so it wasn’t a full STI. But then again, that car wasn’t as good as the new 2019 Forester. The new model definitely warrants an STI model. In any case, should they decide to go ahead with it, the 2020 Subaru Forester STI would look something like the picture above.

Granted, designer X-Tomi has got a bit carried away with “sportifying” the Forester here, lowering the SUV on a set of large wheels and fitting it with a full set of aero parts. But you have to admit the thing does look quite good. The rendering is based on the Sport trim version of the Forester which is already half way there in terms of becoming a dedicated performance version. It just needs a push by STI engineers to turn into a fully-fledged hotrod family bus.

If this imaginary Subaru Forester STI becomes reality some day, we would like to see a WRX engine in it with at least 300 horsepower. It would be a shame if they built it and then gave it an asthmatic 1.6 or something.

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PostHeaderIcon 2020 Subaru Forester STI Might Be on the Cards

Subaru is a car maker that, though pretty conservative in terms of design, loves to experiment with different variants. That is why we are confident someone up in their offices in Japan is currently mulling over the possibility of a Subaru Forester STI model based on the recently revealed new version of the SUV. 

There is that, and the fact that they did release something like that with the previous version of the Forester. That car came as a limited edition with tS designation, so it wasn’t a full STI. But then again, that car wasn’t as good as the new 2019 Forester. The new model definitely warrants an STI model. In any case, should they decide to go ahead with it, the 2020 Subaru Forester STI would look something like the picture above.

Granted, designer X-Tomi has got a bit carried away with “sportifying” the Forester here, lowering the SUV on a set of large wheels and fitting it with a full set of aero parts. But you have to admit the thing does look quite good. The rendering is based on the Sport trim version of the Forester which is already half way there in terms of becoming a dedicated performance version. It just needs a push by STI engineers to turn into a fully-fledged hotrod family bus.

If this imaginary Subaru Forester STI becomes reality some day, we would like to see a WRX engine in it with at least 300 horsepower. It would be a shame if they built it and then gave it an asthmatic 1.6 or something.

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Forester

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Subaru Forester.

PostHeaderIcon Subaru STI 30th Anniversary Celebrated in Pictures

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Subaru’s motorsports and special performance vehicle and parts division, better known as the STI. While there will be a couple of special editions to mark the occasion, including WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS by STI, they have also released a big album chronicling the highlights of Subaru STI during the past 30 years. 

STI has been instrumental in achieving Subaru’s many motorsport trophies in rallying and later on road racing. Think of them as a special forces group within a regular brigade. They are tasked with doing the difficult task the regular forces are not fit to do. So when Subaru needs a racing engine for a rally car, it’s STI the does the job. When there has to be a special edition with exclusive looks and unique capabilities, it’s Subaru STI again. Even when they need to come up with concepts and study model, STI’s know-how becomes handy.

Among the most important achievements of STi since its inception in 1988 there are the three World Rally Championships titles they brought home, along with 47 WC wins, four class wins in Germany’s 24-Hours Nürburgring, Nürburgring lap record for sedans in 2017, and countless amazing sports sedans and coupes. If it wasn’t for STI, Subaru would have been no better, nor more renown, than their fellow Japanese company Suzuki.

Here’s the 30-year history of Subaru STI in pictures:






























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PostHeaderIcon 2018 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

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.

Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

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.

Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Subaru Forester Arrives with Tons of Features

This year’s New York Auto Show saw the debut of the 2019 Subaru Forester, a rugged, yet gentle family SUV which is like a trusty old dog. In fact, dogs are what Subaru has been using for the past few years to promote this car. For the new model the Forester has not much changed in terms of design, but it gets lots of new tech features. 

Said to the roomiest and most capable model ever, the 2019 Subaru Forester launches in America later this year in five trim levels of standard, Premium, Limited, Touring and new Sport. You only get one engine for the lot though, which is a bit of a bummer. It’s a 182 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER engine, mated to a CVT transmission and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This is a combo, Subaru maintains, that makes the ol’ Foresty a supremely versatile vehicle.

2019 Forester also comes as standard with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology on all models, complemented with DriverFocus safety technology on high trim levels. The latter features facial recognition software to identify signs of driver fatigue or driver distraction. Also available are Automatic Braking and Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse Automatic Braking, Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbags, and in terms of connectivity SUBARU STARLINK multimedia systems with standard features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM.

Design-wise, 2019 Subaru Forester retains its old familiar look, but get some nip and tuck here and there. The new Sport trim is probably the one most customers are going to want, what with the 18-inch wheels and rear roof spoiler as well as orange accents as well as unique dark gray material with orange stitching throughout the interior.






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

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.

Continue reading for the full story.

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

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.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The new Forester will employ a variety of styling cues from the various Viziv concepts we’ve seen over the years.”

Subaru’s practical new Forester SUV is headed for a full debut at the New York International Auto Show at the end of the month, and Subaru is previewing the generational changeover with a single shadowy teaser image showing a passenger-side C-shaped taillight.

As an all-new replacement for the outgoing fourth generation, the new Forester will employ a variety of styling cues from the latest Impreza production hatchback, not to mention the various Viziv concepts Subaru has been dropping over the last few years (toned down for production purposes, of course).

It’s also expected to get a bit of a dimensional increase as well, which will help to boost interior space overall. That’ll place the Forester just under the newly released Subaru Ascent SUV in terms of maximum interior room.

Look for the new Forester to get the very latest in Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech, tossing in features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic braking. Buyers will get a variety of equipment to choose from, such as leather trim, an upgraded stereo, automatic headlights, and more.

Under the skin, the new Forester will get the Subaru Global Platform for underpinnings. Otherwise known as SGP, the Forester will share its bones with the likes of the latest Impreza and XV.


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“Look for the new Forester to get the very latest in Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech.”

Subaru’s go-to boxer engine will be used for motivation. We could see a diesel option in overseas markets, but a hybrid is much more likely. Across the pond, performance enthusiasts will also likely get a go-faster tS version, which, unfortunately, won’t arrive in the U.S.

The new Forester will be offered exclusively with a CVT continuously variable automatic transmission. Extra grip courtesy of AWD will be standard, of course.

The Forester will go head-to-head with rivals like the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5, the latter of which will get a new model on sale at the end of this year.

Pricing for the Scooby should slot in at around $23,000, which is a little more than the outgoing model.

Look for full details and more revealing images when the new Forester drops in New York in a few weeks.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Subaru WRX

There’s just something about the current-gen WRX that just stands out among other sedans on the market. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s one of few performance sedans with true, on- and off-road capability or maybe it’s just the attractive look and sheer dependability. Either way, it’ll certainly be a nice addition to your desktop, so give your screen a fresh look with the wallpaper selections below.

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Read up all the nice things we had to say about the 2018 Subaru WRX

PostHeaderIcon The Subaru Viziv Tourer is Here, and it May Preview the Next-Gen Outback

Subaru has finally introduced the Viziv Tourer, the latest addition to the Viziv Concept series and what we believe may be a preview of the next-gen Subaru Outback. As is the usual case with the Viziv Concepts, Subaru hasn’t exactly released a plethora of information, but its whole purpose is to showcase Subaru’s future design language, and it does exactly that. It’s got the sharp design cues, the look of performance, and all of the muscular features we expect from a car that’s designed to feel at home on and off the road.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Exterior


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“The hood and grille are easily bound for production and are quite similar to what we see on the road today”

The Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept may look aggressive, but everything about it says Subaru. The hood and grille are easily bound for production and are quite similar to what we see on the road today. And, while the front fascia is showing its teeth, it’s not that outlandish to think of something like this hitting the road in even the next five years. The small air dam in the front and the corner vents are integrated nicely, while the overall design of the news has STI written all over it.

The side profile is just as sexy, and while the wheel arches would likely be more curved in production and the body lines toned down a bit, Subaru’s design team is really going somewhere. The muscular rear haunches are exactly what this brand needs while the side skirts could be toned down a bit. The only thing not feasible about the side profile is the lack of door handles and those side view cameras. Maybe someday but not in time for the brand’s next generational shift.

The slight slant of the roofline is right on point while the rear end has just the right proportions. The rear hatch does have a weird shape to it, but that’s easily forgivable once you set your sights on those wide rear quarters. The taillights blend in nicely with the car, and the black trim on the inside really makes them stand out. The rear fascia has a whole lot of craziness going on, but it’s somehow appealing.

Expect a production model to be toned down quite a bit with more rounded lines, reflectors in the rear fascia and a more neutral rear end. The front end will also be toned down a bit, but I wouldn’t expect Subaru to stray too much from the current design.


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Subaru Viziv Tourer Exterior Dimensions

Length 187.99 in
Width 75.98 in
Height 56.49 in
Wheelbase 107.48 in

Subaru Viziv Tourer Interior


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Subaru has kept the interior of the Viziv Tourer Concept under wraps, but that’s not surprising as the brand is really in Geneva to show off its future design language. What we do know is that it has a seating capacity of four, so you can expect a 2+2 layout. It’s also loaded to the gills with Subaru’s next-generation of EyeSight technology that is designed specifically to reduce driver fatigue and increase enjoyment. Of course, it surely has GPS and navigation as well as the typical head and cooled seats – you know, all the bells and whistles.

On that note, with a 2+2 layout, it should have ample passenger room and ample cargo room. Based on the exterior dimensions it would make an excellent candidate for the next Outback.

Subaru Viziv Tourer Performance


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“The Viziv Tourer is power by the traditional Boxer engine”

Mums the word as far as performance specs, but the Viziv Tourer is power by the traditional Boxer engine. Given the nature of the exterior design, we can speculate that it’s powered by the same 2.5-liter mill that’s found in the Subaru WRX STI. That would give it 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque on tap – just enough for the Outback STI of the future, don’t you think? Furthermore, a base-model Outback based on this design would likely make use of the 2.0-liter boxer engine that’s good for 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission would be standard across the line in most markets, while the U.S. would undoubtedly have an automatic as standard equipment. Should Subaru decide to shift this design into production for the next-gen outback, and STI version would undoubtedly get a revised version of the close-ratio, six-speed manual.

As usual, Subaru has installed its amazing Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system because, well Subaru, so of all the things we’ve discussed here, the inclusion of a boxer engine and that AWD system is the only real confirmed data we have.

Final Thoughts


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“At this point, Subaru is running out the whole Viziv Concept series as long as it can, but each changes so much that it’s not getting old quite yet”

At this point, Subaru is running out the whole Viziv Concept series as long as it can, but each changes so much that it’s not getting old quite yet. In fact, a lot of automakers could take some advice from the brand. As for what the future holds, it’s hard to say, but this is certainly a model that Subaru needs in the lineup, and the Outback will be due for a redesign in the early 2020s. It only seems fitting, then, that Subaru taps into this design and gives the people what it deserves, don’t you think?

After all, this is the design language of the future for Subaru and, outside of a few little things like the door handles and side view mirrors, this body design could shift into production quite easily. Even as it sits, the design would hold water if Subaru slapped an STI badge on it, and there’s no doubt that the masses would eat it up like a fat kid in a candy store. Keep doing you, Subaru, you’re most certainly heading in the right direction.

References


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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru celebrates 50 years of selling vehicles in America with an appropriately named 50th Anniversary Edition lineup, including the Legacy sedan. Each model receives similar treatments of Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome accents, and an embroidered interior with the unique 50th Anniversary logo.

Subaru is producing a limited number of each anniversary edition model, with the Legacy limited to 1,050. Of those, 800 will be the 2.5i Limited trim, while the other 250 are the 3.6R Limited. Subaru chose to base the 50th Anniversary Edition on the Legacy’s range-topping trim, the Limited, so each example will pack tons of standard equipment and features. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist package is included, meaning active safety features like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and lane keep assist are present. EyeSight also includes the 8.0-inch Starlink infotainment system with navigation, high-beam assist, and LED headlights with steering responsive turning.

Now let’s jump into what makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special.

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What makes the 2018 Subaru Legacy 50th Anniversary Edition special


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“The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts”

The most noticeable change is the color – Subaru’s Heritage Blue. It’s accented with satin chrome mirror caps and grille inserts. The 18-inch wheels are painted in a medium gray color that differentiated them from the standard Legacy’s wheels, despite them sharing the same design. Last but not least, a 50th Anniversary Edition badge is fixed to the front fender like an official seal to the special edition.

Inside, the 2018 Legacy 50th wears the same interior as conventional Legacy Limited, but its black leather seats come with gray contrast stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered onto the seatbacks. Silver seatbelts also set this Legacy apart from its conventional counterparts.

Like normal, Subaru gives customers the choice between the standard 2.5-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder or the peppy 3.6-liter Boxer flat six-cylinder.

The 2.5i offers up 175 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 174 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The enthusiasts’ choice is the 3.6R with 256 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 247 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. Both engines are constructed from aluminum for reduced weight and feature variable valve timing – what Subaru calls Active valve Control. Both are also Boxer engines, meaning they are horizontally opposed, flat-style engines. This keeps the engine’s center of gravity rather low, helping with vehicle handling.


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“Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R.”

Both engines come paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission. While not the most engaging transmission, the gearbox does help improve fuel economy. The 2.5i Legacy is EPA-estimated to get 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway, while the 3.6R is estimated to get 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway – both on regular 87 octane gasoline.

As for pricing, Subaru is charging $35,995 for the 2.5i Legacy and $38,195 for the 3.6R. Again, both models have limited production numbers of 800 and 250, respectively, so finding discounts probably won’t happen. But for those Subaru fans who want to celebrate the Japanese brand’s five-decades in the U.S., the 50th Anniversary Edition models are a solid way to show their loyalty.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Legacy 2.5i Limited 800 $35,080 $35,995
Legacy 3.6R Limited 250 $37,280 $38,195

References

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Forester 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru used the 2018 Chicago Auto Show to launch special 50th Anniversary Edition models for each of its vehicles as a celebration of the five decades the Japanese automaker has been selling inside the U.S. While no mechanical upgrades are made, there are several visual changes that help distinguish the 50th Anniversary Editions from their standard counterparts.

These 50th Anniversary Editions are based on upper trim levels. For the 2018 Forrester, that means the Touring model – including both the 2.5-liter Boxer four-cylinder and the turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer-four engine options. The Continuously Variable Transmission comes standard on the Touring trims, as does Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system with X-Mode and Hill Descent Control.

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What Makes the 2018 Forrester 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“Most notably, the crossover features Subaru’s Heritage Blue paint”

Most notably, the crossover features Subaru’s Heritage Blue paint. The color is complemented by Satin Chrome on the side mirrors and grille. The 18-inch wheels have the same design as the standard Forester Touring, but skip the black accent paint for a medium gray hue that looks similar to the stain chrome on the mirrors and grille. Lastly, Subaru adds a 50th Anniversary badge to the front fenders.

The Forester’s black leather interior is upgraded with silver contrast stitching and a stylized 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the seatbacks and floor mats. The logo A pop of color in the star helps attract attention while the star itself references Subaru’s logo, which is modeled after the constellation Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. Silver seatbelts round out the interior upgrades.


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“The Forester’s black leather interior is upgraded with silver contrast stitching and a stylized 50th Anniversary logo”

Beyond the visual, Subaru makes its Eyesight safety system standard equipment in the 50th Anniversary Editions. The system includes adaptive cruise control; lane keep assist and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management.

As for the drivetrain, the Forester’s base engine is the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter Boxer flat four-cylinder. The engine makes 170 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque while getting 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

The optional 2.0 XT is a turbocharged Boxer flat four-cylinder kicking out a more respectable 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The extra power does pull fuel economy rating down a bit, measuring an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. It’s also worth noting the 2.0-liter’s power ratings are measured on premium fuel. Both the 2.5- and 2.0-liter engines come standard with the CVT in the Touring trim.


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“Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring starts at $34,305 and will be limited to 800 examples”

Pricing for the 2018 Subaru Forester 2.5i Touring starts at $34,305 and will be limited to 800 examples. The 2.0 XT Touring starts at $37,305. Only 250 examples will be made, making it a bit rarer.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Forester 2.5i Touring 800 $33,390 $34,305
Forester 2.0 XT Touring 250 $36,390 $37,305

References


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Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Forester.


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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru is launching a 50th Anniversary Edition for each of its 2018 models, including the Crosstrek. No mechanical changes are included on the Anniversary Editions, but there are several key visual changes making the package worthwhile. Subaru is also limiting availability of the special edition.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on upper trim levels, which for the Crosstrek, means the 2.0i Limited. That means leather seats, the CVT, and Eyesight safety system comes standard. Like all 2018 Crosstreks, this model comes with Subaru’s 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder making 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. Symmetrical AWD is standard, too, of course, and includes X-Mode and Hill Descent Control. Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with regular 87 octane gasoline.

For everything that’s special about the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition, keep reading.

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What Makes the 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past”

First and most noticeable, the car is painted in Heritage Blue. The bright color adds character to the car while recalling Subaru’s of the past. The side mirrors, though, are accented in satin chrome. The standard wheels are painted a medium gray color rather than the glossy black normally seen on the Crosstrek Limited. Last but definitely not least, Subaru adds a 50th Anniversary badge to the front fenders.


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“Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching”

Inside, the Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition comes with black leather seats with contrasting silver stitching and the 50th Anniversary logo embroidered on the front seats and carpeted floor mats. The stylized 50 includes a bright yellow star reminiscent of the stars seen in the Subaru logo. The star also adds a pop of color that’s appreciated on the otherwise dark seats Subaru also includes silver seatbelt that match other accents seen around the cabin.

The 2018 Crosstrek 50th Anniversary Edition is limited to 1,050 examples. Prices start at $30,955 with the destination fee and Subaru dealerships already have the 50th Anniversary Edition models on sale.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
Crosstrek 2.0i Limited 1,050 $30,040 $30,955

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition

Subaru is celebrating its 50th anniversary of selling vehicles in America by offering a special 50th Anniversary Edition on all its models, including the 2018 WRX. There are no mechanical updates, so don’t expect any horsepower or handling improvements. This special edition is for appearances only. However, Subaru is only building 600 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so rarity is a big attraction factor.

The 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the WRX’s highest trim, the Limited, as to include all the desirable features. Items include the StarLink infotainment system, keyless access and push-button starting, LED steering responsive headlights, 10-way power driver’s seat, and the EyeSight safety system.

As for what sets the 50th Anniversary Edition apart, the details are all listed below.

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What Makes the 2018 Subaru WRX 50th Anniversary Edition Special


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“The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue.”

The most noticeable change is the bright blue paint Subaru calls Heritage Blue. Unlike most other 50th Anniversary Edition models, the WRX doesn’t receive the Satin Chrome side mirrors. Rather, the 18-inch double-spoke wheels are Satin Chrome while the mirror caps are Heritage Blue. The overall look is pretty striking. Subaru does include the special 50th Anniversary Edition badge on the WRX’s door, just like the other 50th models.

On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts, but the 50th Anniversary logo is embroidered into the seatback, while the contrast stitching and seatbelts are silver. The seatbelts look especially good since the WRX’s interior is mostly black, including the headliner.


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“On the inside, the WRX still gets its Recaro racing seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts”

As for Subaru’s EyeSight system, the active safety technology includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and sway warning, pre-collision braking, and pre-collision throttle management. Blind-spot monitoring is also available, as is Subaru’s StarLink emergency services connectivity.

Under the hood, the WRX remains unchanged. That’s fine though, as the car features a turbocharged 2.0-liter Boxer flat-four engine making 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and is the proper enthusiasts’ choice. For those who don’t like to row their own, Subaru does offer a Continuously Variable Transmission. Naturally, the Symmetrical AWD system is standard and includes active torque vectoring and an optional variable torque distribution system.


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“Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long.”

Fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 21 mpg city and 27mpg highway with the manual gearbox and 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with the CVT. (Talk about a big incentive to not pay extra for a CVT!)

As mentioned, Subaru is only making 600 of the 2018 WRX 50th Anniversary Editions, so they won’t last long. Pricing starts at $36,355, including the destination fee. Subaru dealerships already have 50th Anniversary Editions in showrooms.

Model Trim Production MSRP* MSRP* + DD
WRX Limited 600 $35,495 $36,355

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PostHeaderIcon Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition

The Subaru Outback isn’t making many headlines today, especially when compared to other wagons on the market, but it’s getting pretty good reviews. Sure, it’s not as fancy as the Volvo V90 Cross Country or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain, but it offers a spacious cabin, solid off-road ability, and a decent equipment package. And it’s more affordable than the aforementioned models too. Introduced in 2014, the latest model is still pretty fresh, but Subaru is giving it the limited-edition treatment for 2018 with the 50th Anniversary Edition.

No, the Outback nameplate isn’t 50 years old yet. It’s barely on its way to its 25th anniversary. Of all the existing model, the Legacy is the oldest, and it dates back to 1989. This limited-edition model was actually launched to celebrate half a century since Subaru of America was established. The Outback is only one of seven vehicles to get this treatment, as the celebrations include all nameplates offered in the U.S. (sans the upcoming Ascent). What does it have to offer on top of the regular model? Let’s find out below.

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What makes the Subaru Outback 50th Anniversary Edition special?

  • Heritage Blue paint
  • Satin chrome trim
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Unique wheel design
  • Black upholstery with silver stitching
  • Silver seatbelts
  • Special logos on seats and floor mats
  • Extra standard features
  • Standard drivetrains

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“On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that's called Heritage Blue”

While it has a couple of features to set it apart from the regular Outback, this crossover shares most of its special features with the rest of the 50th Anniversary Edition lineup. So it’s far from unique. On the outside, the Outback sports a brand-new, light blue color that’s called Heritage Blue. The new hue is complemented by satin chrome trim for the windows, matching badges, and similar mirror caps. Subaru did add a set of exclusive wheels, but that’s it. All the other features remain unchanged.

Inside the cabin, there’s black upholstery highlighted by silver stitching, silver seatbelts, and “50th Anniversary” logos on embroidered on the front seat headrests and the carpeted floor mats. Standard features vary depending on trim, as this limited-edition model can be had in either 2.5i Limited or 3.6R Limited guise. For instance, both get standard power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, and woodgrain-patterned, matte-finish accent trim.


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“Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively.”

Engine options are standard. Go with the 2.5i Limited, and you get the 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. If you need more oomph, the 3.6-liter six-cylinder cranks out 256 horses and 247 pound-feet of twist.

Pricing for each model is set at $35,080 and $37,280, respectively. That’s only a tad higher than the models they are based on. But unlike the regular model, production is limited to only 800 units for the 2.5i Limited and 250 examples for the 3.6R Limited.

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PostHeaderIcon Check Out This Old Subaru Dealership With a Bunch of Classic 0-Mile Scobbies Wasting Away

Back in the 90’s, you could walk into a Subaru dealership and find a good collection of promising models. The Impreza was still an early model back then. The Justy 4WD hatchback was still around. You could even find a few key trucks and vans tucked away in one corner. If you’re lucky, you might even chance upon a Subaru XT, the wedge-shaped, turbocharged 4WD coupe that Subaru was championing as its resident Sportster. The video above gives you a good idea of what a 90’s Subaru dealership would look like, right down to the cars sitting idle, waiting for a customer to arrive and take them home with him. Unfortunately, this video was shot this year, and that Subaru dealership has actually been abandoned for quite some time.


The video comes courtesy of Cars Addiction, and it’s eery and sobering at the same time. It’s located in Malta, which probably explains why there wasn’t much interest in Subarus back then. Still, finding a couple of abandoned early Imprezas sitting still for 20 years with zero miles on them is jarring.

And don’t even get me started on the XT. To be fair, it was never meant to be a hot-selling model, but it has become something of a grail among Subaru collectors, the lot of whom are probably weeping as we speak at the sight of the abandoned XT in this dealership. See those liveries on the side that advertise its turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive capabilities? Bless those hearts that are bleeding now.

A deeper dive into the history of this specific dealership revealed that the store itself went out of business in the mid-90’s when a competing dealership opened shop on the small Mediterranean island. According to Cars Addiction, the man who owned the dealership refused to sell the cars to anyone, opting instead to maintain them, which he did until a few years ago. That probably explains why those potted plants still look fresh too.

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