Introduced in 2013, the five-seat Subaru XV Crosstrek is a compact hatchback crossover that comes with standard all-wheel drive, a superb fuel economy, a functional and modern interior and strong off-road capabilities. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is based on the Impreza and it is dedicated to those looking for the utility and ruggedness of an SUV, but do not need the massiveness of a truck-based crossover. For 2014, the Subaru XV Crosstrek adds to its lineup a hybrid version that has the Subaru’s first gasoline-electric drivetrain offering in the U.S. The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek competes with Jeep Compass, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is available in 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Touring trim levels. The 2.0i Premium comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, heated mirrors, roof rails, full power accesories, a windshield de-icer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, heated front seats, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity and a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB ports.
The Subaru XV 2.0i Limited adds leather upholstery, automatic climate control, automatic headlights, a rearview camera and a 4.3-inch LCD display for the audio system. A sunroof and a navigation system are available as options for 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited.
The new Subaru XV Hybrid adds to 2.0i Limited (minus the leather upholstery) unique 17-inch wheels, quick-ratio electric power steering, chrome door handless, active grille shutters, keyless ignition, keyless entry, foldable sideview mirrors and an upgraded multifunction LCD display. The Hybrid Touring adds a navigation system, a sunroof, leather upholstery, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, smartphone integration and HD radio.
The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Premium and 2.0i Limited are powered by a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed DOHC Boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission is a 5-speed manual while a Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 6-speed manual mode and paddle shifters is optional. The hybrid has the same engine that is combined with a permanent magnet AC Synchronous electric motor. This hybrid system produces 160 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. The CVT is the only available transmission for hybrid models.
Standard safety features of the 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek include stability control, traction control, ABS, front head restraints, driver knee airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
Experts from Aol Autos say about Subaru XV Crosstrek:
The new Subaru XV Crosstrek will suit buyers who prioritize fuel economy over performance, doing their small part to save the planet while exploring it. Everything about the Crosstrek seems logical and done for a reason. The price is very competitive, and it should be popular in snow belts where the added ride height and Tangerine orange paint will look like a snowplow without warning lights.
The 2013 Subaru Outback is a five-passenger sport utility wagon that received for the 2013 model year a more efficient four-cylinder engine, a restyled front end with new headlights, grille, front bumper and fog lights, revised suspension tuning and an updated continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2013 Subaru Outback competes with Toyota Venza, Audi Allroad, Volvo XC70 and Honda Crosstour.
The 2013 Subaru Outback is offered in six trim levels (the numbers refer to engine type): 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R, 3.6R Premium and 3.6R Limited. The Subaru Outback base 2.5i comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full power accesories, air-conditioning, roof rack rails with fold-out crossbar, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seats and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface and auxiliary audio jack.
The Outback 2.5i Premium model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system. The 2.5i Limited includes leather upholstery and wood trim, automatic climate control and the Harman Kardon sound system. A touchscreen navigation system with voice controls and rearview camera is also available for the Limited. Standard equipment of Subaru Outback 3.6R models is almost identical to the 2.5i models.
The 2013 Subaru Outback models debut Subaru’s new EyeSight driver-assist system which integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. Projected to be one of the most affordable such technologies available in the U.S. market, EyeSight uses a stereo camera design developed by Subaru to provide a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.
The Subaru Outback is smart-sized compared to other 2-row crossover vehicles, featuring a mid-size interior in an easy-to-maneuver and off-road-capable wagon. The Outback provides the crisp car-like handling with the versatility of an SUV. The 8.7 inches of ground clearance is higher than for many large SUVs and crossovers while maintaining a low step-in height. Total passenger volume of 105.4 cu. ft. and maximum cargo capacity of 71.3 cu. ft. (with the standard 60/40 split rear seatbacks folded) rivals that of larger, heavier vehicles. The Outback also features a rear cargo area that is deeper and wider than in many SUVs.
The all-wheel-drive 2013 Subaru Outback is offered with two different engines. The 2.5i models use a new 2.5-liter DOHC Boxer four-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. This new engine produces greater low-end torque across a broad speed range, making the 2013 Outback 2.5i models feel more responsive in everyday driving. This engine comes paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new Lineartronic CVT. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i models are 24 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway with CVT and 21/28 mpg with manual transmission.
The 2013 Subaru Outback 3.6R versions come with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine that produces a 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission offered is a five-speed automatic with shift paddles.
The 2013 Subaru Outback comes standard with stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC).
The 2012 Tribeca is Subaru’s largest model. Well equipped and with seating for seven it continues to offer drivers a safe comfortable ride in any kind of road condition or weather.
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca is a seven-passenger midsize crossover SUV that’s offered in Premium (at $ 30,595), Limited (at $ 32,595) and Touring (at $35,895) trim levels. Standard features on the Premium model of 2012 Tribeca include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, cruise control, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, heated power front seats, 40/20/40-split second-row seats, 50/50-split third-row seats and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The Subaru Tribeca Limited adds leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, driver seat memory functions and a 10-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer and satellite radio. The Moonroof package adds a sunroof, roof rails and a rearview camera. The Touring adds a monotone exterior paint scheme, HID headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and the moonroof package.
An optional touch-screen GPS navigation system available for Tribeca Limited and Touring models incorporates a Rear Vision Camera and 7-inch LCD display. When the driver moves the transmission shift handle into reverse, the center color LCD display will show what the camera lens can detect within its field of vision behind the vehicle. The screen view features distance/width guidelines to assist the driver in backing up the vehicle.
The 2012 Tribeca‘s twin cockpit interior design features a flowing, sculpted dash and center console design. Aluminum-look trim highlights the sculpted shapes of the dashboard. Electroluminescent dials and subtle ambient interior footwell lighting provide a sophisticated touch. The center console is anchored by an information center that groups the readouts for the audio system, clock, fuel economy and outside temperature. The second row seat features a tilt-and-slide control on both sides and an assist spring that reduces the effort needed to slide the second row seat. Molded assist grab handles on the lower C-pillar ease passenger step-in to the third row. The standard 50/50 split fold-down third-row seat features integral headrests.
The optional rear-seat entertainment system for the Limited and Touring trim lines consists of a nine-inch wide-screen format LCD screen and a DVD player featuring remote inputs for video games and a video camera. The package includes two sets of wireless headphones an a wireless remote control.
The 2012 Subaru Tribeca is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. This Subarus’ Boxer is engineered to produce powerful low-end torque and its use of regular-grade fuel helps reduce operating costs. Active Valve Control System (AVCS) variable valve timing is employed on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. A five-speed automatic with a manual shift mode is the only transmission offered. The EPA rates all models of 2012 Subaru Tribeca at 16 mpg city and 18 mpg highway.
Every 2012 Tribeca features an all-wheel-drive system that sends 55 percent of the power to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions. Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive provide excellent balance thanks to the longitudinally mounted Boxer engine and the way power flows from it through the transmission and to the rear differential along a straight, near-horizontal path. In the Tribeca, Subaru integrated its all-wheel drive technology with a stability system and 4-wheel traction control to form one of the industry’s most effective dynamic handling systems.
Like the rest of Subaru’s current lineup, the 2012 Tribeca is a Top Safety Pick at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scores the agency’s best rating in front-, rear- and side-impact crash tests, as well as in a roof-strength test. The 2012 Subaru Tribeca is build around the Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame structure proven in Subaru models for over a decade. The 2012 Tribeca is equipped with occupant-sensing, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side impact airbags, standard curtain side airbags, ABS, brake assist and so on.
You can find more details on 2012 Subaru Tribeca review by Edmunds.com
Starting at $17.495 MSRP for base model (2.5i 4-door) the new 2011 Subaru Impreza is available in 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, Outback Sport and WRX trims. For 2011 Subaru introduced a new 4-door version of the Impreza WRX STI performance flagship model. This is the first time that the WRX STI is offered in two body styles (5-door and 4-door).
Starting at $25.495, the Impreza WRX 2011 is disponible in 5 trim levels: WRX, WRX Premium, WRX Limited, WRX STI and WRX STI Limited (at $37.345).
An approximately 1.5-inch increase in front and rear track, firmer rear subframe bushings and wider 17-inch wheels and tires deliver improved grip in the 2011 new WRX. The standard wheels are now 17×8-in. vs. 17×7-inc. in the 2010 model, and tire size is now 235/45R17 vs. 225/45R17.
Both the WRX – 5-door model and 4-door model- featuring a wide-body design for 2011 similar to that WRX STI, underscoring the high-performance character of both models. The new design is based on a ”wide and low” concept and gives both cars an aggressive street presence. In front, the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX models feature sharpened bumper corners and wider, blacked-out fog lamp nacelles to accentuate the ”wide and low” profile. The newly designed front grille with black base and blacked-out Subaru wing highlights the headlights’ shape to give the entire front end a more powerful appearance, accentuated by larger grille and bumper intake openings.
The new wide-body designs mark another major step on the continuous evolution of the WRX to give driving enthusiasts an even more compelling all-wheel drive performance package.
said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO of Subaru of America, Inc.
The 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX uses the continuous AWD version of Symmetrical all-wheel drive. A viscous coupling locking center differential nominally distributes torque 50:50. Should slippage occur, this system transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction. The Vehicle Dynamics Control (VCD), stability and traction control system are standard. Incline Start Assist, featured on all Impreza models equipped with a manual transmission can momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling backward when being driven away from a stop on an incline.
All models of Subaru Impreza 2011 (except STI) are powered by 170-horsepower 4-cylinder SubaruBoxer engine. The fuel economy for this engine is 27 MPG highway/ 20 mpg city. The engine of WRX STI and WRX STI Limited is 305 -hp turbocharged with 23 mpg Highway/17 mpg city.
For all 2011 Impreza (except STI) the fully synchronized 5-speed manual transmission is standard. An 4-speed electronic direct-control automatic transmission is optional. For WRX STI and STI Limited the standard transmission is a fully synchronized close-ratio 6-speed manual. All-wheel drive is standard for all 2011 Subaru Impreza models.
All models Subaru Impreza 2011 have: a new audio system AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player , six speakers and 3.5mm auxiliary input jack; Bluetooth handsfree calling; iPod control capability; USB port and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio capability. The TOM TOM Navigation System is availablea as an option for the Impreza 2.5i Premium model. A power moonroof and a backup camera are available as an accesory for WRX STI Limited model.
Safety features of 2011 Subaru Impreza include: frontal airbag system, side-curtain airbags, seat-mounted front-side impact airbags, height-adjustable active front-seat head restraints, height-adjustable 3-point front seat belts, rear child-safety door locks, energy-absorbing collapsible steering column and Ring- Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with front and rear crample zones.
The competitors of Subaru Impreza are Mitsubishi Lancer, Volkswagen GTi and Mazda3.
Subaru is internationally known for their use of boxer engines in most of their vehicles.
Starting at 20.495 $, the new generation Subaru Forester is a total re-design of the award-winning crossover SUV that has built a strong reputation as an icon of safety and versatility.
To attract potential buyers, Subaru management has equiped the 2011 Forester with an all-new engine, in addition to updating the equipment level for the different trim levels. Standard for the 2,5x models is the 2,5 liter boxer 4-cylender engine. This engine generates 170 horse power and 174 pound-feet of torque. The EPA rates for this engine is 20 MPG city/ 26 MPG highway for automatic 4-speed transmission and 21 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway for manual 5-speed transmision.
Bluetooth is standard on all base model. Backup camera is standard on 2,5x Touring and 2,5xT Touring. New audio system is disponible for 2,5x Premium: AM/FM 100-watt premium stereo with a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, six speaker, 3,5 mm auxiliary input jack, iPod control capability and USB port.
The competitors of Subaru Forester are Toyota RAV4, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan.
In conclusion, Automobile.com says:
A robust and pleasant vehicle, the Forester provides the driver with a sporty, mid-class vehicle that functions excellently for trips and other longer term outings. With a standard array of features and exceptional engineering, the vehicle is ideal for those who enjoy travel, but are not terribly concerned about being flashy or ostentatious.