Subaru

Subaru built its first car (Subaru 1500) in 1954 having spent the previous decade as the major supplier of aircraft to the Japanese airforce during World War II. Today the Japanese company is best known for its emphasis on All-Wheel-Drive technology, using that as a differentiating factor from other Japanese manufacturers. Subaru gained prominence in Australia with cars such as the Impreza WRX and Forester & the only rear-wheel-drive BRZ which have earned the company a well deserved reputation for reliability and performance. Subaru currently sells five models in Australia including the Liberty, Outback, Tribeca and is the eighth best selling brand.
2015 Subaru BRZ Review
  • Impeccable controls, driver interaction and engagement; appreciates and encourages being pushed; one of the most affordable rear-wheel drives in its class; full-size spare tyre; it’s everything modern supercars aren’t
  • Dearer than Toyota twin; lean on standard and optional equipment; lack of Bluetooth audio streaming a shocker; no more free servicing; standard Michelins are a let down

OUR RATING
8.5 / 10

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2015 Subaru BRZ Review

Easily better than sliced bread but possibly harder to justify, the updated Subaru BRZ is still a class act...

Recent Subaru News & Reviews
Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium: A week with Dr Dave
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium: A week with Dr Dave

How much different is the new Subaru Forester 2.0 XT Premium to it's 2006 predecessor? Old Subaru owner Dr. Dave puts the new one to the test in this Guest Review.

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$50,490

2014 Subaru Forester - A Week with Dr Dave
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2014 Subaru Forester - A Week with Dr Dave

Dr Dave currently drives a 2010 Subaru Forester, so we’ll get him to drive a new 2014 Forester XT around for a week to see what he thinks. What are the differences, what does he like and not like, would he consider upgrading to the new model.


Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo concept will be available on GT6 soon
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Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo concept will be available on GT6 soon

Subaru is the latest in the latest in a long line of car makers to release a concept car in the virtual world, with the Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo soon to make its debut in the PlayStation game Gran Turismo 6. At first glance, especially at the front, the Subaru Viziv GT bears a passing resemblance to another bewinged all-wheel drive Japanese supercar: the Nissan GT-R...


2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed
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2015 Subaru Liberty specifications revealed

Specification details of the 2015 Subaru Liberty sedan have been revealed on the company's website weeks ahead of its scheduled debut. The all-new Liberty sedan (it's only available as a sedan, this time around, with the new Outback filling the role of mid-size wagon for the Japanese brand) is expected to go on sale from 1 January 2015, and Subaru has published full detailed specifications for the three-model range ahead of time...


Subaru Impreza AWD review
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Subaru Impreza AWD review

Matt Campbell explains the benefits all-wheel drive can offer.


2015 Subaru Liberty gets standard EyeSight active safety
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2015 Subaru Liberty gets standard EyeSight active safety

The sixth-generation 2015 Subaru Liberty sedan due to launch in Australian showrooms during January will be the first model to get the car maker’s EyeSight driver assist technology suite as standard. This means that every version of Subaru’s mid-sized Passat and Mazda 6 rival will come standard with Pre-Collision Braking (auto low-speed braking), a new Pre-Collision Steering Assist (auto low-speed obstacle avoidance) system and Adaptive Cruise Control...


Teasers of STI-modified Subaru Forester model leaked online
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Teasers of STI-modified Subaru Forester model leaked online

Teaser photos believed to be of a new STI-fettled Subaru Forester have appeared online ahead of the car's full reveal on November 25. The photos, which were published on multiple sites, including Top Gear and World Car Fans, bear a striking similarity to the Forester tS concept, which made its debut in August during Round 6 of the Super GT racing series at Suzuka...


2015 Subaru Impreza update revealed in US
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2015 Subaru Impreza update revealed in US

An upgraded version of the US-market Subaru Impreza small car has surfaced, bringing with it subtle styling tweaks, extra sound-deadening, additional equipment and the availability of EyeSight preventative safety technologies.  The mid-life update comes as Subaru of America — the core region for the Japanese brand — guns for its seventh consecutive year of record sales...


Subaru BRZ Special Edition revealed
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Subaru BRZ Special Edition revealed

A new 2015 Subaru BRZ Special Edition will arrive in Australia this November, replete with a number of styling tweaks though no changes under the skin. In order to stand out from the crowd, the limited-run Subaru BRZ coupe gets very American GT stripes on the bonnet, boot and roof; 17-inch STI alloy wheels; an STI boot spoiler plus front, side and rear-side under spoilers; a rear diffuser and a push-button starter switch...


Subaru WRX STI comparison: 2015 sedan v 1999 two-door.
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Subaru WRX STI comparison: 2015 sedan v 1999 two-door.

Few cars have held as much prominence as the Subaru WRX did back in the 1990s. Tearing up roads and rally stages the world over with its turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive traction, the WRX turned a humble family sedan into a cult icon that put the small Japanese manufacturer on the genuine performance car map...


Subaru WRX STI comparison video: 2015 sedan v 1999 two-door
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Subaru WRX STI comparison video: 2015 sedan v 1999 two-door

http://www.caradvice.com.au/299972/?yt_desc - Read the review here. Armed with both the latest and one of the greatest iterations of the Subaru WRX STI, CarAdvice heads off for a day of turbos and twisty roads to find out how Subaru’s newest all-paw offering matches up to its iconic past.


Subaru Forester Review: 2.5i-L
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Subaru Forester Review: 2.5i-L

The Subaru Forester 2.5i-L is comfortable, frugal and spacious, though its outdated multimedia system and starting price are less than class-leading


Subaru to use one platform for future models - report
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Subaru to use one platform for future models - report

The next generation of Subaru passenger vehicles will be based on a single architecture as the brand looks to cut costs and development times. Automotive News reports the new platform will underpin everything from the compact Impreza to an all-new seven-seat SUV designed to replace the ageing Tribeca...


Subaru WRX S4 launched in Japan with 221kW/400Nm engine
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Subaru WRX S4 launched in Japan with 221kW/400Nm engine

The Subaru WRX S4 has been unveiled in Japan, featuring a more powerful turbocharged engine than the model that's sold in Australia and other overseas markets. Under the scooped bonnet lives a version of Subaru's 2.0-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine that's capable of delivering 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque to all four wheels...


2014 Subaru XV Review
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2014 Subaru XV Review

http://www.caradvice.com.au/301341/?yt_desc - Read the full review here. We test the third best selling compact SUV in Australia, the Subaru XV...


2014 Subaru XV Review
Rating: 710 /10
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2014 Subaru XV Review

The Subaru XV is one of the top-selling small SUVs on the market. Matt Campbell sees how it stacks up in light of new rivals.

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$28,490 to $36,990

Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Subaru considering re-entering global motorsport, rules out sub-XV SUV - report
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Subaru considering re-entering global motorsport, rules out sub-XV SUV - report

Unnamed sources within the company have said that Subaru is preparing to invest in a return to global motorsport, but is unsure of where to spend its money. If the sources who spoke to Auto Express are correct the most obvious avenue would be via the World Rally Championship. Current regulations favour sub-Impreza-sized vehicles, so this would require Subaru reworking its WRX STI significantly...


Subaru WRX STI Special - Teaser
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Subaru WRX STI Special - Teaser

David Zalstein gets behind the wheel of Subaru’s latest four-wheel-drive rally car for the road and sees if it stacks up to a special ancestor.


Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal
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Subaru WRX S4 teased prior to August reveal

Subaru has given us a first glimpse of the new Subaru WRX S4 that will be revealed in Japan on August 25. Few concrete details are known about the new car, but we do know that the WRX S4 will be equipped with the latest version of EyeSight, which uses colour stereo cameras to detect pedestrians and vehicles. The WRX and WRX STI available in Australia isn't available with EyeSight...


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up
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Subaru XV Black limited edition expands local SUV line-up

The limited edition Subaru XV Black has been added to the compact SUVs range, priced from $29,740. Limited to 300 cars and spread across all three existing Subaru XV variants – equipped with both six-speed manual and continuously variable transmissions – the limited edition Black comes at a $1250 premium but adds a claimed $2500 worth of value...


Subaru BRZ no one-generation wonder, says FHI boss
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Subaru BRZ no one-generation wonder, says FHI boss

The Subaru BRZ will not just be a one-generation wonder, insists the boss of the Japanese car maker’s parent company. Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told Automotive News the brand would again collaborate with Toyota on a successor to its current rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car, which is twinned with the Toyota 86...


Autonomous emergency braking explained

Safety is a top priority for those in the market for a new car, and when it comes to active safety features AEB is changing the game -- in fact it could save your life. Modern car safety systems, like forward collision detection, can help spot danger and warn the driver. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) goes one step further and can automatically apply the brakes...


Subaru Australia introduces capped-price servicing
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Subaru Australia introduces capped-price servicing

Subaru Australia has launched a comprehensive capped-price servicing program to cover owners for the life of their vehicles. The capped-price servicing program will apply to the Japanese manufacturer’s entire new vehicle range from tomorrow (July 1) and will also retrospectively cover vehicles back to the 2006 model year...


Subaru Forester diesel automatic due in 2015
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Subaru Forester diesel automatic due in 2015

A diesel automatic version of the Subaru Forester is scheduled to launch in Australia in the first half of 2015. The addition of a self-shifting diesel version of the Subaru Forester has been confirmed by the company's local arm, with an expected arrival in the first half of the year to coincide with a mid-life update of the popular SUV...


Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out
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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out

Subaru's latest WRX STi is out to find a broader audience, while the new Golf R and S3 are faster and sportier than ever before - so, which has found the sweet spot?


Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S
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Old v New : 1994 v 2014 Subaru WRX, 1989 v 2014 Peugeot GTi, 1968 v 2014 Mini Cooper S

Comparing old with new might seem like an unfair comparison because, with few exceptions, new models are bigger, safer, more refined and more economical, often quicker, too. All of which might leave an earlier iteration without a hope. However, the flipside is that previous models are smaller and rawer, which are negatives if you’re talking about a Corolla, but can be desirable qualities in the rarefied realm of high-performance icons...


Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared
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Old versus New: Legendary Badges Compared

Would you swap your classic car for the current model? The owners of a 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S, 1989 Peugeot 205 GTi and 1997 Subaru WRX compare their iconic first-generation vehicles with the new models.