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.
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Subaru Impreza recalled: 33,548 cars in Australia affected by Takata campaign

The Subaru Impreza has become the latest vehicle in Australia affected by the massive global recall of cars fitted with potentially faulty Takata airbags. Subaru has recalled 33,548 Impreza models produced between 2004 and 2007...

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Mitsubishi Outlander v Subaru Forester : SUV comparison review
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Mitsubishi Outlander v Subaru Forester : SUV comparison review

The Forester remains an appealing choice in a segment that has grown up over the past few years. Here it takes on Outlander, the redesigned Mitsubishi with space and versatility.


2015 Subaru Liberty 3.6R: Golf weekender
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Subaru Liberty 3.6R: Golf weekender

A trip to the golf course with four friends presents a unique challenge for the new Liberty. Can you fit all 5 golfers and their bags in to this mid sized sedan?

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$41,990

Subaru announces Sunshine Yellow Special Edition XV
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Subaru announces Sunshine Yellow Special Edition XV

To promote refreshed pricing of the 2015 Subaru XV range, Subaru has announced a limited edition variant. The Sunshine Yellow XV Special Edition is based on the 2.0i CVT model and features heated leather front seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, along with unique floor mats and yellow interior stitching...


2015 Subaru Liberty 3.6R Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Subaru Liberty 3.6R Review

Is this the best mid-sized Japanese sedan?

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$41,990

2015 Subaru XV prices down, new infotainment systems added
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2015 Subaru XV prices down, new infotainment systems added

The 2015 Subaru XV has landed in Australian showrooms, bringing updated interior trim and technology and a $1250 price reduction across the range. Combined with the $750 free trade agreement pricing adjustment passed on in January, the updated Subaru XV is $2000 cheaper than the 2014 version. The new pricing means the 2015 XV range starts at $26,490 plus on-road costs in 2...


2016 Subaru WRX and STI updates revealed
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2016 Subaru WRX and STI updates revealed

The 2016 Subaru WRX and 2016 Subaru WRX STI have been revealed with a range of changes for the Japanese brand's iconic performance models. The updates come less than a year after the new, fourth-generation Subaru WRX and WRX STI models launched in Australia, and the changes aren't minimal in their scope...


Subaru Levorg: still no decision on Japanese performance wagon
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Subaru Levorg: still no decision on Japanese performance wagon

A decision on whether the Subaru Levorg will make it into Australian showrooms remains up in the air, even though the company had hoped to announce its call either way before the end of last month. Speaking to CarAdvice today, Subaru Australia national corporate affairs manager David Rowley said, "[There's] still no definite decision"...


2015 Subaru Impreza prices drop, new equipment added
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2015 Subaru Impreza prices drop, new equipment added

The 2015 Subaru Impreza sedan and hatchback ranges see the adoption of lower prices and additional new equipment. The new Impreza model has seen further price drops over the changes announced earlier this year following the Free Trade Agreement, effectively meaning the price of entry into the Subaru small car range has dropped $1000 since December...


Subaru Liberty Old v New Comparison: Fourth-generation 3.0R v sixth-gen 3.6R
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Subaru Liberty Old v New Comparison: Fourth-generation 3.0R v sixth-gen 3.6R

Reflecting on a brand's past is a great way to highlight progress. CarAdvice has previously compared iconic models such as the Jaguar E-Type, Peugeot 205 GTi and Mini Cooper S with their newest respective iterations. And within the Subaru family, we’ve looked closely at the WRX and its harder-edged sibling the STI...


Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 not for Australia
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Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 not for Australia

The Subaru Exiga Crossover 7 has been released in Japan, adding rough and tumble design enhancements to the seven-seat tallboy wagon. The Exiga Crossover 7 appears almost identical to the Crossover 7 concept that debuted around 18 months ago at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, blending the styling of the high-riding, hard-wearing Outback wagon with the three-row Liberty Exiga people-mover...


Subaru Outback posts mammoth March sales - UPDATE
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Subaru Outback posts mammoth March sales - UPDATE

The new Subaru Outback had a momentous and record-breaking month of sales in March, with its maker’s Australian arm registering 1180 units — growth of 410.8 per cent. So strong was the new Outback’s month, it finished third in the big-selling large SUV segment, behind only the Toyota Prado (1483) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (1197)...


Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept revealed with high-output turbo engine
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Subaru BRZ STI Performance Concept revealed with high-output turbo engine

A turbocharged Subaru BRZ has been a dream car for enthusiasts for several years already, and the Japanese brand has finally shown off such a variant at the 2015 New York auto show. The problem? It's the Subaru BRZ Performance Concept, a show car that seemingly has very little chance of becoming a production reality in the near future...


Subaru WRX STI VT15x Rallycross revealed
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Subaru WRX STI VT15x Rallycross revealed

The Tokyo-based car company has revealed its latest Rallycross weapon, the Subaru WRX STI VT15x. Under the vented and liveried bonnet resides a version of Subaru's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine, which for the VT15x has been tuned to deliver around 432kW (580hp). Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed Sadev sequential transmission...


2015 Subaru Outback Review : 3.6R
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Subaru Outback Review : 3.6R

Subaru has produced a tempting rival to the glut of luxury-spec SUVs in the form of the 2015 Outback 3.6R, with good ride and handling and heaps of space.

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$47,990

2015 Subaru Forester Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Subaru Forester Review

Subaru finally has a CVT to go with their boxer diesel engine. The facelifted Forester gets some much needed NVH and infotainment enhancements as well.


2015 Subaru Forester pricing and specifications
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2015 Subaru Forester pricing and specifications

The introduction of a long-awaited diesel CVT drivetrain headlines the changes to the 2015 Subaru Forester range, which goes on sale across Australia today. The Forester diesel CVT is available in two specification levels: the 2.0D-L at $35,490 plus on-road costs, and the 2.0D-S at $42,490. Subaru Australia has cut the price of other variants in the 2015 Forester range by between $1500 and $3500...


Ford Territory TS diesel v Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium : Comparison review
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Ford Territory TS diesel v Subaru Outback 2.0D Premium : Comparison review

The Ford Territory and Subaru Outback have a few things in common. They’re both quite car-like due to the fact they share their DNA with sedans, they’re both widely recognised nameplates, and they’ve both been either updated (Territory) or entered a new generation (Outback) in the past few months...


Medium Sedan Comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Hyundai Sonata v Subaru Liberty
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Medium Sedan Comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Hyundai Sonata v Subaru Liberty

Medium cars are struggling in the face of an SUV uprising. Quite literally, the raising-up of body height and seating position has allowed the sport utility vehicle to act both like a magician entrancing customers, and a grim reaper destroying traditional sedan and wagons. There are massive upsides for those buyers who are determined to fly in the face of fashion, however...


2015 Subaru Forester uncovered with new interior, diesel-auto drivetrain
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2015 Subaru Forester uncovered with new interior, diesel-auto drivetrain

The 2015 Subaru Forester has been uncovered, with the Japanese brand's popular SUV model gaining a revised interior and long-awaited diesel-auto drivetrain option. As CarAdvice has previously reported, the facelifted Subaru Forester will adopt the same 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed 'boxer' diesel engine equipped with the brand's high-capacity Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) automatic gearbox...


Medium SUV Comparison : Ford Kuga v Mazda CX-5 v Subaru Forester v Volkswagen Tiguan
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Medium SUV Comparison : Ford Kuga v Mazda CX-5 v Subaru Forester v Volkswagen Tiguan

Sun, sand, surf... Australians love nothing more than going to the beach. Unless of course it’s a Saturday afternoon where we drape ourselves in team colours and cheer on our side to either cross the try line or kick through the middle posts...


Subaru WRX v Subaru WRX STi : Comparison review
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Subaru WRX v Subaru WRX STi : Comparison review

This may seem like an odd product comparison, but it’s an entirely relevant one for people in the market for a Subaru WRX or Subaru WRX STi. The WRX has become sportier, while the WRX STi has taken on an even harder performance edge...


Subaru passes on free trade agreement savings; cuts up to $1000 from Forester, Impreza and XV
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Subaru passes on free trade agreement savings; cuts up to $1000 from Forester, Impreza and XV

Subaru will pass on savings of between $500 and $1000 across its Forester, Impreza and XV ranges in anticipation of the finalisation of Australia’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Japan. From January 16, Subaru will cut $1000 from the manufacturer’s list price of the Forester, $750 from the XV and $500 from the Impreza...


2015 Subaru New Cars
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2015 Subaru New Cars

Details of the new and updated Subaru models launching in Australia in 2015.   Subaru Forester – March The Subaru Forester will see a long-awaited diesel-auto drivetrain option in March. The 2...


Subaru Impreza Review: 2.0i-S
Rating: 6.510 /10
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Subaru Impreza Review: 2.0i-S

We test the top-end Subaru Impreza 2.0i-S to see how it fares a few years after its launch.

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$30,990

2015 Subaru Outback Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Subaru Outback Review

The new Subaru Outback is more refined, better equipped and more affordable than its predecessor. Are there any chinks in its armour? Matt Campbell finds out.

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$35,490 - $47,990

Subaru Australia may not offer Tribeca-replacing large SUV
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Subaru Australia may not offer Tribeca-replacing large SUV

The Subaru Tribeca must have left a bad taste in the mouths of executives at Subaru Australia, because CarAdvice has learnt the company may not offer the replacement for the large SUV that is believed to be under development ahead of a potential appearance in 2016...


2015 Subaru Liberty Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2015 Subaru Liberty Review

Improvements all-round for the Subaru Liberty make it more enticing for buyers. But it's not all roses, Matt Campbell finds.

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$29,990 - $41,990

Subaru set to follow downsizing trend : Japanese brand could phase out six-cylinder, expand diesel engine range
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Subaru set to follow downsizing trend : Japanese brand could phase out six-cylinder, expand diesel engine range

The days of the big naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine are coming to an end, and Subaru could be the next maker to drop its largest petrol engine in favour of a smaller turbocharged unit. That’s despite the brand touting its 3...


Subaru XV hot-hatch “technically possible” but unlikely, says senior engineer
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Subaru XV hot-hatch “technically possible” but unlikely, says senior engineer

Buyers after a more performance-focused version of the Subaru XV crossover hatch are set to be saddened by the news that the Japanese brand is not pursuing a go-fast version of the popular model. The Subaru XV currently comes with only a 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine producing 110kW of power and 196Nm of torque...