Subaru, known for its lineup of all-wheel drive vehicles, added a pair of new models last year which return for 2014, the rugged XV Crosstrek and the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.
The BRZ is the only non-all-wheel drive car that Subaru makes and it was one of last year’s most anticipated arrivals. The Subaru/Toyota collaboration is an affordable, rear-wheel drive performance car that is a blast to drive and looks good to boot. The BRZ features a 200-hp, four-cylinder boxer engine and plenty of standard features like navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
Subaru’s entry level model is the Impreza compact car, which is offered as a sedan or a wagon for some extra storage space. It gets 36 mpg highway, a pretty remarkable figure for a car that also offers standard all-wheel drive.
The Impreza WRX continues on in its current form still waiting for its redesign. The rally-inspired Impreza WRX features a 265-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine under the hood and an upgraded suspension.
Subaru offers one other passenger car, the midsize Legacy which adds a few more interior options.
The XV Crosstrek, which debuted in 2013, adds another new model in 2014, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid. These two vehicles share a same platform with the Impreza, but are raised to offer more ground clearance and have a more rugged appearance.
The Outback wagon is built on same chassis as the Legacy, but its shape means that it offers more utility in the form of 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room (more than double what you get in the Legacy). If you need more power, the Outback also features an optional 256-hp horizontal-six-cylinder.
A pair of crossovers top off Subaru’s lineup, the Forester and the Tribeca.
The smaller Forester got a complete redesign for 2014, adding interior volume, better materials, and a new turbocharged engine which adds performance. Of particular notes is its roomy backseat, which is one of the best in the compact crossover segment when it comes to comfort and spaciousness.
The Tribeca is the largest vehicle Subaru makes and seats seven passengers across three rows. A powerful six-cylinder is the only engine option and the Tribeca offers plenty of standard features including dual-zone climate control and power seats.
It’s also interesting to note that Subaru is the only car manufacturer to have an IIHS Top Safety Pick in each category that they enter.