Price Range (MSRP): $18,295 (Impreza) to $25,645 (Outback)
Subaru is known for its extensive line of all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles. For 2017, Subaru has redesigned the Impreza and made minor revisions across its vehicle lineup.
The BRZ sport coupe is an affordable, rear-wheel drive performance car that is a blast to drive and looks good to boot. It is the only non-AWD car that Subaru makes. The BRZ has been given a mid-cycle refresh that includes new revised styling, new LED headlights, revised suspension, and an updated manual transmission. It 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, which comes as a compact sedan or hatchback. The redesign is longer and wider than the previous generation. A new Sport trim and newly available safety technology like automatic emergency braking and steering responsive headlights are available. Its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine has been updated with direct injection for increased power.
The WRX and WRX STi have gained more standard equipment such as leather upholstery, a moonroof, and power front seats. The rally-inspired WRX is powered by a standard 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, along with an active torque vectoring system that works with the symmetrical AWD for enhanced handling capabilities.
The WRX STi has the same engine as the WRX but it has been tuned up to 305-hp and gets even more suspension upgrades. Inside, you’ll find Alcantara leather and a flat-bottom, racing inspired steering wheel.
The Legacy midsize sedan has a new Sport trim that includes a dark gray front grille, front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome trim. It offers more soft-touch materials in the cabin and advanced safety features are also available.
The Forester is a compact crossover that seats up to 5 passengers. While it is built on the same platform as the Crosstrek, the Forester sits 5-inches lower and has the larger standard engine of the two: a 170-hp, 2.5-liter 4-cylinder. It has been given a mid-cycle refresh that includes a new front-end, a quieter cabin, and updated available safety features.
The Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid are Subaru’s small crossovers that are based on the same platform as the old Impreza, but they are raised to offer more ground clearance and have a more rugged appearance. The new Special Edition model comes with Pure Red exterior paint, red interior dash accents, red ambient lighting, and red stitching for the shift knob, steering wheel, and door panels.
The Outback is an off-road capable, mid-size SUV that has 8.7-inches of total ground clearance. Reverse emergency braking has been added to the list of available active safety features. It gains a new top-end Touring trim, which includes a dark gray front grille, 18-inch alloy wheels with gray accents, a heated steering wheel, and Java Brown leather upholstery. The Outback Touring comes with either a 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder or a 3.6-liter flat 6-cylinder mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).