The Truth About Cars » Subaru http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Want Your Vehicle to Retain its Value? Make Sure it’s Big, or Bigger http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/want-vehicle-retain-value-make-sure-big-bigger/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/want-vehicle-retain-value-make-sure-big-bigger/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325042 If you’re looking to get the most money back when you drop your car onto the used market in five years, better get into something large and utilitarian. Large and midsize trucks and SUVs grab the top five-year resale values in Edmund’s 2016 Retained Value Awards, with conventional and luxury midsize and large cars depreciating […]

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If you’re looking to get the most money back when you drop your car onto the used market in five years, better get into something large and utilitarian. Large and midsize trucks and SUVs grab the top five-year resale values in Edmund’s 2016 Retained Value Awards, with conventional and luxury midsize and large cars depreciating […]

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Your Car’s Headlights are Probably Terrible: IIHS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/cars-headlights-probably-terrible-iihs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/cars-headlights-probably-terrible-iihs/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1314498 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has started rating headlights, and just released a report that takes a dim view on the performance of most midsize cars. Only one vehicle out of 31 testers earned a rating of “good” from the road safety nonprofit, with the bulk of midsize vehicles earning a rating of “marginal” […]

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has started rating headlights, and just released a report that takes a dim view on the performance of most midsize cars. Only one vehicle out of 31 testers earned a rating of “good” from the road safety nonprofit, with the bulk of midsize vehicles earning a rating of “marginal” […]

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NYIAS: 2017 Subaru Impreza – A Refined Scrapper Straight Outta Indiana http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2017-subaru-impreza-straight-outta-indiana/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/2017-subaru-impreza-straight-outta-indiana/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:25:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1311298 It’s longer, lower, wider, and yes, more global than before. Subaru has unveiled the next generation of its perennially popular Impreza, adopting a more contemporary style while placating purists who worried their fun compact could become too beige. Revealed at the New York Auto Show in sedan and five-door guise, the 2017 Impreza brings tasteful, […]

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It’s longer, lower, wider, and yes, more global than before. Subaru has unveiled the next generation of its perennially popular Impreza, adopting a more contemporary style while placating purists who worried their fun compact could become too beige. Revealed at the New York Auto Show in sedan and five-door guise, the 2017 Impreza brings tasteful, […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Subaru Goes Beyond the Beige, Battery Battle at Porsche, and Tesla Confuses Economists http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-subaru-goes-beyond-beige-battery-battle-porsche-tesla-confuses-economists/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/ttac-news-round-subaru-goes-beyond-beige-battery-battle-porsche-tesla-confuses-economists/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:59:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1302001 Subaru, worried that it might be losing its coolness, could be planning to rebel against its new-found mainstream image. That, Big Battery picks up steam, Tesla’s stock turbulence continues to amaze, NASCAR wants Millennials to watch a race, and Porsche thanks its lucky stars for SUVs … after the break! Maybe it’s not hip to […]

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Subaru, worried that it might be losing its coolness, could be planning to rebel against its new-found mainstream image. That, Big Battery picks up steam, Tesla’s stock turbulence continues to amaze, NASCAR wants Millennials to watch a race, and Porsche thanks its lucky stars for SUVs … after the break! Maybe it’s not hip to […]

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Subaru Grows a Better Backbone http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/subaru-grows-better-backbone/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/subaru-grows-better-backbone/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2016 18:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1299001 Subaru’s next generation of models will ride atop a platform that is stiffer, less prone to body roll and can incorporate a variety of propulsion sources, Motor Authority reports. The new modular platform will underpin all future Subaru vehicles except the BRZ, starting with the Indiana-built 2017 Impreza. Besides its adaptability to a range of […]

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Subaru’s next generation of models will ride atop a platform that is stiffer, less prone to body roll and can incorporate a variety of propulsion sources, Motor Authority reports. The new modular platform will underpin all future Subaru vehicles except the BRZ, starting with the Indiana-built 2017 Impreza. Besides its adaptability to a range of […]

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Junkyard Find: 1991 Subaru Loyale, Colorado Stereotypes Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1991-subaru-loyale-colorado-stereotypes-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/junkyard-find-1991-subaru-loyale-colorado-stereotypes-edition/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1289569 I moved from California to Colorado in 2010, and the stereotype of the stony Subaru driver who snowboards/hikes/camps/rock-climbs, has some sort of retriever dog, and drinks super-hoppy craft beers turns out to be based on reality. Everyone here drives Subarus — hell, even I have an Outback in the fleet — but we’re talking about […]

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I moved from California to Colorado in 2010, and the stereotype of the stony Subaru driver who snowboards/hikes/camps/rock-climbs, has some sort of retriever dog, and drinks super-hoppy craft beers turns out to be based on reality. Everyone here drives Subarus — hell, even I have an Outback in the fleet — but we’re talking about […]

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Piston Slap: Of Cost and Axle Differentials? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-cost-axle-differentials/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/piston-slap-cost-axle-differentials/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281858 Sajeev, We have three cars in our household that see regularly use, but we are considering going down to two vehicles in an attempt to save some money. However, instead of just getting rid of one of those three cars, we are trading in two of them toward a newer vehicle that we plan to keep long […]

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Sajeev, We have three cars in our household that see regularly use, but we are considering going down to two vehicles in an attempt to save some money. However, instead of just getting rid of one of those three cars, we are trading in two of them toward a newer vehicle that we plan to keep long […]

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Super Bowl 50 Commercial Round-up http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/super-bowl-50-commercial-round/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/super-bowl-50-commercial-round/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 17:30:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1281170 Like those who only read certain magazines for the articles, the Super Bowl brings millions of people together in front of TV screens to, ostensibly, watch a football game. Many will watch the event strictly for the commercials, which have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right. Others will watch for the halftime show, hoping for […]

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Like those who only read certain magazines for the articles, the Super Bowl brings millions of people together in front of TV screens to, ostensibly, watch a football game. Many will watch the event strictly for the commercials, which have become a cultural phenomenon in their own right. Others will watch for the halftime show, hoping for […]

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Digestible Collectible: 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-2000-subaru-impreza-2-5-rs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/digestible-collectible-2000-subaru-impreza-2-5-rs/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1277073 Few people get dressed up for a test drive, but I had to be convincing and look respectable. I was an occasional college student at the time, somewhere between my freshman and sophomore years on the 10-year plan. I walked into the local Subaru dealer and waited to be approached. I can’t tell you how […]

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Few people get dressed up for a test drive, but I had to be convincing and look respectable. I was an occasional college student at the time, somewhere between my freshman and sophomore years on the 10-year plan. I walked into the local Subaru dealer and waited to be approached. I can’t tell you how […]

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2016 Subaru WRX: Five Thousand Miles Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-subaru-wrx-five-thousand-miles-later/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/2016-subaru-wrx-five-thousand-miles-later/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1271065 You may remember my decision three months ago to replace my aging Cadillac STS with a brand-new 2016 Subaru WRX. The “avoid highways” option has been selected on Google Maps ever since, as evidenced by the WRX’s above-average odometer reading. It’s not my fault that the Subie commands a twistier route every time I start it up. However, this relationship between the […]

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You may remember my decision three months ago to replace my aging Cadillac STS with a brand-new 2016 Subaru WRX. The “avoid highways” option has been selected on Google Maps ever since, as evidenced by the WRX’s above-average odometer reading. It’s not my fault that the Subie commands a twistier route every time I start it up. However, this relationship between the […]

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TTAC News Roundup: Merry Boozy Christmas; Subaru Can’t Make ’em Fast Enough; Nevada’s Playing With House Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-roundup-merry-boozy-christmas-subaru-cant-make-em-fast-enough-nevadas-playing-house-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/ttac-news-roundup-merry-boozy-christmas-subaru-cant-make-em-fast-enough-nevadas-playing-house-money/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248121 You’ve made some bad decisions at the holiday office Christmas party. We’ve all done it. Don’t compound it by using a (probably inaccurate) free breathalyzer that you picked up at a Honda dealer instead of a cab ride. That, and Subaru is turning production up to “11,” Hyundai was hit hard in China and Nevada’s rolling […]

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You’ve made some bad decisions at the holiday office Christmas party. We’ve all done it. Don’t compound it by using a (probably inaccurate) free breathalyzer that you picked up at a Honda dealer instead of a cab ride. That, and Subaru is turning production up to “11,” Hyundai was hit hard in China and Nevada’s rolling […]

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Subaru, Lexus Retain KBB’s Top Resale Crown for 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/subaru-lexus-retain-kbbs-top-resale-crown-2016/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242345 Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Subaru and Lexus brands topped Kelley Blue Book’s annual resale list for the second year in a row, the auto industry group announced Tuesday. Subaru claimed four model winners for 2016 and Lexus nabbed six honors in the annual survey that measures projected retained value for five years of ownership. Toyota and General Motors each […]

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Wards 10 Best Engines For 2016 is Equal Parts Performance, Parsimonious http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/wards-10-best-engines-2016-equal-parts-performance-parsimonious/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/wards-10-best-engines-2016-equal-parts-performance-parsimonious/#comments Mon, 14 Dec 2015 19:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242009 Three hybrid powertrains and three performance powertrains bookended Wards Auto’s top 10 engines, which was released last week. The list included repeat winners such as the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel 3-liter six, Subaru’s turbo flat-four and Nissan’s veteran VQ 3.5-liter V-6. Appearing for the first time was BMW’s replacement for its N55 turbocharged, 3-liter straight six […]

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Three hybrid powertrains and three performance powertrains bookended Wards Auto’s top 10 engines, which was released last week. The list included repeat winners such as the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel 3-liter six, Subaru’s turbo flat-four and Nissan’s veteran VQ 3.5-liter V-6. Appearing for the first time was BMW’s replacement for its N55 turbocharged, 3-liter straight six […]

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Subaru Dropped The ‘XV’ From Its 2016 Crosstrek Because You Did Anyway http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/subaru-dropped-xv-2016-crosstrek-anyway/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/subaru-dropped-xv-2016-crosstrek-anyway/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 00:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1223049 If an “XV” drops off a rear liftgate in the woods of Colorado, Oregon or New England and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Even if you’re in a bright blue 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, apparently not. Last month, Subaru announced it’s slightly different Crosstrek — complete with new […]

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If an “XV” drops off a rear liftgate in the woods of Colorado, Oregon or New England and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Even if you’re in a bright blue 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, apparently not. Last month, Subaru announced it’s slightly different Crosstrek — complete with new […]

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LA 2015: Subaru Should Just Put Bigger Mirrors on Its Impreza Concept Already http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-subaru-should-just-put-bigger-mirrors-on-its-impreza-concept-already/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/la-2015-subaru-should-just-put-bigger-mirrors-on-its-impreza-concept-already/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:12:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1222809 You’re looking at the 2017 Subaru Impreza. I mean, you’re looking at the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept with skinny mirrors, quasi-ridiculous tires, no door handles and a few front bumper throwaways. But you’re looking at the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Subaru unveiled its Impreza Sedan Concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show and everything […]

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You’re looking at the 2017 Subaru Impreza. I mean, you’re looking at the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept with skinny mirrors, quasi-ridiculous tires, no door handles and a few front bumper throwaways. But you’re looking at the 2017 Subaru Impreza. Subaru unveiled its Impreza Sedan Concept on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show and everything […]

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What Is This Performance BRZ/FR-S and Where Can We Get One? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/performance-brzfr-s-can-get-one/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/performance-brzfr-s-can-get-one/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1217713 Our friends over at AutoGuide have a juicy story about a patent filing from Toyota that details a decidedly BRZ STI-looking drawing that may signal a performance variant on its way. According to AutoGuide, the patent, which was approved in Japan, was filed by Toyota, but named Subaru-parent company Fuji Heavy Industry as its owner. […]

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Our friends over at AutoGuide have a juicy story about a patent filing from Toyota that details a decidedly BRZ STI-looking drawing that may signal a performance variant on its way. According to AutoGuide, the patent, which was approved in Japan, was filed by Toyota, but named Subaru-parent company Fuji Heavy Industry as its owner. […]

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A Tale of Two Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tale-two-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tale-two-dealers/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1208049 The Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX were the two finalists in my new car search and the Focus ST seemed to be winning out due the extra incentives that were being advertised. I emailed a few Ford dealers in my area to negotiate an ST2 and a few Subaru dealers to see if they […]

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The Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX were the two finalists in my new car search and the Focus ST seemed to be winning out due the extra incentives that were being advertised. I emailed a few Ford dealers in my area to negotiate an ST2 and a few Subaru dealers to see if they […]

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Taking The Hard Road To Buying A New Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/taking-hard-road-buying-new-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/taking-hard-road-buying-new-car/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:20:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1206041 The time has come to replace my Cadillac STS with a newer ride, so I have spent the last couple of weeks narrowing down the potential replacements. I have bought and sold enough vehicles that my evaluation process for resale vehicles is somewhat cut-and-dry, but buying a new personal vehicle seems to bring more questions […]

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The time has come to replace my Cadillac STS with a newer ride, so I have spent the last couple of weeks narrowing down the potential replacements. I have bought and sold enough vehicles that my evaluation process for resale vehicles is somewhat cut-and-dry, but buying a new personal vehicle seems to bring more questions […]

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015: The Next-gen Subaru Impreza, or #SaveTheWagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tokyo-motor-show-2015-next-gen-subaru-impreza-savethewagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/tokyo-motor-show-2015-next-gen-subaru-impreza-savethewagon/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:15:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1205977 At least we know that Subaru is planning on keeping the five-door through 2017. Subaru showed off it’s cleverly named Impreza Concept in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Or was it Wednesday? With the international time travel line, I always get mixed up.) It will preview the next-generation Impreza when it arrives — probably around 2017. The car sports […]

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At least we know that Subaru is planning on keeping the five-door through 2017. Subaru showed off it’s cleverly named Impreza Concept in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Or was it Wednesday? With the international time travel line, I always get mixed up.) It will preview the next-generation Impreza when it arrives — probably around 2017. The car sports […]

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2016 Subaru Forester XT Review – More Isn’t Always More http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2016-subaru-forester-xt-review-isnt-always/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/2016-subaru-forester-xt-review-isnt-always/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 16:05:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1197130 According to my nephew and me: If one is good then 100 is a good place to start. My nephew is 11. I’m 33. Hopefully his gene pool is deeper than mine. But excess is extra good in my life. I appreciate a larger-than-I-need TV most nights and not one, but two, cheeseburgers in my value meals […]

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According to my nephew and me: If one is good then 100 is a good place to start. My nephew is 11. I’m 33. Hopefully his gene pool is deeper than mine. But excess is extra good in my life. I appreciate a larger-than-I-need TV most nights and not one, but two, cheeseburgers in my value meals […]

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Toyota, Honda Dominate List of Cars Kept for More Than 10 Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-honda-dominate-list-cars-kept-10-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/toyota-honda-dominate-list-cars-kept-10-years/#comments Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:30:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1196378 Nearly 30 percent of buyers who purchase a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Prius car will keep that car for more than 10 years, according to data from iSeeCars.com. Data from 400,000 car purchases was analyzed for the poll, according to the study group. The industry average for owners keeping their cars 10 years or longer was […]

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Nearly 30 percent of buyers who purchase a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Prius car will keep that car for more than 10 years, according to data from iSeeCars.com. Data from 400,000 car purchases was analyzed for the poll, according to the study group. The industry average for owners keeping their cars 10 years or longer was […]

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Subaru Impreza 5-Door, Viziv Future Concepts Ready for Tokyo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-impreza-5-door-viziv-future-concepts-ready-for-tokyo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-impreza-5-door-viziv-future-concepts-ready-for-tokyo/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:30:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1189658 Subaru may have taken away our hot hatch goodness with the WRX and WRX STI, but the down-market Impreza looks to continue with all five doors intact. In a release on Wednesday, Subaru announced they would show off the next Impreza in hatchback form at the Tokyo International Motor Show. As per usual when it […]

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Subaru may have taken away our hot hatch goodness with the WRX and WRX STI, but the down-market Impreza looks to continue with all five doors intact. In a release on Wednesday, Subaru announced they would show off the next Impreza in hatchback form at the Tokyo International Motor Show. As per usual when it […]

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Subaru Can Paint Cars Any Color They Want Now http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-can-paint-cars-color-want-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/subaru-can-paint-cars-color-want-now/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188778 Subaru in Japan released Tuesday details on its face-lifted Forester, which will likely make its way to the States for 2017. The slightly revised Forester sports an updated fascia, additional safety tech, improved interior materials, and two trim packages that may make the ride over. The Forester S-Limited and X-Break trims will be available in […]

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Subaru in Japan released Tuesday details on its face-lifted Forester, which will likely make its way to the States for 2017. The slightly revised Forester sports an updated fascia, additional safety tech, improved interior materials, and two trim packages that may make the ride over. The Forester S-Limited and X-Break trims will be available in […]

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Subaru Investing $140M More in Indiana Plant, Not Buying Normal Plant? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/subaru-investing-140m-indiana-plant-not-buying-normal-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/subaru-investing-140m-indiana-plant-not-buying-normal-plant/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 18:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1176962 Subaru said Monday it would invest $140 million at its Lafayette, Indiana plant to expand production and add 1,200 more jobs at the facility. The announcement is only two years after the growing Japanese automaker said in 2013 they would spend $400 million at the plant to build its Impreza in the U.S. by 2016. The […]

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Subaru said Monday it would invest $140 million at its Lafayette, Indiana plant to expand production and add 1,200 more jobs at the facility. The announcement is only two years after the growing Japanese automaker said in 2013 they would spend $400 million at the plant to build its Impreza in the U.S. by 2016. The […]

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Manual Review – Field Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-subaru-xv-crosstrek-manual-review-field-manual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/2015-subaru-xv-crosstrek-manual-review-field-manual/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1154809 In 1919, then-Army Major Dwight D. Eisenhower embarked on a transcontinental journey with a military convoy to show off to the country the mechanical might used to conquer the Kaiser. From Washington D.C. to San Francisco, Eisenhower traversed the Lincoln Highway over 62 days. The going was relatively easy until Kansas, but the hardest part, […]

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In 1919, then-Army Major Dwight D. Eisenhower embarked on a transcontinental journey with a military convoy to show off to the country the mechanical might used to conquer the Kaiser. From Washington D.C. to San Francisco, Eisenhower traversed the Lincoln Highway over 62 days. The going was relatively easy until Kansas, but the hardest part, […]

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