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Should You Reconsider Subaru?

Subaru used to be popular primarily among outdoorsy people in areas of the country like Stowe, Vermont and Boulder, Colorado. While it still builds a lot of wagons and hatchbacks, the brand is for more than just skiers and dog owners these days, and recently, it’s gone mainstream, now offering a wide range of vehicles in a variety of popular market segments, all of which come standard with all-wheel drive. Below we’ll take a look at some of the highlights from the brand.

Ascent

Ascent

Subaru recently joined the 3-row crossover world with the all-new Ascent. Power comes from a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder putting out 260 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, and paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With standard AWD, this combination is good for 20 or 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 or 27 mpg on the highway, depending on trim level.

The Ascent seats either seven or eight, depending on configuration. Base and Premium models come with a second row bench seat, offering room for eight, while upper trims can be had with second row captain’s chairs, cutting seating capacity by one.

Other Ascent highlights include an available panoramic moonroof, a pleasingly modern and attractive interior and driving dynamics that might make you forget you’re in a 3-row family hauler. As it’s one of the newer family haulers on the market, the Ascent is absolutely worth a look in your search for a 3-row SUV. Find a Subaru Ascent for sale

2020 Legacy

2020 Legacy

Subaru recently revealed an all new Legacy midsize sedan for 2020. Exhibiting exterior styling that is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, you might find it difficult to spot the differences between the new Legacy and the outgoing model if you see one on the street. Inside is a different story though, with the new model sporting a large, 11.6-in touchscreen infotainment system on everything but the base model, which still gets two 7-in screens. A new 260 hp turbocharged engine is on tap too, replacing the 3.6-liter V6 found in the range-topping trim of the outgoing model. Additionally, the Legacy offers very competitive rear seat legroom, and a generous offering of advanced driver-assistance safety features as standard. An XT Touring model joins the lineup offering the aforementioned turbocharged engine, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and Nappa leather seating surfaces. The new Legacy also returns great fuel economy, offering up to 35 mpg highway from the base engine, and 32 mpg highway from the more powerful turbo. Find a Subaru Legacy for sale

Impreza

Impreza

The Impreza is a compact vehicle offered in both sedan and hatchback form and competes with the likes of the Honda Civic and the Mazda3. Last fully redesigned for the 2017 model year, the current Impreza sports a sleek, attractive exterior. As with every Subaru product outside of the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports coupe, the Impreza offers standard AWD. Power comes from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder putting out 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. Subaru’s EyeSight safety suite is available on all trim levels and standard on the top-of-the-line limited model.

Also available is the Crosstrek, which is a lifted Impreza hatch offering slightly more off-road capability along with an adventure-vehicle aesthetic. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

Outback

Outback

The Outback is a lifted, wagon variant of the Legacy sedan, and is popular for its added practicality and off-road capability. With an eye on the active lifestyle buyer, the Outback offers clever roof-rails with integrated crossbars that stow in either rail when not in use, helping to eliminate wind noise and help with fuel economy. The current Outback offers either a basic 4-cylinder engine putting out 170 hp, or a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder making 256 hp. With an all-new Legacy debuting for the 2020 model year, expect an all-new Outback to debut shortly after, offering all of the great new features announced for the Legacy. Find a Subaru Outback for sale

Autotrader Says …

While buyers from years ago were drawn to Subaru primarily for its active-lifestyle branding, this should no longer be the case, as the Subaru of today is a mainstream automaker offering a wide range of safe, competitive vehicles, that still just so happen to come with standard AWD.  Find a Subaru for sale

 

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