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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”


IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60


Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline

2018 Subaru BRZ Brings Modest Updates And A Higher Base Price 1
Posted by Michael Gauthier in prices, Subaru, Subaru BRZ, USA on 12 1st, 2017

The Subaru BRZ is entering the 2018 model year with a host of improvements and a slightly higher sticker price.

Set to arrive at U.S. dealerships in January, the 2018 BRZ will be priced from $25,595 which is $100 more than last year’s model. To help offset the price increase, the BRZ has been equipped with a “Welcome Lighting” system which promises to provide better nighttime visibility when approaching or exiting the vehicle.

The 2018 BRZ has also been outfitted with a leather-wrapped shifter, one touch turn signals, and headlights that turn on when the windshield wipers are activated.

The entry-level BRZ Premium comes nicely equipped with LED headlights, remote keyless entry, and black seats with red contrast stitching. Drivers will also find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an eight-speaker audio system, and an infotainment system with a 6.2-inch display.

The BRZ Limited starts at $28,445 and it adds LED fog lights, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a keyless entry system with a push-button ignition. Other highlights include leather / Alcantara heated front seats, a 4.2-inch multi-function display in the instrument cluster, and a 7-inch infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Options are fairly limited as the BRZ Limited can be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,100. The Limited can be also be outfitted with a $1,195 Performance Package which adds high-performance shock absorbers, an upgraded braking system, and 17-inch alloy wheels with a black finish.

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2019 Subaru Ascent Looks Underwhelming In The Flesh And That’s Probably Great For Sales 29
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

The new Subaru Ascent has landed in Los Angeles, ready to pick a fight with the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Chevrolet Traverse, among others.

However, until it proves itself worthy of challenging other three-row SUV across North America, it’s trying to get the attention of potential buyers in this highly-competitive segment with a very civilized (others would say boring) exterior design, and a versatile cabin that can carry up to eight passengers.

You can bash Subaru all you want for its timid design efforts, but you can’t deny that they know what their core audience wants, as proved by their sales momentum with 71 straight months of increased deliveries in the States.

The devil, as they say, is in the details, as where the ill-fated Tribeca failed (space), the new Ascent more than makes up for it. At 196.8in (499.9cm) long, 76in (193cm) wide, and with a wheelbase of 113.8in (289.1cm), this is the largest Subaru ever. It builds upon the Ascent Concept shown this year in New York, which, in turn, is derived from the 2016’s Viziv-7 study, and beneath its new sheet metal lies a modified version of the company’s modular vehicle platform.

By the time it arrives at dealers next summer, American customers will get to choose between one of four trim levels. Each one is well equipped, even the base model, which comes with features such as infotainment system, smartphone connectivity, three-zone automatic climate control, and automatic emergency braking.

However, regardless of their selection, they will have to settle for the 360hp and 277lb-ft (376Nm) of torque 2.4-liter Boxer engine, with twin-scroll turbo and a CVT.


New 2019 Ascent Is Subaru’s Largest SUV Yet, Goes After Honda Pilot 29
Posted by Brad Anderson in featured, LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent, Subaru Videos, Top 5, video on 11 29th, 2017

The all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent has just been unveiled on the eve of the LA Auto Show. As the largest Subaru ever with seating for up to eight people, it promises exceptional versatility and comes laden with a host of noteworthy features.

Subaru first previewed the Ascent as a concept in April and for the most part, the design of the production model is free of any significant changes. As such, the SUV adopts the automaker’s ‘Dynamic x Solid’ design philosophy and utilizes a hexagonal front grille with C-shaped headlights designed to mimic the look of pistons moving inside a boxer engine.

Sitting at the heart of the new three-row SUV is an all-new 2.4-liter boxer engine featuring direct fuel injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger. It delivers 260 hp at 5,600 rpm and 277 lb-ft of torque between 2,000 and 4,800 rpm. All models come complete with a CVT transmission featuring an 8-speed manual mode. The Ascent can tow up to 5,000 lbs and cover in excess of 500 miles on a single tank.

As standard, the 2019 Ascent boasts a second-row bench seat and can carry eight passengers. If customers don’t need so many seats, different configurations are available, including a second-row captain’s chair on select trim levels.

Speaking of trim levels, the 2019 Ascent will be sold in Base, Premium, Limited, and Touring configurations. The base model includes important features like Subaru’s EyeSight system with automatic emergency braking and lane keep assist, a 6.5-inch multimedia touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 18-inch wheels, raised roof rails, three-zone automatic climate control and Auto Vehicle Hold, a feature that holds the Ascent in place without the need for the brake pedal to be depressed.

Moving up in the range, the Premium trim adds Blind-Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, WiFi, heated exterior mirrors, Reverse Automatic Braking and more. As for the Limited, it adds leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, all season tires, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, among other touches.

Last but not least is the Touring, outfitted with satin silver wing mirrors, chrome trimmings, and a luxurious interior that includes a 14-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Sales of the 2019 Subaru Ascent will start in early summer 2018 with prices starting in the low-$30,000 range.

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Watch The 2019 Subaru Ascent Unveiling Live 29
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

Subaru has a checkered past with three-row crossovers but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from unveiling the 2019 Ascent at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Effectively a replacement for the Tribeca, the Ascent was previewed by a concept at the New York Auto Show and it adopts a more conventional design than its slow-selling predecessor.

The model sort of resembles an Outback XL and this likely wasn’t an accident as Carsalesbase data shows the company sold 182,898 Outbacks in the United States last year. To put those figures into perspective, Subaru only sold 65,306 Legacy models.

We’ll have full details shortly but the Ascent will be built at the company’s plant in Indiana and ride on the automaker’s global platform. The model is expected to measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm).

Rumors have suggested the crossover will be powered by a new turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces around 300 hp (223 kW). Of course, we’ll find out the final specifications soon enough.

If the livestream isn’t working, you can watch the unveiling here


2019 Subaru Ascent: First Photo Of The Production 7-Seater SUV 29
Posted by John Halas in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 29th, 2017

Subaru is getting back to the three-row crossover segment with the Ascent and this is our first unobstructed view of the production model.

We’ll remind you that the 2019 Subaru Ascent is scheduled for a world premiere at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Sent to us by one of our readers, Justin, the screenshot was apparently taken from Subaru’s website (we haven’t found the page yet).

Having learned a (hard) lesson from its previous effort to create a 7-seater in the form of the B9 Tribeca, produced from 2005 through 2014, Subaru has created a true mid-size SUV this time, both in size and styling.

There are no surprises when it comes to the Ascent’s design, as it was previewed by a near-production ready concept in New York earlier this year. Of course, the consumer model drops some of the study’s fancier embellishments like the headlamps, door mirrors and chunky wheels for more digestible details. The end result is something that should appeal to your typical Subaru as well as mid-size SUV buyer – we’ll let you decide if that’s a good or bad thing. 

We expect the production car to keep close to the concept’s footprint at 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm).

Based on Subaru’s new global platform, the Aascent is rumored to be powered by a new turbocharged direct-injection boxer engine, but we’ll know for sure tomorrow.

Aside from the crossover’s looks, the screenshot also informs us that the Ascent comes with a 5,000-pound towing capacity which is the “most towing capacity of any Subaru vehicle ever, along with an available Class III trailer hitch and wide selection of Thule racking accessories”.

Many thanks to Justin for the tip!

All Subaru Models To Get 50th Anniversary Edition Next Year 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in new cars, Reports, Subaru on 11 22nd, 2017

Subaru will introduce a plethora of limited edition models to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the United States in 2018.

In a press release, vice president for sales from Subaru of America, Jeff Walters, said that every model in the Japanese marque’s American range will be offered with a 50th anniversary edition version next year.

Few other details about the carmaker’s plans have been announced, aside from the facts that all the limited-edition cars will be painted in the same color, receive the same high-level trim and be affixed with commemorative badging.

The models will premiere at February’s Chicago Auto Show.

Note: Subaru BRZ Ts And WRX STI Type RA Limited Edition pictured


Subaru WRX STI To Be Discontinued In Europe From 2018 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Subaru, Subaru WRX, Subaru WRX STI on 11 22nd, 2017

Subaru Germany has confirmed that production of the WRX STI for the European market will be discontinued in early summer 2018.

As a result, the 2018 WRX STI will be the final model year of the sports sedan, marking the end of a strong 17-year production run for Europe.

In a statement, managing director of Subaru Deutschland Christian Amenda said strict emissions regulations in the continent make it impossible for the STI to survive.

“The WRX STI has a long and successful motorsport history and enjoys a small but loyal fan base. The increasingly stringent emission regulations in Europe make the conditions for such a classic athlete more difficult, which is why the manufacturer decided to stop production.

“As of early summer 2018, no new models will be produced for the European market, but sales will be extended until at least the end of 2018, with sufficient pre-orders. Of course, we want to give the four-time class winner of the 24 Hours Nürburgring Nordschleife a fitting farewell, details are currently being worked out,” Amenda said.

Despite its popularity around the world, the WRX STI has never been a big seller for Subaru in Germany. In fact, the marque has only sold 859 units there since 2011.

Last week
, we received word that Subaru is still assessing the future of the WRX STI in other markets. It is possible the next-generation model will adopt some form of electrification.


All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent SUV Drops Second Teaser Ahead Of LA Debut 21
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, new cars, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 21st, 2017

Subaru will unveil their 2019 Ascent three-row SUV at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show next Tuesday, on November 28.

Dubbed the first full three-row SUV from Subaru, according to the Japanese automaker, the Ascent is “family-sized, versatile and capable.” In a way, it’s also the spiritual successor to the Tribeca.

Of course, the best comparison you could make would be with the Ascent Concept, unveiled earlier this year in NY. The concept itself was based on a previous design study, called the Viziv-7, and featured flared fenders and a large bluff grille in front.

We’re happy to tell you that those flared fenders are definitely there on the final product as well, judging by what we can see in this latest teaser image. Also, the headlights seem a tiny bit smaller than on the concept, but their overall design is similar.

If the production model will be the same size as the Ascent Concept, it will measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) in length, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) in width and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) in height – making it almost as large as a Chevrolet Traverse.

No Direct Replacement For Subaru’s WRX STI, Hybrid Tech Considered For New Model 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, Reports, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI on 11 15th, 2017

Subaru has no plans for a direct replacement of the WRX STI but that doesn’t mean that we won’t get a new one at all.

With the current WRX STI steadily heading to retirement, Subaru will soon have a very emotionally significant hole in its range that will remain vacant for a few years, before the successor shows up.

The reason for this delay, according to Subaru Europe’s General Manager of sales and marketing David Dello Stritto who spoke with Dutch Autorai, is because the company is still looking at how the market develops in order to finalize the concept of the next WRX STI.

With the current turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer engine being too dirty to pass the upcoming stricter emissions regulations, Subaru has to find another way of giving its customers their rallycar-for-the-road fix. “We’re not really giving up on ‘fun to drive’. The new Impreza also provides this, but in a different, more environmentally sound way, “said Dello Stritto.

Among their options is of course an electrified powertrain as Subaru’s latest Global Platform was developed with hybrids in mind but Dello Stritto avoided confirming it, saying only that all options are investigated and “there’s really a new WRX STI coming, but it’ll take time.”


2019 Subaru Ascent Teased For LA Auto Show 14
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, Subaru, Subaru Ascent on 11 14th, 2017

The Los Angeles Auto Show is less than two weeks away and Subaru has announced plans to introduce the 2019 Ascent at this year’s event.

Set to become the spiritual successor to the slow-selling Tribeca, the crossover was previewed by a concept at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the teaser image doesn’t reveal much about the production model as it only shows the crossover will have an upright tailgate, a black rear bumper, and wraparound taillights. We can also see brushed aluminum trim and a small Ascent badge.

Subaru has been relatively tight-lipped about the model but it will be a three-row crossover that is based on the company’s global platform. The Ascent will be built in Indiana and the concept implied the model will measure 198.8 inches (5,049 mm) long, 78.3 inches (1,989 mm) wide, and 72.4 inches (1,839 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 117 inches (2,972 mm). If those numbers hold up, the Ascent would slot in between the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model is expected to use a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces around 300 hp (223 kW). Given that is a crossover and a Subaru, all-wheel drive will obviously be part of the package.

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Your 2015 Subaru WRX’s Subwoofers May Start A Fire 6
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Recalls, Reports, Subaru, Subaru WRX on 11 6th, 2017

Listening to music in your 2015 Subaru WRX, equipped with the optional trunk-mounted subwoofer, could have disastrous consequences.

Back in January this year, the Japanese automaker discovered that items in the trunk might rub against the subwoofer wiring, moving it out of its fixed position.

If the wire is exposed to the metal frame, it could result in an electrical short, causing the integrated circuit in the subwoofer amplifier to be damaged. In extreme cases, the damaged circuit might create a continuous electrical current into the subwoofer, causing it to overheat, and increasing the risk of a fire. Turning off the sound system reportedly prevents the defect from occurring.

This condition affects 9,178 units of the Subaru WRX, from the 2015MY, in North America, put together from January 17, 2014, through April 9, 2015.

Dealers have been already informed about the problem, and technicians will inspect the wire, installing a wire retainer clip if necessary, or going as far as replacing the entire subwoofer, depending on how much damage is spotted.

The repairs/replacements will be made completely free of charge to the owners, who will hear from Subaru soon, if they haven’t already, as the recall campaign has begun on October 31.


Adios STI: Last 150 Subaru WRX STIs Offered In Final Edition Spec In The UK 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in new cars, prices, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, UK on 11 1st, 2017

UK buyers should be on the lookout for this Final Edition version of the Subaru WRX STI, a car that features a series of upgrades across key areas, making this the most capable WRX STI ever sold in Britain.
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Adios STI: Last 150 Subaru WRX STIs Offered In Final Edition Spec In The UK 1
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in new cars, prices, Subaru, Subaru WRX STI, UK on 11 1st, 2017

UK buyers should be on the lookout for this Final Edition version of the Subaru WRX STI, a car that features a series of upgrades across key areas, making this the most capable WRX STI ever sold in Britain.
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Subaru Builds New Tracks In Japan For Autonomous Testing 29
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Autonomous, japan, Subaru on 10 29th, 2017

Subaru has built a pair of new test tracks in Japan, both aimed at helping the automaker develop its driver-assist systems.
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