Subaru Shines in Latest Crash Tests

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Subaru is coming out ahead when it comes to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests. The agency has awarded the 2014 Impreza wagon and sedan and XV Crosstrek compact wagon its highest score — Top Safety Pick Plus.

The vehicles earned a good rating across all areas of testing, including the tough small front overlap test, which simulates the front corner of a vehicle crashing into a rigid barrier at 40 mph. Many automakers have had trouble with this test, but several of Subaru's vehicles have aced it. The five Subaru models to do so include the Forester, Impreza (wagon and sedan), Legacy, Outback and XV Crosstrek; winners must earn good ratings for occupant protection in four out of five of the evaluations and no less than acceptable in the fifth test.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 5, 2013 | Comments (10)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan returns to the top of the heap for its third week in a row, landing at No. 1 on our list of most-read reviews. The only other movement of note on this week’s list came courtesy of debuts from the 2013 Volkswagen Passat sedan and 2013 Fiat 500e electric car. They could only muster Nos. 8 and 10, respectively, but rest assured, the Passat did so without offending anyone with its tastefully un-showy style and the 500e with zero emissions. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2. 2014 Subaru Forester

3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
4. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
5. 2013 Toyota RAV4

6. 2014 Mazda3

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Volkswagen Passat

9. 2013 BMW 328i

10. 2013 Fiat 500e
By Matt Schmitz | October 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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After making No. 1 its "entry level" on our list of most-read reviews last week, Mercedes-Benz's new entry-level luxury sedan, the 2014 CLA-Class, returns to the top spot this week. The CLA-Class' encore is followed by two 2014 debuts in the Mazda3 compact car and Kia Soul hatchback, bowing at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Meanwhile, the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe crossover rejoins the list at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2. 2014 Mazda3
3. 2014 Kia Soul
4. 2014 Subaru Forester
5. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
6. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
7. 2013 Toyota RAV4
8. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

9. 2013 BMW 328i
10. 2014 Nissan Versa Note

Editor's note: This post was updated on Oct. 14 with the correct photo of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

By Matt Schmitz | October 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

Can the 2014 Subaru Forester Tow 2,000 Pounds?

 

Can the 2014 Subaru Forester tow a 2,000-pound trailer?

Miki

By Rick Popely | September 28, 2013 | Comments (5)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 BMW 328i refused to budge from the top of our list of most-read reviews this week, holding fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Returning to the roster this week is the 2013 BMW X1, the X3's smaller sibling, at No. 6. Meanwhile, at Nos. 7 and 8, respectively, the 2014 versions of the Toyota 4Runner and the Ford Taurus make their debuts. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Subaru Forester

4. 2013 Toyota RAV4

5. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

6. 2013 BMW X1

7. 2014 Toyota 4Runner
8. 2014 Ford Taurus

9. 2014 Infiniti Q50

10. 2014 Acura MDX

By Matt Schmitz | September 22, 2013 | Comments (3)

Should I Buy a Subaru Forester, Subaru XV Crosstrek or Mazda CX-5?

Should I buy a Subaru Forester or Subaru XV Crosstrek? What about the Mazda CX-5?

Ron S., Sheridan, N.Y.

By Rick Popely | September 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee knocked the 2014 Infiniti Q50 out of the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews, while the 2013 BMW 328i ascended two places to claim the No. 2 spot. Elsewhere, the 2014 Kia Cadenza and 2014 Acura MDX returned to the list at Nos. 5 and 9, resepectively. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
2. 2013 BMW 328i
3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
4. 2013 Toyota RAV4
5. 2014 Kia Cadenza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek
8. 2014 Infiniti Q50
9. 2014 Acura MDX
10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Subaru Forester: Real-World Mileage

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It's been a few years since I was last in a Subaru Forester test car, but I've spent quite a bit of time in my mom's 2012 Forester. As an artist, she needs space to haul around large canvasses and occasionally the grandkids. And, lets not kid ourselves, the sky blue metallic exterior paint is what really won her over, since this girly color is uncommon and easy for her to spot in a busy parking lot. While she loves many things about her car, fuel economy isn't one of them. After just a few weeks, she became concerned that something was wrong with it because she was visiting the gas station too often.

For 2014, Subaru promised the redesigned Forester would feature "significantly improved performance, economy, comfort and space." It's offered in six different trim levels: the 2.5i, the 2.5i Premium, the 2.5i Limited, the 2.5i Touring (which I drove), the 2.0XT Premium (pictured above) and the 2.0XT Touring. Check them out side by side here.

By Kristin Varela | September 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

2014InfinitiQ50

Both the 2014 Infiniti Q50 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee remained in their perches at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, this week on our list of the most-read reviews. Newcomers to the roster included the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which clocked in at No. 3, and the 2013 Chrysler 300, debuting in eighth place. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Infiniti Q50
2. 2014 Jeep Cherokee

3. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

4. 2013 BMW 328i

5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2013 Toyota RAV4

7. 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

8. 2013 Chrysler 300

9. 2013 Toyota Avalon

10. 2013 Nissan Altima

By Matt Schmitz | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Several 2014s Earn NHTSA Five-Star Safety Rating

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GM, Lexus, Toyota and Subaru vehicles gained membership to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety ratings club, though not all of GM's entries made the cut. NHTSA's crash tests examine vehicles' safety performance in frontal and side collisions, as well as roof strength in rollover accidents.

Both the all- and rear-wheel-drive versions of the 2014 Lexus IS 250 sedan earned an overall five-star rating, scoring a four in front tests and fives in both side and rollover tests. The 2014 Subaru Forester also got an overall five-star rating; the compact crossover earned a four in both frontal-crash and rollover ratings and a five in side-impact tests. The 2014 Toyota Prius v wagon mirrored the Forester's scores, with fours in frontal and rollover tests and a five in side-impact tests for an overall score of five.

By Matt Schmitz | September 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

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