Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback


Vehicles Affected: Nearly 8,600 model-year 2003-04 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and 2004 Impreza cars, including its WRX and WRX STI variants, all equipped with Takata-manufactured front passenger airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture; this could cause metal fragments to strike and seriously injure occupants. Subaru joins seven other major automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 660,000 Subaru Wagons, Sedans, Crossovers


Vehicles Affected: More than 660,000 model-year 2005-09 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, 2008-11 Impreza cars, 2008-14 WRX and WRX STI cars, and 2009-13 Forester crossovers currently or previously registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia

The Problem: Saltwater could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for fluid leaks; if none are observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced and rustproofed. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru has not specified a notification schedule. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 3, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Video reviewer Kelsey Mays says the 2015 Subaru WRX STI — the even-more performance-focused sibling of the WRX and Impreza — is plenty quick and built for spirited driving. But does this "mean little sedan" justify its $35,000 starting price? Watch the video.

By Matt Schmitz | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Award


The Subaru WRX, redesigned for 2015, has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award, the institute announced today. This was the first time the IIHS has safety-tested the all-wheel-drive compact sedan separately from the Impreza, with which it shares a platform. The agency said 2015 is the first model year the WRX is distinctive enough from the Impreza to warrant its own testing.

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The WRX received scores of "good" in the four areas of crash testing, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side and roof strength. The WRX was ineligible for the institute's highest rating, Top Safety Pick Plus, because safety features including lane departure, blind spot and frontal collision warning systems are not available.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

The 2015 Subaru WRX Looks Better in Black (17 Photos)


The 2015 Subaru WRX drew mixed opinions from our editors at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show where a WRX clad in a striking red exterior debuted. Naysayers didn't think Subaru went far enough with an aggressive design, while others counted on the STI to be the aggressive and over-the-top model.

2015 Subaru WRX: Up Close

As one of those among the disappointed, the WRX's styling redeemed itself once I began testing a 2015 WRX painted Crystal Black Silica at our home base in Chicago. Cars always look better in black, right? The black exterior seems to mask what I thought were awkward proportions between the rear wheel arch and rear quarter panel; there's a lot of body back there and not a lot of wheel to fill it.

By Joe Bruzek | April 8, 2014 | Comments (3)

Subaru Announces 2015 WRX and WRX STI Pricing


The wait is over for cheap-speed buyers anxiously looking forward to Subaru's next-generation performance-oriented Impreza. An automatic transmission and sedan-only body styles may make brand loyalists' cringe, but the pricing remains familiar for the WRX and WRX STI scheduled to hit dealerships this spring.

2015 Subaru WRX at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

Pricing only increases $300 for a 268-horsepower 2015 WRX base model with a six-speed manual, which starts at $27,090, including a $795 destination charge. The 2015 WRX features a larger interior, larger front brakes, stiffer chassis, standard backup camera and improved fuel economy over the previous WRX. Head over to the WRX STI and pricing for the more-potent 305-hp sedan is unchanged for 2015, starting at $35,290.

By Joe Bruzek | February 17, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Subaru Legacy: Up Close


Subaru used to be known for quirky cars, imported brand models that were a little left of center from the mainstream, but with the introduction of the new 2015 Legacy sedan, the company has moved its midsize family car even further to the center of the segment.

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Debuting at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the new Legacy is a fairly mild update of the 2014 model, featuring some new sheet metal and a slightly larger interior, but keeping the same exterior dimensions, powertrains and electronic systems.

By Aaron Bragman | February 7, 2014 | Comments (7)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


The high-performance 2015 Subaru WRX STI stands out from previous editions by conforming more to the exterior style of the regular WRX, albeit with some notably aggressive cues. The sedans share similar front and rear styling, fender flares and tailpipe treatments. Still, there's no mistaking the all-wheel-drive STI thanks to its functional hood scoop, which channels air to the intercooler, and giant rear wing. The STI also rocks standard 18-inch cast alloy wheels, summer performance tires, and LED headlights and taillights, while the special blue Launch Edition of the STI has gold, forged alloy wheels.

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The performance theme continues inside with Alcantara simulated suede sport seats with black and red leather bolsters standard in the regular STI and black with blue bolsters in the Launch Edition. Other flourishes include a flat-bottom leather steering wheel and aluminum pedal covers. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


Competes with: Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Ford Focus ST, Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Looks like: The Impreza sedan hit the gym
Drivetrain: 268-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2014

The WRX is a Subaru icon and for the 2015 model year, it has been completely redesigned. Based on the latest generation of the automaker's Impreza platform, the WRX gets new performance technology, all-new styling and a smaller turbocharged engine that's more powerful and more efficient.

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Though the 2015 WRX is based on the Impreza compact sedan, it gets quite a few unique body panels and trim pieces. The scooped hood, bulging front fenders, rear doors and quarter-panels are new. The bumpers and lights are unique, too. Subaru says the headlights "evoke a raptor's stare"… we'll let you be the judge of that.

By Mike Hanley | November 20, 2013 | Comments (10)

2013 Subaru Impreza Photo Gallery

Click any photo for a larger version. All photos by Evan Sears.

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By David Thomas | November 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

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