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

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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

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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

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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 (6)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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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

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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)

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)

2013 Subaru Impreza: Car Seat Check

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The 2013 Subaru Impreza sedan is almost a straight-A student when it comes to child safety seats. The high marks it earned in our Car Seat Check are thanks to the Impreza's 2011 redesign — rear legroom increased by nearly 2 inches on the new model. Not much has changed since.

While we normally use a Britax Roundabout convertible car seat in our checks, we used a Britax Marathon convertible in this one. The Marathon is roughly the same width and height as the Roundabout, but the Marathon's depth is 21 inches while the Roundabout measures 24.4 inches deep.

By Jennifer Newman | October 24, 2013 | Comments (2)

Top 10 Best Base Models

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An ode to the base model.

Black door handles and a seat that can't move up and down/
paying monthly for not a lot has me feeling like a clown.

Just because you might not be able to afford more than the very least in a car doesn't mean you have to sing the base-model blues. Automakers are adding more features to their lowliest trim levels to entice shoppers even if some are stuck in the stone ages before the USB port became a necessity.

Here are 10 models that we consider to be solid picks, even in their base-model version.

By David Thomas | June 12, 2013 | Comments (9)

Subaru Adds Jobs, Cars to Indiana Factory

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In three years, the Subaru Impreza will hail from Indiana.

Subaru imports today's Impreza, which competes with the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and other compact cars, from Japan. Its sole U.S. plant in Lafayette, Ind., builds the larger Legacy sedan, the Outback wagon and a few Tribeca SUVs. It also builds the Camry sedan in a partnership with Toyota, which owns 16.5% of Subaru.

Lafayette has two assembly lines. In 2012, Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries announced a production increase along one line by 2014 to 200,000 cars a year from the current 170,000. The other line, which assembles the Camry, has an annual capacity of 100,000 units. The Associated Press reports Fuji Heavy wants to double that capacity and add the Impreza, investing $400 million and bringing employment to 4,500 from the current 3,600.

By Kelsey Mays | May 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

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