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

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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 www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com 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

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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 www.safercar.gov for more info.

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

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

2015 Subaru Outback First Drive

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By Bill Jackson

The Subaru Outback has always straddled the line between SUV and wagon, owing to its off-road chops, high ground clearance and body style. I tested the refreshed-for-2015 Outback on- and off-road, and with the new model, Subaru plays to the Outback's usual strengths and refines some of its previously rough edges.

2015 Subaru Outback: First Look

The major changes are updated exterior styling, interior refinements, a new drivetrain and improved fuel economy. The Outback is available in 2.5i Standard, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims with a 175-horespower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and as a 3.6R Limited that comes with a 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

Previously, there was a mix of transmissions — a manual, standard automatic transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission — but for 2015, both engines pair with a CVT; all-wheel drive is again standard.

By David Thomas | June 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback Pricing Starts at More Than $25,000

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The redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback goes on sale later this summer and features a number of improvements over the current generation. One thing Subaru didn't decide to improve on was the manual transmission, which is no longer standard. Only a continuously variable automatic transmission will be offered.

Related: 2015 Subaru Legacy First Drive

That impacts the Outback's starting price tremendously as the 2015 starts at $25,745 and the 2014 starts at $24,320. However, a 2014 with a CVT is $1,000 more, making the comparable 2015 2.5i base model just a $425 increase over the previous generation. Opt for the 2.5i Premium and that price difference is just $225.

By David Thomas | June 5, 2014 | Comments (12)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our First Look featuring the 2015 Subaru Outback made its way up front on this week's list of most-watched videos, while a crop of newcomers led by the 2014 Jaguar F-Type Exhaust Note rounded out the top five. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look
2. 2014 Jaguar F-Type Exhaust Note
3. 2015 Jeep Renegade — First Look
4. 2014 Kia Soul ("MotorWeek")
5. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | May 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The new No. 1 and No. 2 this week on our list of most-watched videos both come from the 2014 New York International Auto Show, reflecting on Nissan's Smart Rearview Mirror and talking cars with media mogul Martha Stewart. Check out what else was popular.

1. Nissan Smart Rearview Mirror — First Look
2. Talking Cars With Martha Stewart
3. 2014 Toyota Highlander Review
4. 2014 Kia Soul ("MotorWeek")
5. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look

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

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Kesley Mays' early peek at the 2015 Dodge Charger charged straight to No. 1 this week in its debut on our list of most-watched videos. Mays saw the new Charger last month at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and noted that extensive, Dart-like exterior revisions make this current-generation refresh look like a full redesign. Other newcomers to this week's roster included First Look videos featuring the 2015 Jeep Renegade, Subaru Outback and Nissan Murano. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Dodge Charger — First Look
2. 2015 Jeep Renegade — First Look
3. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look
4. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look
5. 2015 Nissan Murano — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | May 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback Video

The reigning champ among most popular vehicles for Cars.com editors to actually own — the Subaru Outback — is redesigned for 2015 and there's even more to like about it. The first thing Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays noted when he saw the new all-wheel-drive wagon was a greater sense of harmony in its exterior styling, tied together by a hexagonal grille. A PIN-locking system for the rear liftgate and a 6.2- or 7-inch touch-screen multimedia system are new, while passenger comfort and utility continue to impress. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback More Cargo Friendly

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The Subaru Outback has been a popular alternative to traditional crossovers for years. The redesigned 2015 model looks to further that appeal with a number of convenience features centered on the cargo area.

More 2014 New York Auto Show Coverage

The new Outback's cargo area is only slightly larger than before. Thanks to a little extra width and reshaped interior pieces it now measures 35.5 cubic feet with the backseat up and 73.3 cubic feet with the split-folding backseat down. That's more than the Honda Crosstour's 25.7 cubic feet with the backseat up and 51.3 with it down, and it's similar to the Toyota Venza's measurements of 36.2 and 70.2 cubic feet. But there are more upgrades than just the extra room.

By Mike Hanley | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Readers jumped on the bandwagon this week to put the 2014 Subaru Outback up top in its debut on our list of most-read reviews. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela says the cultishly popular wagon gets better every year, and 2014 is no exception. Also enjoying a robust start is list newcomer the 2015 Audi A3 luxury sedan, which bows at No. 2. Further down the roster, at Nos. 8 and 9, are the 2014 Buick Regal sedan and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossover. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Subaru Outback
2. 2015 Audi A3
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2014 Nissan Rogue 
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda CR-V
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2014 Buick Regal
9. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
10. 2015 Subaru WRX

By Matt Schmitz | April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

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