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 WRX STI Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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As Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays said in his critique, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI "packs a punch" performance-wise, though some buyers might find its $35,000 starting price a slap in the face. The even-higher-performance version of the high-performance WRX wears a rather dramatic rear wing, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and standard Alcantara-covered seats with red-and-black leather bolsters — racier accents above and beyond the regular WRX's quad tailpipes, large fenders and flat-bottom steering wheel.

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Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below of the black STI we test drove; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | June 27, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Subaru Legacy: Car Seat Check

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Families in the market for a midsize sedan face an overwhelming array of choices, but if you're looking for one with all-wheel drive, the list gets narrowed a quite a bit. One option, the Subaru Legacy, was redesigned for 2015 with fresh exterior styling, a new multimedia system and a more comfortable cabin. There's plenty of room for two child-safety seats in the new Legacy, but parents may have a bit of trouble with the sedan's Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX STI From Chicago to Big Sur

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Disclaimer: I did not drive a new 2015 Subaru WRX STI from my home in Chicago to Big Sur, Calif. But I did get to drive different examples of the new STI in both places roughly a month apart. The distance and driving roads made a world of difference in appreciating this powerful rally-inspired four-door that anyone can buy at a dealer lot.

2015 Subaru WRX STI Expert Review

My time with a jet-black STI in Chicago was relatively short and unfortunately included a daily commute to work, which meant gridlock under grisly gray skies that even in April were frigid. Shifting through gears repeatedly, pushing down a beastly clutch with my left leg and trying to prevent the car from bucking was not easy.

By David Thomas | June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Video

Cars.com 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 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)

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says Subaru's first hybrid, the 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid, offers rugged exterior styling and an effectively utilitarian interior to match. But should anyone pony up an extra $4,000 for an unimpressive fuel economy boost over the gas-only version? Watch the video.

By Matt Schmitz | June 5, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Review

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"The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek is a likable little wagon with comfort and utility, but paying a premium for the inefficient, unrefined hybrid version doesn't make sense," said Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger. Check out Geiger's review for more.

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | June 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

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