2015 Subaru Impreza Earns IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Award

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The 2015 Subaru Impreza has joined the ranks of the most crashworthy vehicles on the road as determined by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The car, available as a sedan or hatchback, earned the safety agency's highest distinction, Top Safety Pick Plus, when equipped with the optional EyeSight Driver Assist Technology; without the option, the Impreza earns the Top Safety Pick designation.

Related: 2015 Subaru Impreza Starts $300 Higher, Adds More Standard Features

Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Impreza received ratings of good in IIHS' front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength and rear impact evaluations. EyeSight earned the car a superior rating in front crash avoidance. EyeSight comes as part of a $2,795 option package that includes a moonroof, navigation, keyless entry and push-button start; it's available on the 2.0i Limited model sedan and 2.0i Sport Limited hatchback.

By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Legacy Photo Gallery

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The 2015 Subaru Legacy finished second in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "Of course you get standard all-wheel drive, which will be very appealing to people in many parts of the country, but with the 2015 redesign, you also get a great new interior and a very sporty ride," said one of our judges. Check out our Legacy photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Subaru's PIN Code System Provides Easy, Keyless Access

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The following is a true story: I went for a hike. It was lovely. As I was finishing — two hours and 1,700 vertical feet later — I realized I'd dropped my car keys somewhere along the trail. My feeling of victory was washed away by the dread of the fatigue I felt at having to re-traverse the trail to find my keys. Once I pulled myself together, I was lucky enough to not only find my keys, but also to find them only halfway up the hill.

Nonetheless, it was hard to walk the next day.

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Holding onto my car keys during a hike is always a nuisance; my hands are full, and there's no way I'm wearing a fanny pack. A backpack would be too cumbersome because I often have a child on my back. I've left my keys in the car a couple of times, but that never feels like a safe practice.

Clearly, I'm not alone in my quest for car-keyless outdoor time because Subaru has just rolled out a new feature called PIN Code Access that basically disables the key, allows you to leave it in the car and gives you lock/unlock access from a code entered into the trunk lid's button.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | November 4, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Subaru Legacy Review

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"For 2015, the Subaru Legacy has overcome the fuel economy penalty of standard all-wheel drive while delivering all-season capability in a handsome package, inside and out," said Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Check out Thomas' review for more.

2015 Subaru Legacy Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | November 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Subaru Outback Real-World Cargo Space

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Subaru's redesigned 2015 Outback is less quirky than before thanks to its streamlined exterior and classed-up interior, though that doesn't make it any less versatile than the Outback we know and love. In fact, a slightly longer wheelbase and overall length mean there's more interior room for passengers and cargo.

Related: 2015 Subaru Outback Expert Review

"The Outback's cargo area has grown slightly, to 35.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, up from 34.3 cubic feet. Fold the standard 60/40-split backseat down to create 73.3 cubic feet, up from 71.3. There are also new release levers, so one tug folds the spring-tensioned seat flat. It's well-done and, if I had my way, would be mandatory on all cars," Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson said in his review of the 2015 Outback.

There's also a power liftgate that's newly standard on the highest, Limited, trim and available on the Premium trim.

By Joe Bruzek | October 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru Outback Video

"The Subaru Outback has been redesigned and updated for the 2015 model year; it's got new exterior styling, some interior refinement, a new drivetrain and improved fuel economy," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. "But has Subaru done enough to appease the faithful while attracting new buyers?" Watch the video and decide.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Wife Tested: 2015 Subaru Outback

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If there's one car that's found its way into our own garages — if not our hearts — as an editorial team, it's the Subaru Outback. At one point five editors have owned the all-wheel-drive wagon, including my family. We're on our second Outback, a 2010.

Related: 2015 Subaru Outback Expert Review

The 2010 is my wife's daily driver and shuttles her to work and our kids to school, soccer practice, gymnastics, doctor's appointments, you name it. We've also done many a road trip in the four-cylinder continuously variable automatic transmission combo. That's why I went through a somewhat unusual step of making sure that my wife could get behind the wheel of a 2015 Outback when one arrived at our Chicago headquarters for our editors to test..

By David Thomas | October 27, 2014 | Comments (3)

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

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This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. from 10 automakers based in three continents. The bulk of them — 5 million — are from Honda. Takata issued a statement earlier this year that noted the incidents of airbag malfunction — where a faulty inflator can send metal and plastic shrapnel into occupants if the front passenger airbag deploys in a crash — have occurred in warm areas like Florida and Puerto Rico, and it suspects that high humidity plays a role in the problem. Returned airbags from Toyota confirmed as much, USA Today reports.

Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

USA Today reports most owners should have already received recall notices by now, and some automakers — namely, Toyota and BMW — have advised keeping the front passenger seat clear of occupants until a dealer inspects the car for a faulty inflator and, if there is one, replaces it.

What cars have been recalled? And what should you do if you get a notice? We've compiled everything we know so far below:

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2014 | Comments (10)

Subaru Updates XV Crosstrek for 2015

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Subaru continues to roll out its camera- and radar-based safety system; the XV Crosstrek is next in line to get the automaker's EyeSight safety system for 2015. The driver-assistance package integrates adaptive cruise control, precollision braking and lane departure warning. Subaru also updated the wagon's multimedia system this year, replacing the small, outdated touch-screen unit with a choice of two larger, freshly designed systems. 

Related: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Review

Model-year 2015 XV Crosstrek 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, 2.0i Limited and XV Crosstrek Hybrid base and Touring trims are again available for 2015; EyeSight is available on the 2.0i Premium model. A new 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system and backup camera join the cabin in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium and XV Crosstrek Hybrid models. It integrates Subaru's Starlink smartphone system with Aha, Pandora and iHeart Radio apps. 

By Jennifer Geiger | October 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Outback: Car Seat Check

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In its 2015 redesign, beloved family hauler the Subaru Outback continues to smartly straddle the line between a practical wagon and a rugged SUV, while getting subtle updates to its exterior styling, interior upgrades and improved fuel economy. Families will appreciate the new Outback's roomier cabin, cushier feel and an improved center storage bin that can hold larger items like an iPad. We last car-seat checked the Outback in 2012; that model proved as delightfully utilitarian as the vehicle's reputation. Can the 2015 live up to that easy-to-use, easier-to-love rep?

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | October 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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