Subaru Reviews

The Japanese carmaker chose to follow a different path from its rivals by its use of boxer engines and all-wheel drive across all models. The company is renowned and respected for its innovation, technology, and participation in motor sport. Subaru offers the small Impreza hatch and sedan, medium Liberty sedan, the high riding Liberty-based Outback crossover wagon, XV and Forester SUVs, BRZ sports coupe, and rally-bred WRX and WRX STi hatches.

Latest Subaru reviews

Lucky last in the Subaru range to receive the new CVT style auto is the Forester - the diesel Forester that is. But it's been worth the wait because the CVT delivers quiet, smooth performance that leaves the driver wondering if in fact it is a diesel. There's no higher praise than that. The only Subaru to miss out on the CVT is the BRZ sports car that retains a traditional six-speed auto. The reason...Read more
The imminent departure of Australia's previous market-leading Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore family cars is opening up opportunities for a variety of mid-sized sedans that have previously sat in their sales shadow. One of the best-known of these contenders is the Subaru Liberty, which has been on sale here continuously since 1989. The latest, sixth generation model was released late in 2014 with some styling changes, engine tweaks and extra equipment. But the biggest news...Read more
The Outback has family car comforts yet surpasses many SUVs when the rubber hits the dirt. At a time when high-riding SUVs with little off-road cred are all the rage, the Subaru Outback has become something of an anomaly. It eschews the popular high-riding position for a more car-like feel from the front seat, yet it has constant four-wheel-drive and greater ground clearance (213mm) than many SUVs. It's a formula that is more popular in...Read more
Talk about domestic blindness. It only took me 614.9 kilometres to finally find the clock in the new Subaru Liberty. But there it was winking at me all along, a tiny digital display just to the right of the left hand temperature display. Did I feel like a goose - I couldn't work out how Subaru had managed to overlook something so obvious - but of course they hadn’t. It's all business when it comes...Read more
The decision to go all all-wheel-drive was a momentous one for Subaru. From a company building cars that no one really cared about it went to one that everyone wanted to know. NEW If the hot rally-bred WRX led the charge it was the Liberty that did the hard yards in getting Subaru's name on the shopping lists of Australian buyers. The Gen 3 was a mid-sized model aimed at middle Australia. It was a...Read more
SUV pioneer Subaru has plugged a gap in its popular Forester range with an automatic diesel variant. The Japanese brand has also taken the knife to its best-selling model, slashing prices by up to $3500 as it aims to consolidate the Forester's position in an increasingly crowded market. It had a manual diesel variant for some time, but Subaru believes an auto diesel could add up to 200 sales a month, inching it closer to...Read more
We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering would you buy one? What is it? The Subaru equivalent of the Toyota 86, a four cylinder, rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car with four seats but in reality room for only two adults. They come off the same production line as the 86...Read more
Full-of-fruit Forester maintains the brand's staple qualities but the opposition is catching up. Two years ago I was quite taken by the new Subaru Forester. The chunky midwest American styling grated and the cabin quality was down a bit from what I expected. However, it drove well, had more space and the price was good. I enjoyed myself on country Victorian roads. It ran well against its medium-sized SUV rivals, although it was eventually out-gunned...Read more

Sales of mid-size sedans are struggling amid the mass migration to...Read more

Subaru's Liberty has now been around for 25 years, but for a variety of reasons in recent times has fallen off the radar of many buyers. One of those reasons is the success of Toyota Camry and the local duo of Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore. Subaru's intention is to take up some of the slack left by the looming loss of the popular Australian six-cylinder cars with the just launched the sixth-generation Liberty. The...Read more
Call it desperation, or shrewd opportunism. Either way, Subaru Australia's decision to slash prices on 2015 Liberty and Outback by up to 25 per cent should give its mid-size sedan and SUV spin-off a healthy rev up in showrooms. Philanthropy doesn't come naturally to car companies, of course. Liberty and Outback were class frontrunners a decade ago, with combined sales of nearly 14,500 units in 2006. At the end of November last year, the tally...Read more
Car interiors rarely feature in large print when new models are launched. Body shapes, engine sizes, new gearboxes, ride and handling tend to steal the limelight. That is of course unless the old model copped a bit of flak for its interior. Which brings us to the 2015 Subaru AWD Outback launched this week in Australia. For some time now Subaru Outback has been criticised for having below par interiors – hard plastics, ordinary ergonomics...Read more