What began in the U.S. as a Northeast/Northwest alternative to the way-funky Saab has grown into a national brand with year-over-year sales increases that Japan's Big Three execs would absolutely/positively die for. To be sure, it took awhile, but once word got out about the Subie's inherent reliability and all-season, all-wheel drive capability, the fix was in. And despite a consumer demographic among the highest in consumerism, the lineup remains accessible to virtually anyone with a middle income.

If you're looking for the least expensive Sub-stitute, shop Impreza sedan or hatchback; either is the least expensive all-wheel drive vehicle in the U.S. On the crossover side the Crosstrek and Forester start in the low $20s, and while sharing much of the Impreza's platform both offer more interior room and utility. Most fun on the Subaru showroom is essentially a tie: Opt for either version of the WRX and the rear-wheel drive BRZ 2-seater, as all of 'em come with a big grin at no additiional charge. And while Subaru is very much a value brand, the WRX STI can easily brush $40K. And for the performance diehard, it's worth every penny.


2017 Subaru Outback
2017 Subaru Outback
MSRP:
$25,645
Engine:
2.5L H-4
MPG:
25 City / 32 HWY
2017 Subaru WRX
2017 Subaru WRX
MSRP:
$26,695
Engine:
2.0L H-4
MPG:
20 City / 27 HWY
2017 Subaru BRZ
2017 Subaru BRZ
MSRP:
$25,495
Engine:
2.0L H-4
MPG:
21 City / 29 HWY
2017 Subaru Impreza
2017 Subaru Impreza
MSRP:
$18,895
Engine:
2.0L H-4
MPG:
24 City / 31 HWY
2017 Subaru Legacy
2017 Subaru Legacy
MSRP:
$21,995
Engine:
2.5L H-4
MPG:
25 City / 34 HWY
2017 Subaru WRX STI
2017 Subaru WRX STI
MSRP:
$35,195
Engine:
2.5L H-4
MPG:
17 City / 23 HWY
Top 11 cars that are resold in the first year

One man's disappointment is another man's bargain.

Certain cars are much more likely to be ditched within the year of initial purchase than others. Here they are, and this is how much you could save on a nearly new model.
The refreshed 2018 Subaru WRX starts at $27,855

That's just a step above the competition.

The regular Impreza was completely redesigned for 2017, so an all-new WRX seems likely soon.
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2016 Subaru Forester
$24,991 / 20,043 miles / CA
2016 Subaru Outback
$26,991 / 19,121 miles / CA
2016 Subaru Crosstrek
$23,991 / 30,290 miles / CA
Subaru turns a WRX STI into a bobsled and (barely) makes it work

A tale of bobsleighs, boffins, and several pints of British bitters.

Mark Higgins may be a daredevil, but this was nearly too much even for him.
2017 Subaru BRZ First Drive
Subaru's boxer-powered sports car sees its first refresh, differentiating it from the Toyota 86 and improving its reflexes while also adding a bit of power.
2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue Quick Spin
The Subaru BRZ gets a limited-edition Series.HyperBlue model for 2016. That's as good a reason as any to revisit one of our favorite little sports cars.
2015 Subaru Forester tS Quick Spin
If you don't think that stiffened SUVs with bigger rubber and brakes can be a good time at the track, well, we'd encourage you to drive this Forester. Faster.
Subaru recalls 100K turbocharged models for fire risk

The Subaru Legacy, Outback, Impreza, and Forester are all affected.
Even Ferrari swept up in latest Takata recall expansion

Eight manufacturers recall 12 million more affected vehicles.

About 4.5 million of the affected vehicles are Hondas.
Subaru recalls 48.5k Legacy, Outback models for steering defect

A manufacturing defect in the steering column is to blame.

Subaru and NHTSA report the issue with the steering column that could cause the wheel to turn freely with no impact on the actual direction of travel.