SUBARU BRZ: Near the end of this product cycle, the BRZ – designed and developed in partnership with Toyota – enjoys substantial upgrades to its handling and performance with an available Performance Package and a bump, on those models with a manual transmission, of five horsepower. It also is given revised styling and interior updates. A BRZ concept is shown above.
WRX/STI: Subaru's hot (WRX) and hotter (STI) sedans are refreshed for an early-'18 release. The updates include revised front styling, optimized suspension, new 19-inch wheels on the WRX STI (along with upgraded Brembo brakes and revised AWD), available Recaro power seats and upgraded interior materials. Additionally, a Performance Package is available for the WRX, and all models receive new EyeSight Driver Assist Technology safety features.
IMPREZA: Subaru's historically underachieving compact is all-new for 2017, and brings with the redesign much to recommend it. The new Impreza debuts the new Subaru Global Platform, designed to deliver higher levels of driving pleasure, agility, crash protection and ride comfort. The new sheetmetal debuts Subaru's new design language atop a longer wheelbase and widened body.
LEGACY: While the '17 Legacy received a minor refresh, the bigger news is an aggressively updated '18, announced in February at the Chicago Auto Show. This remains technically a refresh, but its list of upgrades is extensive, and includes revised front and rear styling. Inside, the Legacy customer will enjoy a redesigned interior with more premium materials; also, the Legacy suspension is retuned for a smoother, quieter ride. On the tech front, the midsize Subaru receives standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with new multimedia capabilities.
CROSSTREK: Subaru's surprisingly capable compact crossover receives a mix of trim and option changes in what will be its last year on its current platform. Changes for '17 include a new Special Edition (offered in either Pure Red or Crystal Black Silica) and available Blind Spot Detection with Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. With Subaru's available EyeSight safety system the Crosstrek is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and enjoys an EPA highway estimate of 33 miles per gallon.
FORESTER: Modest revisions on the Forester's exterior, along with a host of interior, safety and dynamic upgrades, highlight the changes made to Subaru's evergreen Forester for '17. The upscale Limited and Touring trims equipped with EyeSight include new Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist, and also incorporate Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Under the Forester hood a revised powertrain improves EPA fuel economy ratings to 26 MPG city / 32 highway / 28 combined.
OUTBACK: Now in its fifth generation, the Outback has come a long way from its Crocodile Dundee roots. On top of its capability is its safety; with available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology it is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. For 2017 the Outback Touring, available in both 2.5i and 3.6R models, becomes the top trim line, and features a comprehensive upgrade over the Limited trim. Subtle differences outside distinguish it externally, while inside upgrades include a new Java Brown leather-trimmed upholstery with contrasting ivory stitching, a heated steering wheel, unique woodgrain interior finish and piano-black switch panel accents.