Subaru Crosstrek — Making a popular compact crossover better

By Jim Meachen

(July 30, 2023) The compact crossover SUV segment — both luxury and mainstream — has been on fire in recent years accounting for millions of sales. This is good news for Subaru, which has two popular vehicles in that segment — the Forrester and the Crosstrek. And the Crosstrek arrives for 2024 completely redesigned.

2024 Subaru Impreza

PASO ROBLES, Calif. — Spring has finally come to California wine country and I’m clipping through tight two-lane roads through vineyards and wineries around Paso Robles.  I’m doing my best to keep eyes on the road, but the greenery and mountains are simply magical.  Yet, the roads and this car demand attention lest I end up a visitor center lawn ornament.  As invigorating is the drive, this little hatchback could just as easily take Miles and Maisey to cello lessons.  I’m driving the completely redesigned 2024 Subaru Impreza RS.

Subaru BRZ — Driving enjoyment on a budget

By Jim Meachen

(August 14, 2022) Driving the 2022 Subaru BRZ took me back to a time long, long ago when I coveted an affordable new sports car, and the 1975 Datsun 280Z fit my budget and my need for a moderately priced cutting-edge machine. The 2022 Subaru BRZ is much like the '75 280Z in as much as both are — and were — desirable and affordable for those of us with a limited amount of money to realize our motoring dreams.

2023 Subaru Solterra

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Subaru knows its people, who are among the most loyal to any automotive brand.  They love their Outbacks, Foresters, Ascents, and WRXs.  They are also among the most environmentally conscious, dog-friendly, off-roading auto owners around.  They take their kids to school and hike on the weekends.  What they haven’t had until now is an electric vehicle of their own.  That changes with the 2023 Solterra that I just sampled in California.

Subaru WRX — Affordable driving entertainment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(February 13, 2022) The fifth-generation 2022 Subaru WRX is a feisty little sedan that puts immense fun into the daily driving experience. The 2022 WRX is all an all-new model retaining Subaru's successful formula of a potent turbocharged flat four engine powering all four wheels in a compact four-door configuration. It comes with a new eye-catching exterior design and a modern interior with updated technology and a large tablet-style infotainment screen.

Subaru Forester — Now with more off-road capability

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

(December 19, 2021) It seems every manufacturer has created a special trim level with a robust off-road look for their SUV lineup. Some of the special editions are for show only with exterior bits and pieces such as larger tires and body side moldings giving the vehicle additional driveway panache. There's nothing underneath the skin to back up the trail-rated looks. But other manufacturers are giving their vehicles not only a hardcore persona, but are backing it up with off-road equipment for "overlanding" duties that can take the occupants beyond the rutted fishing-hole road.

2022 Forester Wilderness

BEND, Ore. — I’ve been driving for hours, slogging supposed roads that are more like rock-strew moonscapes with moguls that sometimes leave only three wheels touching earth.  The scenery is heavenly though, with snow-capped peaks dotting the distance and vast prairies of pine trees between.  I’m in Bend, Oregon driving the 2022 Forester Wilderness — the latest of a growing family of Subarus for adventure-getters.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

INDIANAPOLIS — I did a thing.  A good thing, as it turns out.  After driving the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness at its preview in Michigan, I couldn’t quit thinking about how cool it looked, how capable it was off-road, and how comfortable and practical it would be for my family.  The turbo engine kicked me in the pants.  We owned a 2017 Outback for nearly five years, so my family was well acquainted with the breed.  Turns out, our old car held its value incredibly well.  And now, there’s a new Wilderness edition in our driveway.

Subaru Crosstrek — Now with more horsepower

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The compact Subaru Crosstrek CUV has been popular with shoppers since its inception in 2012. We've like it too, during test drives in 2013 and 2018. Very few complaints other than its performance — it didn't have quite enough urgency to suit our tastes. The big news for 2021 is that Subaru has alleviated that concern with a new 2.5-liter flat 4-cylinder engine making 182 horsepower. It's the same engine used in he mid-sized Legacy sedan and the Outback crossover.