A Brief History of Subarus

Subaru is a Japanese automotive manufacturer with all registered trademarks belonging to Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries). Fuji Heavy Industries was started in 1915 as the Aircraft Research Laboratory before being changed to Fuji Sangyo Co, Ltd. in 1949. The CEO, Kenji Kita, wanted to become involved in automobile manufacturing, and the first Subaru was made in 1953 and called the Subaru 1500. To this day Subaru produces roughly 75% of all of its cars in Japan.

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Subaru has historically offered a long line of crossover/SUVs, sedans, sports sedans, and sports cars, giving consumers a lot of options. The most popular vehicles in Subaru’s lineup include the Subaru Forester, Impreza, and Legacy models.

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Since the 2008 recession, Subaru has seen a sizable increase in sales by changing with the market to provide consumers models that represent what’s popular at that time. With the rising demand for SUV/crossovers, Subaru has produced some trendy models including the Subaru Impreza, Outback, Crosstrek, and Crosstrek hybrid - models that are affordable and come with standard all-wheel drive and Harman Kardon premium sound systems.

Synopsis of Small Car Models

Subaru’s small car models include the BRZ and WRX models. The 2019 Subaru WRX is a high-performance sports sedan and features arguably the most recognizable Subaru design. The Subaru BRZ is the only true sports car that the company offers.

Synopsis of Midsize Car Models

In the midsize market, Subaru offers the Subaru Legacy and Impreza. The Legacy sedan stands out amongst other vehicles of the same class with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive and a powerful six-cylinder engine that still provides drivers with up to 25 mpg.

Synopsis of Crossover/SUV Models

Subaru has one of the biggest SUV/crossover lineups in the automotive industry. Its popular models include the XV Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, and Ascent. The Subaru Outback is a Legacy-based station wagon with standard all-wheel drive.

Most consumers, however, lean more towards the Crosstrek, which comes with many of the same standard features and a much lower price tag, plus a hybrid option.

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The Subaru Ascent is the largest of the crossover/SUV models. While it’s still categorized as a midsize SUV model, the Ascent seats 7 or 8 people depending on which model you choose. When initially introduced, this model lacked in power, likely because Subaru aimed this model towards being named best-in-class for fuel economy. However, the 2019 model sports the 2.4-liter turbocharged SUBARU BOXER 4-cylinder engine, giving the Ascent plenty of zip. Consumer Report refers to this car as “the right vehicle for many suburban families.”


Subaru offers a tremendous selection of vehicles, most of which have base model trims that are more than sufficient, often making the need to pay for a higher trim unnecessary.

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SRS *(1) Airbags

The WRX and WRX STI offer front SRS *(1) airbags, front-side and curtain SRS *(1) airbags, and a knee SRS *(1) airbag that helps protect the driver’s lower extremities.

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Whiplash-reducing Front Seats

The WRX and WRX STI feature whiplash-reducing front seats and energy-absorbing head restraints that can help better protect front occupants from injury during a rear collision.

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*(1) SRS: Supplemental Restraint System. Effective when used in conjunction with seatbelts.
*(2) The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving and observance of traffic regulations. Please do not depend solely on the Advanced Safety Package features for safe driving. There are limitations to to the recognition features of this system. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations. Please ask your retailer for more details.