It’s hard to believe, but the Subaru brand is celebrating 50 years in the U.S. market in 2018. What started out as a funky little automaker with a weird looking AWD wagon, has evolved into a success story like no other. Subaru first became popular in the Northeast, Rocky Mountain states and Pacific Northwest. Now the brand is selling well all over the country because the word is out about Subaru’s safety, reliability and all-season, all-wheel drive capability that sets the brand apart.
The Subaru Lineup now includes their top-three sellers, the Forester SUV, Outback wagon, and Crosstrek crossover all-wheel-drive vehicles. The new Impreza is an affordable compact, the Legacy sedan is still the only sedan in America with standard AWD, and the performance-oriented Subaru BRZ sports coupe, and the rally-bred WRX and WRX STI performance sedans are a must see for driving enthusiasts.
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This past summer I had the opportunity to drive the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI at its press introduction in Aspen, Colo. It was fun playing with the impossibly fast and well-handling sports sedan in the summer playground that is Aspen.
At the time, part of me really wished I could flog this car through a heavy snowstorm. After all, the beauty of this car is it’s a Subaru. It’s meant to be driven through all kinds of inclement weather with nary a concern.
The new design is called the Subaru Impreza Design Concept and it is seriously gorgeous. The design keeps those massive wheel arches, but it takes them and blends them with some Legacy aspects, such as the front fascia.
The fascia features two aggressive looking air intakes that are framed by the new trapezoidal grille and stunningly sleek highlights. Do you see those fins that stretch across the air intakes? Well, those aren’t just for show, as are functional fog lamps.
The best resale value goes to Subaru, while BMW takes the award for best resale for a luxury brand. The American car companies have made a return to the list, taking home a few awards as well.