Subaru News

Posted Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 8:48pm

A 2002 Forester that doesn’t want to die: 329,000 miles and still counting.

A 2002 Forester that doesn’t want to die: 329,000 miles and still counting.

Some time ago, I was told that the design life span on a Subaru powertrain was 500,000 miles, and that’s what Subaru advertised in Japan. Are you going to see that in the State of Minnesota? Heck no. However, we have a vehicle that is trying to come close. I purchased this 2002 Forester with 271,000 miles a decade or so ago, intending to use it to haul stuff as my other vehicle at the… Read More →

Posted Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 9:57pm

Few midsize cars excel in updated side crash test

Notes: The Subaru Outback is the only midsize car to earn a good rating.. In the test, the new barrier weighs 4,200 pounds — close to the weight of today’s midsize SUVs — and strikes the test vehicle at 37 mph, compared with a 3,300-pound barrier traveling at 31 mph in the original evaluation. Only three of seven midsize cars tested earn good or acceptable ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s updated side… Read More →

Posted Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 9:19pm

Advanced driver assistance systems: Cameras or sensor fusion?

One of the fiercest areas of competition in the automotive industry today is the field of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving, both of which have the potential to significantly improve safety. Building on these technologies, a completely autonomous, Level 5 car could provide game-changing economic or productivity benefits, such as a fleet of robotic taxis that would remove the need to pay wages to drivers, or by allowing employees to work or… Read More →

Posted Monday, April 18, 2022 at 10:02pm

What is a product planner? 7 Questions for Subaru’s Michael Redic

The Subaru Forester has changed quite a bit since its earliest days when the idea of a special variant meant offering the sport-tuned XT or, in other markets, the Forester STi. Times have obviously changed as the 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness shows. It’s all about getting muddier and going further off-road than other Foresters rather than carving canyons quicker. While such a pivot over time may be painful for high-octane car enthusiasts, there are very… Read More →

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 9:47pm

Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview

Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview

  Quick 100 Acre Wood Preview  The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. Open and flowing with a few tight, twisty stages thrown in. This year’s event features some of the fastest stages in the American Rally Association (ARA) series. Conditions can vary widely during this event, the range being from clear, sunny and 70 degrees, to the solid sheets of ice and snow of a true winter event. Coming into the rally this year,… Read More →

Posted Monday, February 21, 2022 at 8:32pm

We’re supposed to be an Intelligent Species.

We’re supposed to be an Intelligent Species.

The question every year at Snodrift is, “What will the road surface be like?” The surface may range from melting snow with mixed gravel and mud to a solid sheet of ice. This year was of the “solid sheet of ice” variety. I have been competing in this event off and on since 2002. There have been numerous years where the roads have been icy, but the year that sticks out in my mind is… Read More →

Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 8:55pm

SnoDrift Rally and Studs on Ice.

SnoDrift Rally and Studs on Ice.

We are in the winter rally season and have two rallies coming up. Here in the United States, it’s Snodrift based in Atlanta…Michigan. For the WRC, it’s Rally Sweden. Both are classic winter events, but there’s one difference between the two. In the US, we must use off-the-shelf snow tires. The WRC event will use a true rally snow/ice tire with studs. The difference between the two tires is immense. Lately, we generally have been… Read More →

Posted Monday, January 3, 2022 at 10:47pm

Subaru to enthusiasts: We haven’t forgotten you

Subaru to enthusiasts: We haven’t forgotten you

Though Subaru is looking toward an electric future, the 2022 WRX is a clear indication of the brand’s commitment to its enthusiast customer base. Touted as a more refined reiteration of the iconic rally car, the fifth-generation WRX is the first version of the sporty compact sedan built on Subaru’s Global Platform, which improves vehicle dynamics and reduces noise, vibration and harshness — significantly enhancing the overall rigidity of the WRX and its ride and… Read More →

Posted Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5:36pm

Tested: 2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness Wants to Be a Real SUV

About 136,000 years ago, the island of Aldabra in the Indian Ocean flooded, wiping out the Aldabra rail, the species of flightless bird that lived there. Eventually, dry land reemerged, and the Aldabra’s winged progenitor, the white-throated rail, flew back. And then, over another 20,000 years or so, those birds gradually lost their wings—there are no predators on the island—and the Aldabra rail evolved, independently, all over again. If you’re patient, we’ll explain what this… Read More →

Posted Monday, November 29, 2021 at 10:35pm

Comparison Test: 2022 Hyundai Veloster N vs. Subaru BRZ vs. Toyota GR86 vs. VW GTI

The casualty list of affordable performance cars is pretty much every car we search for on Bring a trailer: Probe, Prelude, Celica, Cobalt SS, SRT4, Impulse, Talon, Daytona, Laser, 240SX, XT6. A victim of a culture obsessed with sitting high and cornering slowly, going fast on a budget is harder than ever. Decades ago, nearly every brand sold an affordable sporty car; now we’re down to just a few choices. We’ve gathered four of the… Read More →