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New for 2011-Subaru

New for 2011-Subaru

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 SubaruHistory
Subaru, a Japanese automaker, is a division of Fuji Heavy Industries. The company's name was inspired by the Pleiades star cluster. As such, the theme is carried over on the manufacturer's logo-six stars on a deep blue background.

Subaru introduced its first car, named the "1500," in 1954. A decade later, the automaker had introduced its first "boxer" engine, designed with its cylinders horizontally opposed (an engine configuration also used by Porsche and Volkswagen).

In the early 1980s, Subaru began competing in motorsports. Its rally team successfully raced in the World Rally Championship with turbocharged 4-wheel-drive vehicles-a rare combination in the early years-until pulling out only a few years ago. The company also dabbled in Formula One racing during the 1990 season. Subaru is currently competing in the Grand American racing series, but on paved racetracks.

Today, Subaru manufactures a full range of passenger automobiles. They include 4-door sedans, 5-door hatchbacks, station wagons, and sport utility vehicles with up to 7-passenger seating. All models are fitted with standard all-wheel drive and the company's now-familiar boxer engine-a fairly unique combination among automakers. Subaru vehicles are manufactured and sold worldwide.

2011 Subaru Models at a Glance:
  • Forester-Many updates to this compact SUV
  • Impreza-Significant updates for 2011
  • Legacy-Redesigned for 2010, there are only minor changes for 2011
  • Outback-Redesigned for 2010, there are only minor changes for 2011
  • Tribeca-Carryover for 2011

For More Information:2010 Subaru Forester2011 Subaru Forester
Introduced in 1998, the Subaru Forester is a compact SUV with seating for up to 5 passengers. The first two Forester generations shared the Impreza platform. That changed, however, in 2009 with the introduction of the third-generation model.

Today, the Forester is a hybrid mix between the Japanese Impreza Wagon and the North American Impreza sedan. Like all Subaru models, the Forester is fitted with a full-time all-wheel-drive system. The standard engine is a 170-horsepower 4-cylinder unit.

Subaru made only minor changes to the Forester for 2010, but has delivered many updates for the 2011 model year. These include a new engine for the Forester 2.5X models, a new Touring model, new wheel choices, and several infotainment and navigation upgrades.

Highlights:
  • Many upgrades for 2011
  • Seven models: Subaru Forester 2.5X, Subaru Forester 2.5X Premium, Subaru Forest 2.5X Limited, Subaru Forester 2.5X Touring, Subaru Forester 2.5XT Premium, Subaru Forester 2.5XT Limited, Subaru Forester XT Touring
  • Standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 170 horsepower (X models)
  • Standard 2.5-liter, turbocharged, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 224 horsepower (XT models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission (standard on premium models)
  • All-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 170 horsepower (X models) features dual overhead cams, improved power delivery, and better fuel economy
  • NEW 2.5X Touring model is positioned above 2.5X Limited model
  • NEW 2.5XT Touring model is positioned above 2.5XT Limited model
  • NEW Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard on all but the base model
  • NEW Standard 10-way power seat (2.5XT Premium model)
  • NEW Standard back-up camera (2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring models)
  • NEW Upgraded audio system (2.5X Premium and 2.5XT Premium models)
  • NEW Optional TomTom navigation system (2.5X Premium models)
  • NEW Audio system with rear camera (2.5X Limited, 2.5X Touring and 2.5XT Touring models)
  • NEW Driver's auto window with pinch protection (all except base model)
  • NEW Revised 17-inch alloy wheel design (2.5X Premium)
  • NEW Body-color roof spoiler (2.5XT models)

2011 Subaru Models at a Glance:2011 Subaru Impreza WRX2011 Subaru Impreza
Introduced in 1993, the Subaru Impreza is offered as a compact 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. The Impreza platform is famed worldwide for its successful rally racing history. Now in its third generation, last redesigned for the 2008 model year, the Impreza is sold in many variants. The economical family sedans are known as the "2.5i" and "Outback Sport." The turbocharged models wear "WRX" designations while "STI" nomenclature defines the highest-performing models.

The Impreza lineup received only minor changes for 2010, but things changed significantly for 2011. This year, the "wide body" design returns to the WRX and STI with a prominent rear wing (on the sportiest models). The front and rear track have been widened, and the subframe is now stiffer-both for improved handling, Subaru says. In addition to the chassis changes, Subaru has taken the opportunity to upgrade standard features, option packages, and the audio and infotainment systems across the range.

Highlights:
  • Significant refresh for 2011
  • Nine models: Impreza 2.5i, Impreza 2.5i Premium, Impreza Outback Sport, Impreza Outback Sport Special Edition, Impreza WRX, Impreza WRX Premium, Impreza WRX Limited, Impreza WRX STI, Impreza WRX STI Special Edition
  • Standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 170 horsepower (2.5i and Outback Sport models)
  • Standard 2.5-liter, turbocharged, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 265 horsepower (WRX models)
  • Standard 2.5-liter, turbocharged, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 350 horsepower (WRX STI models)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (excludes STI models)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (STI models)
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission (excludes STI models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Outback Sport Special Edition model debuts with a higher level of audio and navigation features
  • NEW Optional TomTom navigation system (Impreza 2.5i models)
  • NEW Audio system upgrade (all except base model)
  • NEW Impreza GT model discontinued
  • NEW "Wide body" architecture (WRX and STI models)
  • NEW Stiffer chassis and wider wheel track
  • NEW Wider wheels and tires (WRX models)
  • NEW Steering wheel audio controls added (WRX models)
  • NEW Standard power moonroof (WRX Premium and WRX Limited models)
  • NEW Leather upholstery (WRX and STI Limited models)
  • NEW Driver's auto window with pinch protection (WRX and STI models)
  • NEW Revised instrument gauges: speedometer and tachometer (WRX and STI models)
  • NEW Rear spoiler on 4-door to improve aerodynamics (STI sedan models)
  • NEW Lighter 18-inch wheels (STI models)
  • NEW Polished exhaust pipes (STI models)
  • NEW Standard all-weather package (STI models)
2010 Subaru Legacy2011 Subaru Legacy
The Subaru Legacy is a midsize family sedan that was introduced in 1989 in the same competitive segment as the Mazda 626 (Mazda 6), Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Jetta. Early Legacy models were fitted with 4-cylinder engines and front-wheel-drive powertrains. Later models received 6-cylinder engines and standard all-wheel drive (Subaru only offers all-wheel drive across its entire model range).

Now in its fifth generation, the Subaru Legacy was completely re-designed for 2010. That model marked the first Legacy variant available with a CVT transmission, the first Legacy without frameless side windows, and the first Legacy with an electric parking brake.

The 2011 model year Legacy receives a few minor updates. These include folding side mirrors on all models, consolidation of option packages, upgraded audio options, new exterior colors, and minor model changes. All models continue to be available with Subaru's familiar 4- and 6-cylinder flat "Boxer" engine configurations.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Seven models: Legacy 2.5i, Legacy 2.5i Premium, Legacy 2.5i Limited, Legacy 2.5GT Limited, Legacy 3.6R, Legacy 3.6R Premium, and Legacy 3.6R Limited
  • Standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 170 horsepower (2.5i models)
  • Standard 2.5-liter, turbocharged, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 265 horsepower (2.5GT Limited model)
  • Standard 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 256 horsepower (3.6 models)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (2.5 models)
  • Optional continuously variable transmission (2.5 models)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (3.6 models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard folding mirrors
  • NEW 2.5GT Limited is the only turbocharged Legacy model
  • NEW Option packages have been consolidated (Premium models only)
  • NEW Harmon-Kardon upgraded audio package now includes factory-installed XM satellite radio (standard on Limited model, optional on Premium models)
  • NEW Carmel Bronze exterior paint replaces Harvest Gold exterior paint
2010 Subaru Outback2011 Subaru Outback
After making its debut at the 1994 New York Auto Show, the first Subaru Legacy Outback wagon arrived on the scene in 1995. Designed with a purposeful rugged and outdoorsy appearance to appeal to those with active lifestyles, the first Outback was simply a Subaru Legacy station wagon reconfigured with permanent all-wheel drive, unique bumpers, special interior upholstery, raised ride height, and taller tires with more aggressive tread.

The second-generation model arrived in 2000. By now, Subaru had dropped the Legacy moniker and the vehicle was simply known as the Outback. Still based on the wagon platform, but also available as a sedan, the new Outback continued the success found with its rugged-yet-civilized formula while introducing a 6-cylinder option.

In 2005, Subaru rolled-out its third-generation Outback. Still the flagship of the automaker's lineup, the model had grown in size and power with no fewer than six models and three engine choices. By 2008, the sedan variant had been discontinued leaving the wagon as the only body style. Subaru completely redesigned the Outback for 2010-its fourth generation-meaning there are only minor changes for the 2011 model year.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Six models: Outback 2.5i, Outback 2.5i Premium, Outback 2.5i Limited, Outback 3.6R, Outback 3.6R Premium, Outback 3.6R Limited
  • Standard 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 170 horsepower (2.5i models)
  • Standard 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 256 horsepower (3.6 models)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (2.5 models)
  • Optional continuously variable transmission (2.5 models)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (3.6 models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard folding mirrors
  • NEW Rear vision camera is included in the Power Moonroof option package
  • NEW Harmon-Kardon upgraded audio package now includes factory-installed XM satellite radio (standard on Limited model, optional on Premium models)
  • NEW Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink is added to the optional Navigation package
  • NEW Carmel Bronze exterior paint replaces Harvest Gold exterior paint and Ruby Red Pearl has been added
2011 Subaru Tribeca2011 Subaru Tribeca
Introduced in 2005, the Subaru Tribeca is a midsize crossover with seating for up to 7 passengers. It is based on the Subaru Legacy platform. The Tribeca sets itself apart with its unique flat-6 "Boxer" engine (rated at 256 horsepower) and standard all-wheel drive. Facelifted for the 2008 model year, the Tribeca received minor changes for 2010. These included standard third-row seating, heated front seats, and dual air conditioning. With the exception of one new exterior color, the Subaru Tribeca is a carryover for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover model for 2011
  • Three models: Tribeca Premium, Tribeca Limited and Tribeca Touring
  • Standard 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder Boxer engine rated at 256 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission
  • 7-passenger seating capacity
  • NEW Carmel Bronze Pearl replaces Deep Bronze in the exterior color lineup
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