Preview of Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model

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Subaru 2014 XV CrosstrekSubaru has long been waiting to come up with its own hybrid model and this is finally the time when the major Nippon car maker has actually forayed into the US auto hybrid scene with its 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid. The model is a compact crossover backed by gasoline engine boosted up by electric motor. It will primarily operate as parallel hybrid yet it can also work through electric-only propulsion at times. The post here is a brief overview of Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid model.

The car is backed by 2.0 l boxer 4 internal-combustion engine which produces 148 hp & 145 pound feet torque. The first Subaru hybrid model needs 13.5 kW nickel hydride battery, unlike the Li-ion batteries common in other hybrid and electric cars. It’s designed with regenerative brake that works to refill the batteries whenever needed. In regards to fuel economy, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid assures 28 mpg for city & 34 mpg for highways- you are getting 5 & 4 mpg respectively over standard Crosstrek.

Then, the new Subaru hybrid model comes with all-wheel drive. The curb weight of the car is somewhat 300 lb heavier in comparison to standard Crosstrek. The major reason behind this weight gain is the noise suppression facility incorporated in the model- it needs thicker floor-section alongwith acoustic insulation. As the battery has been placed under rear seats, there will be a tad reduction in cargo space in respect to previous Crosstrek. The car sports smart aluminum wheels. In side you will find instrument panel that features readouts enabling the driver to stay in sync with fuel economy & system performance.

The Subaru 2014 XV Crosstrek Hybrid would be unveiled the coming fall. Though the exact price has not been declared still, yet as per the speculations the new hybrid Subaru model will be more to standard Crosstrek cost which is like $22,790.

A Preview Of The 2012 Subaru Impreza

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The very popular smart compact car from Subaru, the Impreza has been developed further and is being re-launched in 2012. It is available in a four door sedan and a five door hatchback format. As with all cars from Subaru, the Impreza has an all time four wheel drive. This though pushes up the fuel economy and the price of the new 2012 Impreza. It offers a good handling, a decent ride and in spite of its 4 wheel drive, a brilliant fuel economy.

The Impreza is the smallest car that is sold by Subaru and it is estimated that the new 2012 model will deliver a cool 36 mpg on the highway which is very much comparable to its completion i.e. the Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Cruze.  Though this car will be completely built in Japan, it will be first showcased in the New York Auto Show. The car will be powered by a 2.0 litre engine paired with a six speed automatic gearbox.

 

Subaru Forester

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The Subaru Forester first came into the limelight in the 1990s as an option to car lovers who loved the emerging compact SUVs. Subaru which is well known for its production of seamless all-wheel-drive (AWD) in all its vehicles came out with the forester to compete with the rest of the other Japanese automakers. The Forester offered the buyers with the rugged style of traditional SUVs. The Subaru Forester is a car of its kind and it was designed just to compete with the rest of the SUVs.

The Subaru Forester has indeed performed better than the average SUV. Nevertheless, the two generations of the car had less off road capability. The latest Subaru Forester was designed for 2009 model year and is a five passenger SUV that offer impressive cargo capacity as well as interior space.

Subaru Legacy

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The Subaru Legacy comes in 8 trim levels that include 3.6R Limited, 3.6R Premium, 3.6R, 2.5GT Limited, 2.5GT Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Premium and base 2.5i. The standard features on the base 2.5i include 16 inch alloy wheels, tilt and telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, air conditioning, adjustable driver’s seat, and 4-speaker stereo and electronic parking brakes. Leather wrapped steering wheel and an 8-way power seat for the driver are some of the features available on the 2.5i Premium. Its 2.5i Limited trim level comes with 17 inch alloy wheels, 4-way power seat for the passengers, Bluetooth, leather upholstery, climate control and a 9-speaker sound system.

The base has a 2.5 liter engine with 170 horsepower with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.5GT models of the Subaru Legacy come with a 2.5 liter engine with 265 horsepower while the 3.6R models have a 3.6 liter engine with 256 horsepower. Safety features include antilock brakes, stability control and airbags.

Subaru Outback

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The Subaru Outback comes in 6 trim levels that include 3.6R Limited, 3.6R Premium, 3.6R, 2.5i limited, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i. The standard features on the 2.5i include 16 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, 4-speaker stereo, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and an adjustable driver’s seat. For the 2.5i Premium, the standard features include 17 inch alloy wheels, privacy glass in the rear, fog-lights and an 8-way power seat for the driver. The optional features for the Premium trim levels include heated mirrors, heated seats and de-icer for the windshield wiper.

The 2.5i Subaru Outback models come with a 2.5 liter engine with 170 horsepower while its 3.6R models have a 3.6 liter engine with 256 horsepower and 5-speed automatic.

The standard safety features on the Subaru Outback include traction and stability control, antilock brakes and front and side airbags. It is a great family car that provides adequate legroom with about 71.3 cubic feet of cargo space when its rear seat is lowered.