Subaru Models Demystified
You won’t find this page on any other dealer’s site. It will help you distinguish the models so you can get a preliminary feel for the Subaru that’s right for you and your budget.
Before we get started distinguishing the models, here’s what they all have in common:
All Subaru’s come standard with all wheel drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control to prevent skids, anti-lock brakes, ring shape body structure, six airbags, and many more safety technologies.
All Subaru’s come standard with air conditioning, keyless entry, cd player, power windows, power mirrors, and many other comfort features.
All Subaru’s purchased at Fenwick come standard with friendly staff and lots of know-how.
The 2012 Impreza 2.5i Sedan is Subaru’s most compact vehicle…but it’s quite roomy inside. It is similar in size to a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic, but with all wheel drive and even better engineering. Rated at 36 miles per gallon, the 2012 Impreza is the most fuel-efficient all wheel drive vehicle sold in America. All 2012 Imprezas are very well equipped, including features such as a telescopic steering column and seven airbags. Imprezas are priced in the upper teens. Click here to see our selection of new Imprezas.
The 2012 Impreza 2.0i Wagon is an Impreza 2.5i Sedan with a cargo area and hatch instead of a trunk. They are priced in the upper teens. For more info on pricing and trim levels, Click here.
The 2012 Impreza Sport is an Impreza 2.0i Wagon with special 17-inch gunmetal grey alloys, roof rails, body color rocker spoiler, unique sport fabric, fog lights, and All Weather Package (heated seats, mirrors, wipers). We’re not kidding about the “sport” designation; they really do look bodacious. They are priced in the low 20′s.For more info on pricing and trim levels, Click here.
The 2012 Impreza WRX is available as a sedan or wagon. With a turbocharged, 265 horsepower engine, it is very fast, with a zero to sixty time under 5 seconds. They are priced in the mid to upper 20′s. For more info on pricing and trim levels, Click here.
The 2012 Impreza WRX STi is also available as a sedan or wagon. With 305 horsepower, it will blow your mind. They are priced in the mid to upper 30′s. For more info on pricing and trim levels, Click here.
The 2012 Forester is considered a “compact sport utility vehicle.” It shares a “platform” with the Impreza. (A platform is the chassis–the frame, or basic underpinnings of a car.) It is taller than an Impreza and has more ground clearance. It has more interior room than the Impreza because of the extra height. It comes in several trim levels, from well equipped to ridiculously well equipped. It is also available with a turbocharged engine. They are priced from the low to mid 20′s. For info on pricing and trim levels, Click here.
The 2012 Outback is considered a “crossover vehicle,” in that it has the room and capability of a traditional sport ute but it is based on a car chassis (instead of a truck frame). It is built on a longer and wider platform than the Impreza and Forester, though the Forester is slightly taller. (For a complete comparison between Forester and Outback, click here). With the 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, the Outback is available with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continuously Variable Transmission, which gives it remarkable fuel economy
(29 mph highway). It is also available with a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine. They are priced from the mid 20′s to the low 30′s. For a description of the various Outback models, Click here.
The 2012 Legacy is a sedan (and only available as a sedan since 2008) that is built on the same platform as the Outback. It is a full size car, comparable to a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord, but with better fuel economy and all wheel drive. With the 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, the Legacy is available with Subaru’s Lineartronic Continously Variable Transmission, which gives it over 30mpg on the highway. The Legacy is also available with a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine, and also a turbocharged 2.5 liter engine. They are priced from the low to high 30′s.
For a description of the various Legacy models, Click here.
The 2012 Tribeca is Subaru’s “flagship,” our biggest and most luxurious vehicle. It is constructed on a stretched Outback platform, so in terms of proportions and road presence, it is like a tall Outback. Is is the ultimate Subaru and simply unbelievable in the snow, pounding inclement weather like a prize fighter. It comes standard with a 3.6 liter six cylinder engine. Since 2010, it is available only in a seven passenger seating configuration, the only Subaru available this way. The Honda Pilot, Nissan Murano, and Toyota Highlander are comparable, if by “comparable” you mean “half as good as a Tribeca.” They are priced in the mid to upper $30′s. For a description of
the various Tribeca models, Click here.