SUBARU VEHICLES ARE BEING RECOGNIZED FOR QUALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN MAKING THEM A SUBARU FOR YEARS. FOLLOWING ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THE KIND OF RECOGNITION THEY HAVE RECEIVED RECENTLY.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has listed Legacy and Outback among its top picks for commuters. AAA’s goal in evaluating vehicles for this recognition was to find those that helped the daily commute be more comfortable and less costly. The evaluations looked for vehicles that are practical, safe, and fuel efficient. Legacy and Outback made the AAA’s list of top picks in part because of the performance of their 4-cylinder engines and the enhanced legroom for rear seat occupants.
A team of eight editors from Ward’s Automotive Group evaluated 40 vehicles with all-new or significantly upgraded interiors to determine their choices for Auto Interior of the Year awards. Judging criteria included aesthetics and design harmony, comfort, driver information, ergonomics, fit and finish, materials, safety, and overall value. Ward’s judges gave the 2010 Outback the Ward’s Auto Interior of the Year Award for popular-priced cars under $29,999. Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter said, “This year’s winners show style and original design is becoming as important inside the vehicle as it already is to the sheet metal outside.”
Thirty-one vehicles have been named as IntelliChoice.com’s 2010 Best Overall Values of the Year. The Impreza WRX STI was named best value in the Sport Sedan/Wagon category, based on the most important factors determining cost of ownership over a five-year period – retained value, fuel, maintenance and repair, insurance, and licensing and fees.
Forbes.com based its choices for the safest 2010 small cars on data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This includes scores on front, side, rear, and rollover crashes. Among the best small cars for the 2010 model year due to their safety and technology was the Impreza.
Impreza WRX also fared well in consideration for the list of top-10 best snow cars compiled by the editors of AutoWeek. They considered all-wheel drive one of the prerequisites for their list, commenting that “Subarus and snow go hand in hand.”
Based on data from J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Vehicle Dependability Study and the top vehicles from various segments in a popular consumer magazine survey, Forbes.com determined its own list of the toughest cars on the road. Forester was chosen as the toughest in the SUV segment.