This article takes a look at the top 5 Subaru vehicles of all time. But Subaru didn’t begin as a manufacturer of automobiles. The company got its start in 1917 as an aircraft research laboratory in Japan before switching to producing airplanes.
After World War II, the company recycled damaged airplanes, using them to create a scooter called the Fuji Rabbit. That project resulted in the eventual expansion and manufacture of coaches, chassis, engines, and one day in 1954, cars.
Here’s a look at some of the brand’s most successful models.
5. Subaru BRZ
The Subaru BRZ is the only rear-wheel drive vehicle in the brand’s lineup. Developed jointly with Toyota, the BRZ is an incredibly popular 2+2 coupe with an affordable price tag.
BRZ stands for Boxer engine, Rear-wheel drive, and Zenith. The model is known as the Toyota GT86 and FT86 in other markets.
All come equipped with a 2.0L Dual Overhead Cam, 16-valve, horizontally opposed, 4-cylinder Boxer engine yielding 200 hp.
The BRZ is an adrenaline pumping sports car with a low center of gravity and precision handling. With a price tag of just $27,395, this future classic is an incredible value.
4. Subaru WRX and Subaru WRX STI
When the Subaru Impreza WRX arrived in North America in 2002, it was an instant success. The vehicle’s signature “bug-eyed” front, pronounced hood scoop, and all-around good looks, the WRX garnered the attention of rally racers and Subaru enthusiasts. The WRX’s outstanding performance and handling characteristics, coupled with Subaru’s Boxer engine and symmetrical full-time AWD system, make this vehicle a solid winner.
The 2004 WRX STI was the first STI (Subaru Tecnica International) model available to North American audiences. The 2.5L Flat 4 Boxer engine boosts an incredible 300 horses and 300lb-ft of torque. Complete with a 6-speed manual transmission and AWD, the STI steals the show.
With a substantial hood scoop, rear spoiler, massive brakes, and gold wheels, The WRX STI sets the precedent for all STI performance models. The current WRX STI boosts an impressive 305 horsepower.
3. Subaru Baja
Debuting in 2002, the Subaru Baja was limited to one generation. An AWD vehicle capable of carrying four passengers and containing an open bed at the back, the Baja was designed to combine comfort and practicality. Many smaller American pickup trucks aim to do the same thing. The Baja had a unibody design and many elements similar to Subaru’s Outback and Legacy models.
The vehicle was available as a double-cab configuration and was powered by a 2.4L flat 4 engine. The Baja and Outback differed mainly in side body coating and front fender size. The Baja had a unique radiator grill and sporty main lights. Its ruggedly designed bumper was complete with two large fog lamps. A moon roof, crossbars, and roof rails were standard on the Baja.
2. Subaru 360
This fun little car was affectionately referred to as the “Ladybug.” The Subaru 360 actually marked the company’s official entrance into the car making industry.
The cute vehicle wasn’t an immediate hit with the North American market, but in Japan this little Ladybug sold 392,000 units between 1958 and 1970.
A cultural icon, the 1958 Subaru 360 was actually recognized by the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers as a Mechanical Engineering Heritage item in 2016.
The model is currently preserved in a Subaru visitor’s center by Fuji Heavy Industries.
Subaru hired former Nakajima Aircraft engineers to help design the model. The 360 applied some of the same construction techniques as the company’s airplanes.
It was also simultaneously strong and light. Stylish and roomy enough to accommodate 4 adults, the 360 housed an air-cooled 2-stroke engine boasting 16hp. Top speed for the Ladybug was 51 mph, initially, but an increase in hp in later models boosted top speeds up to 70mph.
1. Subaru Forester
Introduced in 1997, the Subaru Forester is beloved by many. Drivers looking for a car with 4WD capabilities but free from the bulkiness of a full size 4WD find a good fit with the Forester. With an array of awards as the best recreational 4WD, the Forester doesn’t disappoint.
For the family looking for plenty of storage, the Forester features at least twenty three separate storage spaces. From a plastic bucket at the spare tire to a special fishing rod compartment, Forester has you covered!
Truly multipurpose, Subaru’s Forester is equipped with driver and passenger airbags, headlamp washers, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking, and power steering.
An available “all weather pack” option includes an electric sunfroom, electric de-icer element, heated doors and mirrors, heated front seats, and side airbags.
To own a “Subie” is to love one. With dependable high quality vehicles to suit every lifestyle, Subaru is a car you can be proud to own.
Same here….my car was 16 years old & I hate car shopping & buying. I was waiting for the new Toyota RAV4 Prime to come out, but it got pushed out to next year because of COVID. So I got a Subaru Forester. I love it and fully expect to be driving it for the next 15 years 😍— Margaret Thorpe (@MargaretThorpe) November 17, 2020
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