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Kelley Blue Book 2012 KBB Best Resale Value Awards: Wagon – 2012 Subaru Outback – Mid Hudson Subaru

Best Resale Wagon

Best Wagon:
2012 Subaru Outback

An ideal midsize alternative to a conventional SUV, the 2012 Subaru Outback matches a refined driving feel with room for five and the security of standard all-wheel drive. Now in its fourth and by far roomiest generation, this rugged, go-almost-anywhere wonder wagon continues to win new fans for Subaru on the strength of its well-rounded personality and impressive fuel economy. There still aren’t a whole lot of wagons to choose from the U.S., and the Subaru Outback stands out as the best wagon in terms of resale value.

Motivation for the 2012 Outback comes from two well-proven engines, both featuring Subaru’s signature horizontally-opposed design that lowers the center of gravity to help improve handling. Outback 2.5i models are fitted with a 170-horsepower/2.5-liter four-cylinder that returns 29 mpg on the highway when fitted with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For those needing a bit more muscle, the 3.6-liter flat-six in the Outback 3.6R delivers its 256 horses though a five-speed automatic and still delivers 25 mpg out on the open road.

Even in base form, the Outback’s spacious, well-appointed cabin welcomes all with its user-friendly design and comfortable, supportive seats. While Premium and Limited trims add more luxury and convenience touches to the mix, all versions of this versatile Subaru hauler boast an extensive suite of safety features and the ability to carry 71.3 cu ft of cargo with the rear seat folded.

Complementing its exceptional real-world utility with equally notable affordability, the 2012 Subaru Outback 2.5i starts at just over $24,000 with the 2012 Outback 3.6R opening slightly above $29,000. Those figures are thousands below the price of entry for the Audi A4 2.0T Avant and BMW 3 Series Wagon, the Outback’s prime rivals in this residual-value arena.


10 CARS THAT REFUSE TO DIE – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru Wagons
(All of Them)



If all of these failed to start tomorrow, thousands of college professors in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest would have to walk to class. Fortunately for higher education, due to these cars’ truck-like fortitude (note that Subaru’s parent company is Fuji Heavy Industries), that’s not likely.

The standard all-wheel drive on all models also means they’ll get their owners (often automotive know-nothings) through nasty weather. It also makes them something of a regional taste. Think of places with lots of rain, or cold, snowy winters. You can tell which region they’re from by the inevitable school and/or bumper stickers.

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2012 Subaru Outback, 2012 Subaru impreza – Kiplinger’s 10 Best All-Wheel Drive Car Values

When you have to drive on the white stuff, you want to feel confident in your ability to get where you’re going.
All-wheel drive can give you that assurance. By powering all four wheels at the same time, all-wheel-drive systems provide better traction than two-wheel-drive ones. Plus, all-wheel drive is always on and adjusts automatically to changing road conditions — unlike four-wheel-drive systems typically found in trucks, which require you to make a selection for the conditions or type of terrain.

In preparation for colder weather, we recommend ten 2012 vehicles that offer a shovelful of value — as measured by our annual rankings — as well as all-wheel drive. Our rankings reflect resale value, fuel economy, safety and more, so these vehicles are well rounded. Eight of the ten were awarded Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium hatchback


Courtesy of Subaru

Sticker price: $20,045

Invoice price: $19,150

MPG: 27 city, 36 highway

Heated front seats: Included in $500 All-Weather option package

The Impreza is one of the least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicles on the market. Redesigned for 2012 to be edgier inside and out, it gets 30% better fuel economy — and it’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Impreza employs two versions of Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: Manual-transmission models get “Continuous AWD” that initially splits power 50-50 between front and rear wheels, and automatics (which cost an extra $1,000) get “Active AWD,” which sends power to the wheels based on acceleration, deceleration and available traction.

Both systems will transfer power to the wheels with the best grip. The All-Weather package includes heated seats and exterior mirrors, as well as a windshield wiper de-icer.


Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited


Courtesy of Subaru

Sticker price: $29,470

Invoice price: $27,688

MPG: 19 city, 27 highway

Heated front seats: Standard

Kiplinger’s named the Outback Best in Class last year, based on its fuel economy, stellar resale values and bragging rights as an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes in three different versions (all standard) on Outback models, depending on the transmission and engine — the 2.5i automatic uses “Active Torque Split AWD,” which distributes power to the wheels depending on acceleration, deceleration and available traction. The Outback also includes as standard equipment a windshield wiper de-icer; remote start costs $424.

Subaru Outback a Shoppers Choice finalist – Mid Hudson Subaru

Shopperschoicebanner’s annual popularity award is back. We have found the 10 most popular new-car models that shoppers are not only searching for on but are contacting dealers about. These models also receive positive consumer reviews.

This fervent interaction delivers a top 10 that might surprise some enthusiasts, but probably not the people who buy and sell cars.

Voting for this year’s Shoppers’ Choice awards will be conducted entirely on Facebook, so go voteshare it with your network and get your favorite car the shiny trophy when it’s announced Jan. 10 on the eve of the Detroit auto show.

Shoppers’ Choice finalists (in alphabetical order):

  • Audi Q5
  • Dodge Challenger
  • GMC Terrain
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Pilot
  • Kia Soul
  • Ram 1500
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Sienna

Subaru Outback – Chick Magnet! – Motor Trend – Mid Hudson Subaru

Cars That Catch Girls’ Eyes

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2010 Subaru Outback 2 5I LTD Front In Motion

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Photography editor Julia LaPalme says, “The price, cargo capacity, and EPA numbers show a guy is practical and financially sensible; the AWD indicates he’s most likely outdoorsy, or at least up for a little adventure.”

With four and six-cylinder offerings, this sleek rig is up for all kinds of adventures. The 2.5-liter boxer four can be paired with either a CVT or a new six-speed manual, and with the CVT, it has an impressive 22/29 city/highway EPA mpg.

Subaru of Indiana Automotive – Mid Hudson Subaru

Set amid tawny popcorn and soybean fields, weathered barns, and rusty silos, the Subaru of Indiana Automotive plant cuts a swath. A 3.4-million-square-foot monolith abutted by railroad tracks, SIA has a mountain of compost and the occasional coyote skittering through the surrounding 832 acres of woodland. Step inside, though, and you’ll discover why this might be the most exemplary car factory in America.

In its 22-year history—a period that has spanned three recessions, a global financial crisis, massive U.S. auto bankruptcies, and the departure of Isuzu, a founding partner, from the operation—SIA has rolled out more than 3 million vehicles and has never resorted to layoffs. Instead, it’s given workers a wage increase every year of its operation. Staffers also enjoy premium-free health care, abundant overtime ($15,000 each, on average, in 2010), paid volunteer time, financial counseling, and the ability to earn a Purdue University degree on-site—all in a state that has lost 46,000 auto jobs and suffered multiple plant foreclosures in the past decade. And the truly astonishing thing is how it achieved all this: through a relentless focus on eliminating waste. “This is not about recycling, or a nice marketing to-do,” says Dean Schroeder, a management professor at Valparaiso University who has studied the plant. “This is a strict dollars-and-cents, moneymaking-and-savings calculation that also drives better safety and quality.”

Toyota made kaizen—the Japanese principle of constant “change for the better,” with a special focus on efficiency, aka “pushing lean”—famous. SIA, you could say, has instilled green kaizen, or pushing green. Starting in 2002, SIA set a five-year target for becoming the nation’s first zero-landfill car factory. That meant recycling or composting 98 percent of the plant’s waste—with an on-site broker taking bids for paper, plastic, glass, and metals—and incinerating the remaining 2 percent that isn’t recoverable at a nearby waste-to-fuel operation to sell power back to the grid. Within two years, the results spoke for themselves.

“Everyone quickly saw the green dividend of not wasting anything,” says Tom Easterday, the plant’s executive vice-president, passing a stack of yellowed Styrofoam cases that have survived four round trips around the globe. “You reduce packaging, negotiate a better deal from suppliers, and everyone then shares in the savings.”

Today, the plant abounds with boxes and containers scribbled over with marks that show how many times they have traveled from Japan to Indiana and back (and back again). On a tour of the plant, Easterday sped a golf cart past a welder whose metal shavings are swept off the asphalt floors and auctioned into a roaring bull market for copper. Last year, Easterday says, SIA saved approximately $5.3 million by obsessively reducing, recycling, composting, and incinerating; Valparaiso’s Schroeder calculates that Subaru saves multiples of that figure by using zero-landfill discipline to reduce worker injuries and fatigue. He cites the example of SIA’s switch away from taking cars apart to check the quality of welds—a process that wasted metal and risked jackhammer injuries—to ultrasonic technology that did so better, faster, and far cheaper. SIA workers get bonuses (grand prize: a new Subaru Legacy) for pointing out excess packaging and processes that can be cut from the assembly line and then rebated by suppliers. All the savings are effectively plowed back into plant operations—and overtime.

To score a cherished “associate” position at the factory—there’s a 10-1 ratio of applicants to openings—would-be employees are expected to put in long hours learning and practicing SIA’s low-impact manufacturing. That means scrutinizing every byproduct, from welding slag to plastic wrap, for savings. And obsessively slicing seconds off assembly procedures. And a willingness to work whole months of six-day shifts, and likely years on the graveyard shift, while resisting the siren call of unionization. (The United Auto Workers has failed three times to organize the plant’s workers.)

There’s always a catch, and at SIA it’s this: All that ultra-efficiency—when applied to employees—can lead to unforgiving schedules. SIA workers, who start at just over $14 an hour and peak at about $25 an hour, put in 47-hour workweeks that include two Saturdays a month at time and a half—good for $50,000 to $60,000 a year in per-employee salary. (That means roughly 100 employee salaries were protected by the aforementioned $5.3 million zero-landfill rebate.) The upside? When the Japan earthquake interrupted the supply of parts in March, slowing down the plant’s breakneck output, SIA was able to keep paying its workers in full to volunteer in town. The downside: “Everyone’s burned out here,” says Kay Tavana, a 48-year-old who installs airbags and headlights. Not that she isn’t grateful for the work and the SIA perks. Working while on chemotherapy for a blood disease, Tavana avails herself of SIA’s free gym to rev up for her shift from 4:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

The cost savings and social programs at SIA wouldn’t amount to much if Subaru’s cars weren’t in demand. From 2008 to 2010, unit sales jumped 41 percent, while last year the company’s 22 percent rise in vehicle sales was double the broader car market’s increase. “You get worker commitment to productivity by offering job security,” says Kristin Dziczek, who studies labor issues at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. “But the best job security is still a product people will buy.”

With SIA operating at maximum capacity and with an expansion plan under way, Vice-President Easterday says this “experiment” in the middle of Indiana corn country could someday export its American-made Japanese cars to the rest of the world. His SIA case study left Schroeder convinced that “Dumpster diving can be great for business.”

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Subaru is KBB Top Brand for Resale Value – Mid Hudson Subaru

Subaru Forester



Top Brand: Subaru

Retained value: 39.0 percent
Subaru bests perennial winner Toyota as the top resale brand for 2011. According to Eric Ibara, KBB’s director of residual consulting, this is because Subaru has a newer model lineup and its cars don’t sit on dealer lots for long. The perception of limited supply creates a high demand and, thus, higher resale values.

Our take: Subaru’s vehicles are capable and reliable, offer useful space and provide the security of all-wheel drive. The automaker is well worthy of this top honor.

Subaru Outback 3.6R



Wagon: Subaru Outback

Retained value: 41.3 percent
A wagon segment was added to KBB’s rankings for 2011, and Subaru took the class title with its all-wheel-drive Outback. That’s impressive, given that it went up against entries from AudiMercedes-Benzand Volvo, and it beat them all by at least 6 percentage points.

Our take: Redesigned for 2010, the Outback received new styling and a powerful new 6-cylinder engine. We are impressed by the ride quality and the responsive engine. Plus, its raised ride height helps the Outback avert the stodgy image suffered by other wagons.

Subaru Impreza WRX




Sports Car: Subaru Impreza WRX

Retained value: 42.7 percent
The Subaru Impreza WRX supplants the Nissan 370Zas the champion in the sports car class. While the WRX has always been a contender, Subaru‘s sales surge and a consistently strong track record catapulted it to the top this year.

Our take: Both WRX trims are fun to drive, with 265 horsepower available in the base WRX and 305 horsepower packed in the tricked-out WRX STI. The STI may be a bit too high-strung for some tastes, though. Both offer useful space, especially in the hatchback body style, and can be driven year-round thanks to standard all-wheel drive.