(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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It’s a well known fact that simply driving a new car away from the dealership is one of the most horrifically expensive things you’ll ever do. ALG measures automotive residual values in the American marketplace – that is, the value of a car when you sell it, three years after purchase.
Depreciation of the value of a car is often the largest part of the cost of ownership, and hence a good performance in ALG’s Annual Residual Value Awards is a strong indication of how much that brand will cost to drive, and for the average man in the street, the current retained-value king is Subaru.
Fuji Heavy Industries Subaru brand has now won the award three years running, with Lexus regaining top spot amongst luxury brands. The report suggests that German and American manufacturers are a long way behind Japanese (11 of the 21 awards) manufacturers in this critical but often overlooked aspect of real car ownership costs.
Indeed, the deeper you look into the latest ALG figures, the more Japanese brands appear to have created an unassailable lead in vehicle ownership costs.
ALG’s Residual Value Awards honor the vehicles in each segment that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their MSRP after a three‐year period.
In ranking the overall Mainstream Brand Residual Values for 2012 models, Japanese brands account for five of the top six brands and only one German brand (Volkswagen) is above the industry average.
Two Subaru models also won individual segment awards: the Legacy (Midsize Car) and the Outback (Midsize Utility Vehicle).
- 1 Subaru
- 2 Honda
- 3 Hyundai
- 4 Mazda
- 5 Toyota
- 6 Nissan
- 7 Kia
- 8 Volkswagen
All other brands were below the industry average.
This year’s awards are based on 2012 model year vehicles, and winners were chosen after assessing historical retained value performance and industry trends. Many factors a car’s ability to retain its value over a three year period, with cars which are often subject to discounting and buying incentives performing poorly, a higher percentage of fleet sales tending to depress used values, and perceived quality being the key factors.
- Sub Compact – Honda Fit
- Compact – Hyundai Elantra
- Midsize – Subaru Legacy
- Fullsize – Nissan Maxima
- Sportscar – Mazda MazdaSpeed3
- Alt-Fuel – Volkswagen Golf TDI
- MPV – Honda Odyssey
- Compact Utility – Jeep Wrangler
- Midsize Utility – Subaru Outback
- Fullsize Utility – GMC Acadia
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 of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette will be featured this week on the cable channel SCIENCE. Thursday’s episode of “How Do They Do It” will show viewers how a Subaru is built from beginning to end. Last month, a production crew, sent by Discovery Communications Inc. spent two days shooting video footage at SIA.
Have you ever wondered how a car goes from a coil of steel to a finished vehicle all under one roof? Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. (SIA) will be featured in this week’s episode of “How Do They Do It” which airs Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE. Viewers will get a glimpse at some of the processes and people that help SIA build approximately 250,000 vehicles every
Last month, a production crew sent by Discovery Communications spent two days shooting video footage of the production process at SIA. The result is a comprehensive look at how a Subaru is built beginning
with coils of steel and ending with a new Legacy, Outback or Tribeca being driven off the line. Viewers will also see some of the rigorous testing procedures that every Subaru undergoes before being sent to
dealerships across the U.S. “How Do They Do It” is a documentary-style program that goes behind the scenes to discover how to do
the things, and make the things that form the modern world. The “How Do They Do It” episode featuring SIA can be viewed this Thursday at 10:00 PM (EST) on SCIENCE.