2019 Subaru Buyers Guide

22 Mar 2019 | 799 views | No Comment
    By Don Hammonds This is a big year for Subaru, the industry's fast growing, strong selling producer of all-wheel drive vehicles that are comfortable, durable as all-get out, and are prized possessions passed down to generations in many families. The biggest news is the newest Subaru, the 2019 Subaru Ascent, a square-jawed, roomy, all-wheel drive SUV that seems to be matching the brisk sales path of its Subaru peers. Powered by a 260 horsepower turbocharged, flat four cylinder engine, the Ascent puts Subaru square in the full sized, three row segment of the SUV market. Base prices range between $32,970 to $45,670. Fuel economy ranges between 20 to 21 city and 26 to 27 highway, depending up on the version you select.  The Accent reaches 60 in 6.9 to 7.3 seconds and it can tow 5,000 pounds and carry 17.8 cubic feet of cargo with seats up, and 86.5 cubic feet with seats down. Basic warranty is three years/36,000 miles. Standard features include 19 cupholders, an automated emergency braking system, three zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and a whole bunch of other goodies.  If you spring for the more expensive Touring model, you will get  brown leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a two row sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, among other things. Another all-newbie this year is the 2019 Subaru Forester, which, like the Ascent and the Crosstrek, features Subaru's new global platform. There's a new engine, too--a 2.5 liter, 182 horsepower flat four that is backed by a CVT automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 26 city and 33 highway, and you can reach 60 in about 8.7 seconds. It carries a three year/36,000 mile warranty, and its safety ratings are unmatched, such as a 5 star rating from NHTSA. This year, you can now buy a cool, sporty version of the Forester that has black 18 inch alloy wheels, black grille surrounds, orange stitching for the seats, and a roof spoiler. The  2019 Subaru Crosstrek, easily one of the Subaru's most popular models, is back with its first hybrid plug in version that uses Toyota's hybrid system, combined with Subaru's flat four engine and all-wheel-drive system. It gets 23 to 27 miles per gallon in the city and 29 to 33 on the highway. If you buy the top of the line Limited, you get reverse automatic braking, the Eyesight driver assistance safety system if you chose the CVT automatic transmission. You can reach 60 in about 8.8 top 9.8 seconds., and interestingly, the Crosstrek holds its value longer than any other Subaru--which is saying something. The Crosstrek has 59 percent of its original value when it is five years old according to IntellChoice

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