The automotive press and others recently have recognized Subaru vehicles for qualities that have been making them a Subaru for years. Following are examples of recognition received by Legacy and Outback since the last issue of Drive (Summer 2010).
Kiplinger's Personal Finance has noted two Subaru vehicles in its annual buyer's guide, "2010 Cars: Where the Deals Are." The guide lists the 2010 Subaru Legacy as Best New Car in the $25,000-$30,000 category and the 2010 Subaru Outback as Best in Class as well as Best New Wagon in the Wagons category. Kiplinger's chose its winners based on a number of criteria, including performance, value, safety, power, fuel efficiency, exterior design, interior room, and cargo space.
About Legacy, Kiplinger's said, "Standard all-wheel drive has always been the Subaru hook, but the new Legacy proves Subaru cars can be sexy, too." For Outback, the annual pointed out its "… sophisticated interior and exterior makeover giving the new Outback a roomier cabin, more cargo space and better handling."
For the second year in a row, a Subaru was placed on the Best Family Cars for 2010 list by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com. Legacy won the award, which was based on feedback from owners who have driven their cars on a daily basis and six months of test-driving by a team of judges. Judges particularly liked the low trunk that opens wide for easy stroller removal, a rear seat wide enough for three children, and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for its added security in all-weather driving and its excellent handling.
Meanwhile, Japan's New Car Assessment Program selected Legacy for its annual safest car award. In crash testing, it had higher scores than the 17 other vehicles in the test program.