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Subaru Outback, Forester, Impreza WRX All Earn Kiplinger’s Kudos
The highly regarded experts at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance recently released their 2011 automotive insights and three Subaru models—in four categories—earned recognition for providing customers with particularly high value for their money.
In the overall “Best in Class” ratings, both the Subaru Forester and Subaru Outback won their segments, with high marks in performance, value and safety, as well as impressive showings during Kiplinger’s road tests.
The Forester, which was named Best New Crossover by Kiplinger’s in 2009, was the publication’s Best Small Crossover this year. Reasons behind the Forester’s victory included its agile handling, extensive cargo room, high resale value and high safety ratings. As Kiplinger’s notes, Subaru is the only nameplate that has earned Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for all models—including the Forester.
Joining the Forester among Subaru’s Best in Class models was the Subaru Outback, taking top honors in the Wagons class for the second year in a row. And notably, the vehicle also won Best New Wagon recognition last year. Helping the Outback achieve this feat, according to Kiplinger’s, were its stylish design, large amounts of cargo space, “heaps of utility” and powerful-yet-efficient 2.5-liter boxer-style engine. In addition, the publication complimented the Outback’s very strong resale values—so strong that the vehicle also earned a place on Kiplinger’s Best Resale Value list as the top vehicle in the Wagon class.
And it turns out that the high-powered Impreza WRX (and WRX STI) hold their worth as well as they hold the road: The WRX models were among the Best Resale Value leaders as well, besting all other cars in the $25,000-$30,000 price range.
“We are very pleased that consumers who do their research with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance will notice that Subaru vehicles stand out in several categories,” said Tom Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. “We strive to bring unparalleled performance, value and safety to consumers. We know that all three are important in the decision-making process, especially with big-ticket purchases.”
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