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Hybrid Fuel Economy Comes up Short in Consumer Reports' Testing, Diesels Impress

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee The fuel economy of a couple hybrid vehicles didn’t hit the mark in testing by Consumer Reports, but some diesel models fared much better. The magazine tested the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid, and it earned a combined 28 mpg overall, which is short of the EPA-estimated 31 mpg city/highway combined. Consumer Reports found that the non-hybrid base XV Crosstrek earned 26 mpg overall in its tests, and points out in a statement that due to the higher price ... continue reading»

Tags: BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord Hybrid, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Model News, Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

2015 Subaru Legacy Priced less than $22,000

2015 Subaru Legacy Subaru recently announced pricing information on the fully redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy. The 2015 Legacy will start at $21,695, plus $795 for destination and delivery. The 2015 Subaru Legacy's base price is $1,400 more than that of the outgoing 2014 model. The all-wheel drive 2015 Legacy is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is available, producing 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, Pricing, 2015 Subaru Legacy

Redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX Receives IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the redesigned 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI earned its Top Safety Pick award. Previous generations of the WRX have never been tested by the IIHS, and although it shares some similarities with the 2014 Subaru Impreza, the IIHS reports that “there are sufficient differences for the vehicles to be rated separately.” The 2015 WRX earned the IIHS’ top rating of “good” in small and moderate overlap front crash tests, as well ... continue reading»

Tags: Crash Tests, Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Subaru WRX

Honda Entering Subcompact SUV Market with 2015 Honda HR-V

2015 Honda HR-V Honda announced last week at the New York International Auto Show that it is introducing a subcompact crossover called the HR-V, which is based on the redesigned 2015 Fit. According to a press release, the HR-V will be equipped with Honda's folding Magic Seat, "which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space." The Magic Seat has been a favorite feature among reviewers in the Fit since ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, 2015 Honda HR V

Redesigned 2015 Subaru Outback Unveiled at New York Auto Show

Subaru Outback Subaru has officially pulled the wraps off the all-new 2015 Outback at the New York International Auto Show. The automaker says in a press release that the redesigned Outback “offers the roomiest interior, most capable chassis and highest fuel-efficiency in the model’s 20-year history.” The base 2015 Outback 2.5i comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower, while the highest Outback 3.6R Limited features a 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine. For 2015, Subaru has phased out ... continue reading»

Tags: Redesigns, Subaru Outback, Model News, New York Auto Show

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