Test Drive: 2019 Subaru Ascent

Function and straightforward design meet for the brand's roomiest-ever offering

by Michael Frank Subaru didn’t make cars until after the end of WWII, but the company’s DNA goes back to 1915 and includes everything from trucks to aircraft and motor scooters. Unlike many carmakers whose roots were in the luxury realm of making automobiles (after all, even in the US, cars were anything but affordable for the masses until well after the 1945), the group …

Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Impreza

Updated talent and understated charm yield an unexpectedly good ride

If you didn’t know any better, you might think the Subaru Impreza is simply another five-passenger sedan, with a five-door hatch variant that slots into the crowded, entry-level segment of the compact class. But, if you’ve awaited the all-new fifth-generation model, you’ll know this quiet charmer comes from extraordinary genes, is affordably priced starting at just over $18K, has standard all-wheel drive, and gets up …

Test Drive: 2015 Subaru Outback in Yellowstone

An adventure vehicle that handles expertly in the backcountry's mudpots and mountains

by Sasha Barkans “There are Washburn Expedition reports from 1870 suggesting these springs sounded like distant artillery,” our guide shouts over the bellowing Dragon’s Mouth Spring in Yellowstone National Park. As he tells us about the minerals and bacterium responsible for the otherworldly geographical features surrounding us, it’s hard to understand how difficult it must it have been, in 1870, for explorers to navigate these …