SUBARU MODELS WIN U.S BEST-IN-CLASS AWARDS

Mon, 07/03/2011

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in the United States has again recognised Subaru vehicles as "Best" in their categories in its annual buyers guide.

The Forester 2.5 XT Premium All-Wheel Drive was designated "Best in Class" for Small Crossovers, Outback 2.5i LTD All-Wheel Drive won "Best in Class" and "Best Resale" in the Wagons category, and WRX All-Wheel Drive four-door was named "Best Resale" in the US$25,000 to US$30,000 category.

Kiplinger's evaluates "Best in Class" winners on performance, value and safety. "Best Resale" winners were selected using the Kelley Blue Book's estimated trade-in price.

"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."

Kiplinger's notes that the Forester - also recognized by the publication in 2009 as the "Best New Crossover" - boasts "agile handling, high resale values, [and] loads of cargo space." The Forester, like all other Subaru models, is also a 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

2011 is the second year that the Outback was awarded "Best in Class." In addition to "stylish design, strong resale values and heaps of utility," the publication calls the 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine "powerful without pushing down fuel economy."

Kiplinger's also explains that the "turbocharged version of the Impreza boosts the three-year resale value from the base model's 51per cent to 55 per cent - and bumps up horsepower by 95 to 265 horses. That's a feat few in this category can achieve with only four cylinders."

ABOUT SUBARU

Every Subaru sold in Australia features Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a horizontally opposed Boxer engine, standard Vehicle Dynamics Control electronic stability program, and a five-star rating for occupant safety from the independent Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The result - driving confidence