Subaru Crosstrek adds a bigger engine and new trim level for 2021

There’s also a redesigned front end and new driver-assist technologies


Subaru is adding some extra oompf to its Crosstrek for 2021, which will offer a new 2.5L four-cylinder in an equally-new “Outdoor” trim level for Canadians, as well as in the Limited trim.

The new engine will be available alongside the 2.0L four-cylinder that’s currently the only choice in the Crosstrek. While the 2.0L makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, the 2.5L churns out 182 horses and 176 lb-ft.

Both engines are Subaru’s trademark horizontally-opposed configuration, and all Crosstrek trim levels include full-time all-wheel-drive.

The 2021 Crosstrek also gets a new grille and wheel design, and the EyeSight package of driver-assist safety technologies, standard on all models equipped with a CVT, adds lane-centering assist to its adaptive cruise control. A heated steering wheel becomes standard on the Touring and Sport trim levels.

All Crosstrek models feature a driver-selectable X-Mode for slippery or off-road conditions, but the new Outdoor uses a dual-function X-Mode system with settings for snow/dirt, and for deep snow/mud. The new trim level also includes a new front-view camera for parking or entering blind intersections; unique 17-inch wheels; exterior accents in gunmetal colouring; all-weather upholstery with yellow stitching; and optional Plasma Yellow Pearl paint.

Pricing for the 2021 Crosstrek will be announced at a later date.

Automakers help source and pay for PPE needed by dealers.

Dillan Defoy, an employee at Subaru of Niagara, wears some of the personal protective equipment required during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dealers tasked with implementing health-and-safety protocols are getting varying degrees of automaker support ranging from sourcing sought-after personal protective equipment to covering part of the cost of supplies designed to combat COVID-19.

Alex Digenis, who owns two franchised dealerships and a used-vehicle store in Ontario’s Niagara region, estimated the bill to install plexiglass barriers and purchase such items as gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and hazmat suits for his vehicle-cleaning crew at his Subaru store, alone, is running into the thousands of dollars. The automaker, he said, has pledged to cover half of his costs.

“Subaru has been gracious enough and understanding enough to say, ‘this is a new reality’ and … they’re going to help share the expense, which I thought was quite lovely of them to do,” said Digenis.

Julie Lychak, Subaru spokeswoman, said the automaker has set a maximum limit on the amount it will subsidize, although she did not elaborate. Eligible items, “include all PPE and some communication materials,” said Lychak.

“It is a comprehensive list and the intention is to work with the region and dealership needs rather than produce a definitive list.”

Across the country, dealers are in different stages of reopening their stores as provincial governments loosen stay-at-home restrictions as long as businesses comply with new health-and-safety guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the highly infectious novel coronavirus. In Ontario, which had removed vehicle sales from the list of essential services, began allowing dealerships to reopen their showrooms by appointments only as of May 4.

But demand for equipment, such as masks and disinfectant, is outstripping supply, prompting automakers, like Volkswagen, to use the “power of bulk purchasing” to help dealers buy supplies at cost.

“We sourced plexiglass shields for them to place at customer touch-points to protect staff and customers and made them available to our dealers,” said VW Canada spokesman Thomas Tetzlaff. “We moved a lot of those in just a few days.

“Same goes for signage, like the floor signs you see in stores that instruct people to ‘stand here.’ We are also working on sourcing sanitizer.

“All of the stuff … is made available to our dealers without markup. We’re just covering our costs.”

It’s a similar story at Mazda Canada, which has a team “working on sourcing PPE and supplies such as plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizers, commercial-grade disinfectants, and point-of-sale signage for our dealer partners so they don’t have to source it themselves,” said company spokeswoman Sandra Lemaitre.

General Motors Canada is helping dealers source the “proper PPE through an exclusive portal to purchase hand sanitizers, masks and protective shields,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Wright.

While supplies were scarce during the early weeks of the lockdown, they’re starting to flow more steadily, said Andrew Harkness, director of aftersales and quality assurance at Nissan Canada, which is also helping dealers source PPE and disinfectant tools at cost.

“To our knowledge, many of our suppliers are finding sources of PPE, as more and more global suppliers come online and we believe the supply chain will adapt to the new demand for PPE,” Harkness said.

Subaru Named Best Overall Brand and Most Trusted Brand in 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

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MISISSAUGA, ON, April 22, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced it has been honoured in three major categories of the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, including Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand. With this year’s acknowledgement, Subaru has now won Most Trusted Brand for six consecutive years, in addition to three Best Overall Brand awards and four total Best Performance Brand awards.

As recipient of the Best Overall Brand award, Subaru achieved the highest average score across all ratings of non-luxury models, in addition to its Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand titles. Kelley Blue Book shoppers selected Subaru based on the automaker’s reputation for delivering safe, spacious, fuel-efficient vehicles that satisfy the needs of both everyday consumers and those seeking increased utility and performance at the right price point.

“Subaru ownership guarantees more than safety and reliability on the road; it comes with a lifetime of dedication from our Subaru family to yours,” said Yasushi Enami, chairman, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “This award recognizes the values of trust, loyalty and inspiring performance that our brand stands for.”

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automakers’ impressive achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the enthusiasm of the new vehicle buying public. Winners are chosen based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch study.

Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study, which taps into more than 12,000 in-market new-vehicle shoppers in the U.S. annually on The highly comprehensive study offers insight into how shoppers perceive important factors driving their purchase decisions and captures brand/model familiarity and loyalty among new-car shoppers.

Subaru Canada Debuts 2020 BRZ tS at Canadian International Auto Show

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  • BRZ tS returns for 2020 model year with a limited production of 50 units
  • STI-tuned front and rear suspension with Brembo brake system
  • Exclusive new Ceramic White exterior colour with cherry red accents and BRZ tS badging
  • Black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 13, 2020,/CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is excited to announce the return of the BRZ tS, a performance-focused derivative engineered by Subaru Tecnica International, Inc. (STI) specifically for driving enthusiasts. The special edition vehicle will be limited to 50 units.

Introducing the 2020 BRZ tS (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)
Introducing the 2020 BRZ tS (CNW Group/Subaru Canada Inc.)

On the performance side, the 2020 BRZ tS includes: STI-tuned SACHS dampers and coil springs, as well as an STI flexible V-brace in the engine compartment. Draw stiffeners are added to the chassis and sub-frame to improve steering response. The brake system is by Brembo, with four-piston callipers and rotors on the front and dual-piston callipers and rotors on the rear.

The tS comes exclusively in a new Ceramic White exterior colour and is paired with 18-inch wheels in matte-bronze finish wrapped in 215/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The BRZ tS offers customers an understated appearance, featuring a low-profile rear spoiler.

The BRZ tS is adorned with the exclusive cherry red accents around the front grille and unique rear bumper cover. The official BRZ tS badge in chrome and red is displayed on the front grille and rear decklid. The exterior foldable mirrors, roof-mounted shark fin antenna and BRZ badging all have a black finish. The fog lights have been removed and replaced with black fog light insert covers.

The cabin features black leather and Alcantara® upholstery with contrasting red stitching and accents, including on the steering wheel, door and dash panels, knee pads, shifter and emergency brake boots and visor over the gauge cluster. The front seats have red leather bolsters and the seatbacks are embroidered with the BRZ tS logo. The centre console has been updated to a cast black finish. Red front seat belts and a frameless interior rearview mirror are also standard.

Subaru Canada Awarded Three 2020 Canadian Residual Value Segment Awards

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  • Subaru awarded Best Compact Car (Impreza), Best Sports Car (WRX/WRX STI) and Best Subcompact Utility (Crosstrek)
  • Several runner-up finishes include second in MainstreamBrand, second for Midsize Car (Legacy), second for Midsize Utility (2nd row seating) (Outback), second for Midsize Utility (3rd row seating) (Ascent), third for Compact Utility (Forester) and second for Sportscar (BRZ)

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 16, 2020 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is proud to announce that three models have won top segment awards in the 2020 ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards, while the Subaru brand came in second in the overall Mainstream Brand award. The brand has finished in the top two for Mainstream Brand for an unprecedented 11 consecutive years.

“Once again, Subaru has shown us the strength of its brand by capturing top honours in three ALG Residual Value Awards segments and showing consistently strong residual values across its diverse product portfolio,” said Michelle MacDonald, Senior Manager, Industry Solutions at ALG. “The Impreza, WRX and Crosstrek are all standouts in their respective categories and their strong residual values provide peace of mind to prospective buyers when considering vehicle deprecation, which is the most expensive aspect of car ownership.”

ALG is the industry benchmark for projecting future residual values and depreciation data, and the 12th annual ALG awards honoured 2020 vehicles predicted to hold their value better than any other vehicle in the segment.

“Our strategic planning always includes providing long-lasting value to our customers,” said SCI chairman, president and CEO Yasushi Enami. “Awards like these give us confidence that our goals are being achieved.”

Earning the first of Subaru’s three segment awards is the Impreza, named Best Compact Car in the 2020 Canadian Residual Value Awards. This is its fourth consecutive win — and 10th in the last 12 years. In fact, the Impreza has never finished outside of the top two in the compact category.

In the Sports Car segment, the combination of impressive performance and year-round versatility helped secure the ninth overall and fifth straight win for the Subaru WRX and WRX STI.

Finally, the Crosstrek took home top honours in the Subcompact Utility segment. Its fifth consecutive segment win, the Crosstrek has never finished outside of the top three since its introduction for the 2014 model year.

Other vehicles in the Subaru lineup showed strongly in 2020 edition of the awards, with the Ascent three-row SUV finishing second overall in its segment. The Outback finished second in the midsize utility (2nd row seating) segment. Also finishing second in its segment was the Legacy midsize sedan, marking an impressive streak of six straight Top 2 finishes. Finally, Forester finished third in the Compact Utility segment for the second consecutive year, while BRZ finished second in its Sportscar segment, the seventh top-three finish since the model first launched in the 2013 model year.

The annual ALG Canadian Residual Value Awards recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage of their original price after a three-year period for luxury brands and a four-year period for mainstream brands. Awards are given in 27 vehicle segments as well as for the two brands with the highest overall predicted residual values among all mainstream and premium vehicles. This year’s awards are based on 2020 model year vehicles.

The Best Oil For Your New Subaru Engine And How To Get The Longest Life

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The most critical part of ensuring your new Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, WRX /STI or BRZ engine will be reliable for years to come is to remain vigilant on the oil changes. Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and the least expensive maintenance you can do to keep your Subaru running well. The three Cs and main functions of your engine’s oil are to Cushion (lubricates), Clean (removes contaminants), and to keep your Subaru Boxer engine Cool.

How often should I change my engine oil?

Subaru recommends getting your first oil change at 6 months and not more than 9,5000 kilometres. However, it’s a good idea to change it at 5,000-6,500 kilometres since the engine will have just come through the initial break-in period (5,000 kilometres). Especially since a new engine will experience slightly more wear during this time.

Subaru oil change schedule and how often you should change it

Regular maintenance is the key

After your first oil change, Subaru says you should change it every 9,500 kilometres using synthetic oil. But this is if you drive in “normal” conditions. Driving habits and conditions will affect how often you should change your oil.

What are the extreme driving conditions?

Driving patterns such as frequent engine braking (downshifting the transmission in order to decelerate the vehicle), engine operation at sustained high rpm (sustained highway driving or driving in mountainous terrain), frequent acceleration and deceleration (stop-and-go highway traffic) Severe thermal conditions (extreme heat or cold), and idling for extended periods of time (frequent and sustained remote engine-start operation).

change your oil more often in extreme conditions

Extreme conditions require more frequent oil changes

If your vehicle has any of these extreme driving conditions you will need to change your oil more frequently. We would recommend changing it every 6,500-8,000 especially if you have more than one of the extremes above.

What oil should I use?

If your Subaru is a 2011 or newer Forester, a 2012 or newer Impreza, or a 2013 or newer Outback, Legacy, Crosstrek, Ascent, or BRZ, it is required to use synthetic oil. Subaru recommends using Genuine Subaru oil and 0W-20 viscosity in all of these engines, designed for improved fuel economy and increased power. 5W-30 is formulated for the turbocharged engine in the WRX and WRX STI, which runs at higher temperatures. It has increased protection against breakdown, and superior lubrication for optimal fuel economy.

Check the oil level often

If your driving patterns involve any extreme conditions, you will likely experience some oil consumption and need to “top off” your oil between oil changes. Don’t let your Subaru engine go below the bottom dot on your dipstick, or your engine can overheat and you will experience premature engine wear or engine failure.

The best way to ensure your new Subaru Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, WRX /STI or BRZ engine will be reliable for years to come is to remain vigilant on the oil changes.

Redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback and Legacy Snag Safety Awards


2020 Subaru Legacy photo by Christian Lantry

Subaru’s always made safety a part of each vehicle’s winning formula, and its redesigned-for-2020 Outback wagon and Legacy sedan build on that premise. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced that the Outback earned the Top Safety Pick award. The Legacy did one better, nabbing Top Safety Pick Plus honours — the agency’s highest designation.

Both models scored good ratings (out of good, marginal, acceptable or poor) in all six IIHS crash tests, as well as a superior rating (out of superior, advanced, basic or none) in frontal crash prevention. Each vehicle comes standard with Subaru’s EyeSight crash-avoidance system, and IIHS said the system avoided collisions in both its 12- and 25-mph crash tests. The agency also said it evaluated the system for pedestrian crash prevention and it earned a superior rating, though that test is not yet part of the awards criteria.

In headlights, the two models differed. The 2020 Outback lost the Plus designation for the outgoing 2019 Outback because of its acceptable headlight rating, which applies to its base headlights as well as available curve-adaptive LEDs on models built after October 2019. IIHS says curve-adaptive lights on earlier models are rated only marginal.

2020 Subaru Legacy

In terms of competition, the Outback competes in the mid-size SUV class against the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe, which earned the Top Safety Pick Plus award for the 2019 model year, and the Honda Passport, which is a Top Safety Pick. The Legacy goes up against the Honda Accord, a Top Safety Pick, and the Toyota Camry, a Top Safety Pick Plus model.

First Drive: 2020 Subaru Outback


The wheels hummed smoothly across the pavement, trees blurring past, the endless evergreens interspersed with flashes of yellow aspen, painting an autumnal gold-flecked landscape along the road from Whitehorse to Skagway, Alaska.

Subaru had hinted at this kind of wild setting six months ago with transplanted trees decorating a downtown stage for the debut of the 2020 Subaru Outback at the New York Auto Show.

But the real north was more impressive.

Ditto for the Outback, running on the road instead of sitting in static display in midtown Manhattan.

We blasted down Klondike mountain highways and long sweepers, climbed dirt tracks and scrambled gingerly over rocky off-road trails.

First Drive 2020 Subaru Outback

The very first Outback, that also debuted in New York a quarter of a century ago, may not have been the originator of the species, but it certainly popularized a revolutionary take on sport utility, dropping truck-based, ladder frame limitations in favour of car-platform civilities, improved handling and better fuel economy.

It’s a simple enough formula

Take the Subaru Legacy wagon’s inherent advantages of all-wheel-drive and the boxer engine’s lower centre of gravity, add a suspension lift and bigger wheels for more ground clearance, some roof rack rails, funky foglights, also add a splash of SUV-style body cladding, a dash of “Crocodile Dundee” marketing and, ta-daah, the Outback, a new style of SUV was born.

Six generations later, the 2020 Outback is bigger, better and a tiny bit bolder with a slightly revised exterior design, new LED lighting, pushed-out fenders, pronounced wheel arches and restyled lower cladding that is supposed to be “reminiscent of a hiking boot”.

The real changes hide under the skin. The Outback is longer (+36 mm), wider (+57 mm) and taller (+7 mm).

First Drive 2020 Subaru Outback

The new layout allows for more rear legroom (+37 mm) and a slightly longer cargo area (+5 mm). A wider rear track (+15 mm) adds more corresponding space between the wheel wells for increased passenger and luggage room.

And, while we’re back there, let’s mention an all-new hands-free power tailgate along with a revised tonneau cover that conveniently pops up with a nudge of your elbow when you have your hands full.

Up front, the 2020 Outback features a comfy cabin with new interior refinements but the biggest change involves new infotainment options – a base twin seven-inch screen display or an up-sized 11.6-inch vertically-mounted tablet-style display. There are smooth surface controls, duplicated on the steering wheel and, thankfully, some hard-buttoned controls and knobs for volume, tuning, temperature, defrost and other menu items. The system works nicely with minimal hunting, pecking and scrolling. The infotainment includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with a host of other apps including STARLINK telematics.

You can even book your next service appointment onscreen.

Subaru’s EyeSight suite of dynamic assists now comes standard in Outback, adding Lane Centering Assist to a long list of technologies. The DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System that first debuted on the 2019 Forester, monitors drivers via dash cam for distraction or drowsiness.

First Drive 2020 Subaru Outback

First Drive 2020 Subaru Outback

Under the hood, the Outback offers two engine choices. The standard 2.5-litre four-cylinder features 90 percent new parts and now comes with direct injection and auto stop/start (182 hp, 176 lb/ft).

The base engine pulls well enough but, even with a nominal power increase, still feels somewhat limited under passing duress.

The Outback XT lineup returns with a new turbocharged inter-cooled 2.4-litre four-cylinder (260 hp, 277 lb/ft) that improves on the previous optional 3.6-litre six-cylinder version (256 hp, 247 lb/ft). The optional turbo bumps the tow rating to 1,590 kg (3,500 lb).

And it adds a little extra performance chutzpah even on regular octane fuel, knocking almost a full second off the former six-cylinder’s acceleration time, clocking in now at 6.4 sec (0-100 km/h).

Both engines are mated to re-engineered Lineartronic continuously variable transmissions (CVT) with paddle shifters and a new eight-speed manual mode.

First Drive 2020 Subaru Outback

Channeling power to Subaru’s standard Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive, the Outback also features active torque vectoring, a steering assist first introduced on WRX and WRX STI performance models. A standard X-Mode system, designed to tackle all weather and road conditions, adds a new available dual-function version offering Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes for even more on- or off-road capability.

Our off-road testing demonstrated brake-free hill descent control for steep challenges and a new optional front-view camera scans a 180-degree view for tight twists and turns.

Other new features include the LED lighting, roof rails with integrated cross rails with tie-downs, a revised rear camera system with washer, platform reinforcements, new aerodynamic undercovers, added sound absorption materials and innovative mudguard slits to reduce air turbulence and noise.

The 2020 Subaru Outback comes in seven trims – Convenience ($30,695), Touring ($34,795), Limited ($38,995), Premier ($40,995), Outdoor XT ($38,695) Limited XT ($41,795) and Premier XT ($43,695).

I leaned towards the Outdoor XT, a new off-roadish weekend warrior in dark trim – a black grille, black mirrors, black badging and black-painted alloy wheels – along with green accent stitching, weather-resistant fabric seats, all-weather floor mats, a full-size spare and  Dual-function X-Mode. Very nice.

But customers can match their personal preferences with whatever trim and content level they desire, knowing that the Subaru combination of handling and control will tackle any condition with aplomb, from plaza shopping excursions to the roughest cottage tracks.

And, as for taking on the Yukon?

No problem!

Subaru Canada: Second Best August for Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek sales up 20.7 per cent for second best August on record.Forester sales on pace with third best August on record, retailing 1,066 units.

(MISSISSAUGA, ONT.)—Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) today announced August results, retailing 4,730 units in the month of August.

Subaru’s sales results in August keep it within reaching distance of year-to-date sales last year, with the brand just 1.7 per cent off the previous year’s pace when it set its seventh consecutive annual sales record.

Subaru Crosstrek sales were up 20.7 per cent, making August the compact crossover’s second best on record with 1,373 units retailed this past month.

The Subaru Crosstrek took home top honours in its respective segment for best retained value by ALG for the fourth consecutive year, while the Subaru brand was recognized as the Best Mainstream brand for high resale value overall.

The Crosstrek is also a Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with EyeSight driver-assist technology and specific headlights.

Subaru Canada Announces 2020 Forester

Source: Canadian Autoworld

Subaru Canada Announces 2020 Forester To Be In Showroom This September

Subaru Canada has announced that the 2020 Forester will be available in showrooms this September.

It will be powered by a 2.5L direct-injection Subaru Boxer engine offering 182 horsepower and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, and comes paired to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that works with Subaru’s Symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive.

New for 2020 is an enhanced EyeSight system with Lane Centring Assist, now standard on all models.

Subaru Starlink Connected Services will be standard on all but entry-level trims, and the system comes with a free three-year trial subscription and uses the 4G LTE cellular network — and completely separate from customers’ mobile devices — to allow customers to stay connected to their vehicles while also allowing them to receive important information to keep them safe. Integrated directly into the vehicle, the system uses voice-response technology with the addition of live assistance for features such as Advanced Automatic Collision Notification in the event of a collision, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Service.

Other features include remote services, such as remote engine start (including climate control), remote lock and unlock, and remote vehicle locator, as well as vehicle alerts such as speed, boundary or curfew alerts that can all be controlled directly from customers’ smart devices.