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Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595*

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

Less than a month ago, Subaru announced a series of minor revisions for its ruggedized Impreza, the XV Crosstrek. And now it’s revealed US pricing for that updated model.

For 2015, Subaru has introduced a new entry-level model, the XV Crosstrek 2.0i, that starts at $21,595 (*plus an $850 destination charge). That’s $400 less than it used to charge for what was the base 2.0i Premium, which has grown $300 more expensive but includes a new multimedia system. (The destination charge has also increased by $25.)

Go for the CVT instead of the five-speed manual that comes standard and you’ll be looking at $23,295 for the Premium model, and step up to the top-of-the-line Limited trim (which comes with the CVT) and you’ll shell out $24,795 – again, those prices not including delivery. The hybrid version holds the same pricing as the previous model year at $25,995 or $29,295, depending on trim (plus the new $850 destination charge).

The EyeSight system that earned its place on our Technology of the Year shortlist, bundled with the multimedia system, adds another $1,295, the moonroof another $1,000, but if you tick all the options (moonroof, nav, keyless entry, push-button start and EyeSight) it all comes bundled at $2,795. Certain trim levels encompass some of those options though, so prospective buyers will want to thumb through the full press release below.

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Subaru prices 2015 XV Crosstrek from $21,595* originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru EyeSight: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist

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Subaru EyeSight

Peering out of the top of the windshield of a growing number of Subaru models, looking like a pair of cyborg eyes on either side of the car’s rearview mirror, are twin cameras that make up the visible portion of Subaru’s high-tech EyeSight system. For 2015, the stereoscopic camera-based system is available on the Forester, Legacy, Impreza and Outback.

These cameras allow Subaru to equip its vehicles with such safety and convenience features as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking that can slow the car automatically if an imminent accident is detected, even bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.

Subaru has offered EyeSight technology on its vehicles in the United States since the 2013 model year. Newly upgraded for 2015, EyeSight’s smaller cameras now see in color and are capable of scanning further ahead and over a wider swath, which means an EyeSight-equipped car will now be able to respond more quickly. That means a higher chance of accident avoidance for 2015, something everyone on the road will surely appreciate.

The Autoblog team had mixed results with the Eyesight technology when we were in Petoskey, MI testing the slate of vehicles that made the semi-finals. Some testers reported it worked flawlessly, and others said they couldn’t get it to engage when they expected. The Eyesight particularly didn’t like traffic cones, and ran into a few early on in the day.

Still, the technology offers a lot of promise, bringing safety features until now found in more expensive cars to the masses. We’re excited to see this kind of technology progress and improve over the years.

Subaru EyeSight: Autoblog Technology of the Year finalist originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru Viziv GT gears up for Vision Gran Turismo action [w/video]

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Subaru Vizion GT Vision Gran Turismo

Ever wonder what it would look like if Subaru made a big brother to the BRZ, maybe to take on the Nissan GT-R or Japan’s Super GT series? (Well, the BRZ already competes in the GT300 class, but we’re talking about the GT500 major leagues here.) Wonder no more, car fans, because it’d probably look something like this. Only it’s not a road car, and it’s not a racecar. It’s the latest addition to the growing roster of Vision Gran Turismo concepts for GT6.

Borrowing on the design theme put forth by the Viziv concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the Viziv 2 concept showcased the following year, the Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo is envisioned as a racing machine. Its hypothetical hybrid powertrain pairs a 2.0-liter boxer four, turbocharged and direct-injected, to a trio of high-output electric motors to deliver a claimed 591 horsepower and 593 pound-feet of torque.

Carbon fiber construction helps offset the weight of the motors and batteries to keep the hybrid racing shooting brake down to a theoretical 3,000 pounds, with competition-spec aero to keep it glued to the track. Gamers will be able to download it directly in the game as part of the latest update, but you can scope it out right here in the image gallery above and the video and press release below.

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Subaru Viziv GT gears up for Vision Gran Turismo action [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru VIziv GT joins the Gran Turismo Vision clique

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Subaru Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo Concept

The next vehicle in the Vision Gran Turismo series has poked its nose out as part of a new teaser video and it comes from all-wheel-drive specialists Subaru.

Based on the Viziv Concept, the Viziv GT Vision Gran Turismo gets the same sort of racy treatment that we’ve seen on the other VGT cars, with big wheels and aggressive body work. The hood is vented and there’s a whopper of a rear spoiler in place, based on what we can see in the video. We aren’t sure what changes there are to the concept’s diesel-hybrid powerplant, although we’re sure all the details will leak out eventually.

Until then, take a look at the teaser video and let us know what you think by posting down in Comments.

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Subaru VIziv GT joins the Gran Turismo Vision clique originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Six ‘shut up and take my money’ cars

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Any time you see this iconic moment in pop culture – Shut up and take my money! – posted in response to a new car reveal, rumor for an upcoming model or even lip-service to a vehicle that should exist, you can bet there’s some intrinsic good in the idea. Though depending on the person offering up the cash, that good could take the form of extraordinary form, functionality, weight savings, power, handling, etc. You get the idea.

In fact, when I first proposed this list, I reached out to the Autoblog staff to help me brainstorm. Here are some of the ideas they offered up that I ultimately didn’t use: Jaguar XE Coupe, Pagani Huayra Roadster, Mercedes-Benz S-Class “parade car” (cabriolet), Morgan 3-Wheeler with Ducati V-twin, Ford Transit Connectamino (pickup), Mercedes CLA63 AMG, Ford Fusion 5.0, BMW i8 Spyder, Lexus RC-F Shooting Brake, Volvo XC90 Polestar. Oh, and things we collectively wanted to stick Dodge’s Hellcat in were almost as numerous as models that Fiat Chrysler Automotive currently makes (though none quite so compelling as the Grand Cherokee you see above.)

Ultimately though, while I used a couple of ideas from my colleagues, the list of cars I’d shell out for unquestionably is very personal. Though it isn’t complete, what follows is a selection of cars whose very existence would prompt me – or the trust-fund-baby versions of me – to utter without hesitation: “Shut up and take my money.”

Read, enjoy, and then post your own list of Take My Money Cars in Comments below – make Fry proud.

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Six ‘shut up and take my money’ cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video]

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Forza Horizon 2 Falken Car Pack

With over 200 vehicles to choose from, Forza Horizon 2 players are hardly starving for cars out of the box, but the developers at Turn 10 Studios are happy to give gamers even more choices with regularly released downloadable content. The latest Falken Tire Car Pack is now available with six more cars, with one of them being free for everyone.

The $5 pack has quite a range of vehicles to offer, including the classic 1969 Toyota 2000GT and 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C. There’s also the 2014 BMW M4 and 2014 Chevrolet SS. There’s even some choices for those who prefer to drive something a bit more obscure, with the 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa (pictured above) and the 1990 Subaru Legacy RS, which also happens to be available to download for free separate from the package.

Scroll down to read all of the details about each of the new cars and to watch a brief video showing them off in the game.

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Forza Horizon 2’s latest car pack includes Lamborghini Jalpa, Toyota 2000GT [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 04 Nov 2014 14:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Meet the finalists for Autoblog’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award

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Autoblog Technology of the Year

Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many Autoblog editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year’s Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks.

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Meet the finalists for Autoblog’s 2014 Technology of the Year Award originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Consumer Reports says infotainment systems ‘growing first-year reliability plague’

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2014 Consumer Reports Auto Reliability SurveyThe Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey (right) is out, and the top two spots look much the same as last year’s list with Lexus and Toyota in first and second place, respectively. However, there are some major shakeups for 2014, with Acura plunging eight spots from third in 2013 to 11th this year, and Mazda replaces it on the lowest step of the podium. Honda and Audi round out the top five. This year’s list includes six Japanese brands in the top 10, two Europeans, one America and one Korean.

Acura isn’t the only one taking a tumble, though. Infiniti is the biggest loser this year by dropping 14 spots to 20th place. Other big losses come from Mercedes-Benz with an 11-place fall to 24th, and GMC, which declines 10 positions to 19th.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not traditional mechanical bugs hauling down these automaker’s reliability scores. Instead, pesky problems with infotainment systems are taking a series toll on the rankings. According to Consumer Reports, complaints about “in-car electronics” were the most grumbled about element in new cars. Problem areas included things like unresponsive touchscreens, issues pairing phones and multi-use controllers that refused to work right.

The biggest offender was Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system on its new Q50, with over 20 percent of owners reporting problems. The QX60 SUV also was dinged on its reliability. Hence, the Japanese brand dropped 14 places in just a year.

Ford has reason to celebrate, though. Lincoln deserves a gold star for the best improvement by moving up 12 spots to take 15th place. Also, improvements to MyFord Touch helped the Blue Oval to jump three places to 23rd position. According to CR, the Explorer had just a 3-percent complaint rate for its infotainment system, versus a peak of 28 percent for the model in years past.

The data in the table above (click to expand) is based on responses to surveys from CR subscribers. The institute claims that 2014 was its largest one yet, with info gathered for over 1.1 million vehicles. Scroll down to read the full press release about the results.

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Consumer Reports says infotainment systems ‘growing first-year reliability plague’ originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Subaru provides first glimpse at upcoming Forester STI

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Subaru Forester STI teaser

Have you been patiently awaiting an STI version of the Subaru Forester? Your wait may be over soon, good friend, as teaser images of just such a vehicle have surfaced online.

Set to debut on November 25, the 2015 Subaru Forester STI will reportedly feature more aggressive aero and cooling, upgraded rolling stock and brakes, and Subaru Tecnica International’s signature bright-blue paint and red accents.

What we don’t know is what will provide the motivation. There’s a pretty big gap at present between the 250 horsepower offered in the top-of-the-line Forester 2.0XT and the 305-hp WRX STI, and we don’t know where along the spectrum the Forester STI might fall. Nor do we know, for that matter, if it’ll be offered Stateside. But we’re looking forward to finding out.

Subaru provides first glimpse at upcoming Forester STI originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech

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2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid

A couple of months ago, Subaru rolled out a series of minor enhancements for the Impreza, and now it’s performed a similar upgrade to its more rugged counterpart, the XV Crosstrek. For 2015, the XV benefits from available EyeSight driver assistance suite, steering-responsive fog lights and a new 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with a seven-inch version on higher-spec models).

Otherwise the 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek and XV Crosstrek Hybrid are essentially the same as the 2014 models they replace. The requisite 2.0-liter boxer four drives to all four wheels as always, with or without hybrid assist, through either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. Look for the updated model to reach dealers this December, and in the meantime, feel free to peruse the press release below.

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2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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