Subaru Engineering

Engineered to Outperform

Over the past 60 years, Subaru has forged a reputation for designing, engineering and building vehicles that inspire an unmatched level of driving confidence.

In that time, we have experienced significant breakthroughs, including the legendary SUBARU BOXER engine. The equally famous Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system. The recently introduced RWD system on the exhilarating BRZ sports coupe. The robust DC3 (Dynamic Chassis Control) system. And a rally-honed, fully independent suspension system.

These advances work in conjunction to deliver a completely unique driving experience that encompasses superior response, nimble handling and complete peace of mind — plus a whole lot of fun behind the wheel.

Better Handling

subaru_better_handlingThe low centre of gravity improves stability in the corners, contributing to a more comfortable ride, crisper handling and great accident avoidance capabilities.

Better Acceleration

subaru_better_accelerationThis engine type is compact, lightweight and symmetrically positioned low in the chassis to create smoother and more direct power delivery.

Better Performance Efficiency

subaru_better_performanceThe pistons move side-to-side, an inherently better-balanced design, so they create less vibration, generate better performance, and ensure reduced wear and tear on moving parts.

Better Crashworthiness

subaru_better_worthinessThe horizontally opposed engine is relatively compact and has a low profile compared to similar displacement engines, so it’s able to slide underneath the cabin in a severe frontal collision.

Safety + Security = Confidence in motion

Subaru has forged a reputation for building vehicles that offer superior levels of protection through the use of the most technologically advanced active and passive safety systems available. The end result: vehicles that inspire confidence on every type of road, under all possible conditions and at all times. No surprise, then, that the Subaru lineup continues to earn excellent safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Active Safety

The combination of a world-class drive system, striking agility, superior visibility and class-leading active safety systems such as Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), Subaru Rear/Side Vehicle Detection (SRVD) and EyeSight® gives Subaru vehicles excellent evasive capabilities. These technologies represent the critical first line of defence and the best way to avoid a potential accident in the first place.

Passive Safety

In the event that an accident is unavoidable, every Subaru boasts a wide range of passive safety systems that are designed to deliver class-leading levels of protection. Each vehicle features exceptionally rigid construction and incorporates the latest technologies, like a full suite of airbags, ring-shaped reinforcement safety cell and collapsible pedals. Together, these advances minimize collision damage and, in turn, generate much greater peace of mind.

Subaru Awards & Accolades

Awards and Accolades

There are many different reasons to choose a vehicle, but the Subaru difference just might be the most compelling reason of all. Our commitment to designing and engineering high-quality, safe, fun-to-drive vehicles is second to none. Our approach is designed to give the Subaru driver an unsurpassed level of confidence behind the wheel.

This dedication has also helped us to consistently rank as one of the industry’s top manufacturers. But there’s no need to take our word for it; just read on and learn about all the awards and accolades Subaru has received in the recent past.

  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS Top Safety Pick+
    Highest safety ratings in the industry. IIHS conducts vehicle tests to determine how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash. To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn acceptable or good rating in the small overlap front (passenger-side) test, good ratings in the small overlap front (driver-side), moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. To earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, vehicles must offer an autonomous emergency breaking system.
  • Automotive Lease Guide ALG 2018 Residual Value Awards
    For the fourth consecutive year, Subaru was named the 2018 Best Mainstream Brand for ALG’s Canadian Residual Value Award.
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada AJAC Best New Car Awards
  • Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value for Overall Brand - Car Category

2018 WRX &
WRX STI

Powered by a turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine and featuring the world-famous Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system, the Subaru WRX and WRX STI provide an exhilarating driving experience from start to finish. They are adrenaline-fueled, fun and affordable Japanese sports cars.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick+ (with optional EyeSight®
and Specific Headlights)
(2nd year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2017 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) 2018 Residual
Value Award - Sports Car Segment. (3rd year in a row)


2018 BRZ

This 2+2 sports coupe boasts smoking hot looks and the performance to match. The pulse-pounding BRZ 2-door has been engineered to deliver the most exhilarating, safest and most confidence-inspiring experience possible.

The Car Guide’s 2013 Best Buys
Best New Car of the Year

Auto123.com
2013 Sports Car of the Year



2018 Crosstrek

Engineered like no other crossover on the planet, the Crosstrek delivers full-on SUV capabilities like symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, 1500lb of towing capacity and generous ground clearance. The second generation Crosstrek is built on the Subaru Global Platform which allows the vehicle to be lighter and stronger, along with sporty handling and increased stability.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick (with optional EyeSight,)
Specific Headlights & built after Oct. 2017)
(7th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2012 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Automotive Lease Guide (ALG)
2018 Residual Value Award -
Subcompact Utility Vehicle Segment
(3rd year in a row)



2018 Impreza

The Impreza is much more than you’d expect in a compact car. It is built on the new Subaru Global Platform which provides improved handling, increased safety standards, and a spacious interior. These qualities make the award-winning Subaru Impreza one of the most popular AWD compact cars in the country.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick+ (with optional EyeSight®
and Specific Headlights)
(11th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2008 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Automotive Lease Guide (ALG)
2018 Residual Value Award -
Compact Car Segment
(8 times in 10 years)



2018 Forester

Surprisingly agile yet rugged to the core, the Subaru Forester puts the sport back into SUV. It has also earned plenty of attention in the compact SUV segment for its high levels of versatility, safety and value.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick (with optional EyeSight® and
Specific Headlights)
(12th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2007 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2017 Best New Small Utility Vehicle

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award winner

Motor Trend’s 2014 Sport/Utility of the Year®



2018 Outback

Perfect for back roads or any road for that matter, the Outback delivers all-weather capability, massive versatility and unexpected car-like handling. These stellar qualities are wrapped up in a stylish package and backed by class-leading safety systems.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick+ (with optional EyeSight®,
Specific Headlights & built after Sept. 2017)
(10th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2009 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Auto123.com
2016 Best Midsize car of the Year

Automotive Lease Guide (ALG)
2018 Residual Value Award - Midsize Utility Vehicle
(2 Row) Segment (8th year in a row)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2015 Best New SUV/CUV (Under $35k)

The Car Guide's 2015 Best Buys -
Best Crossover (6th year in a row)


2018 Legacy

With nimble handling, rock-solid reliability and award-winning safety the Legacy is a mid-size sedan, Subaru style. Dynamic styling, impressive fuel economy and outstanding value also have the experts talking.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
2018 Top Safety Pick+ (with optional
EyeSight® and Specific Headlights)
(13th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2006 - 2018))

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
Superior Front Crash Prevention (6 out of 6 rating)
(EyeSight® equipped models)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2015 Best New Family Car (Under $30k)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2015 Canadian Car of the Year award winner

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