While first brought to the states by Philadelphian Malcolm Bricklin in 1968 and Cherry Hill, N.J.-based these past 25 years, Subaru of America has never been on a roll like it is right now.
Have you caught the new, car-themed April issue of Consumer Reports? It rates Subaru as the number one brand overall, in a report card reflecting on vehicle performance, comfort, utility and reliability. Oh, and the newly redesigned, all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza and Subaru Forester ranked first in their respective categories - Small Sedans and Small SUVs.
More positive buzz will surely be forthcoming at the New York International Auto Show next month, where Subaru will introduce a high tech electronic safety system for its rides, the likes of which has been only available to date in luxury cars from Mercedes Benz, Jaguar and Volvo.
Subaru's affordable variant is called EyeSight and will add about $2,000 to the cost of a 2013 Legacy sedan or Outback wagon (starting in the $20,000-$24,000 range.) Utilizing two stereo cameras mounted in the upper edge of the windshield, EyeSight offers three main safety features. Pre-collision Braking Control and Collision Mitigation pre-charges or applies the brakes when it senses trouble ahead. Lane Departure and Sway Warning gives a wakeup call when sensing you're straying out of the lane. Adaptive Cruise Control locks onto the car in front of you at speeds up to 87 mph and maintains a safe distance.