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The New Subaru Forester, Outback, And Crosstrek Are Both An SUV And A Lifestyle Choice

What is the best SUV to buy? The 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek are SUVs you should put on your shopping list, but what makes them a lifestyle choice?

If you are looking for the best SUV to buy this year there are a multitude of good choices. You can get any number of models that offer utility, good fuel mileage, safety technology, and a comfortable cabin. Then there are the 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek SUVs that are more than an SUV. They are also a lifestyle choice.

Subaru is a small automaker compared with other brands in the U.S., but the Camden N.J. automaker gives customers a way to connect with their SUV like no other brand. The all-wheel-drive models offer more than a way to commute to work or get groceries on the weekend. The Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek will become part of the family.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Why do customers buy another Subaru? The Japanese automaker created a brand that has become a lifestyle choice, not a car company. Subaru has done a masterful job of creating a brand identity that resonates with consumers that goes beyond the retailer's showrooms. Tom Doll, Subaru of America CEO, recently told Bloomberg that sales took off when they “stopped acting like a car company.”

Subaru reaches out to people from every demographic and connects with animal lovers, those with active lifestyles, millennials, performance enthusiasts, senior adults, and the gay community. It’s not something new for the automaker. They have been doing it for decades.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru has formed partnerships with organizations like the National Park Service to clean up the environment. Customers connect with the automaker because they also care about keeping our National Parks clean and recycling waste.

Subaru’s partnership with ASPCA has affected the lives of over 10,000 animals, and they also have the “Make a Dogs Day” campaign. They have teamed up with Make-A-Wish, Adopt A Classroom, Center for Pet Safety, Meals on Wheels, and other charitable organizations customers identify with. Subaru recently donated 50 million meals to Feeding America food banks.

2020 Subaru Outback, 2020 Subaru Forester, 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

The small car company carved out a niche market with its all-wheel-drive vehicles but they go beyond transportation and have created models customers identify with as a lifestyle choice. The 2020 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek represent its customer's adventurous, outdoor lifestyles, and beyond.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Jim Walsh (not verified)    June 23, 2020 - 11:40PM

Your article is confusing. In paragraph 2 , it states"Subaru is a small automaker compared with other brands in the U.S., but the Camden N.J. automaker ...".
But then in paragraph 3 , it states "Why do customers buy another Subaru? The Japanese automaker..."
Yes, Subaru is the Japanese corporation that builds, among other products, all Subarus -some in Japan (Forester, Crosstrek, BRZ), some in Lafayette, IN. (Impreza, Legacy, Outback, Ascent). The Subaru Of America marketing organization does no manufacturing, but does promote and sell Subarus in the USA.

Joyce honig (not verified)    June 24, 2020 - 7:23AM

subaru might be great for causes but not do much to customers. I bought 2020 forester touring have had an issue for 3 weeks with the software and computer and it's been in the shop more than with me . I asked for a new car ti be swapped since I got it 3 weeks ago and subaru keeps giving me the same line we're trying to fix it and we sympathize with u. I don't want new parts on a brand new car. they say customers are family, baloney.

Fred Farage (not verified)    June 25, 2020 - 3:11AM

In reply to by Joyce honig (not verified)

Very disappointed with my 2015 Outback and will not be purchasing another. Had problems with the voice recognition system from the beginning. Replaced wheel bearings at 70k miles and now at 90k I have a cracked exhaust manifold.