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Subaru’s New Vehicle Warranty Makes Toyota Look Bad

Subaru customers in Australia get a new 5-year vehicle Warranty for the new year. See how it makes Toyota look bad.


Subaru customers in Australia have reason to celebrate even more in 2019. Subaru announced they are boosting their new car warranty from 3 years to 5 years as of January 1, 2019. The new deal covers all new 2019 Subaru Forester, Outback, Crosstrek (XV in global markets), Impreza, Liberty (Legacy in the U.S.), Levorg, WRX/STI and BRZ. Subaru’s capped price servicing program also now stretches to five years across the entire Subaru lineup.

It makes Toyota Australia look bad because the Toyota 86 with the identical drivetrain as the Subaru BRZ, still only offers a 3-year 100,000km warranty, whichever comes first. Subaru Australia now offers 5-year with unlimited km on all vehicles. A report from CarAdvice says Toyota told them on New Year’s Eve that the warranties were not about to change from their current three-year coverage. This could send those customers over to Subaru to get the better deal on the BRZ instead of buying a near-identical Toyota 86 twin.

“This latest move to five-year warranty and Capped Price Servicing offers yet more peace-of-mind for our customers, who are among the most loyal in the Australian automotive industry,” said Subaru Australia Managing Director Colin Christie. “While we have had periods of promotional five-year warranty on some models in recent times, this development offers our customers consistency right across the range.”

How it compares to Subaru USA’s new vehicle warranty

Subaru of America (SOA) customers don’t get quite as good a deal as down under. SOA offers basic coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, and covers the entire vehicle. Powertrain coverage for all models is 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Warranties do not come from Subaru Corporation but are determined by each Subaru distributor. Subaru Canada offers a similar warranty on all vehicles as SOA.

Subaru BRZ sales along with new Forester, Outback and XV could take a jump in 2019 with the news of the new 5-year unlimited km vehicle warranty on all models.

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David Brandeburg (not verified)    January 17, 2019 - 11:48AM

2017 Outback owner, going to buy a 2020 when available.
Why 5 yr in Australia and the standard 3yr/36k in the states. ????