Subaru’s Liberty (called Legacy outside Australia) starts at $34,804 (drive away NSW) and that is a whole lot of car for the money.
Unlike other brands from the land of the rising sun, Subaru is imported by a 3rd party. The likes of Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Mitsubishi are imported by a subsidiary of the manufacturer. Subaru is imported by Inchcape. Inchcape has interests globally, but in Australia supplies logistics (transport and customs clearing) for many brands. It also imports and distributes French brands Citroën and Peugeot, as well as owning luxury retailer outlets such as Trivett.
Except for the BRZ sports car, all Subarus have AWD (All Wheel Drive).
Liberty is a deceptively large car and will fit 5 adults in relative comfort on short to medium trips, 4 for longer jaunts.
There are 3 Liberty models: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, and 3.6R. The latter is a 6 cylinder.
The metalwork is handsome. Subaru’s corporate face includes a large hexagonal grille with auto Halogen headlights (LED in 2.5i Premium). Chrome touches around the windows highlight a slightly coupe-look to the silhouette.
In profile, Liberty looks muscular thanks to deep character lines on the upper and lower doors, and front mud guards that bulge out over the wheel arches. My inner bogan wants to fit a fat set of rubber shoes to make the most of the wide, low look.
All Liberty models score 18” alloy wheels and LED tail lights. Only the 2.5i misses out on cool headlights that turn with the steering wheel. LED DTRLs (day time running lights) give the Subaru a signature look as it comes up in your rear-view mirror. You couldn’t mistake it for any other brand. They outline the headlights and can be easily seen even in direct sunlight.