Can You Identify These Subarus from a Photo?

By: Robin Tyler
Image: Youtube via SubaruGlobalTV

About This Quiz

For years, Subaru has made performance sedans that don't only put out incredible performance figures but handle just as well, so they can go fast and around corners, a sometimes unappreciated fact!

Although their latest models are loved by millions, the company has a rich history, dating back decades. The Subaru brand formed part of Fuji Heavy Industries which eventually morphed into the Subaru Corporation.

The company was building its first cars as far back as the late 1950s. These were typical Japanese offerings in the Kei (City) car class and easily identified by their small bodies and even smaller engines. But they were perfect for the Japanese market. 

Subaru really came to the fore in the early 1990s with the release of the Impreza. This was an impressive performance car that was loved all over the world and even went on to dominate the world rally scene. Even more models began to flood western markets, including hatchbacks, station wagons, and even SUVs. 

Today, Subaru remains a strong brand, not only in Japan but throughout the world.

So in this quiz, we are going to test your knowledge of Subaru models past and present. Will you be able to identify them from a single image?

Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide

Subaru makes​ amazing performance cars noted for their incredible handling. So how does their off-roader fair? Well, it’s pretty awesome in fact. Not only good value for the money, the Outback offers symmetrical all-wheel drive, excellent ground clearance and an impressive power plant.

First launched in 1997, this compact crossover from Subaru is currently in its fourth generation. With seating for five, impressive cargo space and above average gas mileage figures, the Forester is not be overlooked in the crossover segment.

This adorable model came out five years after Subaru was founded in 1953. A rear-engined two door car designed for the city, this Subaru lasted for 12 years in production.

The Exiga is a crossover utility vehicle (CUV) which has formed part of the Subaru fleet since 2008. Essentially a wagon, the Exiga carries five passengers and cargo with ease. The top of the range model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine capable of producing 221 brake horsepower.

Marketed between 2005 and 2014, the Tribeca is a crossover SUV in the mid-sized range. Only 76,000 units were sold in the United States over a ten year period despite 50,000 units sold in the first three years!

The Legacy is a 4-door sedan first released in 1989, originally in the compact car segment but now as part of the mid-sized segment. Not only does it offer all-wheel drive but it includes a boxer engine, which not only provides excellent power but improves handling as well.

This export-only coupe-utility was never sold in Japan, although many were imported into the country. The BRAT was sold in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Engine options were either a 1.6 or 1.8-liter flat four option with either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive.

This funky looking Kei-class vehicle was first introduced by Subaru in 2005 and continued in production until 2010. Essentially, this is a two-door version of Subaru's R2, which is powered by one of three 650cc engines, one of which is supercharged.

- The Rex, a microcar from Subaru, was produced between 1972 and 1992. Unbelievably, early models were powered by a two-stroke 350 cc engine although larger engines were made available, including a 750cc option in second generation export versions of the car.

Built between 2002 and 2006, this all-wheel-drive utility vehicle certainly had a unique look. Bajas were powered by a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with the top of the range model including a turbo. Unfortunately, this unique car only managed to sell 30,000 units in around four years.

Subaru models are known for their incredible handling and the WRX is no different. This is thanks to the all-wheel-drive configuration found on this model. But it offers so much more, including a high-performance engine producing up to 300 brake horsepower as well as enough interior space and a comfortable ride. More than 100,000 of these high-performance cars have been sold in the United States since 2012.

A concept car, this station wagon used polycarbonate panels in strategic places to make it as light as possible. It was powered by a 2.0-liter engine.

Produced for three generations from 1971 to 1994, the Subaru Loyale was the Leon under another name badge. The first generation was available as a two or four-door with a range of body configurations including coupe, station wagon, ​and pickup.

Essentially, the Subaru Traviq was a rebadged Opel Zafira which was marketed in Japan. This deal also allowed General Motors to sell the Subaru Forester as the Chevrolet Forester in India.

The Subaru 1000 formed part of the Japanese government's classification for compact cars. The 1000 became the first model from Subaru to use the famed Boxster engine, although the small 977cc motor produced only 55 brake horsepower. The 1000 was available in a number of body formats, including 2-door and 4-door sedan as well as a station wagon.

A prototype of sorts, the 1500, also called the P1, was Subaru's attempt to see how its production lines would handle producing a car as opposed to the scooters they were producing. Only 20 were produced with six serving as taxies for testing purposes.

Built between 1971 and 1972, the FF1 G was a subcompact vehicle available in a number of body styles, including 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan or 5-door wagon.

With its very different looks (strange for the '90s and even to this day), the SVX immediately made heads turn. This 2-door coup grand tourer was produced between 1991 and 1996.

This concept car from 1989 took the form of a luxury sports wagon.

The Subaru Trezia is a rebadged Toyota Ractis and included an STI tuned model.

With Colin McRae at the wheel, the Subaru Impreza 555 won World Rally manufacturers' championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. McRae won the driver's title in 1995.

Produced between 1969 and 1973, the FF1 Star was a development of Subaru's 1000 model. Powered by a 1.1-liter engine, the FF1 Star was even released in the United States in 1970 and 1971.

Also known as the Tutto or Trendy, this three or five-door hatchback was marketed from 1984 to 2010. Engine options on the Justy included either a 1.0 or 1.1-liter petrol driven capable of producing around 50 brake horsepower. Justys marketed in the United States included a 4WD option.

Marketed in the compact car segment, the Leone was manufactured between 1971 and 1994. During this time, three generations were produced. The Leone (meaning lion) was powered by a range of Boxter engines and owners had the option of four-wheel drive. This vehicle came in a range of body options, including a station wagon, hatchback coupe as well as sedan.

This mid-sized station wagon has been part of the Subaru fleet since 2014. The top of the range model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine. The Levorg is sold in Japan as well as in Europe.

The XV first joined the Subaru fleet in 2011. This SUV offers both diesel and petrol engine options. This is essentially an SUV version of the Impreza.

This small microcar was an update from the Subaru 360 and produced from 1969 to 1972. More than 25,000 orders were placed in the first month of the car having been released in 1969. The R-2 was powered by a 350cc engine.

A joint venture between Toyota and Subaru, the BRZ is exactly the same vehicle as the Toyota 86. First produced in 2012, this two-seat sports car is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Powered by either a 1.0 or 1.2-liter engine, the Sumo was a microvan released by Subaru between 1983 and 1998. With a five-speed manual gearbox, some even had the option of four-wheel drive.

As with many Japanese manufacturers, Subaru is an expert when it comes to producing Kei cars. The Vivio, marketed between 1992 and 1998 is just another example. The Vivio was powered by a 650cc motor and had a number of body style options, including two and three-door hatchbacks as well as Targa tops. Vivio's even entered a number of rally events in the early 1990s!

Subaru models are known for their incredible handling and the WRX is no different. This is thanks to the all-wheel-drive configuration found on this model. But it offers so much more, including a high-performance engine producing up to 300 brake horsepower as well as enough interior space and a comfortable ride.

Marketed over a six-year stretch from 1985 to 1991, this two-door coupe was also known as Alcoyne and Vortex. Powerplant options included either a 1.8 or 2.7-liter petrol engine and certain models even had four-wheel drive. The XT was incredibly aerodynamic and had one of the lowest drag coefficients of all the production cars produced at that time.

In the United States, the Subaru Impreza was marketed as the Crosstrek from the fourth generation onward.

The Ascent is a 7-seater SUV introduced by Subaru in 2018. It is powered by 2.4-liter Boxter engine which produces 260 brake horsepower.

Powered by a gas/electric hybrid engine, the B9 Scrambler is a stunning two-seater concept car first shown at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show. If only Subaru would put it into production.

This concept sports car with a coupe shape was introduced by Subaru in 2003. Powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbo engine, it's one of those vehicles you wish the automaker had put into production.

First shown in 2005, the B5 has a turbo parallel hybrid powerplant. Subaru claimed that it would get 40 miles to the gallon. Suppose we will never know as it never went into production.

These concept SUVs from Subaru were first unveiled in 2013. Since then, the company has shown six more models.

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