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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 21st, 2015

A few days back we looked at a teaser for a new Mitsubishi Outlander that will make its appearance at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. Since we showcased a Mitsubishi Outlander auction find not too long ago, today we’re going to showcase one of the Outlander’s primary competitors from another underdog Japanese automaker. And that brings us to today’s auction find – a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT

This is a fourth-generation Forester, so basically the exact model that any new Mitsubishi Outlander will be competing against. Even though it’s technically a 2013MY, it’s still a worthy comparison to make today. Let’s start with the exterior, which is Crystal Black Silica for this model.

The Forester has a surprisingly distinguished aesthetic. Where other automakers home in on a flowing, fluid body style, which is in turn accompanied by excessively large grilles, the 2015 Subaru Forrester we see here is rugged and edgy. It doesn’t have the swooping body lines you’d find on a Mazda CX-5 or, to a lesser degree, one of the new Toyota RAV4s. This is a car that really looks like an SUV.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT rear view

We’ll also point out that even though it’s not overbearingly large and looks nothing like a swoop or a smile, the grille on the Forester here is actually quite stylish. It has a bold chrome outline over a simple trapezoidal spindle grille. It stands out because there’s not much chrome throughout the rest of the body; the fog lights are the only other element to make use of that material.

Any research at all into the redesigned fourth-generation Subaru Forrester will reveal a host of positive reviews. Consumers at Kelley Blue Book rated the fourth-generation Subaru Forester (which would’ve hit Japanese dealerships as a 2013MY) at 8.1 out of 10 for its reliability, good fuel economy (without sacrificing all-wheel drive) and a well-appointed interior. The Forester is generally regarded as an SUV with great all-around value.

Since this is a Forrester 2.0XT, you will find a powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine paired with a Lineartronic CVT transmission. System output is rated at 280PS or 276 horsepower. This model also comes with EyeSight Driver Assist System, which was newly integrated in the refreshed 2013MY.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT interior

Since this is an XT model, you’ll enjoy a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch alloy wheels (see pictures above) and chassis bracing to better handle the extra output from the turbocharged engine. This means flatter cornering and better overall handling, without having any effect on ride comfort. And, you get all that with an EPA rated 32 mpg highway.

To learn more about this 2013 Subaru Forrester Japanese car auction find, just keep reading below the auction sheet for a full translation of its specs:

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT auction sheet

“Grade 5, interior A, first registered June 2013, 12,424KM, 2.0 XT i-Sight model, 2WD, FAT, AAC, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, digital TV, reversing rearview camera, cruise control, half-leather seats, seat heater, push button starter, smart key, HID, power seat, original 18 inch AWs, 1 x spare smart key, scratches and dents, marks as per map”


Lexus and Mazda Win US Kelley Blue Book’s Cost to Own Award

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

High-impact car awards don’t come very often. The last one we covered was the Japan Car of the Year Award in December, which went to the Mazda CX-5. Then there was last month’s Green Car Technology Award given to (again) Mazda for their SkyActiv technologies. However, the GCTOY award is very narrow in its scope, so it doesn’t have the same significance as one with industry-wide competition.

However, this week we get another high-impact, industry-defining award in the form of the US Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award.

The winner?

Mazda logo

You guessed it – Mazda. They took home the overall 2013 5-Year Cost to Own Award, while Lexus claimed the same award for the luxury class.

KBB also does segment-by-segment awards, and you’ll find several other Japanese cars among those winners. Let’s take a look:

  • Scion (Toyota) iQ won the Subcompact Car segment.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander won the Mid-Size SUV segment.
  • Acura RDX took home the Luxury Compact segment.
  • Lexus GS won the Luxury Car category.
  • Toyota Tacoma won the Mid-Size Pickup segment.
  • Mazda5 won the Minivan segment.
  • Toyota Highlander (Kluger) Hybrid won the Hybrid SUV segment.
  • Honda Insight won the overall Alternative Energy segment.

Aside from the overall award, you can see that Mazda actually only won one segment. So why did they end up on top? To understand the answer to that question, you need to know what KBB looks at when determining the 5-Year Cost to Own Award.

You might assume that KBB’s cost-analysis is primarily based on value-depreciation. While this is certainly a factor, it is only one of many. According to the press release, KBB also looks at “expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees for new models.” In other words, they’re taking into consideration any and every cost associated with a given vehicle over the first five years of ownership.

KBB elaborates on Mazda’s victory by pointing out that “despite an average Fair Purchase Price higher than several of its competitors, Mazda offers the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own because of its low depreciation, fuel costs, and maintenance and repair costs across its full model lineup.” A pretty impressive judgment coming from the most prominent automotive financial experts in the world.

With this award I think it’s safe to say that Mazda is on an undeniable hot-streak. Thanks to their newly-integrated SkyActiv technologies it’s no surprise that they came out on top. While the rest of the industry thumbs their nose at Mazda’s simple-minded goals – I mean, they don’t even have a luxury brand! – this same simple-minded dedication to reliable and efficient cars is continuing to pay off in spades. Japanese cars did very well in this year’s Cost to Own Award, but there is no doubt that 2013 is the year of Mazda – mark my words!

Source: Autoblog