Subaru got its start in Japan in the early 1950s, when a number of companies came together to form Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. The word Subaru, which is Japanese for 'unite', was chosen for the automotive division, and engineers began developing cars and trucks. By the mid-60s, Subaru had launched a number of innovative models that featured unique technology, such as a front-wheel drive system that is coupled with a horizontally opposed engine, according to Edmunds. In 1968, the automaker made its debut with the 360, a compact car that was marketed as 'cheap and ugly' and cost $1,297.
In the 1970s, Subaru started to stand out from the crowd by introducing a four-wheel-drive (4WD) option on its GL/DL models, an industry first. These quickly became popular for drivers who lived in regions with inclement weather, and the automaker kept delivering winning vehicles. About a decade later, the Legacy was introduced in place of the GL/DL, or the Loyale as it was also known. Perhaps the most popular model offered by Subaru is the Impreza and its sporty companion, the WRX. The WRX model is often used for racing and lauded by automotive enthusiasts for its power and precision handling.
Drivers who enjoy affordability in addition to quality may want to consider a used Subaru. Since the initial asking price of one of these vehicles is already comparatively low, buying used will guarantee an affordable price tag. New Jersey Auto Auction provides a variety of Subaru models for car shoppers to see for themselves.