The latest Subaru Liberty 2015 from Subaru Australis is a real step forward from previous Subaru Libertys. But, tragically, the new Liberty 2015 is looking for love in a world infatuated with SUVs. A family car doesn’t have to be an SUV. Most SUV buyers would be happier in the new Subaru Liberty.

Prices on this new 2015 Liberty have been slashed. They’re three to four grand less for the four-cylinder, and $14,000 has been dissected from the six-cylinder Subaru Liberty.

Where, exactly, did they find $14,000 in savings on the Subaru Liberty 2015? This is the cheapest six-cylinder Liberty ever. And pricing on the four-cylinder Subaru Liberty just woke up back in 2002.

So what’s behind this massive Subaru Liberty 2015 pricing slash-fest? Subaru Australia says the currency has moved, it’s manufacturing more efficiently and the free-trade agreement between Australia and Japan has kicked in. They even euphemise ‘increased competition’ in the market.

This price reduction is the proof that the stiffest competition produces the best deal for consumers, and also the best vehicles. If you’re looking for premium family transport, the new Liberty is a great car.

This Liberty is the Safest Subaru ever. And the standard features across the range make this 2015 Liberty more attractive than many notional competitors. It’s fascinating to see Japan dusting it up on price, in the ring with contemporaneously with Europe and South Korea.

Subaru Australia (and Subaru the brand, globally) sticks to its guns and it knows exactly what it is. They do boxer engines. In fact, they’ve done 15 million boxer engines, over the past 49 years. Subaru has also managed to make 14 million symmetrical all-wheel drive systems since 1972. That's the Subaru DNA.

That Subaru Liberty Symmetrical AWD driveline - all four wheels driving all the time - is a huge advantage every time traction is marginal. None of these notional competitors offers you that. It’s a huge fundamental plus. The Symmetrical AWD system even has torque vectoring now, which delivers outstanding neutrality in corners.

For several years now, the Liberty has been a very ugly car. You could set your clock by it. Until this one - it actually looks as good as it is. Finally. Even if they did have to clone Hyundai’s grille to do it.

The biggest problem with the new 2015 Liberty is this national affair everyone is having with SUVs. It’s completely irrational. Only 150 people are going to buy a Subaru Liberty every month in Australia, which is a shame. If one of them is you, don’t be afraid to buck the SUV trend: you’re doing the right thing. If you want to save some cash buying your new Liberty, contact me via the website: AutoExpert.com.au.

Comments

    • Byron Dixon
      Byron Dixon

      Good on you John, for praise where it's due. The service costs seem excessive.

      about 1 year ago
    • Null0x00
      Null0x00

      Hi. Like the review, but I just have a random question: How does the Liberty 3.6R compare to a standard (non-STi) WRX? Is it as fast and fun to drive, or is it more of a comfortable, practical grand tourer that is fun for the occasional fang but less about hardcore performance like the WRX?

      about 1 year ago
    • Vajira Lasantha
      Vajira Lasantha

      I wish they had new Liberty/Legacy with a turbo and a stick.

      about 1 year ago
    • Lawrence Timme
      Lawrence Timme

      Shit uncomfortable vehicle. Suv way too saggy and flappy and soft

      about 1 year ago
    • Claude Garant
      Claude Garant

      I'm listening to you right now and i was wondering ...I'm from Québec and 6 month ago i bought a Subaru Legacy 2013 2.5i with 35.000klm. It's the car you call the Liberty in Australia...What do you think about that car (Subaru Liberty 2013 2.5i ) ? Thank you.

      about 1 year ago
    • Tracey cumberland
      Tracey cumberland

      thanks mate

      about 1 year ago
    • Glenn Mc Grath
      Glenn Mc Grath

      h
      I love the Subaru cars, but the service cost? Can I get it any cheaper?

      about 1 year ago
    • Ben Lee
      Ben Lee

      When I hear SUV I think soccer mummy. Not sure what the craze is about them? I bet none of them see dirt...

      about 1 year ago
    • Michael Schwager
      Michael Schwager

      12:00 So the Legacy (Liberty) has a higher cost and more frequent maintenance schedule then other mid-size 4-door sedans in its class?
      I have owned Toyotas for the past 15yrs and have had NO major issues with any of them. I'm in the market for a mid-size sedan and have been looking at the Legacy more so over a Camry.

      about 1 year ago
    • King B
      King B

      Subaru has changed so much. It's became a business for kids and families. Where's a turbo version, manual transmissions on both libertys and imprezas

      about 1 year ago
    • WD Hewson
      WD Hewson

      Do Subaru boxers still blow head gaskets early in the engine's life?

      about 2 years ago
    • Think Fashion Fashion
      Think Fashion Fashion

      it s a nice car 2016 2.5premium is great car subaru i love it after ford but my ford 2003 ba xr is a beast too

      about 2 years ago
    • Think Fashion Fashion
      Think Fashion Fashion

      i m going to buy 2.5 i premium 2017 is it a smart move or not

      about 2 years ago
    • RC
      RC

      Why dont we get the liberty B4 In Australia and USA does. If they want to sell more cars then make them more appealing to the public to buy. I currently own a 2016 liberty premium. Don't get me wrong its a beautiful car to drive but the extra kick in the arse from a turbo would be a nice touch.

      about 2 years ago
    • tootall joe
      tootall joe

      why CVT ? Would you not think 2 pulleys and a belt are cheaper to manufacture than torque converters, planetary gears, clutches, oil galleries, drums, etc...? I'd like to know a true comparative cost, if it's possible (apples to apples).......
      o

      about 2 years ago
    • N Levey
      N Levey In reply to tootall joe

      its a bit more than two pulleys and a belt.

      about 2 years ago
    • David Heathershaw
      David Heathershaw

      thanks John for your reviews, I have now deserted Audi after 22 years and couldn't be more delighted with my new Liberty 3.6R. My 7 year old grandson says it's the best car in the world-what more could one say? My first Liberty was an RX turbo wagon in the eighties with the the (then) optional ABS. I did a Subaru drive day at Sandown with Neil Crompton and Peter McKay and since then have not owned anything but AWD. I agree the Liberty is SO underrated and look forward to many years of fun and safe motoring. The driving position is excellent and infinitely adjustable.the interactive screen is so user friendly and easy to navigate. Just would prefer that the "hold" button did just that instead of merely preventing roll back on an upward gradient.

      about 2 years ago
    • marcus mcc
      marcus mcc

      im sick of people ragging on the local products. I bet there is quite a lot of equipment on the commodore and falcon that is as good or better than the subaru. I firmly believe 80% of consumers will never significantly benefit from awd. I generally agree with what you say and believe you are reasonably acurate more often than not. However brand bashing never acheives anything. There are plenty of people getting around in commodores and falcons extreamly happy with them.

      about 2 years ago
    • Byron Dixon
      Byron Dixon In reply to marcus mcc

      I drive a Falcon Ute - it's great, shame I'll have to buy a Triton, Hilux or Ranger for my next one; not keen on trucks

      about 1 year ago
    • marcus mcc
      marcus mcc In reply to marcus mcc

      well I'm not going to defend cruises and captivas these are cheap shit cars that have lots of issues. Its like this, I have been a working mechanic for 12 years and i have worked on a lot of different types makes and models of cars trucks and buses and have worked at a holden dealer. Most suvs never see any dirt at all, these are not track or performance based cars so i think the benefit from grip gained from drive going to the front is negligible given the application and aussie climate. Commodores have their own mechanical issues as do falcons but to say inferior I don't agree. I have spent many of hours repairing poorly built imported product. Its not about pissing money away mate, the simple fact is the labor rate in Australia is just too high along with more regulations etc. Gm is going to build product where they can profit the most.

      about 2 years ago
    • N Levey
      N Levey In reply to marcus mcc

      yeah keep dreaming.

      about 2 years ago
    • Burkutace27
      Burkutace27 In reply to marcus mcc

      Let's get something straight here bucko;

      *I bet there is quite a lot of equipment on the commodore and falcon that is as good or better than the subaru*

      *I firmly believe 80% of consumers will never significantly benefit from awd*

      What you are willing to bet or firmly believe are irrelevant. What is relevant are demonstrable facts and those tell us that commodores and Falcons are inferior to overseas offerings.

      Last year more than 60% of ford and holden owners reported problems with their cars (SOWCE:https://www.choice.com.au/transport/cars/general/articles/lemon-cars-and-consumer-law). They have the audacity to land us with the Cruze and Captiva in a market were the i30 and Tuscon exist.

      I feel for people losing their jobs but I, as a consumer with finite money, am under no obligation to support any industry for any other reason other than *they make the best product.* If Holden and Ford were serious they would have adapted to the trends of the market, rather than pissing billions of tax money up a wall.

      about 2 years ago
    • Peter Andrews
      Peter Andrews

      Hmm better go and have a look.

      about 2 years ago
    • bfjb70
      bfjb70

      The CVT is 50% of the reason we passed on Subaru, their continued fixation with the boxer is the other 50%.

      about 2 years ago
    • Bittertokken
      Bittertokken In reply to bfjb70

      Bye!

      about 2 years ago
    • Michael Dillon
      Michael Dillon

      meant to type 5 litre V8

      about 2 years ago
    • Michael Dillon
      Michael Dillon

      Entertaining and informative John...well done ...I had a 19 year old VE Fairmont and traded it for a Forester 2.5 and would have loved a 3.6R with 6 cylinders but it was out of my price range

      about 2 years ago
    • Input City
      Input City

      Loving the PC free space, tell it like it is, dying breed of honesty type commentary. All the while being less pompous than Jeremy Clarkson.

      It's like being in a pub when the night seemed lost but then the annoying uni-cycling vegan feminist just loudly announced her imminent departure to compere a vagina monologue appreciation society open mic night.

      All the guys are happy, the rest of the women are happy, it's going to be a good night.

      about 2 years ago
    • Tony Vonthoff
      Tony Vonthoff

      Thanks for your review John. I had settled on the new 3.6R Liberty before I saw it but was glad to have my test drive impressions confirmed by you. This car is nice for all the reasons you have outlined. I've heard the criticism of the service interval but compared to the $$ I spend on repairing my old car it's next to nothing.

      about 2 years ago
    • Brett Russell
      Brett Russell

      Thanks John, very informative like always.

      about 2 years ago
    • AutoExpert TV
      AutoExpert TV In reply to Brett Russell

      +Brett Russell Thanks Brett

      about 2 years ago
    • richardperth2002 Perth
      richardperth2002 Perth

      i am looking at buying 1 year old Subaru liberty sep 2015 with 12000 klm on the clock and they want $35000 is it a fare price?at a dealership?its a 3.6 liter

      about 2 years ago
    • Benjay1975
      Benjay1975

      massive yawn

      about 2 years ago
    • Jackson M
      Jackson M In reply to Benjay1975

      Daaaaaammnn was not expecting that from AutoExpert haha

      about 3 months ago
    • Mak H
      Mak H In reply to Benjay1975

      massive cock

      about 1 year ago
    • Max S
      Max S In reply to Benjay1975

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      about 2 years ago
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      Benjay1975 In reply to Benjay1975

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      about 2 years ago
    • CBY Bulldogs
      CBY Bulldogs In reply to Benjay1975

      "massive yawn" translation: your brain did not engage, stick to cat videos instead.

      about 2 years ago
    • Matt Duin
      Matt Duin

      Great review mate. thinking of a 2010-2013 liberty thoughts?

      about 2 years ago
    • Dilshan Fernando
      Dilshan Fernando

      Hi John thanks for a detail review I was actually in two minds between an outback & Liberty and made the choice of going for the liberty👍 I'm really enjoying the drive thanks for your advice.

      about 2 years ago
    • Juan Cena
      Juan Cena

      Ew a subaru

      about 2 years ago
    • AutoExpert TV
      AutoExpert TV In reply to Juan Cena

      Lmao - he did. Awesome, huh?

      about 2 years ago
    • Juan Cena
      Juan Cena In reply to Juan Cena

      Lmao he replied

      about 2 years ago
    • AutoExpert TV
      AutoExpert TV In reply to Juan Cena

      Since when was 'ew' a word?

      about 2 years ago
    • Geoff Hocking
      Geoff Hocking

      Good Show makes sense

      about 2 years ago