Subaru Awards

Willowdale Subaru Awards

There are many different reasons to choose a vehicle, but the Subaru difference just might be the most compelling reason of all. Our commitment to designing and engineering high-quality, safe, fun-to-drive vehicles is second to none. Our approach is designed to give the Subaru driver an unsurpassed level of confidence behind the wheel.

This dedication has also helped us to consistently rank as one of the industry’s top manufacturers. But there’s no need to take our word for it; just read on and learn about all the awards and accolades Subaru has received in the recent past.

Model & Awards

2018 Forester

Surprisingly agile yet rugged to the core, the Subaru Forester puts the sport back into SUV. It has also earned plenty of attention in the compact SUV segment for its high levels of versatility, safety and value.


Willowdale Subaru 2018 Forester

IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick Plus

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 Top Safety Pick+1 (with optional EyeSight and Specific Headlights) (2nd year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2017 - 2018))

Superior Front Crash Prevention

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Superior Front Crash Prevention4 (6 out of 6 rating ) (EyeSight® equipped models)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) 2017 Best New Small Utility Vehicle

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada

2017 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year award winner

2018 WRX & WRX STI

Willowdale Subaru 2018 WRX & WRX STI

Powered by a turbocharged SUBARU BOXER engine and featuring the world-famous Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system, the Subaru WRX and WRX STI provide an exhilarating driving experience from start to finish. They are adrenaline-fueled, fun and affordable Japanese sports cars.

2018 Impreza

Willowdale Subaru 2018 Impreza

The Impreza is much more than you’d expect in a compact car. A hard-earned reputation for safety, reliability and sheer value. A spacious and well-appointed interior. And an undeniably fun-to-drive personality. These qualities put the Impreza at the head of the class

IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick Plus

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 Top Safety Pick+1 (with optional EyeSight and Specific Headlights) (2nd year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2017 - 2018))

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award - Sports Car Segment2. (2nd year in a row)

Superior Front Crash Prevention

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Superior Front Crash Pevention4 (6 out of 6 rating) (EyeSight® equipped models)

IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick Plus

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 Top Safety Pick+1 (with optional EyeSight and Specific Headlights) (11th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2008 - 2018))

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award – Compact Car Segment2. (7 times in 9 years)

Superior Front Crash Prevention

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Superior Front Crash Pevention4 (6 out of 6 rating) (EyeSight® equipped models)

2018 Crosstrek

Engineered like no other crossover on the planet, the Crosstrek delivers full-on SUV capabilities like symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive, 1500lb of towing capacity and generous ground clearance. Add in sporty handling and best-in-class fuel efficiency and the Crosstrek is ready for anything.


Willowdale Subaru 2018 Crosstrek

IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 Top Safety Pick5 (with optional EyeSight, Specific Headlights & built after Oct. 2017) (7th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2012 - 2018))

Superior Front Crash Prevention

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Superior Front Crash Prevention4 (6 out of 6 rating ) (EyeSight® equipped models)

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award – Subcompact Utility Vehicle Segment2. (2nd year in a row)

Canadian Black Book

Canadian Black Book 2017 Best Retained Value Awards - Compact Car Segment6

2018 Outback

Perfect for back roads or any road for that matter, the Outback delivers all-weather capability, massive versatility and unexpected car-like handling. These stellar qualities are wrapped up in a stylish package and backed by class-leading safety systems.


Willowdale Subaru 2018 Outback

IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick Plus

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 2018 Top Safety Pick+1 (with optional EyeSight, Specific Headlights & built after Sept. 2017) (10th year in a row IIHS TSP winner (2009 - 2018))

Superior Front Crash Prevention

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Superior Front Crash Prevention4 (6 out of 6 rating ) (EyeSight® equipped models)

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award

ALG 2017 Residual Value Award - Midsize Utility Vehicle (2 Row) Segment2 (7th year in a row)

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 2

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2015 Best New SUV/CUV (Under $35k)

Criteria & Awards

IIHS – Top Safety Pick + Awards
IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick Plus

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage that result from accidents on Canadian roads. IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that do occur.

To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests. To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn an acceptable or good rating in the small overlap front (passenger-side) test and good ratings in the small overlap front (driver-side), moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. Vehicles must offer, as optional equipment, an autonomous emergency braking system (Subaru EyeSight,®) and earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Vehicle must also offer specific headlights that earn a good headlight rating. For more details, visit www.iihs.org/ratings.

IIHS – Top Safety Pick Awards
IIIH S2018 Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage that result from accidents on Canadian roads. IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that do occur.

To determine crashworthiness, IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor, based on performance in five tests. To qualify for 2018 Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the small overlap front (driver-side), moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. Vehicles must also offer, as optional equipment, an autonomous emergency braking system (Subaru EyeSight®) and earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. Vehicle must also offer specific headlights that earn an acceptable or good headlight rating. For more details, visit www.iihs.org/ratings

IIHS – Superior Front Crash Prevention
Superior Front Crash Prevention

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rates models with optional or standard front crash prevention systems as superior, advanced or basic based on the availability of autonomous braking (autobrake) and its effectiveness in 12 mph (19 km/h) and 25 mph (40 km/h) tests. www.iihs.org/ratings.

ALG – Residual Value Awards
ALG 2017 Residual Value Award

ALG Canada is an affiliate of ALG Inc and has been the leading provider of automotive residual values and analytical data products in Canada since 1981. ALG is the benchmark for residual values in Canada and its data is used by all facets of the automotive industry for insight into automotive brand health and to determine expected depreciation and monthly lease payments. Canadian residual values are derived after carefully studying segment competition, historical vehicle performance and industry trends, and are based on analysis using only Canada-specific resale and pricing data.

ALG unveiled its inaugural Canadian Residual Value Awards in January of 2009, identifying the top new vehicle makes and models expected to best hold value at lease-end. Each year, the ALG Residual Value Awards recognize the brands that deliver a complete product experience to their customers– exceptional vehicle quality, strong brand desirability and long-term reliability.

Residual value is the ultimate measure of product success - consumers voting not with survey results, but with their wallets. The eighth annual Canadian Residual Value Awards recognize the sum total and overarching value of strong product, effective marketing strategies and powerful marketplace performance. All awards are based on 2017 model year vehicles. www.alg.com/vehicle-awards

Canadian Black Book Best Retained Value

Canadian Black Book has been a staple of the automotive industry and a trusted source for used car values for over 50 years. Canadian Black Book makes new and used car values available to consumers by assessing vehicle trade-in value, future value and average asking price.

Canadian Black Book presents the winners of our 2017 “Best Retained Value” Awards. This year we measured 2013 model year vehicles, in 20 categories. The much-desired awards track vehicle values over a four-year period, with our analysts scouring hundreds of thousands of sales transactions and other data points from live auctions, online auctions, dealership and other proprietary sources. Prizes are awarded to those vehicles that hold the highest percentage value of their original MSRP.www.canadianblackbook.com/cbb-awards

MOTOR TREND

To judge contenders for the award, MOTOR TREND's editorial staff conducted an exhaustive three-phase testing process. Phase one includes a full tech check and weigh-in, then full track testing to establish baseline data for acceleration, braking, and handling. Phase two involves three days of road loops offering a range of road surfaces and traffic conditions to evaluate ride and handling, engine and transmission smoothness and responsiveness, wind and road noise, and ergonomics. A dirt-track section tests traction, stability, and braking control systems. In the third phase the judges debate and deliberate.

The judging criteria includes the following categories:

Design Advancement - well-executed exterior and interior styling; innovative vehicle packaging; good selection and use of materials.

Engineering Excellence - total vehicle concept and execution; clever solutions to packaging, manufacturing and dynamics issues; cost-effective tech that benefits the consumer.

Performance of Intended Function - how well the vehicle does the job its planners, designers, and engineers intended it to do.

Efficiency - low fuel consumption and carbon footprint, relative to the vehicle's competitive set.

Safety - a vehicle's ability to help the driver avoid a crash, as well as the secondary safety measures that protect its occupants from harm during a crash.

Value - competitive price and equipment levels, measured against those of vehicles in the same market segment.

Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 2

The evaluation process for the Canadian Car of the Year Awards (CCOTY) is based on "real-world" back-to-back testing so that the results have relevance for consumers.

In other words, the rigorous testing program includes "real world" driving on public roads – exactly where consumers drive - so that the test, and vote, results are relevant to potential car and truck buyers.

Every member of a test team compares each vehicle in its class, back-to-back, on the same roads, under the same conditions to ensure objective evaluation.

Team members use a detailed rating form, comprising 21 separate evaluation parameters that include acceleration, braking, vehicle dynamics, maneuverability, even off-road capability, where applicable. Each parameter is rated using a prescribed 0 – 10 rating scale.

Every detail, from safety features to cargo capacity, is thoroughly scrutinized, discussed, and individually rated by secret ballot.
Those ballots are then tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG. The results are kept confidential — even from AJAC — until the awards press conferences wherein the category and overall winners are announced.