It affirms Subaru's reputation of creating vehicles based on a standard horizontally-opposed engine and an all-wheel-drive platform for most (except for the BRZ) of their vehicles to be driven on. It also affirms how Subaru has leveraged the massive popularity of the Outback wagon (OK, crossover) as a cornerstone of everything they do – sort of.
For the past decade or so, we have been inundated with full-sized half-ton pickup trucks that have been heart of the North American automotive industry. While there is nothing wrong with that observation, we often forget that there are other classes of pickups – both larger and smaller than the run-of-the-mill, profit-making beasts we're completely used to.
If you are a regular reader of this website, then you know that I have two columns that are set aside for vehicle reviews. One is for full reviews, which can get pretty lengthy. Hey, I love telling a vehicle's story, OK? Then, there's Quickies. They can be as long as most reviews you read on the web or on social media since I end up telling the story of the vehicle anyway.