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1997 Subaru SVX

  • 1997 Subaru SVX L Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/228
    • ENGINE
      3.3L H6
    • MSRP
      $30,625
  • 1997 Subaru SVX LSI Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/228
    • ENGINE
      3.3L H6
    • MSRP
      $36,245
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1997 Subaru SVX Review

A quirky sports car for the enthusiast.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 Subaru SVX sticks to tradition in terms of design. This unique coupe replaced the Subaru XT Coupe in 1992 with a more attractive but still uncharacteristic design. It's for buyers with flair for the unusual. To those who do find a four-wheel soul mate in the SVX, they will be more than pleased with its speedy engine, comfortable interior, and the Subaru-standard all-wheel drive. With everything available at a reasonable price, anyone willing to take a chance on this car is sure to drive away satisfied.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.3-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru SVX L, Subaru SVX LSi

What's New

The only changes to the 1997 Subaru SVX are the introduction of a body-color grille and new tires.

Exterior

The 1997 Subaru SVX’s unique exterior design is marked by a surprising combination of sharp angles and bulging curves that, for many buyers, will probably look awkward and overdone. The addition of alloy wheels and a new body-color grille does bring a bit more refinement to the picture. The SVX’s side windows boast a split glass design that lets consumers drive with the window down while keeping some of the wind and rain at bay. The list of standard exterior equipment includes fog lights, rear window defroster, tinted glass, a rear window wiper, and rear spoiler.

Interior

The 1997 Subaru SVX most closely resembles a sport coupe on the outside, the interior is all luxury. The seats are wonderfully comfortable and allow for good visibility out the front. The SVX L comes with cloth upholstery, while the LSi upgrades to leather. A unique dashboard design, featuring a trick stereo cover, may amuse some users but annoy others. Other standard interior features include cruise control, a tachometer, tilt steering, air-conditioning, and a cassette player. Upgrading to the LSi will also get consumers a sunroof, power-adjustable driver seat, and a CD player.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Subaru SVX’s looks aren't great, but there’s no denying that this coupe is worthy of respect in terms of performance. Its handling is wonderful, and performs remarkably well in all weather conditions with the standard all-wheel drive. Although may not be the fasted accelerator, it does hold onto speed without complaint.

Safety

The 1997 Subaru SVX Standard includes safety features such as driver and front passenger airbags, standard four-wheel antilock brakes, and an optional anti-theft alarm system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru SVX L: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Unique styling
  • Great handling

You Won't Like

  • Unique styling
  • Class-average acceleration

Sum Up

A quirky sports car for the enthusiast.

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