The SVX was a very limited-production luxury coupe with few real competitors -- a little like the Lexus SC 300 or Nissan 300ZX 2+2 (but much less expensive). The SVX's most distinguishing feature was the side window arrangement. Radically curved glass wraps around the front and rear of the car, with smaller opening glass panels that don't reach up to the roof.
Styling, in general, was pushed toward the leading edge. The SVX made a love-it-or-hate it impression, a distinct advantage over its wedge-shaped XT6 predecessor, which seemed only to attract hate.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1994[edit | edit source]
In 1994, Subaru introduced a mid-$20,000 front-wheel-drive version to join the more expensive all-wheel-drive original. For this model year, there were three versions of the SVX: LSi with AWD, and L and LS with front-drive.
The L had tattersall-chenille upholstery fabric. AWD models got ABS and a rear spoiler. The LS--available with front-drive only--had ABS, power sunroof, rear spoiler, suedelike upholstery, and two additional speakers (for a total of six). The LSi had AWD, ABS, leather upholstery, 50/50 split fold-down rear seat, 8-way power driver's seat, heated outside mirrors, antitheft system, CD player, carpeted floor mats and an under seat storage tray.
1995[edit | edit source]
The LS was dropped, and the L now had all-wheel drive as an option. All cars had the same horizontally opposed dohc 4-valve Six with 230 hp, the same electronically controlled 4-speed automatic, dual airbags, automatic climate control, speed sensitive variable assist power steering, power windows/mirrors/locks, cruise control, an 80-watt stereo and 4-wheel disc brakes.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
- $23,900 (1994 Subaru SVX L)
- $28,550 (1994 Subaru SVX LS)
- $33,850 (1994 Subaru SVX LSi)
As of October 28, 1994:
- $26,800 (1995 Subaru SVX L)
- $28,300 (1995 Subaru SVX L with all-wheel drive)
- $34,350 (1995 Subaru SVX LSi)
As of June 1, 1995:
- $27,250 (1995 Subaru SVX L)
- $28,750 (1995 Subaru SVX L with all-wheel drive)
- $34,800 (1995 Subaru SVX LSi)