The answer to Subaru's ails with the GL/DL, the Subaru Loyale was brought out in 1990 as the refresher, it had a brand new name, a brand new look for a brand new decade. Basically there were many similarities with the GL-10 except that the Loyale had fuel injection instead of the usual carburetor. The Loyale quickly had a strong following which came from the previous Subaru DL/GL enthusiasts. They loved the economical maintenance of this car and the practicality it served.
The sedan and wagon was offered in a single trim series with standard features that fell between that of the previous DL and GL, while the 2-door coupe was presented only in a sporty RS trim. Two engines were available: a 90-horsepower 1.8-liter flat 4 and a 115-horsepower turbocharged version of the flat 4. Both engines came standard with a 5-speed manual transmission; 3-speed automatic was an available option. Turbo models equipped with 4-wheel drive provided a 4-speed automatic in place of the 5-speed manual. The Loyale wagon and sedan were available with front-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. Subaru supplied a choice of either an on-demand or permanently engaged 4WD.
The Subaru Loyale offered not just comfort and style but also top value to the dollar. They were affordable yet loaded with features. The ride was comfortable and very driver friendly. Its independent suspensions gave it a silky smooth ride. The design was also minimalist to provide non-distraction to the drivers, even the roof pillars were done thinly to provide a wider range of view. Cabin space was big enough to accommodate 4-5 adults comfortably. Overall, the Loyale truly commemorated the Subaru mission of providing affordable top quality vehicles.
Sadly though in its second year, some models of the Loyale was dropped from the roster. This included the 2-door coupe, the touring wagon and all turbo Loyales. By then All Loyales used a naturally aspirated 90-horsepower version of the 1.8-liter flat 4. A 3-speed automatic carries on as the only alternative to the standard 5-speed manual gearbox. Many features such as air conditioning, power steering, power windows, locks and mirrors, tilt steering, intermittent wipers and cargo covers for the wagon became standard after being offered as options previously. No significant changes were done after that. By 1994, the Loyale's demise was impending, it was unstoppable and everybody knew it. For the final year only the remaining popular vehicle the 4-door wagon with on demand four-wheel-drive was offered.