Fueled by demand for the redesigned Forester crossover, Subaru of America's April sales advanced 25 percent.
The company said it was the best April in its history, with sales of 32,943 vehicles. For the first four months, Subaru sales rose 17 percent compared with a year earlier to 125,470 units.
Forester sales in April grew 65 percent to 9,366 vehicles. Two other compacts performed well: the BRZ coupe, which went on sale last spring, with April sales of 812, and the Impreza XV Crosstrek, which debuted last fall, with sales of 4,433.
"Demand for the all-new 2014 Forester has been especially strong," said Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America. "We expect to see sales for the Forester and XV Crosstrek continue to grow throughout the year."
Subaru plans to sell 380,000 vehicles, perhaps even 400,000 this year, up from 336,441 in 2012, company executives have said. An increase would mark the automaker's fifth straight U.s. sales record.