Subaru Picks Up KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand Award, Among Slew Of Others

As we fling ourselves headlong into the new (ish) year, it’s nice knowing that some things never change. You still can’t trust politicians or weathermen. That’s comforting, in a way. Another thing that never changes is that year after year, Subaru racks up a lot of awards from the industry.

You could call Subaru the darling of Kelley Blue Book. After all, the automaker picked up four awards from KBB in 2016, including 2016 Best Overall Brand, Most Trusted Brand and Best Performance Brand.

Subaru was named a KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand

2017 Subaru Impreza

Subaru was also recognized as the KBB 2016 Best Resale Brand. This means that after a thorough market analysis, taking into account sales data and market conditions among other markers, KBB arrived at the undeniable conclusion that Subaru vehicles held their value longer than competitors.

Beyond a superior depreciation curve, Subaru vehicles also happen to be incredibly safe when equipped with the state-of-the-art EyeSight technology. All Subaru vehicles equipped with the package were recognized by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick for 2016.

When it comes to branding, the key to doing it right is building trust. That’s the way Subaru does it. Among the pile of awards the automaker received in 2016, Kelley Blue Book also gave Subaru the Brand Image Award.

Steve Lewis Subaru Teams Up With Dakin Humane Society

Steve Lewis Subaru has teamed up with the Dakin Humane Society to help the organization meet their noble mission “to improve the lives of animals in need and the people who care about them.”

Improving the lives of animals is a lot of work and the Dakin Humane Society has been doing it a long time, since 1969 in fact. There are a number of different ways that the Dakin Humane Society achieves this goal. They provide shelter as well as medical care for animals in need. Spay/neuter services are regularly performed at the shelter. The organization also offers behavioral rehabilitation services. All in all, they help some 20,000 animals each year.

It’s important to note that the group does not receive any government funding nor are they funded by any national humane society. They are only able to operate through the generous donations of charitable organizations. That’s where Steve Lewis Subaru comes in. The dealership donated over a $1,000 to the Dakin Humane Society in January alone.

The shelter is staffed solely by volunteers. If you are interested in being a part of this important mission, you can start your volunteering adventure by visiting here. Who doesn’t want to hand-feed kittens in the nursery?

History of St. Patrick’s Day


There’s no greater worldwide celebration of Irish culture than during the month of March! St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic feast day but quickly grew to become something much greater. Despite its popularity, the history of St. Patrick’s Day lies with St. Patrick himself and his actions to help the Irish community and culture become what it is today.

Known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s life began around the year 400. He was born to a Roman-British army officer and was subsequently kidnapped by pirates in his early childhood. From there, he was sold into slavery into Ireland and ended up spending several of his early years in prison. It was only after he dreamed of God telling him to escape that he did so.

Patrick made his way to France where he joined a monastery and rose to the rank of bishop. After 12 years, he returned, with the blessing of the pope, to Ireland to convert the population. He made converts of people from all walks of life, including members of royal families.

Over his 20-year stretch in Ireland, he built schools, established monasteries, and laid the foundation for what Ireland has become today.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru want to wish you a festive St. Patrick’s Day!

Five Achievable Bucket List Ideas for 2017

There are resolutions, and then there are bucket lists—those things you just have to try at some point or another. But like resolutions, bucket list items should come in all shapes and sizes. Here are ten creative bucket list ideas for 2017 that will take you out of your routine.

Bucket List Ideas for 2017 - family on beach

Journal Every Morning

There’s nothing like starting the day off with a little self-reflection. Don’t set limits, but try to write every morning for as many days in a row as you can, even if it’s just a sentence.

 

Be a Tourist

It’s too easy to take for granted that which we see every day. Plan a staycation weekend where you explore all that there is to see in your own town. Eat out at local restaurants, take lots of photos and visit the attractions.

 

Write a Book

Start small and write a ten-page eBook on one of your favorite things. There are resources out there that will help you learn how to write and publish your book for free online.

 

Set Reading Goals

Whether you read a book a week, a chapter a day or a series in a year, it’ll be fun to make reading a part of your daily routine.

 

Organize a Picnic

Get some friends together and plan an elaborate picnic to welcome in the spring or summer. Collect blankets, pillows, candles, and prepare a delicious menu. The more extravagant, the more unforgettable!

Subaru Feeding America Campaign: More than 600,000 Meals Provided

Subaru Feeding America Campaign: More than 600,000 Meals Provided

Subaru is giving back to communities across the US by partnering with the Feeding America campaign. This is the third year in a row that the brand has announced a sales-matching meal donations program for Feeding America, giving over 600,000 meals to those in need. As the eighth record-breaking sales year in a row, it seemed fitting that Subaru should give something back. Read on to learn more about the Subaru Feeding America campaign.

According to Subaru, the Subaru matching program gave one meal for every vehicle sold in 2016—more than 615,000—to the Feeding America organization. Feeding America’s mission is the end hunger in the US one meal at a time, and Subaru gave over $55,000 in order to do so. The Feeding America organization is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief program.

“One in eight people face hunger in America, including more than 13 million children. We are thankful to Subaru for its ongoing commitment to fighting hunger and supporting children and families in need,” said Nancy Curby, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and operations for Feeding America.

About $1 helps to provide 11 meals thanks to some innovative strategies by Feeding America. A large portion of the donations go to food banks near South Jersey, home of Subaru headquarters. Other places that received donations were Orlando, FL, Dublin, OH, Portland, OR, and more. This is just one of many ways Subaru is giving back to communities across the US.

How All-Wheel Drive Works

all-wheel drive

If you’ve ever shopped for a car, you’ve probably heard the terms “all-wheel drive” (AWD) and “front-wheel drive” (FWD), which are two of several existing drivetrains. The drivetrain is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. With front-wheel drive, only the front wheels are given power, but with all-wheel drive, power can be delivered to all four wheels. Every new Subaru vehicle is equipped with AWD.

AWD is generally considered better for driving in snow and other slippery conditions because its smart systems pick up information on which tires have better traction in a given situation and deliver more power to those. AWD is also more stable around corners. So how are AWD vehicles able to do this?

All-wheel drive vehicles have a center differential that splits power to the front and rear wheels, whereas front-wheel drive, the most commonly available drivetrain, has a differential in front that controls the front wheels. AWD systems also have sensors on the wheels to detect how much traction they have, and the information from the sensors helps the car automatically determine which wheels need the most power.

There are two types of AWD, which include full-time and automatic AWD. With full-time, there are three differentials that send power to all four wheels all the time. In a car with automatic AWD, it will function as a FWD vehicle most of the time besides in low-traction situations when extra power is needed.

We hope this has given you a better understanding of how all-wheel drive works and whether it’s right for you!

Subaru Viziv-7 Concept Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

Subaru Viziv-7

The Subaru Viziv-7 concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, marking the first time Subaru has considered adding a large SUV to its lineup since the discontinuation of the Tribeca years ago. The Viziv-7 is an SUV with seating for 7 passengers and is larger than the Chevy Tahoe, one of the biggest in the segment.

The Viziv-7 is 205 inches long from bumper to bumper and 72 inches tall, allowing for tons of cargo space in addition to exceptional comfort for passengers. Not much is known yet about the SUV concept besides cosmetic details, but we do know that it will be the largest Subaru ever.

Subaru has a new concept of car development with the goal of “enjoyment and peace of mind,” which it’s implementing with the design of the Viziv-7. Subaru is an outdoors-oriented brand that prioritizes dependability and safety, and the Viziv-7 speaks to those values as well as answering customer desire for a full-size SUV.

The Viziv-7 reflects the direction of future Subaru vehicles, including a transition to larger vehicles that can also be seen in the 2017 Impreza, which has been redesigned to be longer and wider than previous model years. The name “Viziv” is derived from “Vision for Innovation.”

Tips for Driving in the Snow

driving in the snowPerhaps the best advice one can give for driving in the snow and ice is: don’t. But alas, life won’t always stop for bad weather. Here are some tips to follow for safety on the snow-covered road.

Practice Good Maintenance

Before snow even falls, you should follow some winter maintenance guidelines to make sure your car is as prepared as possible. The most important factor for snow driving is tire conditions. If your tires have good tread and the right pressure, you’ll be much better off on snow and ice.

Give Yourself Space and Time

In good driving conditions, you should have a few cars length between you and the person in front of you. In snow, multiply that by three. Everything has a slower reaction in the snow, so if the person in front of you brakes suddenly, you’d better have space to react.

Also, leave early so that you will have plenty of time to take it nice and easy. Drive slowly, accelerate slowly, and brake slowly. Try letting the car come to a gradual, rolling stop rather than braking last minute. Any sudden movement could cause you to lose traction.

Don’t Get Over-Confident

Some people think that because their vehicle has four-wheel drive or an anti-lock braking system they’re invincible in the snow. Don’t be one of those people. Everyone needs to take precautions in winter weather.

Subaru Partnered with Buzzfeed to Show the World Happy Puppies

Subaru Partnered with BuzzfeedOne environmentally conscious car company and one website with a knack for catchy content have united. Subaru partnered with Buzzfeed recently for a series of Facebook Live video experiments. This is Buzzfeed’s first collaboration with a big name and, for this particular project, they couldn’t have picked a better company.

October 20th launched the first of three videos in a series created for Buzzfeed’s “Make a Dog’s Day” philanthropic campaign. During this livestream, tens of thousands of viewers sat at their computers to watch puppies experience things like swimming and playing with bubbles and mud for the first time.

Subaru loves pets and Buzzfeed loves making engaging online content; it’s an excellent match for both of them. The duo plans to continue their Facebook Live experiments, searching for the best way to connect with viewers. So far, the puppies seem to be a hit. But as the partnership evolves, the content of their videos might do so as well.

Subaru uses Buzzfeed’s resources for smaller projects on occasion as well. Their Buzzfeed page features articles and quizzes that target environment related subjects. Popular Subaru Buzzfeed articles include “12 Things You Should Never Do When Visiting a National Park” and “18 Things Dogs Can Teach Us About Love.”

2017 Subaru Crosstrek Sees Few Changes

2017 Subaru CrosstrekThe Subaru Crosstrek is a crossover that offers complete versatility on the road. Drivers loved the 2016 model, which is why the Crosstrek will see few major changes for the 2017 model year. In addition to everything drivers love, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek will see the addition of a new special edition model as well as the discontinuation of a rather unpopular trim.

Price is a major factor for most drivers and for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek will see a $100 price increase on all trims. That’s not much of a difference compared to other automakers.

The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will leave the lineup due to slow sales. It’s hard for drivers to justify spending over $4,000 more for a hybrid model when gas prices are sticking around $2. Considering the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek earns an EPA-estimated 26 city/34 hwy mpg, we certainly can’t blame them.

The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek will see the edition of the Special Edition Pure Red model but there’s a catch. Only 1,500 units will be available in the United States. A Pure Red paintjob, integrated turn signals, red accents, red stitching, and red ambient lighting are just a few of the perks to this limited edition model.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we’re happy to see the new Crosstrek maintaining all of the features drivers love!