All-New 2019 Subaru Forester Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

2019 Subaru Forester Teaser - New York Auto Show

This past March, Subaru unveiled the all-new 2019 Forester at the New York International Auto Show. The 2019 model marks the beginning of the fifth generation of this beloved vehicle, offering drivers state-of-the-art features and technology. If you already are considering this best-selling SUV, you’ll be happy to know that they 2019 model is the most spacious, capable, and well-equipped Forester ever.

The 2019 Forester provides an exceptional driving experience due to its balance of performance, handling, comfort, and safety technology. It comes equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and features smart Auto Stop/Start technology to maximize fuel efficiency; the new Forester achieves up to 33 mpg on the highway.

Additionally, all trim levels come standard with Subaru’s tried and true Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This technology offers drivers SUV capability without sacrificing handling and maneuverability, providing drivers with a stable, confident driving experience.

The interior of the new 2019 Forester is delightfully spacious and versatile. It offers 76.1 cu-ft of cargo space with 60:40 split rear-folding seats, as well as a flatter cargo load floor than previous models for optimal storage space. With its intelligent engineering, the cabin is comfortably quiet, so passengers can sit back in their comfortable, yet durable seats and enjoy the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system, which comes equipped with Apply CarPlay™ compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and other state-of-the-art connectivity features.

To learn more about this upcoming Subaru model, be sure to ask our expert staff here at Steve Lewis Subaru.

*Manufacturer’s EPA estimate. Pending EPA certification. Actual mileage may vary.

Subaru’s 50th Anniversary Celebrated in a Big Way

Subaru Lineup - 50th Anniversary

In 1968, a little-known automaker started selling cars in the United States. That automaker was Subaru. Now, in 2018, Subaru’s 50th anniversary celebrates all the achievements of the past five decades.

The very first American Subaru was called the 360 and was a pint-sized microcar, standing out for its quirky styling. Over the next few decades, the brand made its way through some struggles to become the success that it is today.

Tom Doll, the current president of Subaru of America told Automotive News, “A lot of us at Subaru have been around for a long time. We’ve seen ups and downs. We’ve learned what not to do, and we’ve learned what works for us.”

Doll has been working with Subaru since 1982 and seen its good years and bad years, from overstocked inventories and struggling sales to the success of the best year of U.S. sales in 2017.

Once you have owned a Subaru, you realize the joy that it brings to your life. Your Subaru quickly becomes more than just a car. In fact, you might just realize you love your Subaru and wouldn’t want to drive anything else, which is why, here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are super excited to be a part of this milestone anniversary celebration.

Subaru’s Dog Ads Make a Return

 

The Barkley family is back and looking better than ever in Subaru’s most recent set of ads. Featured in the “Dog Tested. Dog Approved” ad campaign, the Barkleys are a family Labrador and golden retrievers. Needless to say, their place in Subaru’s dog ads have earned them more than a few fans.

Subaru’s most recent dog-friendly ad campaign is composed of four 30-second commercials. Dubbed “Driving Lesson,” “Car Wash,” “Drive Away,” and “Drop Off,” the ads put these lovable pups in situations that many humans have faced at least once in their life.

Driving Lesson” features one of the puppies getting, well, a driving lesson in the Subaru Impreza. Along the way, the pup gets distracted by some geese and knocks over a mailbox.

Drop Off” features the two parents dropping their puppy off for the first day of school. Amid all the dog whimpers from behind the wheel of the upcoming Subaru Ascent, we’ve got to say that we here at Steve Lewis Subaru love the look of the three-row SUV.

In “Car Wash,” the Barkley’s get their Subaru Ascent hosed down after what looks like an off-road adventure.

The final ad, “Drive Away,” features a teen retriever pulling the start-and-stop prank on dad. In the end, the teen is no longer behind the wheel of the Subaru Crosstrek.

To test drive any of the featured vehicles or for more info, visit us at Steve Lewis Subaru today!

Subaru Unveils New Performance Concept Car in Tokyo

performance concept car

The Tokyo Motor Show is always a fun time of year for auto makers and enthusiasts all over the globe. Some brands are busy unveiling the next model year of their current lineup, and others tease fans with futuristic concepts. Subaru joined in the fun by unveiling a new performance concept car, the Subaru VIZIV Performance STI Concept. This is not the first time a concept car bearing the VIZIV name made its appearance in Tokyo, with the first of its kind appearing onstage at last year’s event, too.

The VIZIV STI builds on the design of its prototypical predecessor, with a similar build, but with this concept having a more confident and aggressive look. It also takes some inspiration from previous Impreza models and STI concepts with hot pink accents, a stacked rear wing, and unique badging. Critics suspect that Subaru plans to incorporate the overall look of these concept cars into the next generation of STI models from the brand, which are expected to launch sometime after the year 2020.

Subaru’s STI lineup has remained largely unchanged for the past decade or so, thus necessitating the introduction of a new generation. With the VIZIV performance concept car making multiple appearances at the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru seems to be hinting that it recognizes this and is working to rectify it.

Alternative Gifts for the Holidays

Alternative Gifts - Baked Goods

 

Sometimes it seems easy to get swept away in a sea of impersonal purchases during the Holiday season. That’s why this year some of us are looking to give alternative gifts. These ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru are often less expensive and yet much more meaningful than store-bought items.

Homemade Baked Goods

Everyone loves a freshly baked pie or a tin of homemade cookies. There are plenty of recipes that are easy to make in bulk, and a number that will keep well in the freezer. A treat baked with love and packaged in a cute tin is a great gift—especially when you include the recipe!

The Gift of Time

No one has enough time for the things that they want to do, so giving the gift of time is invaluable. Give your friends and family members homemade coupons for free babysitting, dog walking, a homemade dinner, or whatever you think they may enjoy.

Give Education

If your nieces and nephews already have plenty of sweaters and toys, consider giving them gift certificates for classes instead. Look into local offers, like painting, martial arts, music lessons, etc. You could be giving at gift that will continue to give for a lifetime.

Alternative Christmas Trees

Alternative Christmas Trees

While it’s a lot of fun to get a freshly cut Christmas tree every year or put up your artificial one with all of your favorite ornaments, you don’t have to be afraid to shy away from tradition. These alternative Christmas tree ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru just might inspire you to try something different this season.

Card Display

This alternative tree is perfect for the person who gets plenty of holiday cards. A tree-shaped piece of plywood is simply attached to the wall, and decorated with string in place of lights and a star on top. You can use the string to display your holiday cards, which take the place of ornaments.

Twine Tree

You can make an easy, rustic DIY tree replacement by dipping twine in white glue, wrapping it around a styrofoam cone, and allowing it to dry. Decorate with small ornaments of your choice.

Peg Board Light Tree

If your favorite part of a Christmas tree is the lights, then you’ll love this option. All you need is a pegboard and a few strings of lights. Stick lights in the board in the shape of a tree and lean it against the wall where your normal tree to go. This option is easy to put up and reusable for years to come.

The Winter-Ready Subaru Crosstrek Can Help You Beat New England Snow This Season

Winter-Ready Subaru Crosstrek

Winter Wonderland With The Crosstrek

The new winter-ready Subaru Crosstrek, available today, offers a host of comprehensive capability, safety, and technology features that will make it one of your best-bets once New England’s snow and ice starts showing its force here in Massachusetts.

Standard All-Wheel Drive

As Subaru owners are already well-aware, every Subaru comes with standard all-wheel drive an absolute must-have for any amount of snow. But, in addition to the Crosstrek’s powerful AWD, it offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance, giving drivers control and stability in deeper snow drifts. If you’ve ever needed to hit the road before the plows have had their chance to run, you’ll appreciate those nearly nine inches of lift.

Continuously Variable Transmission

The 2018 Crosstrek also features a refined continuously variable transmission (CVT) for sophisticated responsiveness and a fine-tuned suspension, so no matter what sort of blizzard New England sends your way, your winter-ready Subaru Crosstrek will keep on delivering power and stability.

EyeSight Safety Suite

Finally, the Subaru Crosstrek offers an available safety system for ultimate security all winter long. Subaru’s intuitive EyeSight safety suite provides features from automatic emergency braking to adaptive cruise control, meaning you never need to lose confidence when behind the wheel of your Crosstrek.

At Steve Lewis Subaru, located in lovely Hadley, MA, we’ve seen our fair share of New England snow, so trust us when we say that the 2018 Crosstrek is one of Subaru’s best wintertime models produced to date. If you want to see the Crosstrek in action, visit us today for a test drive.

How to Replace Your Own Air Filter

Replace Your Own Air Filter

Changing An Engine Filter

One of the simplest at-home auto maintenance steps is one that many drivers end up paying extra for during oil changes: the replacement of your engine’s air filter. At Steve Lewis Subaru, we’re all about the “DIY.” Here, we’re going to show you how to take matters into your own (properly gloved) hands with these simple steps to replace your own air filter:

Get A New Filter

First, you will need to purchase your new air filter. You can just go to an auto parts store, tell them your make and model, and they’ll find it for you on the shelf. Air filters usually cost between $15-20. Many air filters can even be purchased with the click of a button through Amazon or other online retailers.

Locate Filter

Once you have your air filter, open your hood and locate the air filter box. This is usually a small black box to the upper right of your engine. Open the box and remove the old filter.

Replace

Now, take your new filter and put it into the box in the same position as the old filter. Close the box back up. Make sure you properly refit any snaps or clips used to clamp down the box lid; you don’t want ant loose pieces knocking around under your hood!

And that’s all, folks! Who knew it’d be this easy to replace your own air filter? For the auto jobs that aren’t so simple, call Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA today to set up a service appointment with our friendly, experienced staff of automotive technicians.

Cleaning Out Your Car After Summer

cleaning out your car in Hadley, MA - washing blue vehicleMaybe it’s been a long summer. Perhaps you have gone on vacation, ferried the kids to soccer camp, or been through a few camping trips. In any case, you might have some cleaning to do now that the little ones are back in school. Cleaning out your car in preparation for fall and winter can be a major undertaking, so here are some major points you should hit.

Wash Your Car

This might be an obvious tip, but when cleaning your car always start off with a sparkling exterior. Make sure to get the undercarriage of your vehicle, too, and do your windows last – soapy water drips down and gets windows dirty again!

Separate “Toss” and “Keep” Piles

If you have a lot of junk in your vehicle, bring out a box and a trash bag. Put all the garbage you don’t want, like fast food wrappers, in the trash bag, and put the things you want to keep in the box.

Scrub the Floors

It’s a good idea to scrub the carpeted floors of your vehicle so that you get out any stains or dirt stuck in the corners.

Vacuum

Finish up your floors by running the vacuum and sucking up any crumbs. Don’t forget the trunk!

Cleaning out your car can be intimidating at first, but if you take it step by step, the cleaning process gets much easier.

Local Halloween Activities in MA

local Halloween activities near Springfield, MA

Looking for local Halloween activities for you and your loved ones? Here are a few suggestions.

 

Great Pumpkin Nights

Families in Central Massachusetts love this fun festival, entering its 14th year! This all-ages event features over 3,000 carved pumpkins and a vintage passenger train ride.

Zoo Boo Days

If you’re looking for something tamer, this event at the zoo is great, wholesome Halloween fun. And as an added bonus, kids aged 3-12 who come in costume get in free at Southwick’s Zoo!

Frightfest

Six Flags New England is sure to thrill you with more than just its amusement park rides this fall season when it rolls out Frightfest. Exclusive Halloween-themed activities and costumed monsters and ghosts await you at this event.

Factory of Terror

Known as New England’s top haunted house, Factory of Terror is sure to scare a few screams out of you. Located in Worcester, with sister locations in Fall River and West Warwick, RI, the Worcester location features five different haunted attractions to make you scream.

13 Nights of Jiminy

This one is not for the faint of heart. In fact, no little ones under 10 are allowed! Head to Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort to explore the depths of the mountain’s haunted peaks, where villagers once lived in fear of creatures in the woods and deadly diseases.

Check out these local Halloween activities for a great time this October. We at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait for the fall fun!