Tips for Road Trips with Kids

Tips for Road Trips with Kids - Steve Lewis Subaru

Taking road trips with kids can be a stressful experience. Kids can be distracting and definitely make things take a little longer than they would if you were by yourself. Here are some tips on road tripping with kids that will make things go smoother and keep you from going crazy.

Get snacks to keep your kids from getting hungry on the road. Choose dry snacks that you won’t mind cleaning up if they spill. Even if your kids have outgrown sippy cups, dig them out from storage and put their drinks in them so you don’t have to clean grape juice out of your nice tan seats.

Check out items from your library to keep the kids entertained instead of spending money on new books and games. Libraries have tons of children’s books, DVDs, board games, and even mobile hotspots. They’re a great resource!

Traveling with your spouse or another adult? Have them sit in the back and entertain the kids to keep them from getting too cranky. Factor in extra time for bathroom breaks and stopping to let them run around and get some energy out, and again, make sure they have access to snacks and drinks. Sometimes though, you’re just not going to be able to stop them from crying. And if nothing is wrong with them you just have to tune it out.

For great, road tripping vehicles, give us a call or stop by Steve Lewis Subaru!

Subaru’s History of Share the Love

Subaru Share the Love Event

Every holiday season, Subaru has hosted its Share the Love event. The History of Share the Love dates back to 2008 when the program was introduced. Share the Love usually lasts from mid-November until just after the New Year.

During the special fundraising event, Subaru will donate money to a charity of the customer’s choosing for every Subaru bought or leased. For the 2016 event, Subaru had four national charities for customers to choose from: ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation. In addition to these national charities, there were a number of local charities to choose from, too.

Steve Lewis Subaru always participates in Share the Love and last year was able to raise $56,465 locally for Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where teams walk along a designated path for up to 24 hours to show that cancer never sleeps.

For Subaru’s 2016 Share the Love event, it set a new record by raising $24.8 million. This brings the total amount raised over the past nine years to over $94 million.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are looking forward to the 10th annual Share the Love event later this year and think it will be the best year to date.

Subaru’s Seven-Passenger Vehicle is Coming in 2018

Coming soon Subaru's seven-Passenger Vehicle

Everyone knows and loves Subaru for their capable, all-wheel drive vehicles that beg to be taken on an adventure. The brand has its lineup of go-to 5-passenger utility vehicles, like the Forester and the Outback which have continued to gain followers since their debuts in the 1990s.

But one thing Subaru has lacked at times is a vehicle that can hold more people. There hasn’t been a larger, three-row option in the lineup since Subaru’s seven-passenger vehicle the Tribeca which was discontinued in 2014. Something about the Tribeca just didn’t stick in the three-row crossover segment. Yet Subaru doesn’t let that keep them from trying again.

Recently, spy photos of a new Subaru seven-passenger crossover were released. Their second attempt at success in this class looks boxier than the last, reminiscent of the Forester’s design. With that in mind, the new SUV—still officially unnamed at the moment—should have a very roomy interior. Despite having not released a name for this new crossover, enthusiasts in the industry are calling it the Ascent, drawing from the fact that Subaru applied for a trademark on the name Ascent earlier this year.

No matter what this new three-row crossover is called, we can’t wait to have some on the Steve Lewis Subaru lot. As far as we’re concerned, Subaru can’t do wrong and we expect that we’ll have plenty of clients who are excited to have another chance at a Subaru with more seating.

Why Choose Subaru OEM Parts

2018 Subaru Crosstrek - Hadley, MA

Treat your Subaru right by choosing genuine Subaru parts!

When it’s time to get your Subaru worked on, you want only the best for it. After all, your Subaru is an investment, and if you take good care of it, it is sure to last you for a long time. When we service at Steve Lewis Subaru, we use only the best for your vehicle. Our Subaru OEM parts are sure to have your vehicle running like new. But what makes these parts stand out compared to others?

Subaru OEM parts are approved by the Subaru brand. These parts are designed to match your specific Subaru exactly as it was intended. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, may be ill-fitting or may not work as well with the rest of the vehicle. OEM parts ensure that everything in your Subaru stays on par with manufacturer standards.

The other great thing about Subaru OEM parts is that these parts come with their own warranty. In the unlikely event that a part malfunctions or is defective, it will be covered under this warranty. Whether it’s just an oil filter or a new sparkplug, it’s a good feeling to know that a manufacturer is willing to back up its product for you again and again. The next time your Subaru needs serviced, treat it to Subaru OEM parts for the best and longest performance possible.

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!