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!
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.”
Perhaps 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.
One 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.”
The 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!
All-season tires are perfect for driving during every season thanks to their combination of summer and winter benefits. Winter tires are an alternative that provides drivers with more control during heavy snowfalls and icy roadways. They may cost quite a bit but they’re entirely worth it in the long run. Should you buy winter tires? Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we know the answer is a resounding yes.
Massachusetts generally sees heavy snowfall and icy roadways throughout winter, which makes winter tires a must-have perk for season. While all-season tires are great for those who live in moderate climates, winter tires take the cake when it comes to the frozen roadways that plague Massachusetts every year.
Winter tires are specifically designed to function well on icy roads and under heavy stress. The tread rubber remains flexible during the freezing cold and provides optimal traction. All-season tires tend to stiffen and, as a result, the tire can’t grip the road as well.
The tread on winter tires runs deeper and the patterns themselves help channel the snow, slush, and water to minimize slippage. More biting edges, slits in the tread, help increase traction on ice so drivers can stay in control of their vehicle.
It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. While you enjoy the seasons changing, you should take into account these fall service tips for your car.
Is your heat working properly? How about your defroster? We all know that fall in Massachusetts could occasionally mean temperatures in the forties or even thirties, so you will want to make sure your heat is working so it can warm you up! It’s also important to make sure your HVAC system is defrosting properly, otherwise you might be staring out a frosty windshield!
Make sure your battery has enough power before the cold weather hits it by checking its charge. You can do this with a voltmeter or get it checked at our service department. You will also want to make sure that all of your connections are clean that they’re securely fastened to your battery.
Your tire pressure is ever-changing, mostly because the weather outside is ever-changing. Heat can expand the air in your tires, which increases their pressure, and the cold can have the opposite effect. Make sure all your tires have proper PSI so they can keep you rolling!
If you think your car needs a fall tune-up, visit our Service Center!
The interior of the 2017 Outback is nice and roomy for your carpool!
When it’s your turn to carpool, you will want a car that can do it all. That’s why you should choose Subaru. There are multiple fun and practical Subaru cars for carpooling. Here are some you should consider.
2017 Subaru Forester
You will love the all-new 2017 Forester, especially for your carpooling needs! You get the Subaru name you love with the SUV size you will need with the Forester. This SUV has seating for up to five, which means every kid on the carpool list will have their own space with plenty of room for backpacks and sports equipment in the back.
2017 Subaru Outback
The 2017 Outback is ready to take on anything. This car will get you through those rainy, slippery, or snowy school mornings with ease. When it comes to loading the trunk with all of those school supplies, the power rear gate will open up for you with just the push of a button on your key fob, making it easy to load the car even if your hands are full.
2017 Subaru Legacy
The 2017 Legacy is a sedan with top safety features to keep everyone in your carpool secure and safe. It’s top-notch fuel efficiency also means you don’t have to worry if you have to drive back and forth to pick up different kids. With a 29 combined mpg, you will be able to make stops without stopping at the gas station first.
When summer starts to turn to fall, the kids go back to school. You want to make sure you’re safe on the road when school’s back in session. Here are some back to school driving tips.
School Buses. Remember, it’s the law to stop for school buses, but don’t just stop when they put out their big STOP sign. Yield to them when they’re trying to merge and increase your following distance.
School Zones. Speed limits in school zones are typically between 15 and 25 miles per hour. Remember that you only have to decrease to this speed when the lights on the school zone signs are flashing. Be careful in general when driving through school zones because kids can be around when the lights aren’t flashing.
Seatbelts. If you’re a parent responsible for carpooling during the year, make sure that you’re practicing safe driving skills and make sure that everyone is buckled up.
Teen Drivers. Keep a special eye out for teen drivers in school areas. Since they’re driving for the first time and are likely excited about it, you’ll have to be especially cautious when driving around them.
There’s a reason Subaru was awarded the Best Resale Value of any brand by Kelley Blue Book. Make your next family car a Subaru! Here are some of the best Subaru models for families.
The Forester has all the space you need for the whole family and more. With ample storage for cargo and roomy seating for five passengers, you can take the family on a trip and fit all of your luggage. It’s also got smart fuel efficiency of 32 highway mpg so you’ll minimize those gas station stops.
The Outback has that classic Subaru look with classic Subaru reliability. It comfortably seats five to fit the family and has a host of safety features to protect everyone in the car. For instance, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology monitors traffic movement and warns you when you’re drifting from your lane. If vehicle suddenly stops ahead unexpectedly, the Outback will automatically help you slow down.
Who says Subaru can’t do sedans? The Legacy is the perfect car if you’ve got a smaller family and love the sleek sedan style. You’ll get tech features like dual-zone automatic climate control so that no matter where you or your passengers are sitting, you’ll be comfortable.