Subaru to Add a Trim to Its Legacy and Outback Vehicles

subaruThe lineup of vehicle in the Subaru family is already pretty diverse. Whenever Subaru announces a new trim for one of its models, that is reason to get excited. So imagine our excitement when Subaru added an extra trim to two of its vehicles.

According to a report from Car and Driver, Subaru will add a trim to its Legacy and Outback vehicles.

In 2017, The Subaru Legacy will extend its own legacy with the addition of a Sport trim to its lineup. The 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport will add exterior styling to the vehicle in order to give it a more sporty design. That sporty design will extend into a redesigned cabin for the Subaru Legacy, giving the vehicle a spirted look both inside and out.

Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback is set to receive a Touring trim level when its 2017 model is introduced. The 2017 Subaru Outback Touring will be lined with some of Subaru’s best technologies. The new Outback model is set to come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia interface, as well as Subaru’s newest EyeSight system, which provides drivers with automatic headlights and braking.

As the release of these two new models approaches, be sure to stop by Steve Lewis Subaru when they finally hit the market.

Sporty Features on the 2017 Subaru WRX

2017 Subaru WRXThere are plenty of sporty features on the 2017 Subaru WRX, which is due to arrive in dealerships sometime this month. The WRX, which was just introduced for the first time in 2015 as a 2016 model, has seen a surprising number of updates for its second year.

The new WRX will have the same available Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that will now be equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist features. This transmission option also enables SI-DRIVE, which allows for more responsive handling, and the Sport and Sport Sharp modes improve the performance of the manual transmission. Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring make turning corners more precise.

It will also come with standard 18-inch summer performance tires on two of its trim levels and an available rear trunk spoiler. The design of the front seats gets an update as well, making them sportier and more cockpit-like, with red stitching on leather trim, and the exterior will include standard LED headlights.

 

New vs. Used Cars

new vs. used carsWhen it comes to the new vs. used cars debate, neither one is inherently the better option. Which one you decide on depends totally on you, your wants and needs, and your budget.

New cars are great because they come with a sense of security. You don’t have to worry about seeing the Carfax report or how many miles are on the car. Plus, new cars have more recent features, so if you like having the latest tech, go with a new car. You also have more options for customizing new cars—you can add packages, pick the color you want, and so on.

On the other hand, used cars have the benefit of being just plain cheaper. Lower monthly payments, lower interest rates, and lower insurance just some of the benefits of buying used—and it’s not like a car that’s a couple years old will be completely out of date feature-wise. And if you’re on a tight budget, buying a used car offers you a lot more variety. You may be able to get a higher quality car than you could afford if you only looked at inexpensive new cars.

Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options for you at Steve Lewis Subaru!

Subaru Drivers Have 1-2 Victory at Oregon Trail Rally

OTR7Subaru has once again shown it is the king of rally driving. At the Oregon Trail Rally, Subaru drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana took home a 1-2 victory. Higgins won the rally just a few seconds ahead of Pastrana. This was his sixth consecutive win at the Oregon Trail.

Both Higgins and Pastrana each won eight stages of the race, meaning the winner of the final stage would take home the prize.

“This is what sport should be, big battles, very close,” stated Higgins, in a statement. “This was a very spectacular rally with three very different days. It shows what a good car we have with our Subaru WRX STI being able to adapt to three different rallies in one event and we didn’t have to change anything; so I’m very, very happy with the team and the car.”

Higgins is the defending 2015 Rally America Champion. He and his co-driver Craig Drew will compete in round four for the 2016 Rally America Championship May 14-15 near Shelton, Washington at Olympus Rally. Then, he and Pastrana will compete again at STPR rally June 4-6 in Westboro, Pennsylvania.

Are you rally fan? Who is your favorite Subaru rally driver?

Things to Do in May near Hadley

May is a glorious time of year! There is still the blooming beauty of spring and the first hint of warm summer weather. If you’re looking for some things to do in May near Hadley, check out these great local events.

  • Cooking Demonstration with Lynn Kirsche Shapiro. Visit the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst on May 8th from 2-3:30pm to listen to Lynn share stories and recipes from her family upbringing. She will also prepare a recipe and sign her book.
  • Author Meet and Greet. If you have young kids, or just appreciate find children’s literature, visit the Eric Carle Museum on May 15th at 1pm to meet Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell as they discuss their writing and illustrations and answer questions. There will be a book signing after the program. The program is free with museum admission.
  • Play Ball! Catch a unique performance that highlights the history of baseball in a fun and informative way. The Berkshire Theatre Group will perform the play on Sunday May 22nd at 1pm and 3pm at the Eric Carle Museum. Tickets cost $6.50.
  • Paradise City Arts Festival. Memorial Day weekend in Northampton, enjoy beautiful artwork from 260 artists from all across the country. There will also be delicious food and live music.

See what else is great about Hadley!

New York Auto Show Hosts 2017 Subaru Impreza Debut

Subaru stole the stage at the recent New York International Auto Show, where the automaker revealed the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza, in both sedan and hatchback form, based on a new Subaru platform.

While Subaru may be best known for their SUVs, the Subaru Impreza has been a favorite among many since its inception. This new edition is sure to be no different, offering top-notch performance due to a low center of gravity and clever engineering.

We now know that the 2017 Subaru Impreza will be available in four trim levels – 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited – with each trim level more advanced and feature-heavy than the last.

While we don’t know much about the new Impreza’s pricing, we do know that this model is set to hit dealerships by the end of the year. More information should soon be made public.

Until then, enjoy these images from the 2017 Subaru Impreza debut, and visit us anytime at Steve Lewis Subaru to check out our current selection of models!

How to Prevent Hydroplaning on Slippery Spring Roads

Tire on Slippery Road - Prevent Hydroplaning

When roads get wet, you’ll want to keep these tips to prevent hydroplaning in mind.

One of the greatest dangerous of the spring season is often misunderstood: hydroplaning. This term refers to what happens when your vehicle loses traction with the road, usually due to a thin layer of water or ice.

Typically, the risk for hydroplaning is at its highest shortly after a storm begins, or right after it starts raining. While your tires are usually able to grip onto the road, they lose this ability and you lose control.

The best thing you can do to avoid hydroplaning is to slow down when it is raining. It’s also important to avoid puddles – and especially to avoid large bodies of standing water, which could cause your vehicle to float away entirely.

It’s also important to avoid using cruise control during a storm, as this automatic feature will not adjust depending on the frequency of the rain – like a driver would.

If it begins to rain: turn off your cruise control and slow down to prevent hydroplaning, and don’t forget to increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around it.

For more safety tips or to start out your season with a new vehicle, visit us at Steve Lewis Subaru.

Check Out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden - Springfield

Kids enjoy a sculpture park dedicated to the storytelling and imagination of Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel. Photo by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (https://www.flickr.com/photos/masstravel/9599216083)

Looking for something interesting and unique to see in Springfield, Massachusetts? We at Steve Lewis Subaru encourage you to check out the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

These Cat in the Hat themed sculptures are found around the central Quadrangle of the Springfield Museums. This Dr. Seuss memorial park is appropriately located, as Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and raised in Springfield.

The bronze sculptures were created by sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step daughter.

Some of the sculptures include:

  • Seuss and the Cat in the Hat –Theodor Geisel at his drawing board while the Cat in the Hat sits beside him.
  • Horton Court – A group of characters stepping out of an open book.
  • The Story Teller – A Seussian storytelling chair with characters peeing around a 10 foot tall book of Oh the Places You’ll Go!

The sculptures tell the story of the famous author-illustrator and display the wondrous characters created.

“By creating the memorial, we hope to spark imagination and creativity in a new generation,” said Joseph Carvalho, president of the Springfield Museums Association. “Dr. Seuss drew much of his inspiration from his own neighborhood in Springfield. It’s all still here, just waiting for creative minds to discover it.”

We encourage you to spend some time at any of the Springfield museums. And while you are there, be sure to walk around and explore the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden.

Next Generation Crosstrek Debuted

Subaru has been leading the subcompact crossover market, as they were the first to have a successful crossover vehicle, the Crosstrek. They are about to raise the bar again, with a redesigned 2018 model.

The five seat XV concept has been revealed and displays Subaru’s new design. Subaru is calling their new design the Dynamic X-Solid, and this vision will be taken into consideration with every new model in the next generation of vehicles.

Subaru wants the new design elements to display a powerful crossover with a luxury quality. In addition, Subaru has placed character lines in specific exterior locations to enhance the dynamic energy of the body shape.

This next-generation Crosstrek, will be share a modular platform with the Impreza compact car, which also has been redesigned and re-engineered. Both vehicles will have athletic looks, and the XV concept also has a hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights.

The XV Crosstrek has become the biggest seller in its class since its launch in 2012. Even top critics recognize the powerful competency of the Crosstrek. An IHIS automotive analyst has stated that the Crosstrek is tough completion for the other vehicles in that class.

The next generation Crosstrek is expected to go on sale next year, but stop in to Steve Lewis Subaru to test drive the current Crosstrek. One test drive is all you’ll need to see why this car continually ranks at the top of its class.

Subaru Sees Its Best Sales Month Ever in December

2015 Subaru Forester

The Forester is Subaru’s highest-selling vehicle from 2015.

2015 was a great year for Subaru. It saw its best sales month ever in December with total sales of 56,274 vehicles. In addition, the overall sales for the year set a new record with 582,675 vehicles sold—an increase of 13.4% over the record set in 2014.

Subaru has now had over four years of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains, which shows the reliability of the brand and the dedication and loyalty our customers have to us.

“As our franchise closes its seventh consecutive annual sales record, we have to give our heartfelt thanks to our retailers, distributors and colleagues, as well as Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. for making these historic results possible” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc., in a statement “2015 was another stellar year for the Subaru franchise and we are very optimistic about our continued success in 2016.”

Leading the sales in 2015 were the ever-popular Forester along with the Outback and Impreza. The Subaru brand is growing because of its dedication to delivering high-value vehicles focused on safety and reliability.

Stop by Steve Lewis Subaru today and we’ll show you what makes the Subaru lineup so versatile.