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.

Bake Some of These Unique Pie Recipes for Great American Pie Month

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Shake up your apple pie with a cheddar cheese crust! Photo by Dan Parsons

Did you know that February is recognized as Great American Pie Month? This surprised us too. But, this gives us a great excuse to bake and devour some delicious pies. In case you love trying to new things, especially when it comes to baking, try one or more of these unique pie recipes.

  • Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust. You probably know some people who like to put a slice of cheese on top of their apple pie. Well, this recipe just incorporates the cheese into the crust.
  • Schadenfreude Pie. Schadenfreude is a feeling of joy you get when others suffer. When you serve this to your guests, they may suffer from how good this pie is. This dark, rich pie is heavy and best eaten in small slices and pairs well with vanilla ice cream and a large glass of milk.
  • Pink Lemonade Pie. Nothing is happier than a bright pink piece of pie. Mix concentrated lemonade with cream cheese and other delicious ingredients to create this frozen pie delight.
  • Grasshopper Pie. Bring back this vintage classic pie and impress your guests with this minty, creamy dessert. It combines marshmallows and whipped cream with a hint of crème de menthe for a refreshing treat.

What is your favorite pie recipe? Will you be trying any of these unique pie recipes this month?

White Snow, Black Ice: How to Stay Safe on Black Ice

Black Ice - Steve Lewis Subaru in Hadley, MA

Black ice is one of the many dangers associated with winter driving. This time of year is especially bad when it comes to this hazardous mix of ice, water, and snow, making it important to know how to react in such a situation. We’ve put together a post on how to stay safe on black ice.

According to WikiHow, black ice is similar to regular ice, but earns its eerie name from the difficulty in seeing it. Generally, black ice forms as a glaze over surfaces after light rain, snow, or sleet. It often forms without trapping much, if any, air, making it almost completely transparent.

The best way to stay safe on black ice is to know where it most often occurs. It frequently appears at night or in the early morning when temperatures are low. It forms on shaded parts of the road, as well as lesser-travelled roads. Bridges, overpasses, and other areas that are exposed to cold air also bring about fast-freezing.

While it is transparent, black ice can be detectable if you look right. It appears as a frozen sheet, so look for areas that are especially shiny. Most roads are dull, matte black; however, if you see light reflecting off any surfaces, take extra precaution.

Finally, if you do hit black ice, remain calm. Keep your wheel straight, and DO NOT slam on the brakes. Generally, a safe rule of thumb is to do nothing when you hit a slippery surface. You can lightly press the brakes, especially if you have ABS, and steer in the direction you are sliding if you are in a dangerous situation, as this will slow you faster.

Six Subaru Top Safety Pick+ Awards Recently Given by IIHS

2016 Subaru Forester

The Forester is one of six Subarus named Subaru Top Safety Pick+ for 2016.

Subaru recently earned six 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ awards, the highest honor given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Testing everything from front collision to advanced safety system technologies, the IIHS found that Subaru models are among the safest on the road.

According to Subaru, the six models that received recognition were the Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza, WRX, and Crosstrek. Only 48 models in the entire world received the award this year, demonstrating Subaru’s dominance when it comes to safety. The IIHS specifically recognized Subaru for the innovative EyeSight Driver Assist technology, an optional active safety system designed to alert drivers to possible dangers.

“We asked auto manufacturers to do more this year to qualify for our safety awards, and they delivered,” says Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “For the first time, a good rating in the challenging small overlap front crash test is a requirement to win, in addition to an available front crash prevention system.”

In order to earn the Subaru Top Safety Pick+ award, models must receive a rating of “Good” in all five areas of evaluation. When equipped with the EyeSight technology, models earned a “Superior” rating every single time.  The Top Safety Pick+ awards are just another thing that sets Subaru models apart from the competition.