The New Subaru BRZ tS is Simply Fun to Drive

The New 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is fun to drive

The Subaru BRZ tS is an exciting new version of the sporty BRZ sports car. The tS trim level comes with several added performance features, a revamped design, and improved driving dynamics. Even if you’re not a performance junkie, the new Subaru BRZ tS will redefine the way you think about driving.

According to AutoWeek, the BRZ tS has the same 205-horsepower engine you’ll find on the standard trim, as well as the BRZ’s standard 156 lb-ft of torque. However, the major changes to this model include STI-tuned Sachs dampers, coil springs, draw stiffeners, and 18-inch lightweight wheels. You also get Michelin Pilot Sport tires and a manually adjustable carbon-fiber spoiler.

“The BRZ has to be top five in the ‘Most Fun Car to Drive Legally on the Street’ category,” said Jake Lingeman, road test editor at AutoWeek, emphasizing the BRZ’s incredible driving dynamics. While the BRZ tS may not be as fast as some supercars, it’s still just as fun to drive.

Other great features include the Brembo brakes, which are specially designed to give you optimal stopping power on the track. The steering has been tweaked to help you handle corners better, and the short-throw six-speed manual transmission will make driving engaging. Considering the affordability of the BRZ tS, this is one car that will truly provide more bang for your buck.

Come learn more about the new Subaru BRZ tS when you visit Steve Lewis Subaru.

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!

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.

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!

Tips for Keeping a Clean Car Interior

2018 Subaru Forester Interior

Whether it’s sand dragged in on the soles of bare feet, pairs of cleats coated in dust tossed into the trunk, or just a whole lot of driving done with the windows rolled down, keeping a clean car interior can feel like an impossible feat in the summer time. Now that the sunny season is almost over (we know, we’re sad too), it’s the perfect time to get your cabin back into tip-top shape — and we have a few clean car interior-tips to help you keep it that way!

Use Q-tips to scrub out hard-to-reach places

Start by dipping a q-tip in water and cleaning solution. Then, primp your cup holders and odd crevices that are somehow always filled with equal parts loose change and mysterious ooze.

Remove stains with water and vinegar

Use half water, half vinegar (that’s it!) and scrub up stains on seats and mats with just a wash cloth. Memories of burst ketchup packets, spilt coffee, and dropped chocolate-dipped cones, be gone!

Save old tissue boxes

Empty tissue boxes aren’t just for the trash bin! Fill them with plastic bags and stash them under a seat, and you’ll have grab-bags always at-the-ready.

Hang a shoe organizer behind one of the front seats

This inexpensive contraption will help your passengers keep games, toys, and other small odd-or-end organized and within reach.

Take a deep breath

Now that you have a clean car interior, keep it smelling like one with a simple concoction of two cups of baking soda and 20 drops of Peppermint or Lavender essential oil mixed in an old shaker container and left beneath a seat.

If you think your engine might need a little sprucing up as well, give us a call to schedule a service appointment at Steve Lewis Subaru today!

The Top Reasons to Buy a Subaru

2018 Subaru Outback

It’s no secret that all of us here at Steve Lewis Subaru think that every car buyer in America should be purchasing a Subaru vehicle. There are thousands of reasons to buy a Subaru, but here are some of our favorites:

Standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Almost every automaker offers some version of AWD on some of its models, but no other automaker besides Subaru promises standard AWD on all of its models. Its innovative symmetrical AWD system is more reliable and high-performing than other systems adapted from two-wheel drive.

As Safe as Safe Can Be

Subaru regularly earns IIHS Top Safety Pick awards across its model line-up, a feat few other automakers can boast. Innovations such as Subaru’s ring-shaped frame construction, safety brake pedal system, and the Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control put Subaru in a league of its own when it comes to Safety.

The Price is Right

No other automaker provides standard ahead-of-the-curve innovations within financial reach of everyday drivers the way that Subaru does.

Of course, the top reasons to buy a Subaru are those that you discover yourself. You’re invited to Steve Lewis Subaru for a test drive any time — try not to fall in love too fast!