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.

Barks and Brews 2018

Bring your dog and enjoy Barks and Brews 2018 this summer

Summer is well on its way, and the Hadley area is heating up! There’s plenty to do in this area, and you can bring your canine companion with you. If you’re a dog person looking for a good time, head out to Barks and Brews 2018 this June!

Barks and Brews 2018 takes place on June 24 at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. The VIP hour starts at 12 p.m. General admission begins at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and support the Dakin Humane Society. Last year, the Barks and Brews event raised $25,000. This year, that goal has been raised to $35,000.

The event is open to attendees 21 years of age and older. The purchase of a single ticket includes a complimentary beer from the brewery and free parking. Local food trucks, like Bistro Bus, will have food available for purchase.

Dogs are welcome and will enjoy a variety of activities. The North King Animal Clinic will put on a Splash Zone. Nail trimming and baths will be available from Fur’s A Flyin’ Pet Grooming and Day Camp and HydroDog respectively. The Good Dog Spot will offer photo booth family portraits. Dogs can get a quick treat supplied by the Paw Street Barkery too. Puppy accessories are available from SassyPuppyCo.

We here at Steve Lewis Subaru can’t wait to see all of the local pet owners and their canine companions at this year’s Barks and Brews event!

Subaru and TerraCycle Team Up to Love the Earth

Stack of Bottles - Subaru and TerraCycle

Did you know that less than a quarter of the trash generated in the United States gets recycled? With more than 230 million tons created each year, that is a lot of waste. To help combat this, Subaru and TerraCycle® are teaming up to put some of that waste to use.

Starting last month, Subaru dealers started receiving TerraCycle® Zero Waste™ boxes to encourage customers and employees to start recycling certain hard-to-recycle materials. This includes things like snacks wrappers, single-use coffee capsules, and disposable cups.

These collected items will then be turned into useful items like picnic tables, playground materials, and park benches. Subaru partners can view and order these recycled products online for community use starting this fall.

“At Subaru, we feel it’s our personal responsibility to protect Earth’s natural wonders and encourage our retailers and customers to engage in smart environmental practices, simply because it’s the right thing to do,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, Inc.

Along with encouraging people to recycle these items, Subaru also created a list of “Trash-Hacks.” Here are a few that we found useful.

  • Use both sides of your copy paper and program printers to automatically print double-sided.
  • Focus on electronic reports instead of printing to save paper.
  • Reuse file folders by folding them in the opposite direction.
  • Save the packing material you receive in packages to reuse when you ship something.

Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we are always looking for new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

All-New 2019 Subaru Forester Unveiled at New York International Auto Show

2019 Subaru Forester outdoors in snow

This past March, Subaru unveiled the all-new 2019 Subaru Forester at the New York International Auto Show. The 2019 model marks the beginning of the fifth generation of this beloved vehicle, offering drivers state-of-the-art features and technology. If you already are considering this best-selling SUV, you’ll be happy to know that the 2019 model is the most spacious, capable, and well-equipped Forester ever.

The 2019 Forester provides an exceptional driving experience due to its balance of performance, handling, comfort, and safety technology. It comes equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder BOXER® engine that delivers 182 horsepower and features smart Auto Stop/Start technology to maximize fuel efficiency; the new Forester achieves up to 33 mpg on the highway.

Additionally, all trim levels come standard with Subaru’s tried and true Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This technology offers drivers SUV capability without sacrificing handling and maneuverability, providing drivers with a stable, confident driving experience.

The interior of the new 2019 Forester is delightfully spacious and versatile. It offers 76.1 cu-ft of cargo space with 60:40 split rear-folding seats, as well as a flatter cargo load floor than previous models for optimal storage space. With its intelligent engineering, the cabin is comfortably quiet, so passengers can sit back in their comfortable, yet durable seats and enjoy the SUBARU STARLINK™ multimedia system, which comes equipped with Apply CarPlay™ compatibility, Android Auto™ compatibility, and other state-of-the-art connectivity features.

If you’d like to know more about this upcoming Subaru model, be sure to ask our expert staff here at Steve Lewis Subaru.

*Manufacturer’s EPA estimate. Pending EPA certification. Actual mileage may vary.

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.

Alternative Christmas Trees

Alternative Christmas Trees

While it’s a lot of fun to get a freshly cut Christmas tree every year or put up your artificial one with all of your favorite ornaments, you don’t have to be afraid to shy away from tradition. These alternative Christmas tree ideas from Steve Lewis Subaru just might inspire you to try something different this season.

Card Display

This alternative tree is perfect for the person who gets plenty of holiday cards. A tree-shaped piece of plywood is simply attached to the wall, and decorated with string in place of lights and a star on top. You can use the string to display your holiday cards, which take the place of ornaments.

Twine Tree

You can make an easy, rustic DIY tree replacement by dipping twine in white glue, wrapping it around a styrofoam cone, and allowing it to dry. Decorate with small ornaments of your choice.

Peg Board Light Tree

If your favorite part of a Christmas tree is the lights, then you’ll love this option. All you need is a pegboard and a few strings of lights. Stick lights in the board in the shape of a tree and lean it against the wall where your normal tree to go. This option is easy to put up and reusable for years to come.

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!