Tag: Subaru Outback
If you thought that station wagons went out of style a long time ago, you would be wrong. While the cars may have dipped in popularity over the decades, it’s still going strong, as evidenced by the success of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the Subaru Outback. Both vehicles are quite capable, which makes deciding between them even more difficult. Here’s an overview of both vehicles and what they have to offer. Hopefully after reading through this review you’ll be able to pick the option that makes the most sense for you.
Wagon buyers may or may not care about the appearance of their vehicle. There are two distinct looks offered depending on what type of look you are going for. If you want to embrace the station wagon look and go for a vehicle that’s clearly a wagon, the Subaru Outback is for you. If you just want the utility of a wagon, without having to take on the look of one, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack looks more like a little SUV than it does a station wagon. It accomplishes this altered look with a slightly lifted body, fender flares and careful roof sculpting that offers an SUV appearance.
One area that the Outback edges out the Alltrack is in towing power. The Alltrack isn’t recommended for any type of towing task, while the Outback can handle up to 3,000 lbs. If you’re hoping to tow a trailer the Outback is likely the best option.
The Golf Alltrack is the more capable of the two vehicles when you hop onto an actual road. It corners readily, feels smooth over most surfaces, has plenty of power and is just plain fun to drive around. The Outback feels clunky in comparison and doesn’t offer the nice tight performance that the Golf does. We can only assume it’s because the Alltrack is based on the very capable Golf Sportwagon that’s a blast to drive around. Manual lovers should also consider the fact that manual isn’t offered on the Outback but is an option on the Alltrack.
Station wagons are supposed to be all about space and utility and few wagons do it better than the Subaru Outback. It offers more legroom, more interior space and a bit more rear storage space than the Golf Alltrack does. This doesn’t mean it’s better, but it does mean you can cram a bit more gear into the back, which is good for outdoor lovers looking to squeeze stuff in every little bit of space available.
An Upscale Interior
The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is finished with nicer materials and has a more upscale or luxury look to it than the Outback. The Outback has a more utilitarian look. It’s plain and makes it more of a utility vehicle than anything else. For some people that’s an appealing feature, but others will not like that aspect of the Outback so much.
For most people it really isn’t that difficult choosing between the Golf Alltrack and the Outback. The Outback is a rugged outdoorsy, spacious utilitarian wagon that’s meant for more difficult tasks. It isn’t as showy or nice looking, and that’s fine for the right person. It can be a bit dull to drive around though. The Golf Alltrack is nicer to look at, it’s appointed with better materials and more comfortable seats. It’s more fun to drive and has that manual shift option that’s going to win over plenty of enthusiasts. It’s a bit smaller within and doesn’t offer the rugged off-road performance as much. Pick the one that makes the most sense to you.
Subaru released the all-new 2015 Outback with a variety of upgrades and changes. They gave it a new look, improved the interior, made it more efficient and gave it more of a luxury appeal as well making it the best Outback to date.
The bold new Outback has an edgy look to go with its revamp. The angles are sharper, the grille larger, and the exterior is just more aggressive than before. The new hexagonal grille connects straight to the bumper giving the front end a large menacing look that’s a nice improvement.
Interior Looks and Gadgets
The new Outback has a revamped interior that’s roomier and more luxurious than previous editions. With approximately three cubic feet of additional space on the interior of the vehicle, rear passengers have more space to stretch out. Thicker armrests, an upgraded 10 way power driver seat and dual climate control all make for a higher ride quality. Additional sound proofing has also been added into the cabin making the ride noticeably quieter.
Additional features have been added into this Outback including Bluetooth integration, a rear vision camera and a high-quality 6.2 inch infotainment system that syncs with your smartphone providing connected apps.
While the new Outback did go up in power a bit, the focus of its latest revamp wasn’t centered around increasing power, but smoothing out its operation and making it more efficient. Both of these goals are achieved by a number of different modifications, one of the most important the CVT or continuously variable transmission that is now standard on all models. This little gem takes worrying about shifting out of the equation and smoothly operates your engine to keep it at the most efficient levels.
With the CVT you gain access to paddle shifters that can be used to exercise additional control over the vehicle while doing things like going down an incline. A grille shutter has been implemented that helps make the vehicle more aerodynamic while traveling down the road. All the improvements in efficiency allow this SUV to burn 25 MPG in the city and 33 MPG in the highway, which is right at the top of the range for a mid-sized SUV.
Tech and Safety
The new Outback is fitted with a rear vehicle detection system as well as a blind spot monitor that will let you know when you’re getting too close to someone in your blind spot. The lane change assist helps you safely check your blind spot in mere moments. It scans for vehicles in your blind spots and you’ll get an indicator that you can use to avoid changing lanes if the car detects a vehicle in the blind spot. The Eyesight driver assistance camera has also been updated for improved performance. This helps you avoid issues with traffic out in front of you by applying the brakes and sounding a warning if you get too close to vehicles ahead.
“It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru” is more than just an advertising tagline – it’s a philosophy for the Japanese car company. And over at Fortune Magazine, the staff chose to delve in, research and determine what exactly it is that makes a Subaru, a Subaru.
After nearly 45 years in the U.S. market, Subaru of America is currently celebrating a number of achievements. Most notably, Subaru became the only manufacturer with an entire product line of vehicles awarded “top safety picks” by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Safety has often been a hallmark of Subaru, and until the introduction of the BRZ sports coupe it was almost common knowledge that every Subaru came standard with the security and safety of all-wheel-drive. Today all-wheel-drive continues to come standard on all Subaru Legacy, Impreza, Forester, Outback and XV Crosstrek models. The BRZ forgoes this system in order to appeal to enthusiasts who prefer that power be sent exclusively to the rear wheels.
Subaru’s achievements have not gone unnoticed by the press, and as Fortune Magazine points out “Consumer Reports rates Subaru above Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and every other manufacturer in performance, comfort, utility, and reliability, and says the company makes the best cars in America. ALG (formerly Automotive Lease Guide), the industry’s arbiter of residual value and used-car prices, named Subaru the leader in retained value among mainstream brands.”
Even more importantly, consumer demand for Subaru vehicles continues to increase. While Fortune Magazine notes that, “By itself, the Toyota Camry outsells the entire Subaru lineup,” the magazine also points out that “Subaru is currently running with a 45-day supply, compared with the 65 days that are considered optimal in the auto industry.”
Such a short supply can be attributed to both continued growth by the company within the automotive industry, as well as an intelligent business strategy by corporate bigwigs within Subaru of America.
One part of this strategy is for the automaker to increase U.S. sales to 350,000 units per year by 2016; a goal that seems attainable for the company given the success of the redesigned Subaru Impreza. As Fortune Magazine states: “Sales [of the new Impreza] have doubled from a year ago, and dealers have less than a two-week supply.”
Subaru has come a long way since it first came to the U.S. in 1968 and sold the diminutive 360 microcar. Yet, along the way the company has kept to a core philosphy of selling cars that were quirky, fuel efficient, reliable and fun. Though the company is continuing to expand, Subaru’s relatively dimunitive marketshare of only slightly more than 2% of the automotive market means that the company hasn’t let global domination take over its corporate values.
Subaru isn’t trying to become the next General Motors or Toyota (though Toyota does own 16.5% of Subaru’s parent company Fuji Heavy Industries). Rather than putting sales first Subaru is instead putting the customer first. This philosophy is in many ways what makes a Subaru, a Subaru. To read even more about what makes a Subaru, a Subaru, and to learn more about the company’s history visit fortunemagazine.com.
This Saturday and Sunday is The West Hollywood Auto Show on the World Famous Sunset Strip across from The Roxy. In addition to all the coolest new cars, come for the live entertainment, food, fun, photo booth and more surprises, and LAcarGUY is the presenting sponsor.
We will have nine vehicles and a salesman at this even both Saturday and Sunday from each of our stores involved, Fisker Santa Monica, Toyota Hollywood, Subaru Pacific, Lexus Santa Monica and Volkswagen Santa Monica. We will have our tent set up and small give aways available. The cars we will have on display will include:Toyota Rav 4
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Prius C
- Subaru XV Crosstrek
- Subaru Outback
- Lexus ES
- Lexus CT
- Volkswagen Jetta
- VW – Beetle
- Fisker Karma
The event is free to the public and starts at 11am each day and runs until 5pm, and we expect huge crowds!
The location is on Sunset Blvd, Across the street from the ROXY Theatre. 8950 West Sunset Blvd.
Hope to see you out there!
There are many reasons that the newest brand and store in the LAcarGUY family is Subaru. The companies focus on the environment, the outdoor lifestyle, and giving back to the community all sync up with LAcarGUY’s values. On top of this Subaru is one of the fastest growing brands in the United States. During the downturn in the economy, and the terrible tsunami that devastated Japan, Subaru’s sales continued to grow, even as others fell off.
Subaru is like that band you’ve loved for so many years and you are baffled as to why they aren’t on everyones radar, they ARE that overnight success 30 years in the making! A combination of durability, dependability and value, along with a fresh new lineup of vehicles are just some of the reasons more and more people are discovering Subaru for the first time.
With September’s sales numbers just in Subaru’s sales year to date are up 25% over 201, year to date, and compared to September 2011, September 2012 saw a 32% increase in sales!
As we said, with newly refreshed models like the Outback, Legacy and Impreza, and the new XV Crosstrek just arriving in our showroom, and of course the highly acclaimed BRZ, it’s easy to see, with the strongest lineup in Subaru’s history, why more and more people are discovering the brand for the first time.
So many other manufactures now tout the availability of all wheel drive, like it’s something that was never available for vehicles other than trucks and large SUV’s, it is something Subaru has been offering across the product line for well over 20+ years! These years of experience are why Subaru has the most refined all wheel drive system in the industry.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Subaru, we encourage you to come in for a test drive and see for yourself why your next car should be a Subaru, from Subaru Pacific!
Subaru of America, Inc. announced the release of Dynamic Brochure iPad® apps for the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Impreza WRX/STI, Outback, Legacy and Forester. Fun and interactive consumer tools, the apps showcase the confidence and capabilities of these models.
The iPad® apps feature new, fully photographic exterior and interior 360-degree views that allow viewers to experiment with paint colors and interior trims. The apps also include interactive feature demos, videos and comprehensive specifications.
The all-new Subaru Impreza 4-Door, 5-Door and Impreza Sport, rally-bred Impreza WRX/STI, rugged Outback, intelligent Legacy and the versatile Forester, all come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a balanced SUBARU BOXER® engine for exceptional handling and capability to match their accommodating interior versatility and comfort. Users can see, hear and explore the Subaru models and the technology right from the interactive iPad® apps.
The 2012 Subaru model iPad® apps build on the success of the industry-leading Dynamic Brochure program, which Subaru debuted in 2011, to give audiences more content and more engaging choices for information, comparison and sharing. The program also supports Subaru commitment to environmentally-friendly practices; the digital brochure platform helps to reduce paper usage, energy consumption, inks, and production waste.
“Subaru is excited to roll out the next generation of our leading-edge, environmentally-friendly Subaru model iPad® apps for 2012. These model app launches will be followed closely by the all-new Subaru Life Book featuring our full line of vehicles in a single app,” said Sondra Shiffer, brochures manager, Subaru of America, Inc.
These iPad® apps can be downloaded for free at:
Earlier this week, Subaru of America, Inc. announced the debut of its EyeSight™ driver assistance system which will be introduced on the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback models at the New York International Auto Show. EyeSight integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning, As well, it features the capability to detect obstacles in front of a parked car and limit potential damage in an impact. EyeSight will subsequently be available on other products in the Subaru line-up and will become available later this year.
The Subaru EyeSight system will be one of the most affordable of such technologies available in the U.S. market. Combining safety and convenience features, EyeSight uses two charged-coupled device (CCD) cameras that are mounted inside the car on the upper edges of the windshield. Such positioning, reduces the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems.
The technology processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes, and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight processor, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. At speeds of approximately 19 mph, EyeSight’s Pre-Collision Braking System is capable of detecting pedestrians or other obstacles in the vehicle’s path and is capable of self-activating in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, EyeSight is able to bring the to a complete stop. Pre-Collision Braking is always on in the background to act like a second set of eyes for the driver. It can also be turned off temporarily for off-road or rough road travel. The system is programmed to recognize objects such as vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
By monitoring traffic lane markers and lines, the Subaru EyeSight system is capable of detecting when a car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or if the car begins to sway within the travel lane. Using the turn signal cancels the warning.
On the freeway, EyeSight’s Adaptive Cruise Control system maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking and/or accelerating the car as needed to maintain the driver-selected target speed and traveling distance. Adaptive Cruise Control is functional from 1-87 mph and can fully brake the vehicle to a stop if the system “locks onto” a vehicle ahead.
Other additional EyeSight benefits include the capability of alerting the driver when the vehicle ahead has moved if they have not reacted within several seconds. The technology can also help reduce collision damage by cutting the throttle when it senses an obstacle in front, but the accelerator pedal continues to be pushed. The system is also effective when a driver shifts into “Drive” inadvertently instead of “Reverse” when backing out of a parking space. The stereo camera design of EyeSight provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.
It is important to keep in mind that EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for driver diligence and attention on the road. The system may not react in every situation and there may be certain operational limitations such as when weather conditions obscure the view of the cameras. Finally, even with the most advanced technology being used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system available.
Subaru Pacific is the latest addition to the LAcarGUY family of dealers and now, Subaru of America is proud to announce that it has received three Residual Value Awards from ALG, the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data. The ALG Residual Value Awards recognizes annually the vehicles predicted to retain the highest percentage of original price after a three-year period.
Claiming Best Mainstream Brand for third year in a row, Subaru also earned Best Midsize Utility Vehicle and Best Midsize Car for the 2012 Subaru Outback and the 2012 Subaru Legacy, respectively. Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality, production levels relative to demand, and pricing and marketing strategies remain the key factors that affect ALG’s residual value forecasts.
“The Legacy’s standard all-wheel drive, above average fuel economy and spacious interior appeal to a wide swath of the market, helping to keep demand high,” said Raj Sundaram, for ALG. “With the bawny new generation of Outback, Subaru continues to build on its reputation for delivering what consumers want in a crossover, the handling of a car with great utility and roomy interiors.”
“Subaru is proud to be recognized as a brand that builds safe and reliable vehicles that deliver on our mobility promise and retain value for our owners,” said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “We are honored to have, again, received ALG Residual Value Awards for our brand and two of our popular Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles.”
Of the Best Mainstream Brand win, ALG remarked: “Subaru continues to draw fiercely loyal devotees who appreciate the brand’s strong quality and ability to remain practical yet progressive in its redesigns. Dependably low incentives and fleet sales have also enhanced its used market image, helping it to maintain the top spot for mainstream brand for the third year in a row.”