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Deciding Whether to Buy or Lease a Vehicle

April 6, 2015 lacarguy Subaru Tags: , , , , , ,

If you’re planning on shopping for a new vehicle, or will be in the next year or two you may be considering whether you should lease or purchase that new Subaru you’ve had your eye on outright. I would love to tell you that you should buy a vehicle or that you should lease a vehicle, but one option isn’t right for everyone. You must consider the benefits and drawbacks of each situation, and how your car ownership habits affect the whole situation. Only when you do this can you truly determine if you should be buying a car, or signing a short-term lease agreement instead.

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How Often Do You Want a New Vehicle?

One of the biggest considerations that you have to make, and you need to be honest here, is how often do you want a new vehicle? Are you willing to deal with an aging vehicle past the first five years that begins to have mechanical problems that need to be addressed? If you are the type of person who will commit to a vehicle and drive it as long as possible then owning is much more affordable than leasing. Especially with quality vehicles like the Subaru Impreza WRX. If you don’t like dealing with repairs and will want to switch to a new vehicle every three or four years then leasing is probably a better deal and will actually save you money.

Saving Through Lower Payments

The way that leasing can save some buyers money is through the lower payments. A lease payment is lower than a car payment because the lease only cover depreciated value. If you lease a vehicle that starts at $25,000 and will be worth $15,000 after the three year period is over you only pay the $10,000 in depreciation. If you were to buy that same vehicle your payments would be going to cover the full $25,000 which is why you would be paying so much more each month.

Business Deductions

If you are getting a vehicle for business purposes it actually makes more sense to buy than it does to lease most of the time. This is because of all the additional deductions that you can take. Not only can you deduct the vehicle payment that you are responsible for each month, but also the depreciation of the vehicle, the mileage and the operating expenses for the vehicle. All of these deductions really add up and you might find your yearly costs of buying versus leasing to be more affordable for that reason.

Consider Your Yearly Distance

Most lease agreements cover between 12,000 and 15,000 miles a year.  If you go over that by a significant amount leasing probably isn’t going to be affordable for you.  Lease agreements that offer higher mileage amounts cost more money to obtain and if you go over the amount you’ll be hit with a stiff penalty. That being said, if you don’t drive very far you may actually save even more with a lease and could work out an agreement with a lower mileage amount.

When you take the time to consider the benefits of leasing and buying a vehicle it makes it a bit easier to come to the right conclusion. For some people it simply makes a lot more sense to lease than to buy, but for others buying is clearly the more affordable option.

Awesome Safety Features that Make the 2015 Subaru WRX STI Safe to Operate

August 20, 2014 lacarguy Subaru Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Even though the 2015 Subaru WRX STI is a sporty vehicle and it isn’t very large in size, that doesn’t mean that it’s dangerous to drive around. In fact, it features a wide array of safety features that all come together to make this vehicle very safe to operate. The WRX STI utilizes both active and passive safety features to keep drivers out of accidents and protect them if they get hit by the unavoidable.

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Excellent Passive Safety System

Equipped with seven different airbags the 2015 Subaru WRX STI provides protection to both the driver and the passenger in all the important areas in the event of a crash. The front passenger and the driver are protected from the front and the sides, and backseat passengers are given additional side protection. The Subaru also relies on a ring-structured frame that dissipates crash energy very effectively, reducing the severity of an accident substantially. This technology comes together to help reduce injuries in the event of an accident.

Enhanced Visibility

Subaru went to great efforts to make their latest version of the WRX easier to see out of while driving. Engineers adjusted the shape of the vehicle to enhance forward visibility noticeably. To take care of rear visibility issues a rear backup camera now comes standard with the vehicle. Overall drivers should be able to see where they are going better than ever before while riding around in the 2015 WRX STI.

Enhanced Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

The WRX STI comes with a powerful symmetrical all-wheel drive system that evenly distributes power between each of the tires on the car. This increases overall traction while travelling down the road and it makes it safer to drive the car on poor roads or in inclement weather. Sure this feature won’t help much when you get into an accident, but it will sure help keep you out of them in the first place.

Brake Override and Brake Assist

Many drivers don’t press down hard enough on their brakes before having an accident so the WRX STI will help out by providing the extra force needed to stop the car. Not only will it enhance your braking force, but the car will also prevent accidental acceleration by not allowing the gas pedal to work when the brake pedal is being pressed. This helps drivers slow down fast enough to avoid accidents, and to prevent them from making the problem worse.

All of these advanced safety features help make the 2015 Subaru WRX STI a very safe care to drive around in. It’s designed to prevent most accidents from occurring in the first place, but when they do it can take a punch and keep passengers safe very effectively.

Subaru Announces Pricing for 2014 WRX and WRX STI

August 14, 2013 lacarguy Subaru Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

For those of you who have been anxiously waiting for the next generation Subaru WRX, Subaru of America has finally released pricing for the 2014 WRX and WRX STI. The next generation of both cars are due out next year and prices for the entire 2014 lineup have only increased by $200 with the new starting MSRP of $25,995 for the WRX and $34,495 for the more powerful WRX STI.


Offering more power than rivals like the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI, the Subaru WRX delivers the biggest performance value in its competitive set. The 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled four-cylinder BOXER engine produces 265-horsepower and 244 lb.-ft. of torque and is exclusively teamed with a five-speed manual transmission and Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive.

Standard equipment for the 2014 WRX includes sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers, Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity and iPod® control.

The MSRPs for the WRX apply to both the four-door sedan and the five-door model, leaving the customer to choose trim level, color and port or dealer-installed accessories. For more comfort, the WRX Premium, with an MSRP of $28,495, adds fog lights, a power moonroof, and, on the sedan, a body-color trunk spoiler. (All five-door models have a rear spoiler). Also standard, the All-Weather Package includes heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2014 WRX Limited, with an MSRP of $29,495, adds leather-trimmed upholstery and high-intensity discharged (HID) headlights. The WRX Limited offers one option package, the Navigation System with AHA Connected service, for an MSRP of $1,100. The system features a 6.1-in. touch screen, voice-activated controls, SMS text messaging, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (subscription required), iTunes® tagging, SD card map upgrades and more.

The indomitable 2014 Subaru WRX STI takes the brand’s rally-bred road performance to the highest level, featuring a 305-horsepower turbocharged/intercooled Boxer engine, six-speed manual transmission, performance suspension and the exclusive Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) version of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The WRX STI is also exclusively equipped with a Brembo® Performance Brake System, Subaru Intelligent Drive (SI-DRIVE) and Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, the latter featuring a track performance-optimized mode.

The 2012 WRX STI is available in both four- and five-door models. The four-door comes in STI and STI Limited versions, with MSRPs of $34,495 and $37,845, respectively. All WRX STI models include as standard HID headlights and the All-Weather Package, with heated front seats, heated exterior mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The WRX STI five-door, with an MSRP of $36,495, comes equipped with the BBS® forged aluminum-alloy wheels, along with fog lights, rear window wiper/washer and special cargo area features. The WRX STI Limited adds power moonroof, fog lights, leather upholstery and BBS wheels. The Navigation System is available for all WRX STI models for an MSRP of $1,100.

Subaru Goes Live With New iPad® Apps

April 13, 2012 lacarguy Subaru Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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: