The automotive industry boasts some of the most profitable companies in the world. Surprisingly, few actively donate to charity in large amounts. Over the past two years, we here at Grand Subaru have donated over $90,000 to Autism Speaks but that’s nothing compared to Subaru’s charitable donations.
Subaru’s Share the Love event partners with four charities to make lives, human and animal, easier. This year, the automaker has partnered with the National Park Foundation, the Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and the ASPCA.
For every driver that buys or leases a new Subaru between November 19th and January 2nd, Subaru will donate $250 to charities of the driver’s choice. In its eighth year, Subaru and participating dealerships will have donated a massive $65 million to charity.
That’s not all. The Subaru Love Promise is dedicated to making the world a better place, one vehicle at a time. Over the past two decades, Subaru has raised over $50 million towards causes that affect us all. Subaru and dealership employees have also put in more than 28,000 hours volunteering in the name of the Subaru Love Promise.
If that doesn’t show dedicated to making the world a better place for all, we don’t know what does.
If you’re a resident of Chicagoland or you live right in Chitown and like to hike, there are tons of places in the area that offer great trails you can enjoy with your pet. These are just some of the pet-friendly hiking trails in Chicago and the Chicago area.
Lakefront Trail is the place to hike whether you’re a resident or a visitor, and it’s especially great for dog walking. Along the beach with tons of access points and several dog-friendly parks, Lakefront Trail is scenic, easy to navigate, and a good way to socialize your pup.
Hammel Woods is another spot that has great resources for pets. The Hammel Woods trail is just over two miles long and is next to a dog park, so if you want a break on your walk you can set your dog free in the park and sit and chat with other dog owners.
Blackwell Forest Preserve has tons of hiking area, with around six miles of trails, and a leash-free area to let your dog run around for a while. Chicago is the perfect place for hikers with animal companions, so don’t waste your summer!
Getting in shape for summer without resorting to strict diets or exercise plans that are impossible to maintain can be tricky. Here are a few tips for getting that perfect beach body in a healthy, sustainable way.
1: Make small changes. You’ll never lose the weight and keep it off if you try to do everything at once. Lifestyle changes happen gradually.
2: You don’t need to do hardcore exercises every day. Just 45 minutes to an hour of light to moderate aerobics is enough to improve your fitness.
3: Don’t skip strength training. It improves metabolism and energy levels!
4: Don’t diet. Diets don’t work—small changes do. Eat smaller portions, drop some unhealthy foods, but don’t restrict yourself to the point of misery.
5: Weigh yourself at most once a week. You can get frustrated if the scale isn’t budging from day to day.
6 Find someone to exercise with. Accountability is a major factor in keeping to a workout schedule.
7: Don’t just do it for the beach body. You’re much more likely to successfully lose weight and feel better if you’re focusing on the long term.
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Every year, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com puts together their list of winners for the Brand Image Awards, honoring the automakers with the best brand image – and this year, the grand winner of those awards was Subaru.
KBB named Subaru the Most Trusted Non-Luxury Brand and the Best Performance Non-Luxury Brand. And what could be more important than trust and performance?
They credited Subaru’s consistent reputation for high-quality, low-maintenance cars that are ideal for the average driver, without skimping on high-tech and high-safety features. Plus – Subaru has all-wheel-drive for every vehicle.
KBB also praised Subaru for individual vehicles, including the “fun-to-drive” WRX and STI, rounding out the diverse and versatile brand and ensuring that there is a Subaru out there for every type of driver.
Here at Grand Subaru, it’s no surprise to us that Subaru would score so many of the 2016 Brand Image Awards. Now that you know more about the Subaru brand, learn more about a specific model with the new 2016 BRZ spotlight over on our website!
The history of the modern tire is long and detailed, leading up to the incredible tires we have today, which safely transport our vehicles from one place to the next with minimal input, while some tires even offer specialized assistance – like snow tires.
Nonetheless, it’s vital that drivers maintain their tires and pay close attention to their performance. To ensure that your tires are doing their best work – in addition to monitoring their air pressure and tread – they must be rotated.
To determine how frequently you should rotate your tires, consult your owner’s manual. Many automakers advise that you rotate your tires about every six months.
Additionally, even if your tires seem to be working, you should regularly change them entirely. The NHTSA recommends that tired be changed every six years, regardless of their condition. And of course, if tires aren’t working well – change them sooner!
Learn how to you can be even safer on the road with Subaru EyeSight technology over on our website!
If you own a Subaru, it’s likely that you have or are going to try to eek out some extra performance while having fun on the track or on dirt course—Subarus can usually handle either. Camber can help with that. So what is it?
Simply put, camber is the angle made by the wheels of a vehicle. If, viewed from the front or rear of the car, the bottom of the wheel extends further away from the vehicle than the top of the wheel, that’s called negative camber. In the opposite scenario, when the top of the wheel is further away from the car than the bottom, that’s called positive camber.
Camber is useful both on the track and off the roads. For example, positive camber is generally used in off-road scenarios because it helps steer the wheel with lighter steering effort. However, most cars are set up to have some degree of negative camber because it improves grip when cornering by placing the tire at a better angle to the road.
On the downside, negative camber increases braking distances and tire wear, which is why the cars you can find at Grand Subaru aren’t negatively cambered too aggressively. So if you’re heading out for a track day with a fresh set of tires, we recommend setting up your car for more negative camber to get the most cornering performance!
The all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza was revealed at the 2016 New York Auto Show with lots of new goodies and a new platform that promises a bright future for the beloved car. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it stole the show.
For the 2017 model year, the Subaru Impreza is impossibly attractive, regardless of whether it’s in hatchback or sedan form, thanks to clean lines, an aerodynamic profile, and distinctive style that carries over to the interior. The platform it rides on is all-new; it’s stiffer and sportier, which is just what the Impreza needed to remain the handling king of the segment.
Across all trims, the 2017 Impreza’s standard equipment is thoroughly improved, with a 6.5” touchscreen interface, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay available even on the standard 2.0i model.
Overall, we can’t wait to take the new Impreza out for a spin at Grand Subaru. If you’re a fan of great things in small packages, neither should you!
The subcompact crossover market is led by Subaru, as the first successful crossover vehicle was the Crosstrek. Subaru is bringing its redesigned 2018 model to the automotive market calling it the XV concept.
The new five seat XV concept displays Subaru’s new design, which is called the Dynamic X-Solid. The new design will be part of every new model in new model in the next generation of vehicles.
Dynamic X-Solid is a design element that displays a dynamic energy and bold character lines. Subaru wants the new concept to have a luxury quality with great power.
The XV concept will share a modular platform with the Impreza concept car. Both vehicles have been redesigned and re-engineered with athletic looks, and the XV concept will specifically have a hexagonal grille and hawk-eye headlights.
Since its launch in 2012, the Crosstrek has become the biggest seller in its class. Top critics love the powerful competency of the Subaru Crosstrek and have stated that the crossover is tough competition for the other vehicles in that class.
Next year will bring about the sale of the next generation Crosstrek, but stop in to Grand Subaru to test drive the current Crosstrek. You will see why this car continually ranks at the top of its class after just one test drive.
Spring is almost here, and most people use this time of the year as a reason to clean and refresh their homes. When you are making your spring checklist, make sure you don’t overlook your car! Give your vehicle some springtime TLC to keep it running smoothly.
We at Grand Subaru have compiled a spring vehicle maintenance checklist to help you get your car ready for summer road trips.
- Check that all fluids are clean and topped up
- Get up-to-date on any recommended services
- Check over the condition of hoses, belts, and clamps
- Change the oil if you have not in the last 5,000 miles
- Check filters, replacing as needed (air, fuel, PCV, cabin, etc)
- Inflate all tires to proper psi
- Check the tire tread and condition of tires, including the spare
- Get an alignment if needed
- Test the air conditioning
- Inspect all lights and bulbs, replacing if needed
- Replace wiper blades if worn
- Check the brakes
- Test the battery
- Wash your vehicle, including the underside where there may be salt
This checklist is mainly tasks of observation and testing, but by doing this inspection, you will prevent future issues. For more information on or assistance on completing a spring maintenance checklist for your vehicle, stop by Grand Subaru. We will be happy to help make sure your car is ready for the summer.
Well, it’s been a long, hard winter, and there might be more to come! But with the weather getting warmer, you’ll wonder if it’s time to swap out your winter tires. So let’s go over how and when to change your winter tires.
Winter tires have a soft and pliable compound that gives you maximum grip on snow and ice. But when the temperatures are no longer freezing and snow isn’t falling, it’s best to change these tires out. You should wait, however, until temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees. We all know that a freak snowstorm could happen in March, or even April. Keep an eye on the weather and if it’s not dropping below 40, you’re safe to change out your winter tires.
Whether you’re changing to all-season tires or summer tires, both will prove to be better fits on your car than the winter tires, which don’t perform well in warm weather.
But how do you change them when the time comes? It’s the same as changing a tire, but four of them! Jack your car up and change the tires one at a time. However, if this proves to be too complicated and time consuming, Grand Subaru is always here to help!