Subaru at the Chicago Auto Show

Subaru at the Chicago Auto Show

The early months of the year are always an exciting time in the automotive world. This is where we get to see all-new models and concepts through a string of world-class auto shows. In early February, at the Chicago Auto Show, Subaru showed off a refreshed version of the 2018 Legacy sedan.

From first glance, we can see the new Legacy has some styling updates. From there, we learned that it will come with a retuned CVT, and new technology features. The 2018 model will be the fourth model year in the current sixth generation.

With the styling changes, the Legacy will have a wider, lower grille with a new front bumper, giving it an overall sportier look. Buyers will get to choose from two new exterior colors, Magnetite Gray Metallic and crimson Red Pearl, along with two new wheel designs.

Faithful Subaru drivers will notice improved handling in the new Legacy model. It comes with a returned suspension to help smooth out bumps in the road and reduce body roll.

Inside, the Legacy will come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and its StarLink system will deliver faster performance and more available apps.

We loved what we saw from Subaru at the Chicago Auto Show. What was your favorite thing about the updated Legacy?

How To Protect Your Car From Winter Damage

Protect Your Car From Winter Damage | Bensenville, ILWinter is a rough time of the year. It’s cold, skies are often gray, and driving conditions are bad. On top of all of that, the cold temperatures and extreme weather can take a toll on vehicles too. Here are five ways to protect your car from winter damage this season.

Wash Your Car Frequently

If salt builds up on your car, it can damage your finish and even lead to rust. To avoid this, wash your car every other week, and especially before unseasonably warm days. Higher temperatures promote rusting even more.

Wax Your Vehicle

Waxing your car every few months will give it a strong coat and help protect it from damaging conditions like salt and ice.

Brush Gently

Plastic ice scrapers can damage your windshield and windows. When possible, clear away snow with a soft brush instead to avoid scratches.

Avoid Deep Snow

Even if you have the 4WD to handle it, deep snow can still be dangerous. It can get wedged up in your undercarriage, cause corrosion and even contribute to problems with brakes and other mechanics.

Take Care of Your Tires

Your tires have it rough in the winter, as well. Help them to stay in good shape by checking their pressure regularly and keeping them filled to their recommended capacity. This will help them last longer and will also make driving in winter weather easier and safer for you.

The Importance of Tire Tread

Subaru Tire

Tires are an important part of your vehicle’s engineering. As the only equipment that stands between your vehicle and the road, they should always be in top-notch condition at all times. Because of this, it’s important to understand the importance of tire tread, what tire tread does, and why it is imperative to replace bald tires.

What is Tire Tread?

Tire tread is the part of the tire that makes contact with the road or ground. The tread itself helps provide traction while out on the road, especially during inclement weather conditions. Depending on the tread, a tire can be made for different seasons. For instance, snow tires typically use a different type of rubber and tread pattern than all-season tires to help increase traction in snowy and icy conditions; off-road tires have specific knob patterns to help them maneuver easily in mud or dirt. Good tread will hold onto the road better than old or balding tread.

Importance of Replacing Bald Tires

Since your car’s tire tread can help you control your vehicle better, it is important to replace balding tires as soon as you can. When a tire is bald, it has lost the deep grooves of the original tread. Because the tire no longer has these grooves, which are used to channel water away so the tire can keep in contact with the road, the chances of your vehicle hydroplaning are much higher. It is because of these unsafe conditions that you should replace any balding tires on your vehicle.

How to Drive Safely in Winter Weather

2017 Subaru Driving in Winter Weather - Bensenville, ILWinter weather will be here before you know it which means it’s time to freshen up on some winter weather safety tips. Driving during winter is unlike driving in any other season and that can lead to disaster, especially for inexperienced drivers. Here are a few tips to help you drive safely in winter weather from us here at Grand Subaru!

  • Slow Down – Slowing down and taking your time are some of the most obvious tips for winter driving and they’re often forgotten by many drivers. Everything takes longer on snow- and ice-covered roads so plan accordingly. Turning and accelerating can be difficult and could lead to disaster if one isn’t careful.
  • Fuel Up – As a general rule, try to keep your gas tank at least half full. Doing so ensures that your car will be able to start. It also means you’ll be able to wait for help if you end up stuck in the snow.
  • Don’t Stop – Avoid stopping when possible. At the same time, avoid accelerating when it isn’t necessary. Instead, try slowing down slightly until a traffic stop turns green. It takes much more effort to get moving from a complete stop compared to if you continue rolling. In the same way, hitting the gas could leave your tires spinning.

What is RallyCross?

What is RallyCross?

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Looking for somewhere to test the limits of your Subaru WRX STI? You might be feeling a bit restrained driving your flashy set of wheels in the city or on the highway where you can’t really put your pedal to the metal or feel the rush of navigating around sharp corners. That’s where RallyCross comes in. What is Rallycross, you ask? It’s a type of car competition sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America, or SCCA, that challenges drivers to make their way around a timed course.

The SCCA typically plans RallyCross events well in advance and provides a course. These courses typically don’t allow drivers to go very fast, instead focusing on handling and the nimble agility of the vehicles involved. Additionally, most courses only allow for 30 to 90 seconds of activity, so the competition does not drag on at length. Participants are then scored based on their performance within the time frame.

Now that you’ve read a short explanation of what is RallyCross, why not give it a shot? There are tons of RallyCross chapters all across the US, with a branch located right in Chicago. Take your favorite sports car out for a spin and see if you’ve got what it takes to grab the highest score.

Best Subarus for Tailgating

Best Subarus for Tailgating

While stereotypically when you think of a tailgate party, you might think about a pickup truck, there are a lot of other versatile vehicles that have just the right features to make any party a success. We’ll talk about the best Subarus for tailgating to show you how they can shine.

2017 Subaru Forester

The Forester’s delivers a spacious interior, excellent handling with its standard all-wheel drive, and great fuel efficiency. Making it particularly tailgate party savvy is its power liftgate, hidden storage beneath the rear cargo floor, advanced technology features, and industry-leading safety technology. The rearview camera and Subaru EyeSight system can help drivers navigate easily and safely through tight, crowded parking lots.

2017 Subaru Outback

You’ll be able to tackle even the toughest tailgate party conditions when you roll up in the 2017 Subaru Outback. Its roomy interior has plenty of room for passengers and cargo and its low cargo area will make it easy to unload your party gear. If your next tailgate party happens to be a muddy field, the Outback’s standard all-wheel drive will let you get where you need to go easily.

If you want to have the best tailgate party ever, stop by Grand Subaru to find out even more about these great Subaru vehicles.

Best Subaru Models for Families

Best Subaru Models for Families Subaru knows family. The automaker produces some of the best family-friendly vehicles on the market, including these popular Subaru models!

  1. 2016 Subaru BRZ

This is more of a fun sports drive for mom or dad.

  1. 2017 Subaru WRX

With the WRX, you’ll get sporty style you love, but with four doors.

  1. 2017 Subaru Legacy

The Legacy will give you the sedan-style you love with room for a small family.

  1. 2016 Subaru Impreza

The Impreza’s five doors makes loading the trunk with groceries easier than ever.

  1. 2016 Subaru Crosstrek

The Crosstrek is built for performance, so if you’re an adventure-loving family, it’s perfect for you.

 

And… the top two:

  1. 2017 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has the Subaru-style you love but with plenty of extras for the family. You can fit mom, dad, and three kids in the Outback, plus pack all of your vacation gear in the netted cargo holder on the roof.

  1. 2017 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester takes the top spot thanks to its generous size. You’re getting top safety with EyeSight driver assist technology, plenty of cargo room in the trunk, and top efficiency. You’re getting size so you can fit the family, but 32 highway mpg, so you can save money.

What is the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru Love Promise

If you love Subaru, then you’ve probably heard the famous Subaru phrase: “Love: it’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru.” This tagline comes from Subaru’s Subaru Love Promise campaign. So, what exactly is this campaign? That’s what we’re going to tell you!

Subaru encourages selflessness and giving back with their campaign. The Subaru Love Promise, according to Subaru, is “a pledge to do right by the communities in which we all live and work.” It’s all about bettering our Subaru, ourselves, and our communities!

Part of the Subaru Love Promise is working on innovation and affiance when it comes to vehicles. By developing more fuel-efficient vehicles, Subaru is not only helping drivers save money on gas, but also helping the environment. Subaru is also practicing environmental-friendliness by building cars in eco-friendly plants that minimize pollution and contribution to landfills.

Subaru has donated over $50 million dollars over the past 20 years to various causes, including environmental organizations and tons of pet and animal causes. Their involvement with all of these causes is broken down into categories that have their own Subaru Love titles like Subaru Loves the Earth, Subaru Loves Pets, Subaru Loves Learning, Subaru Loves to Care and Subaru Loves to Help.

So isn’t it time to get behind the Subaru Love Promise?

Subaru’s Charitable Donations

Subaru’s Charitable Donations

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.

Pet-Friendly Hiking Trails in Chicago and the Surrounding Area

Pet Friendly Hiking In Chicago Area

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!