The Golden Globes, The Grammys. Oscars. Outstanding awards, one and all. Yet, if there were an awards show for automotive performance, 2011 would be another “sweep” year for Subaru.
Once again, Subaru has won the accolades and acclaim in every category in which it was competing, garnering praise from both industry professionals and auto enthusiasts alike. “Well, you start with the fact that all Subaru models rank as the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles in America,” notes John Fannuzi, Subaru Sales Manager at Hassett of Wantagh, Long Island. “Then, when you add in each model’s other amazing attributes, it’s easy to see why Subaru wins so many awards. And why 19 out of 20 Subaru vehicles built in the last decade are still on the road.”
Take the 2011 Subaru Impreza, for example. According to Polk,, it’s been the best-selling AWD car in its segment for the last five years. The Impreza also, once again, is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), having earned top ratings in all three of its crash tests: offset frontal, side, and rear impact. As with its “cousin”, the Impreza WRX has also led its segment’s best-seller list for five years running. Just as impressive is the “Best Resale Value” designation it received from Kelly Blue Book.
The year’s ALG Residual Value Award in the Best Midsize Car category was — no big
surprise — the Subaru Legacy, which also earned the same triple-IIHS Top Safety Pick ratings as the Impreza. “The Legacy is basically a family sedan for driving enthusiasts,” says Fannuzi. “It’s fun to drive, spacious for family trips, and delivers a higher predicted resale value than the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and every other midsize car rated by ALG. With the ‘partial zero emissions’ Legacy 2.5i, there’s even more to love.”
Both ALG and Kelly Blue Book rated the 2011 Subaru Outback with the highest predicted resale value in its class, with ALG awarding it “Best Midsize Utility Vehicle” in its Residual Value category. The Outback also won the IIHS’ three “Top Safety Pick” designations, and has been shown to deliver superior fuel economy (29mpg) than even its two-wheel-drive competitors.
While both Subaru Forester and Tribeca both earned the aforementioned IIHS ratings, the Forester can further claim the title of “Most Award-Winning Small SUV”. This prestigious classification is based on cumulative awards won since 1997 from Car & Driver (“5Best Trucks”), Edmunds.com (“Editor’s Most Wanted”), and Polk (“Polk Automotive Loyalty Award”). And according to ALG, Forester also offers higher predicted resale value than Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and all other compact utility vehicles.
“It Subaru’s outstanding quality and performance that led to Hassett’s new ‘Guaranteed Trade-In Program’,” says Fannuzi. “It assures all our customers of the highest possible trade-in for their 2004-2011 model trade-in when they purchase a new Subaru from us. No hassles. No worries. No questions asked. It’s our guarantee of top value every time.”
“Combine that with financing as low as 1.9%, and it’s clear why Hassett is the best place to buy a new, or pre-owned, Subaru,” adds Lou Evans, Hassett’s General Sales Manager. “I urge any current Hassett Subaru owner to come to our Wantagh location on Sunrise Highway and have their vehicle evaluated now so they can take full advantage of this special trade-in program.”
Both first-time and multi-Subaru owners can show their satisfaction and loyalty by getting their own unique “Badge Of Ownership”, which proudly displays what they feel about their chosen vehicle, as well as the number of Subaru vehicles they’ve owned. It’s a free gift from Subaru and Hassett that can be personalized with one or more lifestyle icons reflecting the owner’s personal interests and hobbies.
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget that March 1st through the 31st is the “Love Sprint Event”at Hassett, highlighting Subaru’s commitment to a better environment by building every vehicle in a zero-landfill plant, meaning 100% of production waste is recycled or converted into electricity.
This year, more than ever, there are lots of reasons to love a Subaru.