Ever considered driving a manual transmission car? In the US, only 6.5% of cars sold have been stick-shift, so the relative rarity may have some confused about the advantages to learning the process of getting your car in gear.
Aside from the thrill of weaving the stick through a gearbox on an open road while stomping on the clutch like Mario Andretti, there are some practical reasons to opt for a manual vehicle. One is that you have better control over the vehicle when you constantly control the gear of the car. This provides easy downshifting and engine-braking (and it’s not hard to learn).
One other factor is cost. Automatics tend to be slightly more expensive to buy and maintain and less efficient to operate. The reason is that a few more moving parts need to be installed, repaired, and require more engine power to operate. The total cost over the life of the car may add up to a few thousand dollars.
If you find yourself curious about a 6-speed manual Subaru, we at Hassett Automotive can show you the Outback, Legacy, Impreza, WRX, and Forester models that offer both automatic or manual transmission versions.
With the advent of a lot of technology, it can sometimes seem like the very technology that is supposed to be helping you—making your life easier, better, and safer—is actually fighting you. Not EyeSight, however. That’s what Subaru calls its autonomous technology.
Subaru EyeSight technology works for you—and with you—to create a truly safer driving experience. There’s data to prove it too. Subaru reports that all of the 2015 models equipped with EyeSight technology (including Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and XV Crosstrek), “received the highest possible score in front crash prevention by the IIHS.”
EyeSight encompasses a number of different features, all designed to preempt a collision. There’s Adaptive Cruise Control, which works just like traditional cruise except your Subaru will use monitoring and braking to maintain a driver-inputted distance between you and the car in front of you.
EyeSight uses cameras to monitor any possible dangerous conditions as they arise. For instance, if you happen to stray out of your lane, your Subaru will warn you through the Lane Departure System. If a frontal impact appears imminent, EyeSight will issue warnings and implement emergency braking if needed.
EyeSight is named that because that’s just what it does. It’s a helpful extra set of eyes to ensure that you and your family get to your destination safely. We at Hassett Automotive would be happy to provide that safety for you, so take a test drive today.
Subaru of America continues to invest in today’s youth through initiatives like the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The automaker renewed its partnership with the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in a two-year commitment.
Subaru will donate $50,000 during that time to provide the funds necessary for middle schools around the country to join the program.
Through the program, students participate in a Flight Experiment Design Competition in which they have the opportunity to gain experience writing a formal research proposal and conducting research in a community mini-laboratory.
It sounds like quite the in-depth research program for middle school students, but we at Hassett Automotive have faith the youth in our community would be up for the challenge should the program expand into our area.
“Subaru is proud to be a national partner of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program,” said Sandra Capell, Subaru’s philanthropy and corporate responsibility manager. “At Subaru, we encourage innovation and believe that engaging students in unique learning opportunities, such as the SSEP, are important in helping to prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders.”
The SSEP began in June 2010 and Subaru has been a dedicated partner since 2013.