When someone mentions off-roading, the Subaru Outback is often the first thing to come to mind. Its capable all-wheel drive and versatile, outdoorsy spirit has gained it a big group of cult followers. The new 2018 Subaru Outback promises to offer those same performance standards with an upscale twist that includes some cool new technology.
Beyond a new front- and rear-end exterior design, and a quieter cabin with upgraded, sophisticated materials, the 2018 Subaru Outback gets a buffed up media system. Previous models have featured the Starlink Multimedia system, which continues to be the media and information hub of the Outback. However, the standard 6.2-inch screen grows to 6.5 inches, and a new 8-inch screen is now available.
The Starlink system continues to offer standards like smartphone integration and audio streaming. The updated version in the 2018 Subaru Outback also offers new apps, including an eBird app which helps drivers find birdwatching locations—the perfect outdoor twist to a Subaru feature.
The rearview camera, the tire pressure monitoring system, and the Blind Spot Detection/Rear Cross Traffic Alert system have all been updated as well. These are just some of the exciting changes we’re looking forward to in the new 2018 Subaru Outback. To learn more about what’s new in the new model year, give us a call at Hassett Pre-Owned.
Since 2008, Subaru has manufactured the best-selling all-wheel-drive (AWD) cars on America’s roads and highways. Furthermore, it’s the only manufacturer that’s earned the IIHS Top Safety Picks for every one of its models the last four years in a row. What really sets Subaru apart, however, is that despite these achievements, their exciting new 2014 line still manages to go beyond what’s come before.
All nine vehicles in the new model lineup are designed to fit into their drivers’ active lifestyles. Take the 2014 Subaru Outback, for example…already the best-selling AWD car in America, new additions like adaptive shift control with Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) make the new year model even more desirable. And since it also comes with available Aha™ infotainment and Subaru’s exclusive EyeSight driver-assist system, the 2014 Outback is even better to go out in, wherever it’s going.
America’s most fuel-efficient AWD crossover with its 33-mpg highway rating, the new Subaru XV Crosstrek is equally comfortable on local streets or wilderness trails, thanks in part to its 8.7-inch ground clearance. It too possesses Subaru’s Aha™ infotainment system, as well as a full cadre of genuine Subaru accessories. A soon-to-be-introduced XV Crosstrek Hybrid model will also feature HEV-type Lineartronic CVT.
Virtually all-new for 2014 is the Subaru Forester. The enhanced 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged Boxer engine provides the power to go virtually wherever one’s heart desires, plus great fuel efficiency with a 32-mpg highway rating. This year’s model, however, comes with a lot of exciting and new features, including available power rear gate, keyless access and start system, Lineartronic CVT, and Aha™ infotainment. Of course, one remaining asset is Subaru’s legendary AWD capability.
Subaru’s traditional sports car, the BRZ, remains one of the lightest and lowest in its class, with responsive handling that makes the journey as pleasurable as reaching its desired destination. The BRZ’s naturally-aspirated, direct-injected BOXER engine produces 100-hp per liter, resulting in 100-hp and 150 foot-pounds of torque for exceptional pick-up and performance, yet is still roomy enough to take luggage and two sets of golf clubs along for the ride. For 2014, all this is complemented by its available Aha™ infotainment system, both driver and front-passenger knee pads, and revised badging.
At 36-mpg highway, the 2014 Subaru Impreza remains Americans most fuel-efficient AWD car, as well as one with low emissions, thanks to its PZEV-certified BOXER engine. In its new incarnation, Impreza is again available in four- and five-door body styles, both featuring a flexible cargo area and available state-of-the-art navigation assistance. However, for 2014, it comes with the new Aha™ infotainment system, and certain models are also equipped with a rear-vision camera for greater safety.
The other models — Tribeca, Legacy, and both WRX and WRX STI — are all equally impressive for the upcoming model year, offering today’s driver the complete spectrum of automotive superiority. “Subaru has done an amazing job with all its lines for 2014,” says Matt Fusco, Subaru Sales Manager at Hassett of Wantagh. “Whatever our customers are looking for in a vehicle, I promise these new Subarus will not disappoint. I invite everyone to visit our showroom on Sunrise Highway in Wantagh to see and experience these remarkable new models for themselves.”
It seems like these days car makers are all about getting high-tech safety equipment in their cars to help keep the driver and passengers as safe as possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, new Subaru vehicles are jam packed with awesome safety equipment. But we think that sometimes car makers need to just go back to the basics and think about the simple changes they can make to cars to make them much safer.
Lack of visibility, for example, is a big issue that has caused countless accidents. And this is an easy fix! The smaller the blind spot is, the better visibility will be. That’s probably why Consumer Reports went ahead and made a list of cars with the best visibility.
According to Consumer Reports, “Being able to see out and around a vehicle from the driver’s seat can directly impact your safety and those around you. Vehicles with big blind spots make it harder for driver’s to see other vehicles approaching, and even children or pets behind the vehicle. When a driver can’t see, it can be a recipe for disaster. Backup cameras and sensors can be helpful aids for those vehicles with poor visibility.”
The Subaru Outback was named to the list of cars with the best visibility. And that’s on top of already being named an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Not too shabby. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a great, safe, new car – Check out the Subaru Outback at Hassett Automotive.