Is the 2019 Subaru Forester a good car to buy?

Is the 2019 Subaru Forester a good car to buy?

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Is the 2019 Subaru Forester a good car to buy? You finally decided you want a Subaru and you came to Wilde Subaru to see the full line-up. As you check out the Crosstrek, Forester, and Outback you wonder which of these models is the best fit for your family. Recently, The Car Connection named the redesigned 2019 Subaru Forester as the Best Car to Buy 2019, making it the first repeat winner in the award’s nine-year history.

“The Subaru Forester owns all its rivals with value, value, value. For less than $30,000, families get exceptional interior space, faultless all-wheel-drive traction, and a long-standing, long-deserved reputation for safety and durability,” said Marty Padgett, editorial director of The Car Connection, Motor Authority and Green Car Reports. “There’s not an ounce of revolution in the Forester – just virtue, across the board.”

The Car Connection chooses the winner from a selection of nine nominees that are made up of new or fully redesigned models and scored well in the TCC Rating. The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of automotive experts and is based on safety, comfort & utility, fuel economy, performance, and styling. 

“We are extremely proud that the all-new Forester has won the title of Best Car to Buy 2019 by The Car Connection,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “For more than 20 years, Forester has represented our commitment to providing customers with vehicles made to the highest standards of safety, versatility and reliability for great value.” For more Wilde Subaru and Subaru News, visit Wilde Subaru on Facebook follow us on Twitter.
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Subaru Donates to Oregon Humane Society for Loves Pets Month

Subaru Donates to Oregon Humane Society for Loves Pets Month

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Subaru Donates to Oregon Humane Society for Loves Pets Month! Each October, Subaru works alongside animal organizations as part of the Subaru Love Promise Subaru Loves Pets Month.  Subaru will team up with ASPCA and BARK, the makers of BarkBox.  In the past we have hosted adoption events during the month. This year, we were happy to get involved in the local PuppyUp Walk.

Subaru of America recently announced that they donated nearly $57,000 to the Oregon Humane Society, marking the single largest corporate donation that this non profit has received this year. Subaru has been a supporter of OHS since 2004 and has partnered on a variety of programs including Doggie Dash and Giving Tuesday.

“We are so grateful for this generous gift,” says Sharon Harmon, President & CEO, Oregon Humane Society. “These funds will go a long way in saving lives and caring for pets in need.”

This gift was made possible by seven Portland metro area Subaru retailers which participated in the Loves Pets promotion which allocated $25 from each new car sale to OHS during the months of June and July. 

“Subaru Loves Pets was our first metro-wide Love Promise event bringing the Portland retailers together to celebrate OHS in its 150th year of helping the animals,” says Jason Hirata, District Sales Manager, Subaru of America, Inc., Portland Zone. “We are proud to support OHS and its many great programs with this donation.” For more Wilde Subaru and Subaru News, visit Wilde Subaru on Facebook follow us on Twitter.

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The Subaru Crosstrek Wins the Best Subcompact SUV Challenge

The Subaru Crosstrek Wins the Best Subcompact SUV Challenge

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The Subaru Crosstrek Wins the Best Subcompact SUV Challenge! Recently Cars.com released the results of heir 2018 Subcompact SUV Challenge, and the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek has won the top spot again, receiving a total of 667 points.

The way the editorial team at Cars.com determined the winner by individually awarding points in the following 13 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, in-cabin storage, multimedia features, convenience features, handling, powertrain, ride quality, noise, visibility, city friendliness and worth the money. All categories combined for a possible maximum score of 1,000 points.

Vehicles were also awarded points based on the measurements of the vehicle’s cargo volume and assessment of associated factors, the advanced active-safety and driver-assistance features (test vehicle equipped), and its grades in the Cars.com Car Seat Check which gauges the accommodation of various child-safety seats.

“We are very proud that Crosstrek has won the title of Best Subcompact SUV by Cars.com for a second time,” said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. “Subaru is committed to developing top-quality vehicles that are safe, versatile, and fun; the 2018 Crosstrek encapsulates what customers have come to expect from a Subaru.”

The Cars editorial team wrote about their evaluation, “We liked the original Subaru Crosstrek — an Impreza-based, butched-up, soft-roader hatchback — enough that it won our Subcompact SUV Challenge in 2015. Now, a second-generation Crosstrek has arrived, and while it may look similar to the outgoing one, it is indeed an all-new car. Sitting on the new Subaru Global Platform that will form the basis of nearly all of Subaru’s future cars, the 2018 Crosstrek is more than 95 percent new. Again based on the Impreza, it’s a compact hatchback with exceptional interior SUV-like room and standard all-wheel drive.”

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Which Subaru models retain the most value?

Which Subaru models retain the most value?

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Which Subaru models retain the most value? Recently J.D. Power released their 2018 J.D. Power Resale Value Award, which recognizes the best resale value across 24 model-level vehicle segments.  J.D. Power provides consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Many car-buyers know the J.D. Power name because of its association with satisfaction and vehicle dependability awards.

To choose the winners, 244 vehicle models were evaluated using a sample of over 650,000 transactions with an average of 3,500 data points assed on each vehicle. The award selection process also considers used vehicle wholesale prices (the price a dealer pays for a used vehicle) and then these prices are divided by the vehicle’s original purchase price. The calculations used are based on wholesale records from January through June 2018 for models that are three years old (2015 model year).

The Subaru WRX won in the Compact Sporty Car segment while the Subaru Crosstrek won in the small SUV category. This isn’t the first award for the Subaru Crosstrek. Recently, the model was named the 2018 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards for the lowest projected cost of ownership in their respective segments for the initial five-year ownership period. These costs include depreciation, fuel costs, financing, insurance, states fees and fees for scheduled maintenance and repairs.  

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Subaru sells one millionth vehicle equipped with Eyesight

Subaru sells one millionth vehicle equipped with EyeSight

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Subaru sells one millionth vehicle equipped with Eyesight! Yesterday, Subaru of America announced the sale of its one-millionth vehicle that is equipped with EyeSight. Including this driver assistance technology on your Subaru model has been proven to reduce pedestrian-related insurance claims by 41% compared to vehicles without the front crash-prevention system. Furthermore, a Japanese traffic accident survey conducted from 2010-2014 claims that Subaru’s EyeSight technology reduces crashes by 61%.  Furthermore, drivers using this technology had 84% fewer rear-end collisions than those who did not have the technology. The survey also found that the EyeSight system led to 62% fewer vehicle-to-vehicle collisions and a 49% reduction in vehicle-to-pedestrian crashes.

“Subaru has achieved 10 consecutive years of sales growth in the United States with safety as a key driver of that success,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief executive officer, Subaru of America, Inc. “Accomplishing this milestone in only six years reflects our commitment to improving and innovating the safety features and technology in our vehicles for our customers.” 

EyeSight was first introduced in 2012 and has since become a safety feature across the 2018 Subaru lineup, excluding the BRZ sports car. All 2018 Subaru models equipped with EyeSight received the highest rating of “Superior” for front crash prevention from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It was first introduced for the 2013 Legacy and Outback models. The driver assist technology features Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management; Adaptive Cruise Control; Lane Departure and Sway Warning; and Lane Keep Assist.  

EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is capable of detecting vehicles traveling in front and can activate in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. For the 2019 model year, EyeSight is standard on the all-new 3-row Subaru Ascent as well as the Outback, Legacy and fully redesigned Forester.

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Wilde Subaru Celebrates Subaru Loves Pets Month

Wilde Subaru Celebrates Subaru Loves Pets Month

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Wilde Subaru Celebrates Subaru Loves Pets Month! Each October, Subaru works alongside animal organizations as part of the Subaru Love Promise Subaru Loves Pets Month.  Subaru will team up with ASPCA and BARK, the makers of BarkBox.  In the past we have hosted adoption events during the month. This year, we were happy to get involved in the local PuppyUp Walk.

Wilde Subaru Celebrates Subaru Loves Pets Month

The walk is inspired by the story of a man who lost his best friend, a Great Pyrenees, to cancer. He and his two dogs embarked on a cross-country trek, sharing information about cancer in dogs. This is what started the foundation and continues to inspire others to walk miles every year. 

“Each year, we at Subaru look forward to Subaru Loves Pets as a chance to celebrate our furry friends and return the unconditional love they show us each and every day,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President, Marketing of Subaru of America, Inc. “We know our owners are passionate about their pets and we are committed to keeping all animals, including those in shelters, happy and healthy – increasing their overall chance of finding safe, loving homes.”

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Join us for the PuppyUp Walk this Weekend!

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Join us for the PuppyUp Walk this Weekend! This Saturday, October, 6, we are so thrilled to be a sponsor for the PuppyUp walk. The walk is inspired by the story of a man who lost his best friend, a Great Pyrenees, to cancer. He and his two dogs embarked on a cross-country trek, sharing information about cancer in dogs. This is what started the foundation and continues to inspire others to walk miles every year.  The walk will take place at Nashotah Park (W330 N5113 County Rd. C. Nashotah, WI 53058) from 9:00 am — 3:00pm. 

Schedule of Events:

Registration/Vendors open:   9:00 am

K9 Demonstration:  9:45 am

Opening Ceremony & PuppyUp Walk:  10:00 am

Closing Ceremony & Awards:  11:15 am

Agility Demonstration from Think Pawsitive:  11:30 am

Failure To Launch Performance:  12:00 – 2:00 pm

Silent Auction Closes:  1:30 pm

Registration Fees:

Pre-Registration through 10/4:    $25
Registration 10/5 & at event:        $30
Youth (under 14):                             Free

**Raise $100.00 and receive and event T-shirt!**

We hope you will take the opportunity to get involved with this special opportunity! Learn more about how you can get involved here. For more Subaru News, follow Wilde Subaru on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

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How Much Does the New Subaru BRZ Cost?

How Much Does the New Subaru BRZ Cost?

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How Much Does the New Subaru BRZ Cost? Recently, Subaru of America announced the pricing on the 2019 BRZ. The model will be offered in three trim levels: premium, limited, and the new Series.Gray. The new BRZ is powered by a 205 hp, 2.0-liter Subaru Boxer engine, six-speed close-ratio manual transmission and TORSEN® limited-slip differential. All trim levels will also come standard with dual USB ports in the dash. 

Series.Gray

The Series.Gray stands out as a striking exterior color, unique black 17-inch alloy wheels, black exterior badges and black foldable exterior mirrors. 

BRZ Limited

For this year, Subaru will be offering a Performance Package on the Limited trim with manual transmission. The performance package will feature an upgraded brake system with Brembo® four-piston calipers and rotors on the front and dual- piston calipers and rotors on the rear, SACHS® Performance shock absorbers on all four corners, and unique 17-inch x 7.5-inch black aluminum alloy wheels. The Limited trim will also get an updated 7.0-inch Multimedia Navigation system, as well as, LED fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Keyless Access with Push-Button Start.

BRZ Premium

The Subaru BRZ Premium comes with standard LED headlights, rear vision camera, power door locks, power side mirrors, power windows with auto-up/auto-down feature, remote keyless entry and engine immobilizer. 

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Wilde Subaru Hosts the Frank Mots International Kite Festival

Wilde Subaru Hosts the Frank Mots International Kite Festival

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Wilde Subaru Hosts the Frank Mots International Kite Festival! For the past two years, we have had so much fun hosting the Frank Mots International Kite Festival, that we hosted it again this year! The 40th Annual Wilde Subaru Frank Mots International Kite Festival, presented by Prairie Farms and Summit Credit Union was held on Saturday September 8 from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm and Sunday September 9th from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm at Veterans Park on Milwaukee’s Lakefront. 

The free and family-friendly festival kicked off at 12:00 pm with the Fast Track Grand launch of a few hundred kites. The professional kite teams impressed with the all new super giant octopus and giant whale kite (pictured above) and began their performance at 12:30 pm. The event also featured a Kids Mad Dash at 2:00 pm. Other kid friendly events included a sighting from the Milwaukee Admirals’s Roscoe and the Buck’s Bango. 

Wilde Subaru Hosts the Frank Mots International Kite Festival

Featured performers included TOO MUCH FUN  with special guests Castel & Carol Pittman; Connor and Amy Doran (from America’s Got Talent); and the Chicago Fire Kite Team, with newest member Elizabeth Gordon and featuring Eric Wolff. Other entertainment included Josh and Zach Gordon, 02, the kids kites of Charlie Sotich, Dan Newman, Paul Koepke, Mike Delfar, The Blues Brothers, Ann Vondriska, & Jeanne Herrera as Mrs Kite Lady 2, and the most powerful line up of giant kites in the Midwest! 

Other event sponsors include the Kite Society of Wisconsin and IllinoisGift of Wings, PRAIRIE FARMS, Summit Credit Union, B93.3, FM 102/1 and 100.3 fm & 1290 am The Fonz. For more upcoming events, follow Wilde Subaru on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

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You Can Get a Degree in Subaru Technology!

You Can Get a Degree in Subaru Technology!

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You Can Get a Degree in Subaru Technology! Yesterday, Subaru of America announced that the nation’s first college degree in Subaru automotive technology would be offered at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) in Gresham, Oregon. This two-year  associate program has been created in partnership with the MHCC Automotive Technology program and it aims to meet the rising demand for Subaru automotive technicians.  Students will be paired with a sponsoring Subaru retailer that will provide paid, on-the-job experience, as well as full-time positions upon graduation.

This is foster through Subaru U which we have written about before. The program is designed to combine the talent and resources of Subaru of America, its 600+ retailers nationwide, as well as select NATEF/AYES accredited Secondary and Post-Secondary schools to provide knowledge of Subaru vehicles and systems to prepare students for possible future employment at Subaru retailers nationwide. Respond Inc. will incorporate Subaru web-based training into their automotive training program so that attendees can achieve their ASE and Subaru Maintenance Tech Certification. 

“Our students love Subaru vehicles and they frequently tell us they want to work on them,” said Eric Garvey, MHCC automotive instructor. “Plus, there’s a huge regional demand here in the Pacific Northwest for Subaru cars and SUVs, so it’s a win-win.”

“We are thrilled to enhance our existing partnership with Mt. Hood Community College and provide greater opportunities for its dedicated students,” said Jim Pernas, Portland Zone Director at Subaru of America, Inc. “At Subaru, we are passionate about helping members of our local communities succeed and are excited to give aspiring Subaru technicians the tools they need to realize their full potential.”

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