The Orlando Sentinel posted a viral video on Wednesday of a deputy busting out the window of an SUV with a bear trapped inside near Lake Tahoe. The story said the SUV was rocking back and forth as the bear was moving around in it, and the deputy who freed the bear ran away before it climbed out. The SUV was, naturally, a Subaru Outback. Bears break into cars a lot. One news story said officials in an unspecified area of Colorado estimate two to three bears get stuck in cars each week, and that some bears can even open unlocked door handles. The past three times we at Jalopnik have written about bears breaking into cars and shredding them like paper, all of them were Subarus. In those stories, we also linked to stories about other bears in other Subarus. All one bear did when it smelled donuts in a Ford Focus was rip the back bumper off, because screw Ford, right? The Subarus are where it’s at—for the bears, at least. But why is that? The Jalopnik staff is not fit to … [Read more...] about Why Do Bears Always Get Stuck In Subarus?
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SAN ONOFRE, California — Carrying a nine-foot-plus longboard with anything other than a van or a long-bed pickup truck can be tricky, especially if the vehicle isn’t fitted with roof racks, which is the case for most testers that we get. (Soft racks are a viable alternative, but are a bit of a pain and sometimes you just don’t want to bother.) Most smaller vehicles won’t fit a plank of these proportions at all, including most compact crossovers. Even many larger ones require rearranging the seats in a way that convert a three-row, seven-seat hauler into single-occupancy conveyance. And then there’s the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek.The packaging of the second-generation Crosstrek compact crossover makes it immediately clear why Subaru has such a dedicated following among the active lifestyle crowd. For starters, the “40” of the 60/40 split rear bench is on the driver’s side instead of the passenger side, which means you can carry a second person … [Read more...] about One Week With: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited
Full Car Details More Reviews The rest of the country might think we’re crazy, but Southern Californians think that snow is awesome. We regularly bask in some of the most enviable and temperate climates in the world, but in winter, we’ll drive for hours to trod upon, throw, and play in the white stuff, even when it’s been bespoiled by road grime, diesel fumes and whatever that yellow stuff is. And while the snow gods disappointed us with a shallower layer of powder than usual, along with high temperatures to melt what there was on the weekend of our trip, we headed north from our suburban Los Angeles domicile and made our annual trek to take in some of the white stuff. A cozy cabin in the woods? Check. Snow gear? Check. A 2018 Subaru Outback? Check. We specifically chose the Outback as our road-trip vehicle for its cargo capacity and all-wheel drive capability. It looked the part, too. With its gray lower cladding, raised suspension and … [Read more...] about Short Report: The refreshed 2018 Subaru Outback is softer and prettier, but is it better?
SAN PEDRO, California – There’s something about the Subaru Outback that attracts the general public and what that is I am still pondering. It is no revelation that the Outback is one of Subaru’s best-selling cars beating the Forester in recent sales. In 2016 the Subaru Outback swept first place on 24/7 Wall St.’s “Cars So Hot They’re Sold Out.” That helps to explain why I found myself driving one among several others on the streets of San Pedro.If the Subaru Outback made a run for U.S. President it would easily win voters in Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. What demographic buys the Subaru Outback anyway? If I had to make a fair assessment I’d say folks that regularly engage in outdoor activities such as kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, and hiking. Taking the ideal consumer into consideration I have to admit that when I first got into our 2018 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited tester I felt like an imposter.The morning fog began dissipating as … [Read more...] about Quick Take: 2018 Subaru Outback Limited
Adventurous Spirit Packed With Value By Lynne Hall and Larry E. Hall Subaru has long stood by the horizontally opposed engine to power its cars. While proven to be reliable, it had a reputation for just so-so fuel economy. That changed a few years back, and the all-new 2018 Crosstrek continues in Clean Fleet Report’s All-Wheel Drive 30 MPG Club – with 33-mpg highway/27 city/29 combined when equipped with a continuous variable transmission (CVT). (Choose the manual shifter and fuel economy drops to 29 highway/23 city/25 combined.) Introduced as a 2014 model, the Crosstrek is the result of a successful formula Subaru has used before: Take a core vehicle, alter the bones, jack up the suspension, add some body cladding and, viola, a new model. In this case, the donor car is the Impreza hatchback, which was the first Subaru model built on the company’s Global Platform, also a member of the 30 MPG AWD Club. Impreza DNA The Crosstrek is ready to go anywhere Impreza’s … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Premium