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2017 Subaru Forester Wins Consumer Reports Top Pick

The trustworthy organization Consumer Reports recently released its Top Ten Picks for their Best New Cars of 2017.  The awards are chosen because these vehicles are outstanding and all-around performers that are shown to be reliable, safe and satisfying for its owners.

imageThe vehicle chosen for the small SUV category with high scores is….Envelope Please!  It is the new 2017 Subaru Forester.  (Applause). Consumer Reports stated: “The Subaru Forester sets the standard for small SUV’s, combining relatively roomy packaging, fuel efficiency, solid reliability and easy access.” You can visit this winner with the friendly folks at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine located at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine, Texas or by calling the dealership at 817.438.1700 and see what the fuss is all about.

A Forester in your favorite color and styling is waiting for your own close up and personal attention.  Indeed, the Subaru Forester offers one of the lowest starting prices, a very competitive list of standard and available features and the rarity of standard All-Wheel-Drive.  These make the Forester a triple threat in the competitive compact SUV line up because it delivers more bang for your buck.  The Subaru’s standard AWD deserves its very own shout-out as this system delivers more confidence with your driving experiences in nasty weather.  Your next step is an enjoyable test drive in this Forester.

The first positive observation is the Forester’s handsome and practical styling in its wide and assertive stance.  You and yours will also appreciate the wide doors to make for easy access and exit.  The seats are comfy and sturdy front and rear with a high-riding position that gives both the front and rear passengers a great view of the road; lots of head and leg room for even those tall folks.  The seats come standard with a smooth cloth upholstery and are also available in leather, as well as power adjustable driver’s seats and much more.

The Forester’s cargo capacity is among the highest in its class with over 34 cubic feet behind the rear seats and nearly 75 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.  Lots of room for those trips to the big box stores. Also, inside the Forester’s controls are simple, logical and easy to learn without the help of your teenager. On your test drive, you will appreciate how the handling is so sporty and how well the Forester glides into those country curves for a quiet and smooth experience.  What may be efficiently powering you down the road is the standard perky 2.5-liter flat-4 that delivers 170 lively horses.  If you desire more zip in your trips, then also test drive the more powerful 2.0-liter Turbo with 250 aggressive horses that love to get you quickly off the line.  The base models have the standard 6-speed manual or the available smooth Continuous Variable Transmission; the Turbo comes with the CVT transmission.

Everything just comes together with the Subaru Forester especially in the fun to drive area.  Find out for yourself why this Forester won the prestigious Consumer Reports award with a short drive to Five Star Subaru of Grapevine which is another trustworthy organization.  One is waiting for anyone’s budget and styling.



2017 Subaru Impreza Pushes the Limits


The new 2017 Subaru Impreza isn’t just a completely re-engineered compact-class car; it is a messenger of change for this Japanese carmaker.  The Impreza introduces a more expressive design language that includes a more raked angle to the windshield, a lower rear roofline, wheel arches and sculpted sides. The rear looks wider and lower with repositioned taillights, which also allow for a 4-inch wider trunk opening on the sedan and a 5-inch wider opening on the hatchback.

2017-Subaru-Impreza-6The interior has more premium materials and plastics, more soundproofing (including thicker side glass and windshield) and a quieter fan and air conditioning system. It also has the first new door handles in 17 years. There is more front headroom (39.8 inches), more back seat legroom and enough trunk space for three golf bags. Infotainment and connectivity features include 4G internet, Apple CarPlay and Tom Tom navigation. There are three audio units with 6.5- to 9-inch display screens, including an upgrade for a Harman Kardon Green Edge system.

Performance is now at the highest level in the history of Subaru — “near sports car level,” the marketers say, making the Impreza faster than the sporty BRZ coupe. A revised 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine adds direct fuel injection and other enhancements, raising horsepower to 152 from 148. Fuel economy is up by about 1 mpg for the entry-level sedan with CVT ratings of 28 mpg city, 38 highway and 32 combined, on 87 octane. The Hatchback Sport is rated 27/35/30 mpg.

In highline models, the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission, or CVT, has a seven-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters. The steering response is quicker and more fluid with active torque vectoring to help keep the front end pointed on the driver’s intended path. Four-wheel disc braking has a more responsive pedal feel.

Safety was a priority in the redesign. Features include seven air bags, a rearview camera and a suite of advanced technologies for driver-assistance systems. The optional EyeSight package includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and sway warning. Blind-spot detection with lane-keep assist and rear cross-traffic alert are available. Also new are (optional) turning headlights and automatic high-beam assist. Rear automatic braking detects large objects and reacts from 1 to 9 mph.

The new Impreza is a solid value that pushes limits, raises expectations and pulls away from old ideas.  Find yours today at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine, Texas today!

2017 Subaru Legacy

If you and yours are in the search for a family sedan that not only has styling, technology, comfort and standard all-wheel-drive plus the best ratings in safety, then take a close look at the new 2017 Subaru Legacy with the friendly folks at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine, Texas today!

Remember, you shouldn’t overlook the safety factor as car accidents and deaths are on the rise and you always have precious cargo on board.  The safety features and all-weather performance of the Legacy may lessen the number of accidents and injuries. Perhaps the Subaru Legacy’s best trait is its excellent safety scores.  This year it nailed every federal and IIHS test and is one of the few family sedans to reach that superior level.  When the Legacy is set up with its available EyeSight safety system, this sedan is safer on paper than many cars twice its price.  New for 2017 is near automatic braking with object detection along with a slew of other safety functions.

Moving away from the serious side, the Legacy comes standard with its unique AWD that is ranked as the very best.  Beyond this favorite and famous feature, you will receive a very quiet and comfortable riding car with high marks in reliability, is spacious, stylish and fuel efficient.  In a recent owner survey by the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports, owners gave the Legacy great reviews in Satisfaction, Driving, Comfort, Value and Styling.  This research reflects the opinions of owners, not a marketing group. It is also good to note that a huge percentage would buy a Legacy again.

Another interesting result of their findings is that Subaru came in fourth in name brand recognition behind Telsa, Porsche and Audi from over two dozen vehicles.  Not bad company to keep since a Subaru is much less expensive!

You will also find out there is a new option in the Legacy family with the handsome Sport model; the Sport offers unique cool looking styling inside and out.  You’ll quickly notice its dark gray front grille, gloss-black fog-light housing and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels that make the Sport stand out.   Taking you on that test drive is Legacy’s tried and true “Boxer-type” engine where the pistons are parallel to the ground and punch out like a boxer would.  This system puts the weight of the engine lower which gives the Legacy nimble handling.

Under its stylish hood the standard perky 2.5-liter four cylinder that produces 175 lively horses.  If you desire more zip in your trips, then test out the aggressive 3.5-liter that punches out 256 thoroughbreds with 247 lb-ft of torque.  The 3.5 loves stop lights that turn to green.  The engines are mated with the standard Continuously Variable automatic transmission that uses a special shift system making it more like a regular automatic.  Everything just comes together with the 2017 Subaru Legacy. Especially in its very roomy cabin with its comfy and supportive seats for five.  Owners appreciate the handsome and usable center stack that includes a large touch screen infotainment setup where you won’t need your teenagers’ assistance.

Everything is there for communication, entertainment and especially safety.  All is good with the new Subaru Legacy.  One is waiting for your visit in your favorite color and style at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine, visit them online at or call 817.438.1700 to schedule a test drive.  You will drive away with a smile, not only because you brought back the “fun factor” in your drive time, but for the great deal you received.

2017 Subaru Impreza

There must be something very special about an automobile that has over 75% of owners saying they would buy another one. So says the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports in a recent survey about one of the top performers in the Subaru family of fine vehicles, the popular Impreza.  It is easy to understand why this family sedan got the name as you will be impressed with what it offers inside and out. Subaru engineers didn’t sit on their laurels as they slightly redesigned the Impreza for 2017.

2017-subaru-impreza-01-2That is quite a task as the Impreza was one of Consumer Reports Top Picks last year.  The CR people said: “Despite its compact size, the car’s ride and overhaul comfort will surprise you”.  So get ready to get surprised again with a visit to see the new Impreza from Subaru up close and personal with the friendly folks at Five Star Subaru of Grapevine located at 2651 William D. Tate Avenue or by calling the dealership at 817.438.1700 today!

This very practical car with Subaru’s famous standard four-wheel drive is also one of the safest cars on the road.  That is important as you always have precious cargo on board.  The Impreza has excellent crash tests and was named as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and received the top award with a “Plus Mark” when equipped with the available Eyesight Driver Assist feature from Subaru.  This year the safety aspect gets stronger with the new global platform that improves crash energy absorption by 40%.

2017-Subaru-Impreza-20i-Sport-5-Door-side-in-motion-02.jpgWhat else has really changed for the 2017 Impreza?  You will quickly see that the sleek looking headlights and taillights are more stylish, especially with the five-door hatch model. The taillights wrap around from the rear on the hatchback, just like the sedan in a classy and attention getting way.  Also, standard daytime running lamps, body-colored side skirts, a sporty looking black finish front grille and more.

Depending what model you choose for that enjoyable test drive from Five Star Subaru, you could be riding on 15, 16 or 17-inch machine finished alloy wheels.  The Sport trim of the hatchback offers even larger 18-inch rollers.  When you slide into those wide and comfy seats for that test drive, you and yours will appreciate how much room the cabin has with upscale features.

cr-cars-inline-2017-subaru-impreza-sport-atc-i-11-16The Impreza base model has a 6.5-inch multi-media touch screen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  Moving up to the other trims brings Subaru’s popular Starlink 8-inch touch screen and the option for the rocking Harman/Kardon premium audio system.  Also available is the very important Starlink’s safety and security system.  Do check this out as it has an abundance of features to keep you away from accidents.

The other big news is the revamped 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine which now has direct fuel injection.  This lively four punches out more horses to 152 and is mated with a manual or CVT automatic transmission.  Since it is a Subaru the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive setup comes standard and is a huge asset in harsh weather conditions.  What you will also experience is the new Impreza’s improved ride comfort and a quieter experience.

Owners will tell you that their Impreza is just as much fun to drive as it is to be seen in.  So, just make the short drive to Five Star Subaru of Grapevine and find out for yourself what the excitement is all about.  You will be impressed with the Impreza whether a sedan or hatchback.