There’s a lot to love about the all-new Subaru Legacy. And we’re not the only ones who think so. That’s because the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy was recently voted “Best Car to Buy 2015” by The Car Connection. Editors of the car review and research outlet applauded the sedan for its sculpted exterior design, spacious cabin, and outstanding fuel economy and safety features.
The Car Connection is a well-respected and trusted outlet that evaluates automobiles through an extensive and unique 10-point numeric value rating system. It recognizes and incorporates scores given to each vehicle on sub-categories ranging from safety and comfort to fuel economy and styling. With its unique mix of value, comfort, and features, the 2015 Legacy beat out competitive field of 11 all new or fully redesigned nominees.
"We are very pleased that the all-new Legacy, which had its third consecutive best sales month ever in October, has earned ‘Best Car to Buy 2015’ in the midsize sedan segment,” said Thomas J. Doll, president and chief operating officer, Subaru of America, Inc, in a press release. “Our combination of all-wheel drive, safety, reliability and value is unmatched in the industry and we thank The Car Connection for their recognition of that.”
Outstanding value and features often found in more expensive models were key components of the Legacy’s award. Speaking on the award-winning model, Bengt Halvorson, deputy editor for The Car Connection said, “The 2015 Subaru Legacy gets the award this year, and it’s the value factor, including standard all-wheel drive, that really nudges it ahead of every other contender.” Halvorson adds, “The Legacy’s safety credentials, with EyeSight, rival what’s offered in luxury cars with several times the sticker price.”
The Subary Legacy was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, and with that redesign came a host of improvements to an already compelling package. The 2015 Legacy is available with both four-cylinder and six-cylinder BOXER engines. In addition to improved fuel economy and standard all-wheel drive, the 2015 Legacy sports an upgraded interior, sharper styling, and boasts the largest cabin in its class. For added piece of mind, the Legacy also features Subaru’s award-winning Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology.
For more information on this and other Subaru models, contact or visit our dealership today.
New for 2015
The Subaru Outback is all-new for 2015 and features sharper styling and improved safety features. Other enhancement include the latest version of EyeSight®, higher fuel efficiency, and more interior space.
The Subaru Outback is a vehicle that refuses to be bogged down by labels. Does that make it the hipster of the auto world? Probably, but it doesn’t care. It’s not interested in classifications or where it fits into a model lineup. No, the Outback was built to provide enhanced levels of versatility and confidence few vehicles can match.
On the one hand the Outback is a competent family hauler. With a unique blend of SUV/wagon styling, it features an abundance of interior space for both passengers and cargo. On the other hand, the Outback is more than capable of venturing off the beaten path, thanks to a heightened ground clearance and Subaru’s tried and tested symmetrical all-wheel drive system.
Of course, the 2015 Subaru Outback is just as capable on the pavement as it is off. For 2015, the Outback sports improvements across the board, including better fuel economy, tech upgrades, and a more lavish interior.
Can the 2015 Outback do it all? Probably. Will you love it? Most definitely.
Powertrains and Performance
A 2.5-liter four-cylinder serves as the base engine for the 2015 Outback. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and generates 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. For its latest Outback, Subaru has revised the CVT, along with other improvements such as active grille shutters and electric power steering, in order to boost fuel economy. As such, the Outback returns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway).*
If it’s extra power you crave, the Outback can get its motivation from a 3.6-liter six-cylinder that serves up 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. It is also mated to a CVT and returns an equally impressive 22 mpg combined (22 city/27 highway).*
Naturally, all-wheel drive is standard on all Outback models. Likewise, all Outback models come with hill descent and hill start assist, making things a little easier on drivers in hilly areas. For 2015, Subaru introduced a new X-Mode that enhances the Outback’s off-road capability. Ground clearance is another highlight of the 2015 Outback. It stands at an impressive 8.7 inches and helps the vehicle venture where other models (even SUVs) dare not tread.
Features and Trims
The 2015 Subaru Outback seats five and offers the same level of utility as a full-blown SUV—all at reasonable starting price of $24,895.* It’s available in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. The numbers refer directly to engine type.
Positioned as the “base” model, the 2.5i comes well-stocked with all the features you could ever want—and then some. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, roof rack rails, and full power accessories. Inside, the 3.5i comes with an elegant 6.2-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, and four-speaker sound system, complete with Bluetooth® and smartphone support. While, the 60/40-split folding rear seats make storing extra cargo virtually effortless.
Step up to the 2.5i Premium and you get all the 2.5i’s equipment, along with upgraded 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, and heated mirrors. Inside upgrades include an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and upgraded gauge cluster. Other goodies include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and upgraded six-speaker sound system. The touchscreen interface also expands from 6.2-inches to seven inches.
If it’s the finer things you desire then the 2.5i Limited was made just for you. It features a host of additional upgrades from the already jam-packed 2.5i Premium, like 18-inch alloys, active foglights that turn with the direction of the front wheels, a power liftgate, and a number of driver assistance technology, such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Limited also gets leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a nine-speaker harmon/kardon® premium sounds system.
Finally, the 3.6R Limited gets all the content of the 2.5i Limited, xenon headlights, and an upgraded 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.
Handsome and high-riding: two descriptions that neatly sum up the all-new 2015 Outback. In keeping with Subaru’s overarching new design theme, the Outback sports a large trapezoidal grille flanked by neatly integrated headlights and taillights.
Returning fans will be pleased with the traditional foglights, and despite the vehicle’s smart exterior, the Outback retains a number of more athletic – dare we say rugged – design touches, like extensive body cladding and roof rails. Overall, it’s a cohesive design that serves as the ideal evolution of the Outback’s already charming style.
While the Outback’s exterior is built to withstand even the most inhospitable climates, the interior is a welcome respite from nature’s wrath. The layout is smart, clean, and very hospitable. The new standard 6.2-inch touchscreen is a welcome addition to an already compelling package, and occupants are sure to enjoy the spacious front and rear quarters.
As with any utility vehicle worth its price, the Outback provides plenty of room for cargo. With up to 35.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seat and 73.3 with the seatbacks folded down, owners should have no trouble hauling luggage, groceries, or even the family pet. There is also the added convenience of rear-seat fold-down levers in the cargo area for easier access.
With its symmetrical all-wheel drive and standard safety features, the 2015 Subaru Outback is as sure-footed as it is secure. In addition to front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, and new seat cushion airbags, the Outback is outfitted with a standard rearview camera.
Higher trim levels give owners access to some truly innovative technologies, too. Subaru’s award-winning EyeSight® system protects occupants with a number of driver assistance technologies, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, and a frontal collision-warning and mitigation system.
Additionally, EyeSight can detect pedestrians, and is able to apply the brakes if the driver takes no evasive action.
With its standard all-wheel drive, strong fuel economy, and new-for-2015 X-Mode that steadies the ship in murky terrain, the Outback is eager to get you where you need to go. If you’re the type that yearns for adventure, the 2015 Subaru Outback is happy to serve as your trusty sidekick. The only things missing from it are four furry paws and a wagging tail.
And yet, Subaru’s latest SUV-wagon is more than the sum of its parts. Equally comfortable in more conventional climates, the Outback is roomy and filled with all the bells and whistles one would expect from a Subaru. It’s a remarkably reliable ride that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for composure. In fact, the Outback doesn’t restrict itself to any type of road, and you’ll soon find out after driving one for yourself that neither will you.
For more information, or to test drive one for yourself, contact or visit our dealership today.
*EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
**Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
These days, touchscreen navigation systems, surround sound, and keyless ignition are replacing certain outdated features. However, there’s one feature that will never go out of style: heating. Car heaters have been around for generations, but exactly how do they work?
Car heaters are clever and practical devices, in that they are effectively secondary cooling systems for your car engine. Because of this, they work in much the same way as the main cooling system. The heater core that sits in your car's dashboard is a miniature radiator, drawing hot coolant from the engine's cylinder head and radiating excess heat through the radiator fins before returning the coolant to the pump. This circulation of coolant can also help keep your engine temperature down.
The heater fan simply blows air through the heater core and into the cabin of the car, the air heated by its passage through the radiator filled with hot coolant. From the dashboard, the driver can control the amount of air blowing through the heater core. This is what produces a warm and toasty car interior!
It's a simple but ingenious solution for which all winter drivers are very grateful. There would be little point incorporating an extra heating element into a car's design when the engine is putting out so much heat, and a heater running from the battery would drain the car's power very quickly.
In very cold conditions, you can also use a diesel block heater to make sure that the liquid components of your car (fuel, oil, coolant) don't freeze overnight. Some drivers will leave a heater on all night, but it's generally recommended that a warm-up period of four hours is more than enough to ensure efficient running of your car by the time you get in to drive to work the next morning. These block heaters run off standard domestic power.
Because car heaters are tied so closely to the operation of a car's engine, it's strongly advised that you don't try and fix any problems yourself. Instead, give our service department a call and ask them to take a look. Unlike portable sound systems or GPS devices, your car heater is plugged in directly to your car's mechanical systems and should not be meddled with lightly.
Got your luggage in the car? Did you pack some snacks? Grab some coffees to go, and count the kids to make sure you have them all. Then make sure you bring some great music with you to enjoy on your trip. Here’s a playlist of cozy old standards to keep you warm on your wintry holiday roadtrip to fun, family, or friends. Most of these songs have been recorded by scores of artists, so you can pick your favorite rendition.
“Sleigh Ride”: This song’s been recorded by everyone from Jo Stafford to The Ronettes to Clay Aiken. Of course, the ultimate Sleigh Ride is by Leroy Anderson who composed this wintery wonderfully cheerful tune. Anderson told PBS, when he was reminiscing about creating this classic, "Sleigh Ride, I remember, was just an idea because, it was just a pictorial thing, it wasn't necessarily Christmas music, and it was written during the heat wave."
“I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”: Part of any US holiday music playlist has to have Irving Berlin’s “I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” Bing, Billie, Della, and Ella did bang up jobs with this standard, but so did gravelly voiced Rod Stewart.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”: Rod Stewart sang this song with Dolly Parton. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are known for their sweet duet, even Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera have recorded this classic and they all make it their own.
“Riu Riu Chiu”: This Spanish carol has such unique syncopation and harmony, it’s always a treat to catch it on the radio. The Winter Harp Ensemble has a gorgeous recording, as do the United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants. But The Monkees are noted for singing one of the best renditions of this unusual spirited carol.
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”: Unless you’re superstitious and don’t want to wake up the snow gods on the road, do add this gem to the mix. Bing, Rod, Frank, and Dean have a way with this song, but Bette Midler’s duet with Johnny Mathis is a definite winner.
“Jingle Bells”: Let’s hope your car has more horses than one. You also might want to keep the top on and the windows closed, but dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh does sound like a lot of fun. James Pierpont created this song in 1857 and it delights each new generation with the spirit of wintry joy.
“Happy Holiday”: The song was first introduced in the 1942 film Holiday Inn with Bing Crosby crooning his heart out. It’s still the best version of the song out there.
“The Christmas Song”: Mel Tormé wrote this well-known Christmas song in 1944, and it’s still a favorite ballad with lyrics that paint a picture you can almost see, hear, feel, and smell.
Your winter coat can be a fashion statement, but its main role is keeping you warm during the colder months. With hundreds of styles, fabrics, and fill options to choose from, however, which material will be the best for you? Consider this breakdown of the best coat materials when you're shopping for the right coat to fit your lifestyle.
Wool is a natural fabric and is considered one of the best fabrics for winter clothing and coats. It keeps the body warm while still allowing for 'breathability' – that is, the warm air generated by your body isn't trapped within the coat. A wool coat may not be as effective if you get caught in the rain, however. When wet, wool tends to retain moisture, resulting in your body being ensconced in a cold, wet mass of fabric.
Cashmere is also a woolen fabric, but it comes from the Kashmir goat, and the resulting fiber is soft and luxuriant to the touch. Cashmere, however, requires higher maintenance than wool, and is more costly. Like wool, it loses its effectiveness when wet.
This tightly woven fabric is a twill fabric, usually derived from cotton or wool, though it is also made from polyester. A polyester gabardine coat doesn't have the soft feel or stylish appeal of a wool or cashmere coat, but it can be washed in the washing machine. Woolen gabardine coats have a history of being worn by explorers at the South Pole and by mountain climbers scaling Mount Everest. For cold, northern climates, woolen gabardine works well.
Nylon is commonly used as the outer layer of down jackets. Nylon is a synthetic fabric, made from petroleum products. Due to the dense structure of this material, nylon acts as a windbreaker against the cold winter air. When paired with down, either natural goose feathers or a synthetic down, nylon becomes an effective barrier against the cold. It also stands up well to rain, but if the downy fill gets wet, the down jacket isn't as warm.
Leather, like nylon, is a tightly structured fabric, though it is natural rather than synthetic. Leather jackets and coats are always stylish, resist wrinkling, and for the most part, resist staining. If you live in a climate with extreme cold, though, select a leather coat with a fur lining; while wind resistant, leather does not aid your body in retaining heat. Faux leather is also used to make winter coats, and is an appropriate choice for those who prefer fabrics from non-animal sources.
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Many popular indoor plants originate from climates that are hot and humid all year-round. These plants look their best with mega doses of sunlight and can look unhealthy during the shorter, lower-light days of winter. Factor in the lack of humidity when you turn on the heat inside your home, and you can see why keeping your indoor plants vibrant during colder months requires planning.
Prepare your potted plants
While you should always remove any dead, yellow, or damaged leaves as part of your regular indoor plant maintenance, doing this before winter arrives is especially important. Give the remaining healthy leaves a shower to remove accumulated dust, allowing more of winter’s light to penetrate the surface of the leaf.
If you have an indoor plant where the dirt dries out too often or you see roots popping out from the bottom, consider repotting it into a slightly larger container. Gently remove the plant, trying not to damage the root system. Also remove the older unnecessary taproots that run around the inside of the pot. When these roots are removed, it encourages new roots to grow that are better able to absorb water and nutrients.
Evaluate plant location
Plants that bask in spring and summer sunlight to look their best can fade over winter. You may have to move your plants around in order for them to absorb the amount of sunlight they need.
- Depending upon the variety, there are plants that can make do with indirect light during the winter if you decrease their sun exposure gradually.
- Many flowering winter indoor plants, such as a Christmas cactus, thrive on a certain amount of daily sun while preferring a window sill for a cool location at night.
- Wash your windows to allow more direct and indirect sunlight inside.
- Keep all plants away from a direct heat vent or other heat source, including any drafty spots. Most plants will stress when exposed to extreme hot and cold temperatures.
Add more humidity
Low levels of humidity cause indoor plants to release vapor almost as fast as they absorb water. This action results in wilted leaves or leaves that turn brown at the tips. Blooms on flowering plants might dry up or won’t bloom at all unless you figure out a way to raise the humidity level inside your home. You can purchase a room humidifier that benefits your family and your plants, or group your plants together using a water tray with gravel where you set the potted plants on top.
It’s generally recommended not to fertilize plants during winter months when they are in a dormant stage, unless you have a flowering winter plant with special requirements. When you apply adequate indoor plant fertilizer per the directions during growing season, your indoor plants won’t need fertilizer during winter. The rule of thumb is not to fertilize indoor plants between the months of October and April.
Don’t overwater indoor plants
Allow your potted plants to dry out slightly before watering, but not to the point where they go into shock and die. Differently-sized pots and different varieties of plants all have differing water needs. Each should be checked on a daily basis and then watered per their requirements to avoid root rot.
Plants are like people in that they are all uniquely different. Learn all that you can about your indoor potted plants, and they should continue to look vibrant during the colder months.
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