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  1. Subaru’s Lineup of Family Cars For 2017

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    For 2017, Subaru is returning with its full range of vehicles, driven by the excellent figures achieved on almost every segment over the last few quarters. Indeed, it should be noted that the Japanese manufacturer did particularly well in 2016; its various models have become genuine benchmarks on the Canadian market. In the family segment in particular, Subaru has set itself apart from the competition with the latest versions of its Outback model, the brand’s family car par excellence. It returns in 2017 with new equipment, along with new versions of the Crosstrek, Forester, and Impreza (5-door version), the other models that will make Canadian families happy in the new year.
     
    The Subaru Outback: the comfortable and dynamic family car
    An alternative to classic SUVs, the Outback perfectly embodies the spirit of freedom and adventure. Always capable both on and off road, the 2017 version includes the ingredients that made the previous editions so successful. On the outside, we find the adventurous yet well-balanced style of the Vermont favourite. Strong without being aggressive, this version comes in 13 different editions with two main engine types: a 2.5-litre, 175 HP engine and a powerful 3.6-litre engine that delivers 256 horsepower, with a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT. With regard to fuel consumption, it remains a reasonable choice, with 8.2 L/100 km on the highway and 11 L per 100 km in the city.
     
    In terms of amenities, the 2017 Outback includes the popular EyeSight driver assistance system, push-button start, voice-activated climate control, and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat. And when you’re ready to take off on an adventure, you can take advantage of a comfortable cabin, a trunk that can carry up to 2075 litres, and a towing capacity of 1224 kg. What more could you ask for?
     
    The Subaru Impreza 5-door
    For 2017, this Subaru sedan is available in a larger and more comfortable hatchback version. Offering a more spacious interior, this version also benefits from the aesthetic improvements applied to the 4-door versions by the Japanese manufacturer’s new platform. However, the 2017 Impreza 5-door retains the famous all-wheel drive system that’s made it so successful. As for the engine, Subaru has brought back its 2.0-litre flat 4-cylinder engine, which now delivers 152 horsepower instead of the 148 offered by the 2016 version.
     
    In terms of amenities, the hatchback version of the Impreza comes standard with an infotainment system that features a 6.5-inch touchscreen with voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity, which guarantees lively family trips. The Android Auto and Apple CarPlay features are also included. It also offers up to 1566 litres of cargo space, with the possibility of folding the back seats flat for a little extra.
     
    Subaru SUVs
    In addition to the two previous models, which naturally fit into the Japanese manufacturer’s family car category, we’ll add two flagship SUVs from the brand to this collection.
     
    The first one, the Subaru Forester, clearly has the wind in its sails. The brand’s best-selling model in 2016, this compact yet spacious crossover offers an undeniably comfortable ride both on and off road. For 2017, the cabin has been improved to let passengers take advantage of a spacious environment with a sizable, versatile cargo compartment (up to 2115 litres).
     
    We’ll conclude this little tour with the model that without a doubt best embodies Subaru’s versatility: the Crosstrek. Derived from the Impreza, this compact SUV adapts to every demand, venturing off road without any hesitation. The 2017 version of the Crosstrek is largely the same as the previous version, with a few aesthetic exceptions.

  2. What are the distinct advantages of the Subaru Impreza GT?

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    Produced since 1992 by the Japanese automobile manufacturer, the Subaru Impreza GT has gradually entered the ranks of the brand’s legendary models. Although it was replaced by the Impreza WRX in 2000, it is still highly regarded by car enthusiasts who can still enjoy the opportunity to take advantage of its exceptional performance.
     
    To better understand the real attraction that this model inspires, here are four features that set it apart from its competitors.
     

    1 – Its “Boxer” engine

    Adopted very early on by Subaru and widely used in almost all of the brand’s models, the flat or “Boxer” engine is without a doubt the first major asset of the Subaru Impreza GT.
     
    Characterized by cylinders that are arranged flat (four, in this case), this type of engine offers appealing advantages for a compact car such as the Impreza GT. Their configuration with the opposed pistons helps significantly reduce vehicle vibrations while driving, ensuring a quiet, comfortable ride.
     
    In addition, a flat motor can be installed at a somewhat lower level in the car, thus lowering the centre of gravity for better handling. The fact that the engine is installed lower also improves passenger safety. In case of frontal impact, the engine effectively slides under the seats, as opposed to the traditional L models.
     
    Finally, thanks to this engine, the Subaru Impreza GT proves quite economical, both in terms of maintenance (fewer parts) and use (fuel economy).
     

    2 – Performs in the city just like it does on the track

    With its sporty design, particularly the Turbo version sold in Europe, the Impreza GT holds a great deal of promise for thrill seekers. Elegant and agile, it boasts a powerful engine that ensures a performance quite similar to that of race cars.
     
    In its 1999 and 2000 versions, it’s driven by a 217-hp 2.0 turbo engine capable of 5600 rpm and 29.7 m-kg of torque at 4000 rpm. On the road, the Subaru Impreza GT can reach up to 233 km/h and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds. It can cover 1000 metres from a standing start in 26.3 seconds.
     

    3 – Its all-wheel drive

    At Subaru, all-wheel drive (AWD) is available starting from the “smaller” models. It’s therefore only logical that this 4-wheel drive device, along with all the advantages that it entails, is offered by the Impreza GT.
     
    Improving the vehicle’s driveability and acceleration capability, 4-wheel drive is appreciated on snowy terrain and stabilizes handling on slippery roads. It also improves cornering speed.
     

    4 – An excellent performance/price ratio

    Offered at the time for a higher price than other small sedans released at the same time, these days, the Subaru Impreza GT has one of the best performance/price ratios of all models on the market. And even if it’s no longer offered by dealerships today, you can always look for a used model, especially since maintenance is generally inexpensive and spare parts are available at reasonable prices.

  3. 5 Advantages of The Smart Key

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    Offered by more and more automobile manufacturers on their high-end models and hybrids, the smart key system is the latest technology available to drivers that makes their lives easier while also improving user comfort.
     
    A practical feature, this key possesses an integrated radio chip that sends and receives information to and from the vehicle, which lets you enjoy all the advantages of this device. Here are five such benefits that beautifully sum up the full appeal of this new technology!

    1 – A smart, fast, and practical opening system

    Primarily designed to make life easier for drivers, the smart key system spares them from a number of unfortunate situations that can arise with traditional car keys.
     
    Indeed, thanks to its wave transmission device, it lets you unlock your doors quickly and effortlessly. When the holder of a smart key approaches their vehicle from a certain distance (generally within a one-metre radius), the key – which can even remain inside their pocket – comes into contact with the system, thereby allowing the driver to open the door simply by pulling on the handle.
     
    Very useful, the driver saves time by not having to look for their keys in the rain, in the cold, or in emergency situations.

    2 – Start your car with a simple push of a button

    Before, to start your car, you had to insert the key and turn it. Today, it’s possible to start the engine simply by pushing on the start button. To further clarify, even if another occupant of the car tries to start it, it won’t be possible if they don’t possess the smart key, since that’s what activates this function.
     

    3 – Forgetting your keys is a thing of the past

    If you don’t need to insert a key to start your car, there’s clearly no chance that you’ll leave them in the ignition once you arrive at your destination. This type of incident, which unfortunately happens all too often, is thereby avoided.
     

    4 – The doors lock automatically when you exit the vehicle

    Many drivers forget to lock their doors when they leave their vehicles. With a smart key, this concern is completely resolved, since when the driver exits the vehicle and leaves the key activation radius, the key systematically locks the car doors.
     

    5 – An additional level of security against theft

    Contrary to popular belief, smart keys are a real plus for the security of the automobiles equipped with them. Depending on the manufacturer, they incorporate highly advanced anti-theft measures such as rolling codes that are projected and that undergo prior verification by the car’s onboard computer before unlocking the doors. Encrypted chips are also used in certain models to increase the security of these devices.
     
    In this regard, several Subaru models are available with a smart key system for a better driver experience, especially in periods of stress!