Eight Subaru Models Recommended for Teen Drivers
As a parent, I vividly remember the day I held my child in my arms for the first time, overwhelmed with a mixture of joy, love, and a touch of anxiety about the future. Little did I know that time would pass in the blink of an eye, and before I knew it, my child would be eagerly waiting to obtain their driver’s license. It’s remarkable how fast they grow up. When it comes to selecting a car for a teen driver, safety and reliability become paramount concerns for us as parents. This is where Subaru shines, as a brand renowned for its unwavering dedication to safety and durability. In fact, among the vast array of Subaru models, there are eight standout vehicles that receive high recommendations for young drivers. These models include four in the new vehicle category and four in the used vehicle category, all achieving the coveted Best Choice rating. Join me as we delve into the details of eight Subaru models that are the perfect fit for our teen drivers.
Used Vehicle Category:
Subaru Impreza (2018MY, 2022MY): The Subaru Impreza is a compact car that offers excellent safety features, including all-wheel drive (AWD) and Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system. It has a reputation for reliability and comes in both sedan and hatchback variants, offering versatility and practicality.
Subaru Legacy (2013-2021MY; built after August 2012): The Subaru Legacy is a midsize sedan that combines safety, comfort, and durability. With its spacious interior and advanced safety technologies, such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, the Legacy provides peace of mind for both parents and teen drivers.
Subaru Forester (2018MY or newer): As a compact SUV, the Subaru Forester offers a higher driving position and ample cargo space. Its symmetrical AWD system provides excellent traction, making it a reliable choice for teen drivers, especially in areas with challenging weather conditions.
Subaru Outback (2015-2018MY, 2022MY): The Subaru Outback is a versatile crossover that strikes a balance between ruggedness and comfort. It offers generous cargo capacity, advanced safety features, and a capable AWD system, making it an ideal choice for adventurous teens and families alike.
New Vehicle Category:
Subaru Legacy: A midsize sedan, the Legacy has earned its spot among the recommended new vehicles due to its exceptional safety record and overall performance. With its spacious and comfortable interior, advanced safety technologies, and reliable handling, the Legacy offers a balanced and enjoyable driving experience.
Subaru Outback: For those seeking a versatile and capable crossover, the Outback is an excellent choice. Boasting a spacious cabin, generous cargo capacity, and Subaru’s renowned symmetrical all-wheel drive system, the Outback provides a confident and safe ride on various road conditions.
Subaru Forester: A compact SUV, the Forester stands out as a recommended new vehicle due to its combination of practicality, safety, and reliability. With ample cargo space, excellent visibility, and advanced safety features, the Forester is well-suited for both daily commutes and weekend adventures.
Finally, the Subaru Ascent, a three-row SUV, has garnered accolades for its spaciousness, comfortable seating, and impressive safety features. With its refined interior, robust performance, and ample room for passengers and cargo, the Ascent offers families a reliable and enjoyable driving experience.
Subaru’s Commitment to Safety and Reliability:
Subaru has a strong reputation for producing vehicles that prioritize safety and reliability. In fact, Subaru has earned more Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ awards than any other brand since 2013*. This recognition highlights Subaru’s dedication to building vehicles that offer the highest level of protection for drivers and passengers alike.
Furthermore, Consumer Reports consistently ranks Subaru as the best mainstream automotive brand, further reinforcing the brand’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Subaru’s reputation for reliability makes it a wise choice for parents seeking a vehicle that will keep their teen drivers safe and secure.
In conclusion, when it comes to selecting a car for a teen driver, Subaru offers a wide range of models that excel in safety, reliability, and overall quality. With four models recommended in both the used and new vehicle categories, Subaru provides options that suit different preferences and budgets. By choosing a Subaru for your teen driver, you can have peace of mind knowing that they are behind the wheel of a vehicle that prioritizes their safety and well-being.
*Please note that the information regarding IIHS TSP+ awards is accurate as of the knowledge cutoff date in September 2021.
Federal government should face facts—the EV transition is failing
From the Fraser Institute
” public charging infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with predicted consumer adoption of EVs, and as noted in a recent study published by the Fraser Institute, targets for consumer adoption of EVs are out of sync with historical timelines for the development of metals needed to make them “
A series of recent headlines in the Wall Street Journal reveal the extent to which government plans in Canada and the United States, to transition surface transportation from internal combustion to battery-electric power, are already showing signs of failure. “Ford Cuts Lightning Output in Latest Sign of EV Downshift,” reads one article while the editorial page says “The EV Backlash Builds: Companies cut output amid flagging demand” and “The Electric Vehicle Push Runs Out of Power.”
And there’s evidence the electric vehicle (EV) transition is also stalling in other countries. In Germany, EV sales are in freefall as the cash-strapped government tapers off subsidies for EVs. Battery EV registrations dropped 29 per cent from the previous year while plug-in hybrid registrations dropped 35 per cent year-over-year.
Manufacturers are also pulling back from the EV market. Recently, only a year after announcing a US$5 billion joint venture between GM and Honda to develop affordable EVs, the two auto giants pulled the plug on the venture. Even in China, which planned to be the world’s dominant supplier of EVs and batteries, is finding the transition hard to sustain. As Bloomberg reports, “China’s Abandoned, Obsolete Electric Cars Are Piling Up in Cities.” The subhead of the article explains, “A subsidy-fueled boom helped build China into an electric-car giant but left weed-infested lots across the nation brimming with unwanted battery-powered vehicles.”
All of this should trouble the Trudeau government, which mandated that all new light-duty vehicles sold in Canada be EVs by 2035 and has poured taxpayer dollars into the predicted future EV and battery production industry. For example, $28 billion for two EV battery plants (Stellantis-LG and Volkswagen), $2.7 billion for a new battery manufacturing plant in Montreal (which will also get $4.6 billion in production incentives with one-third coming from Quebec), and $640 million for a new Ford electric vehicle factory (also in Quebec). Government has made other smaller investments in rare earth mining and refining to incentivize production of the metals needed to make EV batteries. And of course, all this “investment” government comes atop consumer incentives to convince people to buy EVs. The federal government offers incentives up to $5,000 for the purchase of light-duty vehicles, and up to $2,000 for medium-heavy duty vehicles. Seven Canadian provinces offer additional subsidies.
Clearly, the Trudeau government is betting heavily, with the limited resources of Canadian taxpayers, on an EV future that increasingly looks unlikely to happen. Governments around the world are running out of money to subsidize EVs, consumers are increasingly reluctant to buy EVs, public charging infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with predicted consumer adoption of EVs, and as noted in a recent study published by the Fraser Institute, targets for consumer adoption of EVs are out of sync with historical timelines for the development of metals needed to make them, insuring a bottleneck situation in the not-too-distant future.
In fact, to meet international EV adoption pledges, the world would need 50 new lithium mines by 2030, along with 60 new nickel mines and 17 new cobalt mines. The materials needed for cathode production will require 50 more new mines, and another 40 new mines for anode materials. The battery cells will require 90 new mines, and EVs themselves another 81. In total, this adds up to 388 new mines. For context, as of 2021, there were only 270 metal mines operating in the U.S. and only 70 in Canada. And mine development timelines are long—lithium timelines, for example, are approximately six to nine years, while production timelines (from application to production) for nickel are approximately 13 to 18 years.
The writing is on the wall. The Trudeau government should reconsider the reckless gambling with taxpayer money that its EV agenda represents. It should withdraw the “investments” where it can, and reconsider the country’s 2035 all-EV mandate. These all look increasingly like bad bets, with Canadian taxpayers being the ultimate losers.
Electric vehicle weight poses threat to current road infrastructure, safety experts warn
Tesla Model Y
By Bob Unruh
A report in the Washington Times explains that electric vehicles (EVs) can weigh up to 50 percent more than internal combustion motor vehicles. That extra weight could more easily damage roads, bridges, and parking garages.
If all of the existing headaches for those pushing expensive electric vehicles on resisting American consumers could vanish, there’s still a big one that may have no ready solution.
Already, it appears the U.S. could end up dependent on unfriendly nations for materials for all those batteries. Then there’s the fact that the nation’s grid simply can’t support all that recharging – California already has been sending out advisories for owners not to charge. And then there’s the limited range, extended recharging times, both worsened by bad weather.
But now a report in the Washington Times explains that those batteries are heavy, and EVs can weigh up to 50 percent more than internal combustion motor vehicles.
And that weight damages roads, bridges and parking garages, with those vehicles easily plowing through safety guardrails while posing a higher danger to other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists traveling the same routes.
“The problems associated with EVs are poised to grow as more consumers purchase the cars under the Biden administration’s plan to eliminate gas-powered vehicles and the tailpipe emissions that come with them,” the report explained.
It explained engineers writing recently for Structure Magazine suggested construction companies, and building codes, need to make accommodation for the higher weight.
Parking garages, they said, should be redesigned to hold more weight.
That’s because some hold hundreds of vehicles, and just one EV. A Ford truck, weighs in at 8,240 pounds, nearly a ton (about 1,000 kg) more than the gas-powered version of the same pickup.
“Significantly increasing passenger vehicle weights combined with recently reduced structural design requirements will result in reduced factors of safety and increased maintenance and repair costs for parking structures,” the engineers wrote. “There are many cases of parking structure failures, and the growing demand for EVs will only increase the probability of failure.”
Then there are those guardrails, installed to minimize damage when traffic goes awry.
They are installed between lanes for traffic moving opposite directions, between lanes and edge drop-offs and more.
That concern comes out of a procedure at a test facility in Nebraska, where examiners took a 3.6-ton Rivian R1 and sent it into a metal guardrail at 62 mph, first head-on, then at an angle.
Both times it “ripped through” the guardrail and continued into what would have been lanes for oncoming traffic, the report revealed.
The conclusion was simple: making vehicles much heavier means “a lot more force” is required to redirect the vehicle.
University of Nebraska professor Cody Stolle, told the Times, “We found these guardrail systems don’t have great compatibility with these [electric] vehicles yet.”
The heavier vehicles also could cause more damage to other vehicles in collisions.
The report said an insurance institute expert confirmed the weight provides more protection to those inside the EV, but at the expense of anyone in another vehicle involved in an accident.
Joe Biden has insisted over and over that consumers should be buying the much more expensive and often less reliable electric cars the government programs subsidize.
The weight differences are significant. The report said the Tesla Model Y is more than 4,400 pounds while the similar size gas-powered Honda Accord is 3,300. Kia makes multiple SUVs, with the gas model weighting 3,900 pounds and the EV unit nearly 6,500.
Residential roads already are not engineered to handle the heavy weight on highways, and the lifespan of bridges could be reduced with much heavier traffic, the report said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., recently said, “EVs are typically much heavier compared to similarly sized, gas-powered vehicles, which will put additional strain on America’s transportation infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers warns that an increase in EVs could substantially reduce the lifespan of roads and bridges, necessitating further investment in infrastructure.”
Reprinted with permission from the WND News Center.
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