10 MORE Places to See Christmas Lights in Birmingham

Birmingham knows how to hit the high notes during the long winter season. With 2019’s Christmas festivities about to take center stage, it’s time to line up even more top spots to catch the best holiday light shows. From the heart of the city out to the suburbs, Birmingham embraces the holiday spirit with neighborhood displays, parades, safari adventures, and wacky, tacky sweater tours. Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. Grand Christmas Tree Lighting

Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., and take a short drive to catch the Grand Christmas Tree Lighting at The Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds, AL. The event will feature live performances, crafts, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. An added bonus includes a James Spann Book Signing from 7:00 to 8:30. Pack your Subaru Forester with the whole gang for an evening of lights.

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Alabama Child Car Seat Laws By Age, Weight & Height

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In 1975, prior to the enactment of federal and Alabama child safety seat laws, nearly 1,400 children died in motor vehicle crashes and child restraint use was an abysmal 29% during that time.

It took 25 years to see noticeable drops in annual car-accident-related child fatalities. The reason? By 2000, car seat laws got stricter, pressuring parents to place their kids in the back seat. Now, fewer than 700 child deaths occur each year and an estimated 65% of children are restrained properly.

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Tips for Returning Your Leased Vehicle

After a glorious 3 years, your leased vehicle is ready to find its new home! It’s a bittersweet end to an era, but such is life. To help you get through the lease return process without being dinged by extra fees, we’ve compiled some tips and answers to commonly asked questions below.

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Should I schedule an inspection before I return my leased vehicle?

It’s not necessary to have your vehicle inspected prior to returning it—but it’s highly recommended.

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13 Fun Fall Events Near Birmingham, AL (2019 Edition)

Looking for a Birmingham festival or some type of exciting family activity this fall? We’ve compiled a list of the area’s 13 coolest autumn events that will surely satisfy the needs of every fun-seeking adventurer. From outdoor festivals to motorcycle races to engaging dinosaur exhibits, Birmingham’s got it going on in 2019! Check out these fall events, hand-chosen by yours truly.

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2020 Subaru Legacy: Turbocharged & Raring To Go

With the unveiling of a turbocharged 2020 Legacy, Subaru was the talk of the town at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Although the debuted model bears a striking resemblance to its last-gen sedan, the all-new ‘20 Subaru Legacy is assuredly far from a carbon copy of the 2019 Legacy. In fact, the hotly anticipated Legacy has been completely revamped, inside and out, and its release will set the stage for Subaru’s busiest autumn in years. (Like the upcoming 2020 Outback, the seventh-generation Legacy is scheduled to go on sale early this fall at Jim Burke Subaru in Birmingham or a Subaru dealership near you.)

So, what’s the deal with the new-and-improved 2020 Legacy? Take a look.

2020 Subaru Legacy Birmingham

New Turbo Engine

Not since 2012 has the Legacy been available with a turbocharged engine. That trend flips with the 2020 Subaru Legacy; a beefy 2.4L turbo-four, which produces 260 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque, will be available in select range-topping Legacy trims. This beast of an engine will break the 60-mph mark in 6.1 seconds while achieving a combined 28-mpg EPA rating.  

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What’s New In The Redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback?

The 2020 Outback may look like the Subaru wagon of years past – after all, it is sporting a gorgeous exterior, an adorable central stack of high-tech features, and luxurious touches from hood to hatch – but this redesigned crossover is undoubtedly the best Outback to date. In reality, all these new additions to Subaru’s hottest vehicle firmly place it in the category of “most anticipated SUV of the year.”  

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What new additions, you ask? We’ve got the updated list of 2020 Outback specs and features, so let’s go over the differences between the new model and the outgoing 2019 Outback.  

Outback Trims 

Subaru emphasizes the need for drivers to personalize their vehicles. Select the all-new 2020 Onyx Edition XT trim at our Birmingham Subaru dealership, and you’ll be welcomed by glossy black-finished exterior accents, 18-inch alloy wheels, specialty Outback badging, and a glorious two-tone cabin. Creature comforts and in-vehicle tech are also top notch; enjoy water-resistant StarTex™ seats, Dual-Mode X-MODE, and more. 

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9 Essential Car Accessories & Travel Solutions for Dog Owners

Did you know that June 21, 2019, is National Take Your Dog To Work Day? If your boss is cool, she’ll have signed off on this fantastic little holiday already. As you prepare to have a highly productive Friday in the office, surrounded by canines large and small, now’s the time to get all your ducks in a row, so to speak. Here are some travel solutions and dog-friendly car accessories you should absolutely invest in.

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2019 Subaru Forester vs. Chevy Equinox: Comparing Crossover SUVs

Legendary compact SUVs like the Subaru Forester don’t grow on trees—they’re diligently designed and impeccably primped to make the most of every one of its nooks, crannies, and features. With the newly redesigned 2019 Forester, that flawless nature has never been more on display.

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But how does the ’19 Forester compare with the Chevrolet Equinox, one of the best-selling crossovers in America? While the Equinox may talk the talk with sales numbers, the new Forester is the one that walks the walk. Here’s a side-by-side comparison between these two all-star family SUVs.

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The Ultimate List of 2019 Easter Egg Hunts Near Birmingham, AL

With April 21 just around the bend — and an eager Peter Cottontail ready to make his triumphant return to hide his colorful eggs — it’s time for you to begin planning your family’s Easter shenanigans. Here’s your guide to finding the best Easter egg hunts in Birmingham, Alabama.  

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Birmingham Zoo’s Easter Eggstravaganza 

When? Saturday, April 20 (10:00 AM) 
Where? Birmingham Zoo 
What? This annual children’s egg hunt in Birmingham is not to be missed. Children up to age 12 can hunt for Easter eggs and turn them in for a plush bunny doll. Oh, and adults can also win various prizes during the Adult Egg Hunt. (You know you want to join.) Purchase your tickets online at www.birminghamzoo.com.  

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2019 Subaru STI S209: What To Know About NAIAS’s Best Car Debut

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show unveiled several new cars and concept vehicles this January, but it was the Subaru Tecnica International (STI) S209 that won over our hearts and quickened our pulses. After all, this performance car is the most powerful, agile, and supremely exhilarating Subaru STI ever made in the U-S-of-A.  Street-legal, four-wheeled rockets like this don’t come along often –perhaps the lack of saturation is a good thing for the segment – so when they pop into frame, you can bet we’re all over them.

Here’s all you need to know about the 2019 Subaru STI S209, coming to a Subaru dealer near you later this year.

Upgraded Subaru BOXER Engine

As the automaker’s first-ever S-line STI performance vehicle to be sold in America, the S209 features a boisterous 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER turbocharged engine that makes a feverish 341 horsepower. The STI’s HKS-manufactured BOXER EJ25 utilizes a low-restriction exhaust system and several strengthened alloy-forged pistons and rods to reduce body weight, which results in bumps in torque production (10% at 3,600 rpm), boost pressure (18 psi), and turbine power (6%) over the Subaru WRX STI model’s.

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