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.  

Birmingham Easter Egg Hunts

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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Sensible Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Car Enthusiasts

Don’t just settle for a typical bouquet of flowers or skinny necktie as a Valentine’s Day present. Put some thought into it! To nudge you in the right direction, here’s our Jim Burke Subaru-approved list of the 10 best Valentine gifts to give the pragmatic car enthusiast in your life.  

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2019 Subaru Outback: A Superhero Wagon-SUV The World Needs

Look! Over on the road! It’s an SUV! It’s a wagon! It’s the 2019 Subaru Outback!

Cheesy callbacks to the 1950’s show Adventures of Superman aside, there’s something truly special about this refreshed Outback. It’s in the mold of a wagon yet has the extra cargo and passenger space of a crossover, and it comes in six heroic trims. DC Comics, eat your heart out.

Two Engines, One Superior Ride

The 2019 Outback is powered by one of two engines.

Stationed on all 2.5i trims (base, Premium, Limited, and Touring) is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to tow up to 2,700 pounds. Fitted in the 3.6R Limited and Touring trims is a locomotive-like BOXER 3.6L 6-cylinder engine that produces 256 horsepower and 247 pound-foot of torque, allowing it to tow up to 3,000 pounds.

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10 Best Alabama Christmas Lights Displays Near Birmingham

Where should you go to see Christmas lights in Birmingham this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. Here are the 10 best places to see holiday light displays around Jefferson County.

Christmas Lights in Alabaster, AL

Visiting the Richardson Family Christmas Light Show at least once each holiday season is an Alabaster tradition. Synchronized to music – tune in to 88.3 FM – this house lights display will wow even the Grinchiest Grinch. Be sure to bring canned and nonperishable foods as the Richardsons donate to local charities. Continue reading “10 Best Alabama Christmas Lights Displays Near Birmingham”

How To Get A Subaru Technology Degree (Yes, It Exists!)

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Some 2,500 miles away from our Birmingham Subaru dealership, students at Gresham, Oregon’s Mt. Hood Community College are embracing the country’s first-ever Subaru Automotive Technology program. It’s true—the two-year, associate of applied science (AS) coursework will provide prospective auto techs certified, hands-on training in all things Subaru. Better yet, students seeking this Subaru U-backed degree will be provided paid internships and full-time, post-graduation jobs at Subaru repair shops and dealerships.

Sound like a career path you’d be interested in strolling down? Getting started is easy: ship out your application to MHCC! But before applying for admission, get to know the unique technology that makes Subaru one of the finest auto brands in the world. Continue reading “How To Get A Subaru Technology Degree (Yes, It Exists!)”

The Pros & Cons of Buying vs. Leasing a New Car

The Pros and Cons of Buying vs. Leasing a New Car

In the market for a new car? You probably have a ton of questions about whether to lease or buy—and we’re here to give you a breakdown of the benefits of each. As one of the top Subaru dealers in Birmingham, there’s nothing more important to us than educating our customers. Here are the advantages of buying and leasing a new Subaru.

 

New Car Leasing Benefits

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2018 Labor Day Weekend Events for Adults in Birmingham, AL

Need something fun to do this Labor Day in Birmingham? Ditch the backyard barbecues and family gatherings—this extended holiday break is all about you! Here are a handful of Labor Day weekend events that are perfectly suited for adults.

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Say Hello to the All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent

Say Hello to the All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent

“…Subaru’s AWD architecture is the best of its kind, functionally superior to on-demand all-wheel drive systems.” – Dan Neil, The Wall Street Journal.

“…the Ascent’s impressive blend of safety and value is unmatched by many rivals.”Jennifer Geiger, Cars.com.

“The three-row SUV many families need in the Subaru wrapper they want.”Joseph Capparella, Car and Driver. Continue reading “Say Hello to the All-New 2019 Subaru Ascent”