With compact SUVs currently being the hottest segment in the automotive industry, Consumer Reports wanted to find out how some of the top vehicles in the segment perform in extreme winter conditions. At its Auto Test Center in Connecticut, Consumer Reports tested three of the top compact SUVs (Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4) that are still equipped with their all-season tires. The tests involved straight-line acceleration, braking, hill-climbing, and taking on sharp corner turns. The straight-line acceleration test showed that the Subaru Forester was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 12.1 seconds, surpassing the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 by 1.2 and 2.3 seconds respectively. After undergoing braking tests, results showed that the Forester and RAV4 took about the same distance to come to a halt from 60 mph. It took almost 50 extra yards for the CR-V to come to a stop. During the hill-climbing and corner tests, the Forester showcased its superiority. The all-wheel-drive system worked the way it was meant to as it responded to the driver’s actions and maintain traction throughout the track. After conclusion of the weeks-long tests, Consumer Reports proclaimed the Subaru Forester as the clear winner in snowy conditions. You can experience the all-wheel-drive system on a Subaru Forester for yourself at Pine Belt Subaru in Lakewood.
The 2016 Subaru WRX has proven its excellence with a total of six top safety picks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The WRX received the highest “Superior” rating for preventing a front end collision when utilizing the Eyesight technology. Furthermore, the vehicle received 6 of 6 points with its Eyesight system. In order to obtain that many points, the vehicle needed to earn “Good” ratings in four various tests. The tests involved high-speed collisions, rollovers, and evaluations of the how well the seats protect the driver and passenger from neck injuries. All of these ratings allowed for the 2016 Subaru WRX to receive the highest praise of being the TOP SAFETY PICK+. Pine Belt Subaru in Lakewood wants to congratulate Subaru on creating the safest vehicles on the market.