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In Defense of…Cars That Aren’t Subarus

In Defense of…Cars That Aren’t Subarus

[ October 22, 2009 - 4:43pm ]
In Defense of…Cars That Aren’t Subarus
Breaking news: Subarus aren’t the only vehicles that’ll get you around the mountains.

1, 2, 3. I haven’t even made it to the highway yet.

I’m on my way to work, and I’m counting cars—Subarus, to be exact. My morning commute from Denver to the Skiing Magazine office in Boulder takes about 35 minutes when the traffic isn’t bad. It’s a pretty popular morning route; I hit two major highways and a few main roads near downtown Boulder. Point is, I see a bunch of cars. At least I had a good sample size for my junk-science experiment.

4,5. They’re everywhere once I merge onto the highway. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I see a few on the other side of the interstate—11, 12—but decide to stop counting those when I jerk my head back toward the lane of traffic I’m in and find the car in front of me going 25 mph slower than when my eyes drifted away. I slam on the breaks. The car I almost hit isn’t a Subaru. It’s not long before I see a few more, though.

14, 15, 16. I’m a little more than halfway to work. 17, 18, 19, 20. I’m in Boulder, just a few more turns to the parking lot. 21, 22. There are eight more in the lot shared by employees of Skiing, Ski Magazine, and Warren Miller Entertainment. Grand total: 30.

I don’t know if 30 is a lot. Maybe I would see more if I counted again tomorrow. Maybe less. But I know I see Subarus all the time, and it’s starting to bug me. So here’s my pitch: Don’t be scared of sliding off roads dusted by snow when you’re buying your next car. If that’s happening to you, a Subaru won’t help you anyway. Yes, Subarus are reliable vehicles and it can be nice to have all wheel drive. But they’re not the only ones you can slap a roof rack on and use to successfully navigate the mountains. Take my 2003 Ford Focus, for example. Complete with two good snow tires and 110,000 miles, I’ve passed Subarus off the side of the road while driving through mountains in a few different I-can’t-see-10-feet-in-front-of-me blizzards. —Chris Outcalt


i have on 03 outback and a 95

i have on 03 outback and a 95 jeep wrangler( 4x4). the subaru is awesome in the snow. yeah the jeep is cool to drive, but on a highway, the subaru wins

I have to be in agreement.

I have to be in agreement. Ok, they're good cars... But, doesn't being damn ugly count for something???  ...Say whatever you want, but I will never leave my Jeep for a Suby.

I'll put my 97 Suby with

I'll put my 97 Suby with Blizzacks up against your Ford anyday in a race to the mountain on snowy roads.  In fact, I'd bet I could beat mosts cars, maybe not an A8 with snow tires, but most cars.

Subaru, which means The


Subaru, which means The Pleiades or Seven Sisters in Japanese, was the only car manufacturer to not lose money last year and get bailed out!

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