Most sensible people run for shelter when facing Mother Nature’s fury. Not Brandon Clement. He and his Subaru Crosstrek head straight for it.
Based in Terry, Mississippi, Clement is a storm chaser. He owns a garden art business, but he spends the spring storm season tracking severe weather across the Plains. He trusts his specially equipped Crosstrek to carry him through severe weather conditions. “The Crosstrek has the reliability I need with All-Wheel Drive (AWD),” he says. “I like its excellent safety record and fuel efficiency. It’s had to get me through rough conditions − everything from snow to pretty deep water. The day I bought it, I got no farther than 10 miles down the road before I ran into a hailstorm.”
Clement was in Oklahoma last spring, out in the middle of nowhere, when the weather services posted a tornado warning. “The only access I had to the storm cell was through muddy, rutted roads,” he says. “The Subaru ran through them with no problem.”
Heading into harm’s way to keep tabs on some of the planet’s most deadly phenomena is a lifelong fascination for Clement. “I chase because when I was a kid growing up in Louisiana, I was fascinated by storms,” he says. “When I was old enough to drive, I took myself to them.”
Clement’s Crosstrek will soon have heavier tires and a supercharger, but for this trip, he was fully equipped for what turned out to be the most active stretch of the season. The photos speak for themselves.
Subaru’s popular Forester continues to put function in front of
form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend
toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending
rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the
fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and
big square doors. That recipe has resulted in the easiest access
and the best view out of almost any vehicle, and one of the roomiest
rear seats in the class, with copious head and leg room.
A 2017 update includes updated exterior styling, improved sound
deadening and more upscale options like a heated steering wheel
and blind-spot monitoring. Engine tweaks slightly boost fuel economy,
and the X-mode off-road traction assist system now comes on
every trim level with the CVT, except the base 2.5i.
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from Consumer Reports June 2017
Senior drivers and others with limited mobility need a car that’s easy to get into and out of, with controls that are easy to reach and intuitive to use. We’ve combed through our ratings to find the 25 new models that we think best fit the bill. All are recommended by Consumer Reports and earned an Overall Score of Excellent or Very Good in their respective categories (representing road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction,
We determined the rankings in this chart by giving special consideration and extra weighting to specific features we think are essential for senior drivers:
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Low door sills, wider openings, and step-in heights that reduce the need for ducking or climbing make entry easier for those with physical limitations.
We chose cars that enable tall, medium, and shorter drivers to see out of the front, sides, and back.
These cars have easy-to-read gauges and intuitive controls for changing the radio, shifting gears, and adjusting the heating and cooling.
Powerful headlights can make driving at night easier for people with decreasing or compromised vision.
Top Picks: Senior Features and Advanced Safety Features
In the table below, the bullet points in the columns for front-seat access, visibility, control, and headlights show where vehicles excel for those attributes when compared with the other recommended vehicles on the list.
We determined the rankings in the chart below by giving special consideration and extra weighting to specific features we think are essential for senior drivers.
- Subaru confirms future 3-row SUV will be named Subaru Ascent
- The Ascent will be powered by an all-new turbocharged DI Boxer Engine
- Ascent SUV Concept showcases 7 passenger interior
The exterior design of the concept follows Subaru’s “Dynamic x Solid” theme with powerful fender flares representing Subaru’s all-wheel drive system and a large, bluff grille denoting a true SUV look. The interior of the concept features a flowing dashboard design and a 7-passenger configuration with center captain’s chairs.
The Ascent production model will be based on a modified version of the Subaru Global Platform that debuted last year. The model will be built at Subaru of Indiana, Inc. in Lafayette, Indiana and will be sold exclusively in the North American market starting in 2018.
Body size: (Length x Width x Height) 198.8 x 78.3 x 72.4 inches
Wheelbase: 117 inches
Tire Size: 275/50 R21
Seating Capacity: 7
Be sure to check your vehicle before hitting the road this summer.
Whether you’re spending a day at Jones Beach or Grafton State Park, or planning a trip to Niagara Falls, all New Yorkers are urged to make sure their vehicles are as ready as they are.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared the week of May 22-29 as Vehicle Safety Week in the Empire State. He urges all New Yorkers to have their vehicles examined to check brake and radiator fluids, that tires are properly inflated, that your windshield wipers are not worn, and that everything is in good working order. He also encouraged people to check safercar.gov to check for any recalls that might affect their vehicles.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 11,000 crashes every year as a result of faulty tires alone including 200 fatalities. The website safercar.govdetails what recalls are in effect for vehicles so that motorists can quickly get them repaired or parts replaced.
“Just as a family checks to make sure all the suitcases are properly packed and that there is sufficient bug spray and sunscreen, it is even more important to take the time to make sure the vehicle is working properly,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “Nothing ruins a vacation like being stranded at the side of the road or, worse, being in an easily preventable accident. We want all New Yorkers’ vacations to be memorable for the right reasons, not the wrong ones.”
It is also recommended that New Yorkers keep a summer travel safety kit in their car with windshield wiper fluid, jumper cables, a tire pressure gauge, hazard road markers, a flashlight, phone charger and water and snacks for passengers in case you are stranded. When checking that the tires on the car are properly inflated, make sure the spare tire is also in good condition in case you need it.