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Subaru Loves Pets adoption centers coming to 40 auto shows this season

Subaru is hosting pet adoption events at auto shows nationwide.

Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

The Barkleys, a family of golden retrievers, star in Subaru ads and at major U.S. auto shows the automaker hosts open pet adoptions as part of their Subaru Loves Pets campaign. Now, the effort is going nationwide.

During the remainder of 2019 and into 2020, the automaker will partner with local animal shelters in 40 cities hosting auto shows, with a focus on getting animals out of shelters and to their forever homes.

ASPCA adopt a dog Auto show attendees can adopt an animal at their local auto show.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

"At Subaru, we look forward to opportunities that help our furry friends in need and we want to return the unconditional love they show us each day," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. "We saw great success with our pet adoption events last year, so we wanted to not only sustain, but build upon, that momentum to help even more pets unite with a loving lifetime companion."

While attending their local auto show, attendees with be able to interact with adoptable pets in the Subaru Loves Pets play area and will have the opportunity to adopt and take home a new family member.

ASPCA Subaru Dog Kissing Booth Auto show attendees can interact with adoptable dogs at the Subaru booth.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

A Subaru pet tag engraving station will be located in each play area, allowing attendees who have pets to personalize a tag to take home for their pet by donating to their local shelter at the booth. All donations and proceeds to the exhibit will go directly animals at the participating shelter.

The list of auto shows where Subaru will host pet adoption events includes:

  • Miami Int'l Auto Show: November 1-10, 2019
  • Seattle Int'l Auto Show: November 14-17, 2019
  • Florida Int'l Auto Show (Tampa): November 15-17, 2019
  • Charlotte Int'l Auto Show: November 21-24, 2019
  • Los Angeles Int'l Auto Show: November 22-December 1, 2019
  • Arizona Int'l Auto Show (Phoenix): November 28-December 1, 2019
  • San Francisco Int'l Auto Show: November 28-December 2, 2019
  • Indianapolis Int'l Auto Show: December 26- January 1, 2020
  • San Diego Int'l Auto Show: January 1-5, 2020
  • Silicon Valley Int'l Auto Show (San Jose): January 9-12, 2020
  • South Carolina Int'l Auto Show (Greenville): January 10-12, 2020
  • New England Auto Show (Boston): January 16-20, 2020
  • Utah Int'l Auto Show (Salt Lake City): January 17-20, 2020
  • West Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Charleston): January 17-19, 2020
  • Greater St. Louis Int'l Auto Show: January 21-26, 2020
  • Houston Auto Show: January 22-26, 2020
  • Washington Auto Show: January 21-February 2, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Auto Show (Harrisburg): January 23-26, 2020
  • Northeast Int'l Auto Show (Providence): January 24-26, 2020
  • Cincinnati Auto Show: February 5-9, 2020
  • Motor Trend International Baltimore: February 6-9, 2020
  • Philadelphia Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Chicago Int'l Auto Show: February 8-17, 2020
  • Virginia Int'l Auto Show (Richmond): February 14-16, 2020
  • Jacksonville Auto Show: February 14-16, 2020
  • Pittsburgh Int'l Auto Show: February 14-17, 2020
  • Portland Auto Show: February 20- 23, 2020
  • Cleveland Int'l Auto Show: February 21-March 2, 2020
  • Greater Milwaukee Auto Show: February 22-March 1, 2020
  • Atlanta Auto Show: February 26-March 1, 2020
  • Kansas City Int'l Auto Show: March 4-8, 2020
  • Twin Cities Auto Show (Minneapolis): March 7-15, 2020
  • Columbus Int'l Auto Show: March19-22, 2020
  • Dallas Auto Show: March 18-22, 2020
  • Denver Int'l Auto Show: April 2-5, 2020
  • New Mexico Auto Show: April 3-5, 2020
  • New York Int'l Auto Show: April 10-19, 2020
  • North American International Auto Show (Detroit): June 8-21, 2020
This campaign is part of Subaru's larger Love Promise philanthropic platform, which sees the automaker partner with nonprofit education, health, community, environment, and animal organizations to create campaigns with actionable results.

Subaru is bringing back its popular year-end donation campaign.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America will make a $250 donation to charity when someone purchases or leases a new vehicle from one of their dealerships between November 14, 2019 and January 2, 2020. To date, the automaker has donated $145.7 million to national and hometown charities over the last eleven years as part of the campaign.

Buyers can choose from the ASPCA, Make-A-Wish, Meals on Wheels America, and the National Park Foundation as the beneficiary of the funds associated with their vehicle purchase. Dealerships will also be able to add a local charity option for their customers to support.

"We at Subaru are humbled to support our national charity partners for the twelfth year in a row," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. "The commitment to spread love by our retailers, customers and national and hometown charity partners is why the Subaru Share the Love Event has touched the lives of so many."

Subaru ASPCA Auto Show Subaru is adding ASPCA adoption areas to their booth at auto shows this year.Photo courtesy of the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.

This campaign announcement is in addition to the recent news that Subaru will add ASPCA donation areas to their auto show booths in 40 cities nationwide.

Over the past 20 years, Subaru of America has donated more than $165 million to charitable causes and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours.

In a midsize sedan conversation dominated by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the Subaru Legacy has been content to take a back seat awaiting its moment. This is its moment.

Built on the Subaru Global Platform, the completely redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy has the same underpinnings as the 2020 Subaru Outback. It's even powered by the same two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The 2.5-liter produces 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque while the turbo gets 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

2020 Subaru Legacy engine The 2020 Legacy has two available power plants, the same ones that are in the 2020 Subaru Outback.Photo courtesy of Subaru

The base 2.5-liter power plant is best for daily driver duties. Stepping up to the turbo 2.4-liter is a move in the right direction if you plan on tackling mountain roads or just like the extra oomph of the added horsepower. Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (though different CVTs), which is noticeably noisier in the lower-power model. Still, road noise is much less apparent in this new generation compared to the old.

Driving the turbo up California's Route 33 in Ojai, the Legacy handled the steeps with ease, with its AWD keeping the car gripped to the road while the Legacy's new framework kept body lean at bay. The Legacy's steering is engaging and the car is agile.

Subaru estimates that the turbo will get 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These are the same numbers as the similarly engined but less powerful front-wheel drive Nissan Altima and Mazda Mazda6 (again, the Legacy has standard all-wheel drive). All-wheel drive tends to hamper performance because of the added weight of the system.

2020 Subaru Legacy The Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive.Photo courtesy of Subaru

Subaru will sell the Legacy in six trim levels: base, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT. All models get the Legacy's beefier but refined exterior as well as LED headlights, high beam assist, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, rearview camera, and roof rack anchors. XT models have the turbocharged engine.

Seventeen-inch wheels are standard. Buyers can upgrade to 17-inch alloys, black 18-inch alloys, or 18-inch alloys depending on trim level.

Inside, from the B-pillar forward, the Legacy is the same as the Outback, though the materials and appointments are different, finely tuned for the customer base. That means more surfaces that are pleasing to the touch over the outgoing Legacy model and there are finer materials throughout including sophisticated soft-touch surfaces.

2020 Subaru Legacy The Legacy has been refined for the 2020 model year, including its fresh interior.Photo courtesy of Subaru

A 7-inch infotainment touch screen is standard. Subaru's new 11.6-inch tablet-like infotainment screen is centrally located and standard on Premium, Sport and Limited trims. The tablet is easy to use, but a bit juvenile in some of its design and color choices. It features the option of split-screen navigation, using a portion of the screen to show directions and another to show audio controls.

The model also comes standard with Bluetooth. A Wi-Fi hot spot is available as well as the Starlink Concierge packages which offers hotel concierge-like recommendations. Touring XT trims also feature a forward monitor, which is handy when pulling into parking spaces.

2020 Subaru Legacy The Legacy comes standard with Subaru's EyeSign safety and driver assistance technology.Photo courtesy of Subaru

Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology is also standard and features adaptive cruise control and lane centering, among other technologies. The DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System, which uses infrared technology similar to what is in an iPhone to scan the facial features of the driver and tell if the driver is not watching the road and alert them, is available on Limited and is standard on both XT trims.

Pricing for the 2020 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,745 and tops out at $35,895. When you consider it comes standard with all-wheel drive, the Legacy is priced very competitively. All Legacys come with an additional $900 destination and handling charge.

The 2020 Subaru Legacy is not available at dealerships nationwide.

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