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Subaru WinterFest coming to nine ski resorts nationwide in 2020

Subaru WinterFest is returning in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru WinterFest is bringing winter fun to ski slopes across the country once again in 2020. The nine-resort tour features live music, complementary snacks and refreshments, activities for dogs (select resorts only), giveaways, and gear demos.

Each stop on the tour will include shows from national touring bluegrass, indie, and Americana bands such as Shakey Graves, Billy Strings, The Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, The Lil Smokies, Fruition and more.

Harman Kardon Subaru WinterFest stage The tour includes live music from bluegrass, indie, and Americana bands. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Attendees can demo the latest gear from Nordica, Lib Tech, SHRED, Thule, and other partners who will also have daily giveaways on-site.

There will be lawn games, hammocks to relax in, and hangout zones with fire pits by Solo Stove. Attendees can also enjoy exclusive mountain gondola rides, tram jam sessions, intimate backcountry YURT concerts, and more.

Resorts that welcome dogs will have games, guided training sessions, photo opps, and giveaways at the Super Chewer Outpost by BARK.

Subaru snow patrol mountain dogs Subaru is donating to the Subaru National Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund for every person that fills out a Subaru information form. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Refreshments from Chocolove, KIND Healthy Snacks, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, and SMASHMALLOW will be available.

Attendees can also check out the latest vehicles in the Subaru lineup including the 2020 Subaru Outback and 2020 Subaru Legacy.

In keeping with their green-friendly focus as a company, Subaru WinterFest will again implement green event practices including expanded recycling collection with TerraCycle® and waste reduction education with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

For every Subaru information form received, Subaru will donate $1 to the Subaru National Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dog Scholarship Fund, which was created together with NSP to send avalanche rescue K-9 teams of dogs and their handlers to the biannual Wasatch Backcountry Rescue's International Dog School.

The 2020 edition of Subaru WinterFest is filled with fun for all ages. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru owners will also receive VIP parking and special gifts (while supplies last).

Locations of this year's WinterFest include:

  • February 1 – Jack Frost, Big Boulder, PA
  • February 8-9 - Snowshoe Mountain, WV
  • February 21-23 - Killington Mountain Resort, VT
  • February 28– March 1 - Copper Mountain Resort, CO
  • March 6-9 - Snowbird Ski Resort, UT
  • March 14-15 - Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, CA
  • March 20–22 - Boreal Mountain Resort, CA
  • March 27-29 - Eldora Mountain Resort, CO
  • April 3–5 - Mt. Bachelor, OR

For more information on Subaru WinterFest visit www.subaru.com/winterfest.

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The Solterra is Subaru's first EV.

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Months of teases and rumors are over, as Subaru has just taken wraps off of its Solterra electric SUV. The EV was developed in conjunction with Toyota, whose own electrified SUV debuted earlier this year. Subaru unveiled the SUV at an event in Japan, and while the U.S. version won't be shown until next week, this international reveal gives us a great idea of what we'll see.

Subaru Solterra The Solterra is nearly identical to the Toyota bZ4X in several key areas.Subaru

Since Subaru worked jointly with Toyota on the EV program, the Solterra is more than a close relative of Toyota's bZ4X – it's nearly identical, down to the powertrain. Up front, the Subaru EV splits from its Toyota counterpart with fake grille panels, but the vehicle's sides and overall shape are practically interchangeable. The Solterra's interior is almost a mirror image of the bZ4X, but there's no yoke steering wheel.

The Japanese specs aren't remarkable, but they're nothing to sneeze at, either. The crossover comes with a 71.4 kWh battery that should deliver a 250-mile range by EPA standards. Two drivetrains are offered, including a front-wheel drive version with a 150-kW motor and an all-wheel drive model with two 80-kW motors.

Subaru Solterra Subaru will show the Solterra at the LA Auto Show next week.Subaru

Subaru will announce the North American version of the Solterra next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. There may be minor differences in equipment and appearance, but the Subaru EV we see here should be close to the vehicle shown off in Japan. Subaru says that Solterra deliveries will start in mid-2022.

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New sports car

Toyota announces pricing for 2022 GR86

The new GR86 gets more power and chassis refinements.

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Toyota and Subaru are among few remaining automakers still building small sports cars. The 86 and BRZ twins are a rarity these days: Two-door, rear-drive sports cars with available manual transmissions. Even so, the cars were down on power and needed structural improvements to truly stand out, both of which they got for the 2022 model year. Today, Toyota announced pricing for the 2022 GR86, which starts at under $30,000.

2022 Toyota GR86 Pricing is reasonable at under $30,000.Toyota

The new GR86 addresses many of the complaints that buyers had about the last generation cars. A new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is on board that makes 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque – both improvements on the previous model's 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration improves from a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds to 6.1 seconds for cars equipped with the manual transmission(MT) and from 8.0 to 6.6 seconds for cars with the automatic transmission (AT).

2022 Toyota GR86 Power and torque are both up for 2022. Toyota

Toyota says that the GR86's chassis is stiffer for the new model year, thanks to new front cross-members and bracing under the hood. Engineers focused on weight control for the cars, resulting in a curb weight of just 2,811 pounds for MT models and 2,851 for AT models. For reference, that's between 400 and 500 pounds more than the tiny Mazda Miata, depending on transmission choice.

2022 Toyota GR86 Small sports cars are a dying breed.Toyota

The base GR86 with manual transmission starts at $27,700 before destination and the top GR86 Premium with automatic transmission starts at $31,800. Pricing for the 86 is reasonable, no matter which way you cut it, but there's a bonus that makes the deal even sweeter. Every buyer of a 2022 GR86 will get a one-year membership to the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), which includes the ability to attend a high-performance driving event and admission to other NASA events.

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