How To Not Pack Light On Your Camping Trip

We’re back! This past weekend we took a four-day trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park. Budds’ Subaru was gracious enough to lend us the Forester Shuttle for our trip, and we had a stellar time testing out the capabilities! The space was one of the major reasons why I was so excited to test it out this weekend, so I figured I’d start with some feedback on that.

Forester: Largest Subaru SUV

Neither myself, or my boyfriend are particularly ‘minimal’ people. AKA, we bring a lot of crap. My daily driver is a 2010 Civic, which we had taken last year on our camping trip to Chutes Provincial Park. Let me tell you, THAT was a struggle. After packing, I’m pretty sure we lost about 3 inches of ground clearance, and the thing only has 5.8 inches to begin with. The Forester however, boasts an 8.7’’ of clearance – the largest of the Subaru SUV’s. Even with the extra weight, we didn’t notice any loss of clearance. And we packed a lot.

We’ve got a few pictures, but below is a list of EVERYTHING we put in the car for our trip.

Everything We Packed:
  • Two, 4-6 person tents
  • Three sleeping bags
  • One king sized comforter (it was 5 degrees at night)
  • Four pillows (What can I say, I’m a princess)
  • One throw blanket
  • Two regular sized coolers
  • Queen size air mattress
  • 30×30 tarp
  • Portable folding BBQ
  • Three camp chairs
  • Beach umbrella
  • Two regular sized duffel bags
  • Beach tote
  • Hiking backpack
  • Photography bag
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All our stuff packed into the Forester!
40/60 Split Fold

There’s probably more that I’m forgetting – but we STILL had room. If you want some stats, the 2018 Forester has 1940L of space available with the seats folded down, and 892L with the seats folded up. While the seats have a 40/60 split fold, we folded both down to give us maximum space for our trip. We did however take out the cargo cover, as with the larger items it didn’t quite make sense. But if you’re a better packer than we are, it would probably help keep the coolers out of the sun, and valuables out of view.

Lots Of Leg Room

As for leg room, I’d consider myself on the leggier side at 5’9’’, but I fit comfortably in both the driver and front passenger seat. We didn’t have to compromise on comfort at all, even with all of our gear. The steering wheel is telescopic and fully adjustable, so my boyfriend and I had no trouble switching the height when we swapped seats.

Overall, we had no space issues with the Forester on our trip – and could probably even fit more. Then again, we could probably benefit from some downsizing tips…

Click here for a complete overview of the Forester.  Better yet, take it for a test drive today!

Budds’ Subaru Visits The Autoshow!

2017 Autoshow

We stopped by the Autoshow where Subaru revealed the VIZIV-7 concept for the first time in Canada!

Subaru was also awarded with the first ever Canadian Black Book award for Best Overall Brand for Retained Value. The Subaru Forester also took home AJAC’s Best Canadian Utility Vehicle of the year.

So glad to see the brand sailing strong at the start of the year & we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings! Check out the pictures below if you missed it.

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Word On The Street Says…

Electric Subaru To Be Released?

That an all electric Subaru is due out in 2021. A Japanese newspaper suggests that a Subaru source claims they are hoping to release an electric CUV. A CUV that will be based on the Forester or Outback platform.

While Subaru is being hush hush on the details, we can assume this car will be built on Subaru’s new Global Platform. Electric and All Wheel Drive? Win-win!

Electric Subaru | Budds' Subaru
2017 Subaru Forester

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Legacy And Forester Top In Satisfying Customers

When it comes to automotive lemons, there are seven models that consumers would not purchase again according to a Consumer Reports survey. With the Subaru Legacy and Forester, it’s a different story. Subaru’s 2015-2016 Forster small SUV and the 2015-2016 Legacy sedan are tops on the list when it comes to owners being most satisfied with their purchase.

Subaru Legacy And Forester Tops On The List Of Satisfaction

Consumer Reports asked owners of new vehicles, “Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had it to do all over again?” The question is revealing and shows which cars are least satisfying for their owners. A high score also shows which cars are high on the satisfaction scale.

Subaru Forester Highest In Owner Satisfaction
Legacy and Forester Customer Satisfaction | Budds' Subaru
2016 Subaru Legacy

The least satisfying car was the Kia Rio with a 40 percent respondents who answered “definitely yes” to that question. The Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass were lowest is the Small SUV category with 46 percent of owners saying they would buy them again. In the competitive Small SUV category, Subaru’s Forester was highest in owner satisfaction and received an 80 percent positive response.

Among midsize cars, the Nissan Altima was least satisfying and only received 58 percent of owners saying they’d buy it again. The survey revealed gas mileage is less than advertised, the car rides hard on rough roads and the seats are not comfortable over long periods.

Subaru Legacy Highest In Midsize Sedan Category
Legacy and Forester Customer Satisfaction | Budds' Subaru
2016 Subaru Forester

Subaru’s Legacy sedan scored the highest in the Midsize Sedan category. Itd rocked the list with 84 percent of owners saying they would buy it again. Comments were positive as owners said they like the handling, mileage, comfort and advanced safety features.

Other least satisfying cars were the Hyundai Veloster in the Sporty car category at 50 percent. As well, the Minivan: Nissan Quest at 54 percent, Luxury Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA at 55 percent. Lastly, the Pickup Truck: Nissan Frontier at 60 percent.

The 2016 Subaru Forester is the top selling brand car in the U.S. Both the Legacy and Forester received a complete remodel for the 2016 model year. The Japanese automaker will likely set an all-time sales record in the U.S. this year with their all-wheel-drive lineup. Owners seem to most happy with the 2016 Forster SUV and new Legacy sedan.

Book your test drive today of the Forester or Legacy today!

Subaru Canada Announces Pricing for 2016 Forester

2016 Forester offers improved connectivity and intuitive audio and navigation controls with new infotainment system. New steering-responsive fog lights for improved visibility.

2016 Forester

2016 Forester Pricing Announced | Budds' Subaru

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Forester. Available in showrooms in early July, the Forester continues to put the “Sport” in SUV for the 2016 model year. This compact SUV offers an unbeatable combination of all-road/all-weather capability, bulletproof reliability, top-notch safety, exceptional value and sheer driving enjoyment. Boasting best-in-class fuel efficiency among compact SUVs with full-time All-Wheel Drive and best-in-class cargo capacity and excellent visibility. The Forester offers a high level of enjoyment, freedom and stress-free operation.


The Subaru Forester is available with the choice of two high-performing SUBARU BOXER engines – a 2.5L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder or a 2.0L direct-injection twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder. The former is also available with optional PZEV equipment that reduces smog-forming emissions to near zero without any impact on response or driveability. Meanwhile, the turbocharged Forester also features the SI-DRIVE engine management system with three driver-selectable settings for maximum control.


The Subaru Forester offers the choice of a 6-speed manual or Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), each designed to work with different versions of the Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system. On models equipped with the CVT, the X-Mode system brings added capability with the push of a button, offering extra control for extra slippery situations. This system can also tackle the steepest of inclines with confidence and control.

Interior Upgraded

The 2016 Forester trim levels gain a more striking interior with upgraded finishes and updated steering wheel controls. A new infotainment system improves connectivity with intuitive audio and navigation. The Forester 2.5i and Forester 2.0XT gain a new AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 6.2-inch high-resolution touchscreen offering a larger rear-view camera display, STARLINK smartphone integration (including Aha radio), USB port/iPod control, auxiliary audio input and steering wheel-integrated controls, updated Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with voice activation and Bluetooth streaming audio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio installed (free 3-month trial subscription). New one-touch turn signals, sun visor extensions and updated steering wheel controls add convenience. A new exterior shark fin antenna integrated into the body contours gives the Forester a more sophisticated appearance. It also allows for  greater convenience for accessing the roof.

Forester Packages

The Forester 2.5i Convenience Package adds welcome lighting.  The Touring Package and Limited Package with optional technology package gain steering-responsive fog lights for greater visibility as well as a revised proximity key FOB. The 2.5i and 2.0XT Limited Package adds a new AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with 7-inch high-resolution capacitive touchscreen display with GPS navigation system, STARLINK smartphone integration (including Aha radio), dual USB port/iPod control, auxiliary audio input and SMS text messaging capability and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (free 3-month trial subscription included). The 2016 Forester Limited Package also introduces the new Subaru Map Update program. This program offers three free navigational updates over three years. Lastly, the Forester 2.0XT Limited Package with optional technology package introduces steering-responsive fog lights and a revised proximity key FOB.

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It’s Been A Wild (But, Safe and Reliable) Ride!

We have been immensely proud to represent Subaru’s safety, reliability, and practicality, over the years, not to mention its’ growth. However, it’s now official: Subaru Is Sexy.

Subaru Growth | Budds' Subaru

Subaru is seeing it’s best growth ever as it aims for its 6th consecutive annual sales record. This is the only brand to achieve that feat. Subaru has also marked 33 straight months of sales growth. In response, the Japanese automaker has re-adjusted its 2014 sales forecast to 500,000 vehicles, which is a major milestone. Subaru ranks ahead of GMC, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz in year-to-date sales, just to name a few.

Subaru’s rock-solid reputation has been the foundation for success across the lineup, but exploding demand for compact and mid-size “crossover” SUVs has been the real catalyst.

The segment-leading Subaru Forester leads the pack with 105,356 units sold, and the Subaru Outback trails only slightly with 85,951 units sold.

Introducing Just A Few Of The Newest Subaru Lineup Driving This Amazing Growth!
Legacy (2015)

Outback (2015)

WRX (2015)

* Data, U.S. Figures

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X-Mode – What is it? How does it work?

is theHave you ever had to start your car on an icy slope and ended up dangerously close to getting stuck? Try X-Mode (CVT Transmission only).

X-Mode In Forester | Budds' Subaru

Tetsuo Noda is the Assistant Manager in Total Vehicle Performance Integration Department at Subaru. He says: “X-Mode installed in the new Forester was developed with the underlying concept of ensuring that drivers of any skill level can drive safely on wet, muddy or icy areas.”

X-Mode Budds' Subaru

X-Mode isn’t available on all cars, only the new Forester. It sure helps tackle intense terrain like mud, steep descents, and anywhere that you might have less grip and control, or all four wheels are not on the regular road. At the press of a button, the vehicle becomes in-control during conditions that are difficult for an ordinary driver to evade.

Hill Descent
Turning X-mode on during hill descent means the system automatically applies the brakes to each wheel at a controlled speed, making your descent even and smooth. It maintains the speed that you set so you can concentrate on steering. You don’t have to worry about stepping on the brakes in error, causing a slide. Descents on X-Mode are smooth, giving you the confidence to continue your journey.

Separate X-Mode Feature For Inclines

Hill Holder
The Hill Holder System makes sure that when you are on a steep incline you can accomplish it safely and confidently. You will be free from all concerns of rolling backwards or stalling the engine. It controls the AWD system and keeps you in one place when no gas is applied. This prevents you from  sliding back into a position where there is no grip, allowing you to safely get up the hill.

X-Mode Forester In Mud | Budds' Subaru

How did they determine that this tool would get you out of a sticky situation quickly?

Subaru conducted repeated tests on all sorts of terrain. They tailored the system to create safe driving conditions out of the wildest road. Simply turn the system on and it takes control of your engine, transmission, AWD system, and brakes. During the testing faze, steep, unpaved inclines were used with icy patches. Slippery mud, or bumpy terrain where not all four wheels were on the ground was also used. Testing also took place on silver rollers, manufactured terrain with a surface that doesn’t change over repeated use. The Subaru Forester X-Mode would help maintain safe and secure completion over both. Nature made or man-made, the X-Mode and Hill Hold features in the Forester helps combat it all!

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2014 Subaru Forester – Motortrend’s SUV Of The Year!

2014 Subaru Forester – Motortrends SUV Of The Year

The new 2014 Subaru Forester is one of our favourite vehicles available right now. Not only is the new design a big win with consumers, bYt it is tops in safety ranking and just pulled in another win as SUV Of The year with Motortrend.

Subaru is the only three-time winner of Sport/Utility of the Year, up against brands like Land Rover, Audi and Acura. The Crosstrek also ranked as a finalist.

2014 Subaru Forester SUV Of The Year | Budds' Subaru

Subaru is the only automaker with back-to-back wins, as well as, the most wins in the SUV category. In the past 6 years some of the other wins have gone to the 2010 Outback and 2009 Forester.

Why Did The 2014 Subaru Forester Win?

 “Smart design, thoughtful engineering, and a compelling performance on road and off were the keys to the Forester’s win. Our editors were particularly impressed by the powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, the intelligent and sporty CVT transmission, and the excellent visibility and interior package found within the Forester. Practical, affordable, efficient and fun to drive – Forester truly ticked every box.”

This is a huge accolade, and we are proud that Subaru has hit a home run with this vehicle. We did a walkaround ourselves to show you some of the new features.

View our walkaround video below:

“This true SUV in the compact SUV segment has been breaking sales records across Canada since it first appeared in dealerships this spring”, said Shiro Ohta, President and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. “Winning MOTOR TREND’s 2014 SUV of the Year is another feather in the cap of Subaru’s award-winning lineup. We anticipate more and more Canadians will put Subaru on their shopping list.”

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