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!

Exploring The 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Edition’s Unique Features

2018 BRZ ts
2018 BRZ tS Edition
BRZ tS Features

Sitting at the top of the BRZ lineup, the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS price claims the highest for this model, but it is well worth it given the large number of features you get. The specs show off a vehicle designed with thrills and everything else you want from a sports car, and it includes enhancements over the other models in multiple categories, from the BRZ tS spoiler to other styling elements.

2018 BRZ tS Engine
2018 BRZ tS Boxer Engine
Same Reliable Engine

The specs on this vehicle always include the manual transmission, so the 2.0-liter SUBARUB BOXER engine delivers 205 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 and 6,400 to 6,800 rpm, respectively. The six-speed close ratio manual transmission comes with a gear position display. It also has a starter interlock system, and hydraulically operated dry disc clutch with a single plate.

2018 BRZ tS with Brembo Performance Brakes
2018 BRZ tS with Brembo Performance Brakes
Chassis Upgrades

This Edition gets several engineering upgrades, including enhancements to the chassis components. These additions include larger brakes, 326 mm ventilated discs in front and 316 mm ones in rear, compared to 294 and 290 mm, respectively, on the other BRZ models. The specs also include Brembo performance brakes. To make the chassis completely unique, it is the only BRZ with STI-tuned coil springs, SACHS performance dampers, and an STI-tuned front suspension featuring a flexible V-bar plus draw stiffener.

2018 BRZ tS Spoiler
2018 BRZ tS Spoiler
BRZ tS Styling Updates

In addition to the spoiler, this model adds a frameless rearview mirror instead of the standard one. Looking at the rear of the vehicle, you will notice that the tS has the BRZ badging in black. The power doors are also black on this trim. Of course, the STI front lip, rear side, and side sill spoilers are much more likely to catch your eye. Perhaps you’ll notice the 18 by 7.5-inch black forged aluminum alloy wheels and R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.

2018 BRZ tS Interior
2018 BRZ tS Interior

The specs continue to deliver unique styling inside with STI gauges instead of their standard appearance. This trim level gives you the chance to appreciate sporty red interior accents. It also has an exclusive trim for the center console and door. The interior is made from red and black leather featuring black Alcantara®. You also get red stitching plus embroidered tS logos to complement the accents. Even the seatbelt is red, and the shifter gets an exclusive tS trim.

Click here to find out more about the Limited Edition BRZ tS at Budds’ Subaru, Oakville.

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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What Testers Discovered about the New Impreza

2017 Subaru Impreza Infographic

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is shaping up to be the most accessible middle class vehicle of the year. Find out what testers discovered about the All-New Fifth Generation Impreza. As the first ever to use the new Subaru Global Platform, this vehicle delivers better agility levels, crash protection, and more.

2017 Subaru Impreza Infographic | Budds' Subaru

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Why The Subaru Outback Is The Ultimate Adventuremobile

Subaru Outback Infographic

Read our Subaru Outback Infographic to find out why this vehicle is the “Ultimate Adventuremobile”. From its’ hybrid abilities to its’ impressive ground clearance, this mid-size SUV is an alternative that simply fits.

Subaru Outback Infographic

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2017 WRX’s And BRZ’s NOW IN STOCK!

2017 WRX’s & BRZ’s Are Here

Yeeeea! The 2017 WRX & BRZ models are here! Interested in trading your gently loved Subaru in for a new model?

2017 WRX | Budds' Subaru
2017 WRX

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2017 BRZ | Budds' Subaru
2017 BRZ

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Give us a call today to book a test drive. We’d love to show you all the amazing new features of the 2017 WRX & BRZ models!

Another Impreza Off With New Owners!

2016 Impreza Sport Finds A New Home

This White 2016 Impreza Sport Tech is out the door! Brandon and Simone picked up this car from Emma this past weekend, we hope you love it! Thanks for choosing Budds’!

2016 Impreza Sport | Budds' Subaur

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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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