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!

We Won!

Budds’ Subaru is excited to announce that not only were we considered for a DealerRater award, but we won in three categories!

2018 Dealer Of The Year AwardWith 169 Lifetime Reviews, and a 4.8 overall star average, Budds’ Subaru took home “2018 Subaru Dealer of the Year” for Ontario. But the icing on the cake was being awarded “2018 Subaru Dealer of the Year” across all of Canada! We are proud to be one of the top-rated Subaru Dealers in not only the province, but nationally. We also took home the “2018 Consumer Satisfaction Award” for Ontario as well!

Many thanks to all of our staff who continue to work hard and provide great experiences. We would also like to thank our customers for taking the time to give us feedback. It is greatly appreciated, so we can help give you an even better dealership experience. Details on how the score is calculated is below. Once again, thank you to staff and customers, and we hope we can score again next year! To read our reviews, click here.

Dealer of the Year Award

DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year Award Program recognizes a select number of car dealerships throughout Canada and the United States for excellent customer satisfaction as expressed through customers’ online reviews posted on DealerRater.

The Dealer of the Year Awards will be given to car dealership that have the highest PowerScore™ in their brand (Subaru) category, both at national and provincial levels.

The score is determined by using a Bayesian average for each dealership’s reviews. It takes into account both the rating of the reviews, as well as the number of reviews during the calendar year. (Jan 1 2017 – Dec 31 2017)

To be considered for the Dealer of the Year Awards a dealership must have:

  • Minimum of 25 reviews on DealerRater for the calendar year
  • Average minimum star rating of 4.0 on DealerRater, with 5.0 as the highest possible rating
  • At least one review on DealerRater per quarter during the calendar year
  • Must not have been blacklisted within the calendar year

Consumer Satisfaction Awards

Consumer Satisfaction Award recipients must meet the same requirements as the Dealer of the Year program as described above. The Consumer Satisfaction Awards are given to the following:

  • The Top 10% U.S. franchise dealers based on their PowerScore
  • Top U.S. used car dealerships based on their PowerScore
  • Top Canadian car dealerships based on their PowerScore

Current Dealer of the Year Award recipients are also eligible to receive the Consumer Satisfaction Award.

Visit Budds’ Subaru to see for yourself why we are an award winning Subaru dealership.

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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Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night is Full! Second Date Added!

Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night

Our Ladies Night Car Care Clinic on September 14th is full! Can’t wait to see everyone out for this great workshop.

Car Care Clinic - Ladies Night | Budds' Subaru

We’ve added a second night on Wed. September 21st for everyone to attend. Register here if you haven’t – only 6 spots left!

Next time your Subaru needs service, book an appointment online with our Service Department.

While your Subaru is in being worked on, relax in our lounge, enjoy fresh coffee, browse the internet on our free WIFI or watch your favorite show on our big screen TV. If you choose not to wait we have a shuttle and replacement vehicle options to suit your needs.

Subaru Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night!

Join Budds’ Subaru Car Care Clinic – Ladies Night! You’ll learn about preventative maintenance in a comfortable environment. Register today!

Subaru Car Care Clinic | Budds' Subaru

Visit Budds’ Subaru for all your vehicle maintenance. Book an appointment online today!

While your Subaru is in being worked on, relax in our lounge, enjoy fresh coffee, browse the internet on our free WIFI or watch your favorite show on our big screen TV. If you choose not to wait we have a shuttle and replacement vehicle options to suite your needs.

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Let us know in the comments!

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Visit Budds’ Subaru for a complete line-up of AWD vehicles.

For service, just book an appointment online.

While your car is in for service it will be worked on by factory trained Subaru Technicians who constantly hone their skills with ongoing training.

Our service department has invested in the top of the line equipment. This makes Service fast and efficient while ensuring your vehicle is fixed right the first time.