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The Ultimate Guide to SUVs: Everything You Need to Know

Nothing beats the versatility of Subaru's SUVs

The Ultimate Guide to SUVs: Everything You Need to Know


If you could drive any car in the world, which one would it be? If your answers were something along the lines of a sports car or an SUV; you’re in the right place. SUVs are one of the most popular cars, not just on South African roads, but all over the world too. They’re known for their versatility and offer a combination of features from both traditional cars and trucks. Another reason for their popularity is their ability to handle off-road terrains and are fantastic cars for families and adventure junkies.


Subaru SUVs are one of a kind and designed with you in mind. Remember, there’s safe, and then there is Subaru safe – a vision we’ve dedicated our brand to since the very beginning. It pretty much sums up what we’re known for. Our SUVs come equipped with advanced safety features such as EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, which includes features like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


What Does SUV Stand For? 

SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle. The term “sport” in SUV doesn’t necessarily refer to high-performance sports cars but rather suggests a versatile, recreational use. From utility vehicles to family favourites, SUVs have come a long way since its conception. They were initially designed for practical purposes such as off-road use, towing, and carrying cargo. Today, SUVs have evolved into luxury vehicles that have a beautiful blend of premium features and versatility. 


Bear in mind that there isn’t just one type of SUV out there; there are many different classifications that make SUVs a popular car choice.


  • Compact SUVs: Also known as crossovers, these are smaller SUVs that often share platforms with compact cars. They offer a balance between size, fuel efficiency, and cargo space.
  • Midsize SUVs: These are larger than compact SUVs, providing more interior space and often featuring three rows of seating. Midsize SUVs are popular among families for their versatility.
  • Full-Size SUVs: Larger and more spacious than midsize SUVs, full-size SUVs often have three rows of seating and are suitable for larger families or those needing significant cargo space.
  • Luxury SUVs: Positioned at the higher end of the market, luxury SUVs combine premium features, high-quality materials, and advanced technology with the practicality of an SUV.
  • Off-Road SUVs: Some SUVs are specifically designed for off-road adventures, featuring robust four-wheel-drive systems, enhanced suspension, and other features to tackle challenging terrains.


Exploring SUV Features and Benefits 


There’s so much more to see in an SUV than meets the eye. These bad boys have so many incredible features and benefits that it’s almost impossible not to want one. Some features include:


  • All-Wheel Drive: AWD is a drivetrain system that distributes power to all four wheels of a vehicle, enhancing traction and stability. Whether driving on smooth highways or navigating off-road trails, AWD helps maintain traction in various situations.
  • Spacious Interiors: SUVs are renowned for their spacious interiors, offering ample room for passengers and cargo. This makes them an ideal choice for those with a spirit of adventure and families with children.
  • Fuel-Efficient SUVs: Modern SUVs incorporate advanced technologies such as lightweight materials, aerodynamic designs, and fuel-efficient engines to improve overall fuel economy.
  • Top Safety Features in SUVs: Many SUVs come equipped with Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, including features like lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking, enhancing overall safety; helping you protect what matters most.


Subaru SUV Range: Unleashing the Possibilities 


By now, you know that Subaru is symbolic of safety and technology. When it comes to our range of Subaru SUVs, we don’t mean to brag, but we really don’t miss. Unleash the possibilities today with our incredible power-performance range of SUVs:


  • Subaru Ascent: The Subaru Ascent is designed with families in mind, offering a spacious and comfortable interior with three rows of seating. It can accommodate larger families and provide ample room for both passengers and cargo. It features user-friendly technology, such as a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, making it suitable for both daily commuting and long road trips. This model is not available globally, only in North America.


  • Subaru Outback: Let’s take it back to the outback. With a spacious interior and flexible cargo space, the Outback is designed to accommodate outdoor gear, making it an ideal companion for camping trips, hiking, or any other adventure. Despite its adventurous spirit, the Outback doesn’t compromise on comfort. It provides a smooth and comfortable ride for both on-road and off-road journeys.


  • Subaru Forester: Known for its durability, the Forester is designed to withstand various driving conditions. Its construction includes robust materials, making it a reliable choice for those seeking a long-lasting SUV. The Subaru Forester boasts a versatile interior with ample cargo space and a comfortable cabin, making it suitable for daily commuting as well as outdoor activities.


  • Subaru Crosstrek: We like to call the Subaru Crosstrek; the compact SUV with big ambitions. Despite its compact size, the Crosstrek doesn’t shy away from off-road adventures. It features AWD and enhanced ground clearance, allowing it to tackle various terrains. With a stylish and modern design, the Crosstrek appeals to a younger demographic. It combines practicality with a sense of adventure, making it a versatile choice for urban and outdoor lifestyles.


Why Choose Subaru SUVs 


Subaru’s long-standing reputation and legacy consist of excellence and safety. Why? Safety is a top priority for us as a car manufacturing brand, so we made sure to integrate advanced safety features into our SUV models, to provide you with reliable and durable vehicles.


From an environmental responsibility perspective, we incorporate fuel-efficient technologies in our SUVs, contributing to reduced carbon emissions and improved fuel economy. We have also taken it one step further, by introducing hybrid and electric SUV models, providing eco-friendly choices for environmentally conscious consumers. Unfortunately, the hybrid and electric SUV models are currently not available in South Africa.


As a brand, we’re proud of how far we’ve come. We have received Top Safety Pick awards from organisations like the IIHS, underscoring our commitment to safety. Awards for innovation and technological advancements highlight our position as a brand that continually strives to improve and stay ahead in the automotive industry.


Finding the Most Reliable SUV in South Africa 


Subaru’s range of SUVs is the definition of reliability. From the quality of manufacturing, the durability of components, adherence to maintenance schedules, and the implementation of advanced safety and technology features, we hit the spot every single time. 


If you’re in the process of researching SUV reliability ratings and reviews, you’ll find an array of satisfied testimonials. Reading reviews and testimonials from SUV owners in South Africa can offer real-world experiences, highlighting common issues, satisfaction levels, and overall reliability.


Subaru has gained a global reputation for producing reliable vehicles, including SUVs. Our commitment to quality and durability has resonated with customers worldwide.


Fuel Efficiency in Subaru SUVs 


Many Subaru SUVs are equipped with direct fuel injection technology, which improves combustion efficiency, leading to better fuel economy and reduced emissions. To summarise, let’s compare Subaru SUVs and their fuel economy ratings:


  • Subaru Outback: It boasts competitive fuel efficiency ratings in its segment.
  • Subaru Forester: It tends to offer good fuel economy, making it a practical choice for various driving conditions.
  • Subaru Crosstrek: Designed for efficiency without compromising capability, often delivering favourable fuel economy ratings.
  • Subaru Ascent: While larger in size, it does not sacrifice fuel efficiency, offering a competitive balance in its class.


In this modern day and age, being fuel-efficient is the way to go. Here are some easy tips to save on fuel:


  1. Keep your Subaru SUV well-maintained.
  2. Maintain proper tyre pressure.
  3. Remove unnecessary cargo or roof racks.
  4. Drive responsibly.
  5. Use cruise control where possible.


Preparing for a Subaru SUV Test Drive 


Once you set foot inside a Subaru SUV, you’ll want to own one. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. If you would like to schedule a test drive on a Subaru SUV of your choice, you can book a test drive here, otherwise, you can visit any of your nearest Subaru dealerships.


During the test drive, you can expect a dealership rep to provide you with an introduction to the SUV that you are interested in, pointing out all key features and safety elements. You will be accompanied on the driving routes by the rep. At this point, don’t hesitate to ask questions during the test drive. The dealership representative is there to provide information and address any concerns you may have. 


Embracing the Subaru SUV Lifestyle 


Being part of the Subaru community not only offers a sense of belonging but also provides access to a network of fellow enthusiasts who share a passion for Subaru vehicles. Real customer experiences, testimonials, and Subaru’s commitment to customer satisfaction collectively contribute to the overall ownership experience and reinforce the brand’s dedication to its customers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What features make Subaru SUVs stand out from other brands?

A: From the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system and BOXER engine to the rugged design and impeccable ground clearance, the Subaru SUV is equipped with some of the most advanced safety and technological features out there.


Q: Are Subaru SUVs fuel-efficient and eco-friendly?

A: Subaru has made efforts to enhance the fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness of its SUV lineup. Certain features, such as engine-efficient technologies, have allowed the Subaru SUVs to optimise combustion and improve fuel efficiency.


Q: How can I schedule a Subaru SUV test drive near me?

A: You can book a test drive by clicking here and filling out a form, or you can visit your nearest Subaru dealership


Q: Why should I choose a Subaru SUV for my family’s needs?

A: Choosing a Subaru SUV for your family ensures a combination of safety, reliability, versatility, and a community-oriented ownership experience.

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