Why are Subaru vehicles best for dogs but not teen drivers? According to Autotrader, the Subaru brand is recognized again for being dog friendly, and the 2020 Outback wagon gets the nod as one of the 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers. This award is no surprise as the Subaru brand is involved with pet safety and has been for years.
It is a surprise that not one Subaru vehicle is on the US News 2020 Best New and Used Cars for Teens. Subaru has no cars on the long list of fourteen cars, mostly made up of Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia models. The Outback made the US News 2020 Best New and Used Cars for Teens list in 2017, but that was the last year the Japanese automaker was recognized.
Autotrader says six things make some cars better for dogs. The list includes leather seats, tinted windows, a level cargo floor, a low cargo load height, rear air vents, and cargo area tie-downs. They also say safety is a primary concern. The 2020 Subaru Outback meets all the criteria.
Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) have been in partnership since 2013 when the automaker began funding the research to test pet car safety restraints. Recently they supported more testing that will go into support the structural integrity of pet crates and carriers.
US News says there are several things to look for in picking a vehicle for teens. Driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and teen driver controls/notifications for parents, strong reliability ratings, and excellent crash scores.
The 2020 Subaru Outback and other models meet the US News' best cars for teen criteria. They say to avoid sports cars, tiny cars, trucks and large SUVs, high seating capacity, and too much horsepower. Teens should avoid the Subaru WRX performance car because of its high horsepower.
We find it ironic that the 2020 Subaru Outback is an excellent vehicle for your dogs, but it's not a vehicle for teen drivers. We understand it's not cool for a teen to drive a wagon, but what about the Subaru Impreza sedan or hatchback or Crosstrek models?
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press and the founder of Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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