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Your Most Burning And Some Not So Hot Questions For Subaru Are Answered Here

What are the most burning questions you have for Subaru? Check out some of the most burning questions customers have that are answered here, and add your own.

There are many questions Subaru fans have for Subaru of America, and here are a few of the ones asked by customers. Feel free to ask any questions you have for the Camden, N.J. automaker in the comment section below, and we'll try to get them answered.

The questions listed here are answered by Alex Prestigiacomo, who works for a Subaru dealer. Check out his video below for additional information.

What is causing Subaru's shipping delays?

2023 Subaru Outback Wilderness
photo credit: Budds Subaru

The U.S.-made Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy arrive from the factory sooner than the Japanese-made Forester and Crosstrek. The Forester and Crosstrek will experience more delays because of shipping, train, and trucking company delays. The Forester and Crosstrek ordered this month will arrive in late March and April.

When will we see Subaru inventory improvements?

Customers should see improvements in 2023. Rising interest rates will slow demand, and fewer orders will come in now. More vehicles will be on the retailer's lot in 2023.

The Subaru auto stop/start feature

Can you disable the Subaru engine auto stop/start?

You can turn off the auto stop/start in the main menu, but it must be disabled each time you get in the vehicle.

Will we get a Crosstrek Wilderness?

Subaru has not announced the Crosstrek Wilderness, but sources close to Subaru say it is coming. Like the Forester Wilderness was introduced a year after the remodel, the same will likely be valid for the all-new Crosstrek wilderness, and the rugged model will launch next year.

Which Subaru model has heated seats in the Base trim level?

All Subaru Base models do not have heated seats. However, every trim level above the Base has available heated seats. They come standard on upper trims.

Which Subaru has water-repellant seats?

The only models with water-repellant seats are the Star Tex seats in the 2023 Forester Wilderness, 2023 Outback Wilderness, and Outback Onyx XT trim level.

Which Subaru models have a remote start?

Only 2020 and newer Subaru models have the remote start feature through the mobile app. You can add it to an existing Subaru car, but it will cost about $800 for the Subaru retailer to install.

Can you turn off the Subaru seatbelt chime?

There is no factory switch or a way to turn off the seat belt chime reminder in the front and back seats. Subaru does this for passenger safety reasons.

The Subaru auto stop/start feature

How much fuel is the Subaru auto stop/start saving?

Alex says that during the Outback's 5664 driven miles, the trip meter indicates that 2.2 gallons of gas were saved with the feature. In addition, the engine shuts off for 4 hours and 48 minutes, eliminating wear and tear.

Should you shut off Subaru's safety feature before driving a Subaru through an automatic carwash?

Turning off safety features like pre-collision automatic braking is unnecessary when driving through an automated car wash. The vehicle will not brake automatically when it senses the car wash brush moving in front of the vehicle.

Does Subaru offer touchscreen control updates on the older Outback?

Subaru of America has not given any further details on a software update for the 2020-2022 Outback touch screen. Subaru said the 2023 updates would carry over to previous models, but they did not specify which updates or when.

What are the most burning questions you have for Subaru? Feel free to ask any questions you have for Subaru of America in the comment section below, and we'll try to get them answered.

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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. Check out 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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ARTHUR B LEOPOLD (not verified)    February 25, 2023 - 10:29AM

Surprised these questions could be answered by looking at the website. Most important is reliability. With cracked windshields even on the 2023 Outback (past the lawsuit settlement), what is Subaru doing to eliminated this defect? I’m a Subaru fan but would not even consider purchasing a new one with the cracked windshield lingering.

SaltyT (not verified)    February 25, 2023 - 11:38AM

Will the 2024 Subaru Forester receive a full redesign?
If so, will it please have the 2.4ltr turbo motor and an XT Touring version with ventilated front seats, rear view mirror camera and other updates like on the 2023 Outback?

I personally can do without the giant touchscreen and prefer the current models eight-inch touchscreen and physical buttons. From what I have read, most automotive journalist as well as the Forester's core buying audience prefers the physical controls as well. Adding more power to the top-of-the-line model will allow the Forester to better compete with the competition. A powerful hybrid option would also be nice at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Besides that, keep up the excellent work...and do all you can to put the 2024 Forester back on top of the IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus list while you're at it!

Gary (not verified)    February 25, 2023 - 2:27PM

I have a 23 Legacy Premium which I really like thus far. I would love to see a new Crosstrek-based Baja for the U.S. to compete with the Maverick and Santa Cruz. What are those chances? Thanks

Rick Carlstrom (not verified)    February 28, 2023 - 2:19PM

I have loved every Subaru we’ve owned, but it’s time to own a pickup. When are you seriously going to release a pickup into the US market. My 2018 Forester has 85,000 miles, and I will own a pickup at 110,000 miles. Thanks

Gerard Corsello (not verified)    March 4, 2023 - 9:48AM

Since Subaru is a truck company also, is there a pickup truck gas or ev in the future.

MICHELLE KRATZ (not verified)    June 11, 2023 - 12:38PM

Will not turning your auto stop and start off in a car wash have an affect on the car not going through the car was and will your parking brake keep trying to go on while doing so.