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Koeppel Subaru is proud to announce that the 2021 Ascent, Crosstrek Hybrid, Forester and Legacy have earned their place on PARENTS magazine Best Family Cars list for 2021. Winners are chosen each year from family-centric automobile classes including minivans, sedans, 2-row SUVs and 3-row SUVs and judged for performance, safety, technology and convenience features. More than 50 vehicles were put through comprehensive testing measuring safety standards and car seat compatibility and 24 vehicles emerged as worthy of accolades. Having 4 models on the list is a distinct honor and a testament to Subaru's commitment to safety and technology.

Subaru is fully committed to driver and passenger safety and the 2021 Ascent, Crosstrek Hybrid, Forester and Legacy come standard with EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology that includes Automatic Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure and Sway Warning. Also standard are Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a high-resolution touchscreen multimedia system with smartphone integration featuring Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. Available in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity provides smooth internet access via high-speed 4G LTE communications, broadening the range of entertainment options available to occupants using smart devices.

In addition to the PARENTS awards, the Ascent, Forester, Legacy and Crosstrek Hybrid are among the nine spots that Subaru placed on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICKS for 2021. That is tied for the highest number of spots achieved among automakers for an individual brand.

The Winners

2021 Subaru Ascent
Topping the 3-Row SUV category with the title of "Best for Road Trips" is Subaru's newset full-size sport utility. Available in 4 distinct model trim levels: Base, Premium, Limited and Touring, Ascent starts at an affordable MSRP of $32,295 and can accomodate an eye-popping 5 child seats in its second and third row seats. This versatile vehicle features a cabin with up to nine unique seating configurations and two rows of 60/40 split flat-folding seats offering up to 86.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The second-row comes standard as a bench seat, but the Premium and Limited trims offer a choice of second-row captain chairs at no additional charge to provide occupants with easier access to the third row (second-row captain chairs are standard on Touring). The helpful standard-equipped Rear Seat Reminder prompts drivers to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle to avoid leaving one of the littles behind.

Powered by a 260-hp 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER® engine paired with a high-torque Lineartronic® CVT featuring an 8-speed manual mode function with steering wheel paddle shifters, the Ascent has power to spare and can tow up to 5,000lbs. with the help of available Trailer Stability Assist that maintains vehicle stability while towing. Even with all that capability, Ascent still gets impressive fuel economy and boasts up to a whopping 500 mile range on a single tank of gas.

2021 Subaru Forester
Subaru's capable Forester earned PARENTS "Best for Road Trips" award in the 2-row SUV category. Roomy and versatile, Forester's interior offers up to 76.1 cu. ft. of cargo space with the 60/40 split rear seatbacks lowered. Equipped with LATCH points in the rear seat, up to two child seats can be installed securely in the outboard side positions. Available in Base, Sport, Limited and TOuring trims, Forester's MSRP starts at a very accessible $24,795.

New for 2021, all Forester trim levels include LED Steering Responsive Headlights and High Beam Assist. Available DriverFocus® Distraction Mitigation System uses a dedicated near-infrared camera and facial recognition technology to identify signs of driver fatigue or distraction. The compact SUV also has 8.7 inches of ground clearance for off-pavement capability while still providing a comfortably low step-in height for front and rear passenger entry, as well as easy cargo loading.

2021 Subaru Legacy
Legacy was named "Best All-Weather" vehicle among the sedan class with its standard equipped Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Active Torque Vectoring for superior handling in any road condition. Starting at a low MSRP of only $22,895, you can get a Legacy in Base, Premium, Sport, Limited and Touring trims. Each of these model trims are equipped with LED Steering Responsive Headlights, High Beam Assist, and Front and Rear Passenger Seatbelt Reminder that provides an alert to all passengers to buckle up by activating an icon and chime on the dash. EyeSight Assist Monitor provides a head-up display with EyeSight warnings and system status on the windshield for safe driving practices.

A 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER® engine producing 182 hp drives a Lineartronic® CVT with 8-speed manual shift mode and steering wheel paddle shift control switches for exciting sport driving control. The engine is outfitted with Auto Start-Stop for improved fuel efficiency and achieves up to 35 mpg on the highway.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid
Joining the Forester in the 2-row SUV category is the Crosstrek Hybrid earning top honors for "Best Hybrid". This compact SUV can travel up to 480 miles on a single tank of fuel and its quiet and comfortable ridge found favor with PARENTS judges. Combining Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive capability with plug-in hybrid technology, Crosstrek Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient Subaru SUV ever with a combined rating of up to 90 MPGe.

The Crosstrek Hybrid passed PARENTS' child seat criteria easily and impressed with its ability to accommodate three in the back seat when using a convertible seat behind the passenger, infant seat behind the driver and a narrow booster in the middle position.

"We are thrilled that four of our models made PARENTS Best Family Cars of 2021," said Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc. "These accolades underscore our commitment to providing customers with vehicles made to the highest standards of safety, technology, versatility and value."

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