‘Tis (always) the season for spreading kindness.
And that’s what I do with my daughter every year during the holiday season. Giving back is one of our traditions. This year, she asked if we could help animals in some way. So we came up with a fun way to do that. We made, collected and donated gently used blankets and towels for the Associated Humane Society in Newark, NJ. And what better companion for that than the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric car priced at about $35,000 that goes 17 miles on a charge and gets 35MPG from the gas engine.
Because Subaru Loves Pets
We have seen the cutest commercials from Subaru and were excited to work with a brand that shares the same passions! Giving back and helping animals in need. Subaru has been working with the ASPCA to help keep animals in shelters well taken care of. Since 2008, Subaru has donated nearly $22 million to the organization as well as helped support thousands of animal welfare-related events and has significantly impacted the rescue, transport, and adoption of over 50,000 animals nationwide. Read more about how they’ve helped here.
This idea began with my daughter who is an ambassador for Giving Tuesday Kids, a global generosity movement led by young philanthropist, Khloe Thompson. Each ambassador had to come up with an idea for a cause that they’re passionate about. And from an idea that started with Giving Tuesday Kids, my daughter and I decided to also collect blankets and donate at random times. Basically, we decided that from then on, whenever we collect/make a good amount, we take some time to drop it off. Because, why not?
Did you know…
- Most shelters will accept donations of food, blankets, toys, towels, leashes, towels and more.
- Many shelters will allow volunteers to walk, cuddle with and visit the animals.
- Shelters always need volunteers.
- Giving back is good for the soul. The animals will feel happy, you will feel happy.
Now, let’s talk about the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid…
Push, Plug-in and Play
The Subaru Crosstrek provides a fun and easy ride. It’s got a push start button and you can run on the battery, juice it up by plugging it in to charge; the system switches to gas once the battery is drained. I test drove the car for one week and was surprised at how fuel-efficient it is. The battery lasted almost two days and after a week of driving there was still more than a quarter tank of gas left. The Crosstrek Hybrid can travel using only the electric motor for up to 17 miles. You can charge the Crosstrek Hybrid at home using the included charger, or anywhere with a standard outlet. However, you can save time by finding a charging station. For example, when plugged into a 120V household outlet, it can take five hours to fully charge. When using a 240V outlet, it only takes about two hours.
Sporty Interior Design
Once you get inside the Subaru Crosstrek, you’ll notice it’s unique interior design. Touches of carbon fiber, metallic blue panels, and blue stitching on two-tone seats.
There is Room Everyone… Even a Few Furry Friends!
We found the Subaru Crosstrek to be spacious and comfortable. There’s plenty of legroom in the backseat (up to 100.7 cubic feet). Perfect for you and your furry friends!
Is there Enough Trunk space?
That all depends on you. Do you lug a lot of stuff? If so, it may not be enough for you. But the trunk has 41 cubic feet of cargo space which is a decent amount for the average person who just needs the car to run errands, take short trips it will certainly do. The trunk has 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatbacks which you can fit three in the back with both back seats up, or fold one seat down for extra cargo room. And you can always attach a roof cargo carrier if you need to transport more stuff.
Who this Car is For
- Moms with a couple of kids
- Dads who also need to drive the kids
- People with an active lifestyle such as hiking or camping
- People with pets
- Grandparents; this is a great car for older people, too! Grandparents who help with the kids, have pets, have active lifestyles.
The Crosstrek was a fun car to drive for the week. We had plenty of room in the trunk for our blankets, it was great on gas and provided a comfortable ride. Read about the car specs and get all the facts, here.
Disclosure: The Subaru Crosstrek was provided to me for a one week test drive. All opinions are my own.