Tackling Toronto’s terrain in my Suby

Written by on August 14, 2013 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 25 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski and SubaruWhen I called up Subaru and asked them for the sexy Subaru BRZ sports coupe, the last thing I thought I’d wind up with was a 2014 Forester XT. In other words, an SUV.

I’ve always considered the Subaru kinda like a Japanese Volvo. Except more reliable. Still, I was intrigued. Could an SUV be fun? And could it be a man magnet?Console

Subaru has been trying to sex up this little truck for ages. For a while, it sported a hood scoop which wasn’t fooling anyone. But now they’ve gotten serious, and focused on what’s under the hood – namely a frisky turbo-charged 250 hp engine. And to keep fuel economy in check, Subaru has teamed it up with a high-torque continuously variable transmission (CVT). Which didn’t suck. The CVT are notorious for whining, but this one kept its complaints to itself.

Back SeatWe kicked ass all over town, the Suby and me. It smelled delish with its leather seating, and I cranked up the four-speaker sound system. I loved the fact that it could tackle any terrain, and we did. These days, between the potholes, the construction, and the wacky weather, a girl needs Subaru all wheel drive just to get to the hairdresser.

What really rocked about the Forester XT was all the room. I could have thrown a dinner party – in the back seat. Which has as much room as the front seat. When we pulled up at the Pet Valu, I stocked up on kitty litter for the next six months. And my favourite hottie attendant even grunted, “nice truck” as he loaded up the cargo area. He has a pretty nice cargo area of his own. Trunk

Natch, I’ve been sporting some short skirts of late, but could clamber in and out without flashing my Calvins. Those big wide doors swung out nicely so I could enter and exit like a lady.

One night, I drove down to Cherry Beach to catch up on my stargazing. I peeled the enormous sunroof back and watched shooting stars, constellations and the Milky Way all dance before my eyes. I sank into the comfy seat and leaned way back, listening to Norwegian Wood on the Sirius radio, feeling the balmy lake breeze brush against my face. It was just exquisite, even if I was alone. And then I remembered, I wasn’t alone.

I had Suby. And sometimes, that’s all a girl needs.

Sun Roof

25 Comments on "Tackling Toronto’s terrain in my Suby"

  1. Arleen August 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm · Reply

    Krystyna- I was ready for a new car and I have always had fancy sedans. I am now doing agility trials with my dachshund so naturally I needed a vehicle to carry all of the equipment. I like Mercedes so we went to the dealership to see what was out there. I really thought I was going to get a station wagon, instead I ended up with an SUV. First time in my life. I LOVE my SUV. I feel it is sexy and gives me everything I need. There are many times when I go in the garage and I look at the car and say I love you. When my husband asks me if we are going to take the truck, I say I have no idea what car you are talking about. To me she is not a truck.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:32 am · Reply

      Oh, Arleen – next to cats, dachshunds are my favourite little critters! I’d love to see one doing agility. You’re lucky to have both a dachsie and a Benz SUV! They do SUV extremely well, like everything else they do. I’d be out there whispering sweet nothings into its engine all the time, if I had one. I’ve known many folks with various Benz SUVs and to a person, they all love them. I’ll bet you have way too much fun!

      • Arleen August 22, 2013 at 12:41 am · Reply

        Krstyna-
        Here is my doxie running with my trainer doing the Jumpers with Weaves.

        • Arleen August 22, 2013 at 1:03 am · Reply

          Here is the standard run with me
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wik_kplSBkE
          These are American Kennel Club Trials and the runs are timed and in order to qualify you have to run within a certain amount of time depending upon the course.

          • Krystyna Lagowski August 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm ·

            Roxie is a superstar! I’ve never seen a daschund do agility before, and I love how it’s set up especially for her height. They are such intelligent little guys, can’t get over how she knows exactly what to do and responds to you. She’s too adorable for words. Has Roxie ever considered doing a blog? : ))

        • Krystyna Lagowski August 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm · Reply

          Oh, having a cute attack.

  2. Geek Girl August 14, 2013 at 7:08 pm · Reply

    OK You had me drooling with this post. LOL I have a Rav4 but have driven a Subaru in the past.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:28 am · Reply

      Cheryl, I had to clear away that drool : )) Love the RAV4 – nice and nimble little truckette. Can’t go wrong with a Toyota! You know Toyota and Subaru teamed up to create a very hot sports coupe? In Toyota-speak, it’s the Scion FRS and in Subaru-speak, it’s the BRZ. I wish they’d give cars *names*!!

  3. Jeri August 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm · Reply

    We traded in my Mustang for a Ford Escape over two and a half years ago, and I gotta admit all the space in an SUV is quite nice, and they really are sexy in their own way… The Suby sounds like a nice ride 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:25 am · Reply

      Jeri, the smaller SUVs are a great blend of car and truck. They drive like cars, but have the cargo space and ruggedness of a truck. I’ve driven an Escape several times and they’re a good-looking, versatile and comfy vehicle. They come loaded with all kinds of goodies, too! I’ll bet you love bombing around in it : ))

  4. Susan Cooper August 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm · Reply

    As a Subaru owner I know how they make great vehicles. I love my Subaru and it is so comfortable on longer drives. I love that the Suby is an SUV with not too much room but enough to live. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:22 am · Reply

      Susan, I was so impressed with the Subaru! It was incredibly comfortable, surprisingly easy to maneuver around town, and lots of pep. I thought it would be too cumbersome, but it was very agile. You’ve got a fabulous vehicle there.

  5. Cassi August 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm · Reply

    Subaru – A Japanese Volvo LOL. You’re too funny!

    I can’t say that I’ve ever wanted a SUV but I’ve never said absolutely not either.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:19 am · Reply

      You never know what the universe is going to throw into your lap. And when it does, you just have to make the best of it. And sometimes, that’s strictly okay.

  6. Elizabeth Scott August 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm · Reply

    As a mom I NEVER wanted to be considered a “Mini Van Mom” but I absolutely love my mini van. As you say you don’t equate SUV with sexy but they really can be.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 15, 2013 at 1:17 am · Reply

      Sometimes practicality wins out over everything else. And sexy is as sexy does. Like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder!

  7. Debra Yearwood August 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm · Reply

    I drive a Ford Escape Hybrid, it’s been fun, but I have been starting to look around. When I started reading this post my son and husband chimed in with their opinions, they are also fans. My son suggested that Subaru was like a German car done by the Japanese, I shared your Volvo quote. I wasn’t thinking about getting another SUV, but I do like a car that can haul everything from antiques to garden dirt.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm · Reply

      A German car done by the Japanese?! Your son is funny. We’re on the right track, if a few countries apart. The Ford Escape Hybrid is a great car, I’ve driven it. Great value, especially. If you need space for cargo, the Forester will do right by you. A little pricier than the Escape, but you get lotsa bang for your buck!

  8. krystle cook August 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm · Reply

    Looks nice! I’d love to have an SVU but gas prices kill me.

  9. Sandra Sallin August 19, 2013 at 11:20 pm · Reply

    I’m not much of a car girl. I’ve had them all. My favorite was an old Mercedes four door. Loved that car. But now I have a Prius and I really enjoy it. It’s just right. I feel comfortable and virtuous. It’s perfect for big city driving. I used to have an SUV and enjoyed it also. I guess it depends on where you are in life and how crazy you are about cars. I’m not. 🙂

  10. Becc August 27, 2013 at 4:38 am · Reply

    So the hottie’s approval meant it was a man magnet – great going!

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Reply

      Believe me, Becc, it was quite unexpected. But for an SUV, the Forester XT was a nicely put together set of wheels. Much more appealing to tour around than I had thought it would be!

  11. Ashley F August 28, 2013 at 8:30 am · Reply

    I just can’t imagine driving such a big ass car. I don’t even own one – since 2001. I have to mountain bikes instead and use the train. Such is life in Switzerland!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Reply

      Good for you, Ashley – if you can get along without a car, you’re not only saving money but also the environment. I imagine car ownership is very expensive in Switzerland. More people should be able to make choices about transportation, and you’re smart to live where you do.

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