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Top 10 Subaru Accessories

Whether you’re leasing a new Subaru or spiffing up an older model, these popular Subaru Accessories are helpful additions to protect your investment and make the most of your car. If you know you’d like to add an accessory to your Subaru, please use the parts order form to order accessories online or call a Twin City Subaru parts guru with any questions you may have.

Of course, this top 10 list is just the tip of the iceberg in the ocean of Subaru accessories. Please refer to Subaru Accessory brochures in person at the Parts Department for a complete selection!

1.) WeatherTech All-Weather Floor Liners

 

One step up from the all-weather floor mat, these WeatherTech Floor Liners protect your investment with absolute interior protection. Custom to each Subaru model, digital laser measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit and cupped design to trap absolutely everything Vermont weather might track into your Subaru. Advanced surfacing creates channels that carry fluids and debris to a lower reservoir with further channeling to help minimize fluid movement while driving. Available in black or tan.

Price: starting at $198 for a set of 4

 

2.) Subaru All-Weather Floor Mats

 

Custom-fitted, heavy-gauge protective mats. Swap these out instead of your carpet floor mats and they’ll help protect your Subaru’s carpet from the sand, dirt, mud and moisture your dog tracks in!

Price: starting at $69.95

 

3.) Compartment Separator/Dog Guard

Keep your eyes on the road and drive safe knowing that Fido is secured in the back of your Subaru.

Price: starting at $299.95

4.) Subaru Remote Engine Starter

Start your Subaru’s engine from afar! Use the remote engine starter accessory to get your car all warmed up and heat cranked before you go outside in the winter, or cooled down with the A/C on in the summer.

Price: starting at $359.00

5.) Splash Guards

 

Set of 4 genuine Subaru splash guards to help protect pain finish from stones, salt, and road grime.

Price: starting at $109.95

6.) Rear Seat Back Protecters

Provides additional protection to the rear seat backs when lowering the seats to transport larger cargo.

Price: starting at $49.95

 

 

7.) Cargo Net / Dog Toy Holder

Securely tuck away your ski gear, camping equipment, or your dogs’ tennis balls, bones, and chew toys.

Price: starting at $55 for 2 side cargo nets,
$32.95 for seat back cargo net

 

8.) Cargo Tray / Trunk Tray

Helps protect the trunk/cargo area from stains and dirt while providing a surface that helps reduce the shifting of cargo while driving. Can be easily removed and rinsed clean.

Price: starting at $69.95

 

 

 

 

9.) Side Window Deflectors / Rain Guards

Lets the fresh air in while helping to keep the weather out. In some models, the deflector design includes integrated chrome insert to match window frame trim.

Price: starting at $99.95 for a set of 4

10.) Luggage Compartment Cover

Easily pulls out from rear seats and sets up as a shield to protect your valuables from prying eyes.

Price: starting at $149.95

 

 

 

 

 

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Honorable mentions: Subaru roof cargo carriers & roof racks are also very popular accessory choices.

If you have any questions about available Subaru accessories please don’t hesitate to contact the Twin City Subaru Parts Department. We’re happy to help you find and buy Subaru Accessories that are a perfect fit for your Subaru.

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Top 10 Coolest Automotive Logos

Every car company has its own logo and, like the vehicles they build, some are better than others.Just take a gander at Toyota’s top-heavy oval emblem. Despite its simplicity, this symbol isn’t terribly inspiring, nor is the winged-arrow insignia plastered on Skodas. Talk about weird! Like these examples, the GMC logo is nothing more than a trio of consonants. How boring! It’s never going to win any graphic design awards.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of vehicular brands with elegant and classy logos with interesting backstories. Here’s a list of our 10 favorite.

10. Mitsubishi

We start with a troubled Japanese automaker. In North America at least, Mitsubishi has been struggling for decades, hobbled by questionable quality and a limited range of substandard products. Currently, it doesn’t even offer a midsize sedan, which would compete in a huge segment of the market. Still, in spite of its poor showroom performance, the company does have an appealing logo, one that’s graphically simple and very clean. Mitsu means three in Japanese, while hishi means water chestnut and denotes a diamond shape, so the logo is the literal translation of the Mitsubishi name, which means “three diamonds.”

9. Aston Martin

Another one of the coolest automotive logos out there belongs to Aston Martin. Sure, this British brand builds some killer products, but its emblem is genuinely nifty, comprised of stylized wings, stretched wide with the text of its name nestled neatly in the center. Curiously, the automaker has carried this motif through to the rear end of some models, where the tail lights mimic the logo’s feather.

8. Citroën

Not only does Citroën deserve an award for sporting an umlauted letter in its name, but it’s also worthy of praise for having an appealing logo. Yes, this French automaker’s double-chevron moniker is not only graphically pleasing but also rooted in history. The emblem is a stylized version of a herringbone gear, a design that cancels out the axial thrust found in normal helically cut gears. Supposedly, company founder André Citroën spotted this clever innovation while in Poland. Apparently, he liked it enough to use it as the logo for the company that bears his name.

7. Subaru

Subaru is best known for its rally-racing heritage and unique devotion to all-wheel drive, but in addition to all of this, it also has a pretty neat logo. Do you know what the firm’s twinkling emblem represents? Well, if you’re an amateur astronomer, you might have a clue, if not, you’ll still probably enjoy this tidbit of info. The company’s logo actually represents the Pleiades star cluster, which is found in the Taurus constellation. Why this particular group of stars? Subaru is the Japanese word for a group of stars found in the constellation.

6. Volkswagen

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the history of Volkswagen is rather dark, and we’re not referring to all the soot from its recent diesel-emissions scandal. The people’s car brand directly traces its roots back to Nazi Germany. In the mid-1930s, Hitler wanted an affordable car that could mobilize the Reich’s population. Ultimately, the company’s Beetle would do this, even if it didn’t hit its stride until well after the Second World War ended. Anyhow, despite its troubled past, Volkswagen has one of the coolest, most graphically pleasing emblems of any automaker. It’s comprised of a capital “V” perched atop a large “W,” with everything circumscribed neatly by a circle. It’s clean, elegant and still cool all these years later.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Subaru’s Of All Time

5. Mazda

Next up, another Japanese automaker. Rendered in shiny chrome, Mazda’s logo is both simple and intriguing. Clearly, it’s a stylized “M,” but this motif also bears more than a passing resemblance to a blooming tulip. Additionally, those with a keen eye and vivid imagination might notice a soaring bird with its wings spread wide. What do you see in this automotive Rorschach test?

4. Porsche

Porsche is one of the most coveted brands in the car world. Whether it’s the iconic 911 or Macan crossover, their Panamera sedan or lithe Cayman coupe, this firm’s sporty products are lusted after by enthusiasts around the globe. Given the high esteem it’sheld in, the company deserves a suitably regal logo, which is exactly what it has. Curiously, the Porsche emblem is a hybrid of sorts, with city of Stuttgart’s coat of arms plunked in the center of a field borrowed from the heraldic symbol for the Kingdom of Württemberg. Makes sense, right? We didn’t think so. In any event, just enjoy the cool logo and inspiring vehicles.

3. Alfa Romeo

Another automaker with a seriously beautiful emblem is Alfa Romeo. Just like Porsche’s, it’s comprised of various heraldic symbols. The prominent red cross represents the city of Milan, this prestigious automaker’s birthplace. As for the crowned serpent, it stands for the House of Visconti, a noble Italian family. How neat is that? Owning an Alfa Romeo is kind of like being friends with royalty… sort of.

2. Audi

One of the most elegant automotive logos of all time belongs to Audi, though due to the brand’s tumultuous history, it’s one of the most difficult to explain. In short, this firm’s emblem is comprised of four interlocking rings, one for each brand that formed the now-defunct company Auto Union, which is the direct predecessor to the Audi marque we know today. The companies represented in this beautifully rendered logo include Horch, Wanderer, DKW and Audi. It’s a difficult story to explain, but the result is one of our favorite logos.

SEE ALSO: Subaru’s 15 Fastest Cars of All Time

1. BMW

Finally, we come to BMW. Unquestionably, this fabled German luxury car maker has one of the nicest insignias in the automotive world. Its circular emblem represents several things. First, the blue-and-white motif is a stand in for the Bavarian flag. Remember, the firm is headquartered in Munich, the capital of this German federal state. Only a decade after its creation did it also gain an association with the aircraft propeller from an aircraft engine magazine with the roundel overlaid in front of a stylized aircraft propeller, one blurred by rotating at a high rate of speed. This is a nod to the high-flying engines they began building in the 1920s. For its graphic simplicity, overall elegance and rich history, you can’t beat the BMW roundel.

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Top 5 Weirdest Subarus of All Time

Subaru is well known as an automaker that marches to the beat of its own drum.

Even in the midst of a modern “manstreamification,” most of the brand’s vehicles still have standard full-time all-wheel drive and all of them come with a boxer-style engine.

SEE ALSO: 10 of The Rarest Subarus Ever

But back in the day, before corporate interests really took over, Subaru was allowed to be weird. Bizarre sports coupes, oddly shaped SUVs and after-thought seat installations weren’t too obscure for the car producing arm of Fuji Heavy Industries. Here are five of the strangest Subarus in history:

5. Subaru 360

Available from the late 1950s until the early 1970s, the Subaru 360 was a micro city car. This alone isn’t overly strange, but many of the details on the 360 were. The passenger doors were rear hinged and there was a floor-mounted fuel lever that eliminated the need for a fuel pump since the gasoline was gravity fed.


Sitting in the rear of the car was a two-stroke, two-cylinder engine that displaced just 356 cc. That is what gave the 360 its name, referring to the 360 cc tax credit class of cars. Later, the term 360 would take on a secondary meaning as the tail-happy handling characteristics of the car had a lot of owners spinning out in their 360s.

4. Subaru Bighorn

The Isuzu Trooper may be the most rebadged automobile in history. At one point or another, versions of the Trooper were sold by Acura, Chevrolet, Holden, Honda, Opel, SsangYong, Vauxhall and, yes, Subaru.

Called the Bighorn, Subaru sold the rebadged Trooper from 1988 until 1993 in Japan only. Even though the Trooper would undergo a redesign in 1991, the Subaru Bighorn would soldier on with the first-generation architecture until it was discontinued. The only power plant available was a 2.8-liter turbo diesel.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Subaru’s Of All Time

3. Subaru Alcyone SVX

The Subaru Alcyone SVX was an unusual car in many ways. The overall styling featured some unique elements, highlighted by the window within a window design. This was said to improve wind buffeting at highway speeds, but made drive-thrus a nightmare.

Under the hood sat a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine measuring 3.3-liters in displacement. It sent 230 hp to all four wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. A front-wheel drive version did briefly appear in North America and Japanese customers could opt of optional four-wheel steering.

2. Subaru Brat

Small pickup trucks were hot in the late 1970s and Subaru wanted in on the action. More of a car with an open bed rather than a purpose built pickup truck, the Brat sat two people up front in the cabin. But this meant the Brat would have been susceptible to the so-called American chicken tax that puts a 25% tariff on imported light trucks.

SEE ALSO: Subaru’s 15 Fastest Cars of All Time

To circumvent this, Subaru bolted two rearward facing plastic chairs in the bed of the truck. A safety nightmare, passengers heads actually bobbed around higher than the Brat’s roofline, so keeping the truck sunny-side up was more important than ever.

1. Subaru XT

Before there was the SVX, there was the angular Subaru XT. With a fairly conventional for its time wedge shape, the back window was a wraparound design set at a fairly steep rake. Power came from a choice of horizontally opposed engines, a 1.8-liter in naturally aspirated or turbocharged flavors as well as a 2.7-liter six-cylinder.


The XT came equipped with some interesting and advanced equipment for its time. A single wiper blade, retractable door handles, adjustable suspension, headlight washers, push-button all-wheel drive, digital gauge cluster and hill holder could all be equipped to the XT.

But the most unusual feature had to be the XT’s steering wheel. To apparently resemble a jet fighter cockpit, the wheel only had one vertical and one horizontal support bar. This gave it an unusual asymmetrical appearance and took some getting used to when operating.

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