Dirt, Dogs and All Wheel Drive


It’s official….I’ve joined the club… cult, clan – whatever you want to call it.

And I couldn’t be happier.



I have only owned my Subaru Crosstrek for 6 days now.  So I obviously can’t provide a long, thorough and in depth review of the pros and cons of the car.  However, I can say that – I LOVE MY NEW CAR!  And I feel very encouraged by the fact that every single person I talk to who owns a Subaru has nothing but rave reviews about their current or pass Subarus!

This is the first new car I have ever purchased.  It was a very important decision, to purchase this particular hunk of metal.  I wanted to make sure I was getting the perfect car for my lifestyle.  Realistically speaking – the Subaru Crosstrek is my dream car!

Why, you ask?

  • High ground clearance
  • All wheel drive
  • Reasonably good gas mileage
  • Dependable brand
  • They’re cute!
  • The price was right
  • High safety rating
  • Roomy interior
  • Back seat folds flat for the dogs
  • Hugs the road
  • Supposedly runs forever!

Let’s be honest – the list could go on and on, but I wont bore you with every single reason I fell in love with the Crosstrek.

But not only did the car have a million redeeming qualities, the customer service did as well.  I purchased my Hyper Blue baby at the Subaru Superstore in Chandler, AZ.  From the minute I walked in, I felt like family.  They were welcoming, informative and helpful – without being pushy and overbearing.  They listened to my needs, and did everything they could to help me find the perfect match for me and my mutts.

After deciding on a car – the entire purchasing process was a breeze.  I had an amazing team of guys helping me along: Seton, Morgan, Antonio and Brent.  Each one did all they could to make sure I was getting everything out of the purchase, that I wanted and needed.  They answered any questions I had, and addressed all of my concerns.  AND I walked away with an awesome new t-shirt, keychains and Frisbee and ball for the dogs.

Prior to beginning this car search, all I would hear is “Be careful!”, “Take a man with you.”, “They’re going to try to rip you off!”, etc.  This was not the case.  I never once felt as if they were trying to take advantage of me, or my money.  I was able to negotiate a reasonable price and an incredible interest rate – great credit does go a long way with this one.  But, I can honestly say that I enjoyed the process of purchasing a new car.  And I do not think that is a common response.  I strongly believe it has a lot to do with the way Subaru, and the Subaru Superstore especially, handles business.  They treat you like family, they want you to walk away happy.  Not only that, but they invite us to come back – and even welcome the dogs to join me when I bring the car in for check-ups and servicing.

My amazing friend, Tami (@livinthecrazy), also spent the day with me at the dealership.  She enjoyed the car, and the Subaru company, so much – that 3 days later – I sat with her through the process of buying a Crosstrek, as well!

The day after I purchased my car, I took the dogs on a day trip up north, to Payson, AZ, to test it out on some dirt roads and hit the trails with the dogs.  I just couldn’t wait to get behind that wheel.  I was even happier than I expected to be, while driving it.  It drives beautifully, the dogs were so comfortable in the back and the gas mileage didn’t make me cringe while accelerating up the mountain roads.  Success!

I can’t wait to go on so many more road trips, vacations, camping trips, explorations of new places and more – in my perfectly blue Crosstrek, Hyper!

Oh ya, did I mention that I named him Hyper?  Couldn’t help it, I name every car I have ever owned.  #noshame

Next step – accessories! Cross bars, basket rack, stickers, dirt, dog fur and more!

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Katie, Chipper and Quinci



5 thoughts on “Dirt, Dogs and All Wheel Drive”

  1. I really enjoy your photos on Instagram (all those hiking trails you hike are amazing) so I decided to check your blog. It looks great 🙂 Good luck with your new car, hope it takes you securely to even better trails (don’t forget to share them with us). Regarding that last accessory you mentioned – dog fur – I call my car the hairmobile 😀

    1. Thanks so so much!! I can’t wait to see how many amazing places it can take, and I will definitely share all of our adventures!!

  2. Welcome to the cult haha! Only the best car ever! Lol I purchased the same one only in the black. Almost got the hyper blue as well but I thought it was much lighter than it was, still beautiful though!

    Congrats on your purchase you’ll love it!

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