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There are lots of incredibly capable robots in research labs around the world, but very few handling real world jobs. Purpose-built bots, like robovacs, have so far been the most successful, but HP’s new robot does the exact opposite of cleaning floors. It instead draws all over them, on purpose, and could potentially become an invaluable tool on construction sites.
After designs have been approved for a new build, after architects and engineers have drawn up detailed blueprints and schematics, and after a construction site has been cleared and prepped for work to begin, the job of layout starts. It typically involves using survey equipment and other highly accurate measurement tools to transfer the dimensions and layouts specified in a blueprint onto the construction site, detailing where everything is supposed to be built.
Like measuring (and re-measuring) a two-by-four before cutting, layout is an incredibly important step that ensures everything is built where it’s supposed to be and to the proper dimensions on the first try, as having to tear down a partial build and start from scratch as a result of a measuring mistake can be costly. But the process is time-consuming, and can often take weeks to complete for larger builds, even with an experienced team of surveyors. HP believes all that work could instead be handled by just one operator and one robot: the SitePrint.
As the name implies, the SitePrint is more or less a rolling printer equipped with sensors that allows it to avoid obstacles. Instead of relying on GPS, which can be inaccessible if the robot is operating indoors, the SitePrint instead connects to a base station featuring surveyor tools that’s manned by a human operator. The surveyor still needs to determine exactly where the robot needs to do its thing, but once oriented, the robot can autonomously work from digital blueprints to roll around a site and mark where everything needs to go.
Interchangeable printing tools allow the robot to lay down solid lines or dashed lines depending on what the blueprints call for, and it can also print text labels where needed to help reduce confusion between teams. HP has also developed a collection of various inks tailored to different surfaces, environmental conditions, or durability requirements. If the robot’s hard day of work is washed away by an overnight rain and needs to do it all again the next day, it’s not really saving much time.
HP claims the SitePrint robot has been tested in over 80 construction projects to date, including airports, hospitals, parking garages, and even residential builds. It’s not quite ready for primetime just yet, but HP is granting early access to it in North America starting this month, with a broader rollout expected sometime next year.
HP is the latest tech company to announce extensive layoffs. Following a surge in demand for computing products amid pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions, the computer vendor is readjusting as consumer demand for laptops and desktops falls.
In its Q4 and fiscal 2022 results shared Tuesday, HP announced that it will eliminate 4,000 to 6,000 jobs by the end of fiscal 2025.
According to CNBC, HP had about 51,000 workers in October of last year, so this week's announcement is expected to affect around 7.8–11.8 percent of HP's workforce.
The move comes as the pandemic-fueled surge in PC demand plummets. Last month, Gartner reported that PC shipments worldwide decreased 19.5 percent in Q3 2022 from Q3 2021, representing the steepest drop since the mid-'90s and the market's fourth quarter in a row with a year-on-year decline.
According to the data reported by Gartner and IDC last month, HP saw Q3 shipments drop from around 17.6 million units in 2021 to 12.7 million in Q3 2022.
For Q4, HP said net revenue for its personal systems fell 13 percent year over year. Laptop unit sales decreased by 26 percent, while desktop unit sales fell by 3 percent.
Printing net revenue also dropped 7 percent, while printing hardware unit shipments fell 3 percent. However, commercial net revenue notably increased for both the personal systems and printing segments.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, HP CEO Enrique Lores said the company would use the cost savings to invest in growth areas, like gaming.
With HP being the second largest PC vendor (by Gartner and IDC's numbers), this all provides a snapshot of the economic struggles PC companies are facing post-pandemic. Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and Acer all saw PC shipments decline from Q3 2021 to Q3 2022, according to Gartner and IDC. Apple, however, appears to be a standout; IDC reported that Apple sold more systems in Q3 this year (about 10.1 million) versus Q3 last year (about 7.2 million).
The drop in PC demand also affected other PC companies, including Intel, which said it's planning layoffs, likely in the thousands, and Microsoft had a couple of rounds of layoffs this year.
Outside of personal computers, the broader tech world is seeing a large swath of job cuts. Amazon is expected to cut 10,000 jobs, Meta laid off over 11,000 workers this month, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk also announced layoffs in June. Speaking of Musk and lost jobs, the recent, highly publicized layoffs at Twitter dramatically affected the company, including its reputation with the public and advertisers.
The $15,000 new car is dead. When the last $14,575 Chevrolet Spark rolled off the line in August of 2022, it left the bottom end of the market to the Mitsubishi Mirage, which starts just at $15,975 in 2023. Of course, the Mirage carries a lengthy warranty, but it’s also the smallest and most basic vehicle on sale in the U.S. In contrast, $15,000 will buy you any number of used cars that are bigger, faster, safer and flashier; and a few of them might even come with Certified Pre-Owned warranties.
Happily, the skyward rush of used car prices spurred by the pandemic has finally started to ease. In November, ADESA auctions chief economist Tom Kontos noted that used-vehicle wholesale prices had fallen by 17.5% from their seasonal peak in May and that they had fallen year-over-year for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. This month, used-vehicle retailer CoPilot noted that retail prices of 4- to 7-year old cars are down 13% from January 2022, and cars 8 to 13 years old are down a similar amount from April.
That’s all good news for shoppers on a budget because 4- to 13-year old cars are where the best deals for inexpensive motoring can be found. Changes in how vehicles are made and sold have made buying these cars a much less risky proposition than it would have been in 1993 or even 2003. Thanks to improvements in quality and technology, the average age of cars on U.S. roads is now 12.2 years, according to data from IHS Markit.
$15,000 is a budget large enough to include some Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, which carry extended manufacturer or dealer-backed warranties. Additionally, some manufacturers, particularly Honda, have recently extended their CPO programs to include lower gradations of protection on older models.
Glancing at $15,000 used car listings mixes everything from the best Yugo in the world to wrecked Porsches, but most buyers are interested in getting the most value from their dollar out of a daily driver. Using a combination of owner feedback, reliability ratings, average transaction prices and Forbes Wheels staff expertise, we’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best used vehicles $15,000 will buy in 2023.
To meet our criteria, cars had to be newer than the 2008 model year and commonly available nationwide for under $15,000. We prioritized newer cars, reliability scores, low costs of ownership and the likelihood of being able to find a vehicle with a meaningful warranty. We also balanced these priorities against available safety and convenience features, style and performance.
Some cars from our list of the best used cars for $10,000 appear here, and the vehicles on that list can be found in even better condition at this higher price point, particularly the Honda Fit. As even the most historically reliable cars suffer over time if they aren’t maintained, we also recommend a mechanical inspection before purchase.
Why we picked it: Introduced in late 2013, the third-generation Mazda3 turned an already good car into a truly great one. Beautifully designed inside and out, its slick style is matched by lots of available technology and the same sporty handling and fun-to-drive personality of the previous 3s. It also earns better reliability ratings than earlier generations of the 3.
A modern infotainment screen sits atop the dash, and Touring and Grand Touring trims had blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts from the start. Power comes from one of two four-cylinder engines, a 2.0-liter with 155 horsepower or a 2.5-liter unit with 184. There’s an available manual transmission and like earlier 3s, it comes as a sedan or practical hatchback.
Why we picked it: The Toyota Prius is a rideshare, gig-driving powerhouse for a reason: It combines roomy practicality with almost unbeatably low operating costs. Built to be an efficient workhorse, this car is not exciting to drive or look at, but if all you care about is getting around on a budget it’s hard to fault. It gets excellent fuel economy and its ubiquity in the Uber line at the airport is a testament to its durability.
These years cover examples of both the third (2010-2015) and fourth (2016 to present) generation models, and while we’d steer clear of ex-Uber cars with interstellar mileages, many clean, low-mileage examples can be found for less than $15,000.
Why we picked it: Mazda only stopped producing this generation of 6 in 2021, and even then it still ranked as one of our favorite midsize cars. That speaks volumes about how right the design was in the first place, and while these earlier years don’t have some of the later models’ features, they’re just as stylish and fun to drive.
Power comes from the same 2.5-liter, 184-horsepower engine used in the Mazda3. Touring and Grand Touring models came with blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts from the start, and all models got them by the end of 2017, though you’ll have trouble finding 2017 and newer models at this price. 2014 and 2015 models have an older infotainment screen, and 2016’s newer unit can be clunky, but the 6’s cabin and controls are user-friendly. Reliability scores lag the Toyota Camry, but for $15,000, the 6 is one of the most satisfying family sedans around.
Why we picked it: For $15,000 you can find even better deals on the 2011 to 2015 ninth-generation Civic, featured on our $10,000 used car list, but you can also buy clean examples of the much-improved tenth-generation model, introduced in 2016. A return to form for the Civic, the tenth-gen is peppy, fun to drive and reliable as ever, but not offered as a Hybrid.
Though 2018 and newer models, and Type R and Si models, will cost more than $15,000 in good condition, the earlier Civic sedan, hatch and coupe from this generation are excellent used car buys. Some models can also be found with 7-inch infotainment screens and safety systems like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and forward automatic emergency braking. Most of these affordable Civics are powered by a 158-horsepower 1.5-liter engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, but a few have manuals.
Why we picked it: The last iteration of Chevrolet’s famous full-size sedan, this generation of Impala only went out of production in 2020. When it was new in 2014 it was easily the best Impala in decades. Dynamically and aesthetically superior to its immediate predecessors, it repeatedly drew accolades from tough-room critics like Consumer Reports.
The sleek styling clothes a roomy and contemporary cabin with a modern infotainment system, with an 18.8 cubic-foot trunk out back. Power comes from a pair of four-cylinder engines, a 2.4-liter mild hybrid with 182-horsepower (2014 only) or a 196-horsepower 2.5. A 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 is optional and all are front-wheel drive. The Impala’s reliability ratings lag the Toyota Avalon’s, but it handily tops the Avalon on affordability, room and power. Unfortunately, affordable Impalas are usually not CPO versions.
Why we picked it: The seventh-generation Camry, introduced in 2012, was a major update of the previous design, but it improved on its predecessor in lots of important ways. More pleasing styling hid more interior room, and both fuel economy and reliability were improved across the board, even if the latter was already quite good.
Though the infotainment system is very dated now, the Camry’s cabin is practical as ever. Some models also featured options like navigation, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts. These latter items are more likely to be found on later models, as the seventh-gen Camry got a big refresh in 2015. There are four-cylinder, V6 and Hybrid models returning up to 28, 25 and 40 mpg, respectively. Yes, it’s bland, but for transportation, the Camry’s hard to beat.
Why we picked it: GM called the Chevrolet Volt an “extended-range electric vehicle” and the title was appropriate. A pair of electric motors do the driving, and the gas engine comes on when the battery pack needs juice. It may not have been a fully-electric vehicle in the conventional sense, but the Volt’s plug-in hybrid, onboard-generator approach gave it up to 38 miles of electric range and 400 more on gas.
Those numbers are still impressive today, and the Volt is a car that is absurdly cheap to run as a result. The interior is plain, but nicer than that of the Prius, and its styling has aged very well. Although it’s a more complex vehicle than the Prius, it’s also fairly reliable, and gently-used examples are plentiful for under $15,000.
Why we picked it: The end of Scion meant this little car wore several names over its short life, but the iA is proof that small, cheap cars don’t have to be unpleasant penalty boxes. Designed by Mazda but sold by Toyota, the little iA is fun to drive, gets good safety scores and returns up to 35 mpg. It also came with plenty of nice equipment in keeping with older Scion models, several of which have made our best $5,000 and $10,000 used cars lists.
The iA/Yaris is powered by a 106-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and comes in automatic or manual-transmission form. A 7-inch infotainment screen and low-speed automatic emergency braking come standard. Many clean examples, including CPO cars, can be found for $15,000.
Why we picked it: Production of this generation of Volkswagen Golf only just ended, but by 2021 the model lineup had shrunk quite a bit. These early years of the “Mark Seven” Golf featured more variety, with three- and five-door hatchbacks as well as a four-door station wagon on offer. There were also multiple powertrains including a fully-electric version, the e-Golf.
Most versions came with a 1.8-liter, 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine, mated to either a manual or automatic transmission, though the higher-performance GTI is out of this price range. The e-Golf came only as a five-door hatch, but offers both good reliability and performance if you can live within its 83-mile range. A variety of active safety features were optional, though they may raise the price of used units.
Why we picked it: Aside from the hard-to-find eGolf, the Nissan Leaf is the only fully-electric car on this list. It outsold all of the other early affordable EVs by a wide margin, so it’s the only cheap EV that’s easy to find nationwide. It also has an excellent reputation for reliability and value. There are some caveats, however.
We’d steer clear of 2011 and 2012 models entirely as early versions did not have fast charging ports or the faster 6.6-kW onboard charger, but even later models use the outmoded CHAdeMO fast charger cable and have pretty modest battery packs. Even brand new, the Leaf could only muster 84 miles of range (or 107 with the larger optional pack added in 2016), and worn-out ones will lose some of that capacity over time. But if you only drive locally and are looking for reliable and very cheap motoring, the Leaf is exactly that.
Why we picked it: When the Accord sedan and coupe were redesigned for 2013 into their ninth generation, they brought back some of the sportiness of earlier Accords while adding lots of new technology. From the start these Accords came standard with an 8-inch infotainment screen and had optional safety features that included forward automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring and, on the highest-spec models, adaptive cruise control.
In 2016, the Accord got standard Apple CarPlay. The sporty handling makes for an engaging drive, backed by a 184- or 189-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine or a 278-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, the former also coming with a manual transmission option. A plug-in hybrid was offered in 2014 and 2015, but is hard to find.
Why we picked it: After years of dull, stagnant designs, Toyota completely remade the Corolla for 2014, adding more interesting styling to the model’s famous utility and reliability. Far more modern inside and out, the eleventh-generation Corolla featured a modern infotainment system with a 6.1-inch screen, optional at first but later standard, and from 2017 a suite of advanced active safety features.
A long options list means equipment varies by model, but every Corolla is a high-quality, reliable machine. Power derives from a pair of 1.8-liter four-cylinder engines at 132 or 140 horsepower, with either a manual, conventional automatic or continuously variable transmission, though the regular automatic was dropped in 2017. The Corolla is an ace commuter and this model’s styling still contemporary, but it’s not particularly fun or interesting.
Why we picked it: The Buick Verano also features on our $10,000 list, but $15,000 will buy you the very best Veranos on the market, including the 250-horsepower turbo and its rare manual-transmission version. Though related to the humble Chevrolet Cruze beneath the surface, the Verano was aimed at a more premium customer and features a nicer interior, more features and what at the time seemed like more upscale styling.
The standard engine is a 2.4-liter, 180-horsepower four, but the 250-horsepower turbo was added in 2013 and is definitely the one to have. Back seat space is a bit limited and the base model versions are a little basic for such a car, but the higher-end Veranos are well-equipped and fast even if they don’t look particularly distinctive. This little Buick gets excellent marks for reliability and value, too.
Why we picked it: Ford gave the circa-2005 Mustang design a major update in 2010, with cooler styling and a big interior upgrade. It didn’t stop there either, adding a much more powerful new V6 engine in 2011. While $15,000 isn’t really enough to swing a clean, low-mileage V8 Mustang from these years, the 2011-and-newer 3.7-liter V6 offers 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Both numbers would put a Radwood-era “5.0” to shame, and the later V6 models are lots of fun to drive. They’re also more practical than many other sports cars. Both are plasticky inside and have tight back seats, but the Mustang’s rear quarters and trunk are bigger than the Chevrolet Camaro’s. While a left-field choice for commuting, the Mustang is an excellent entry-level enthusiast car that can double as a daily and has a solid reliability record.
Why we picked it: This generation of the Passat was designed specifically for North American buyers, who favor lots of interior room and a smooth ride, and production only ended in early 2022, so it was a competent design for many years. The Passat’s cabin is comfortable and premium-looking, and over time it gained modern infotainment and driver-assist gear, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts (from 2016, but as options—you’ll have to find one so equipped).
Most Passats are powered by the 170-horsepower 1.8-liter four shared with the Golf, but a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 was optional. Some pre-2015 models used a 2.0-liter diesel four that was part of the “Dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal. While hard to find the diesel offers excellent fuel economy and emissions equipment that has since been fixed at Volkswagen’s cost. Ownership costs are a little higher than on the Camry or Accord, but Passat owners supply it High Marks for value and comfort.
Why we picked it: The oldest design on this list, the third-generation C-Class was also the most expensive of these cars when it was new. It’s still expensive to fuel (it only takes premium) and some repairs can also be pricey, but it has a rock-solid reputation for reliability and it’s a proper luxury car even if the C was the entry-level Mercedes model when it was new.
Best of all, clean and fairly low-mileage examples of both the C-Class sedan and the sporty Coupe can be found at this price (a few examples of the fourth-generation model, new in 2015, also fit into the range). Though not cheap to maintain, the C is more reliable than any BMW of these years and a good performer, offered with a 201-horsepower 1.8-liter four (C250) or a 3.5-liter V6 with up to 268 hp (C300 and C350) and optional AWD. It looks and feels properly luxurious inside and out without breaking the bank.
Why we picked it: After an eight-year hiatus, Chevrolet’s famous pony car returned in 2010 with an all-new design that paid tribute to the original 1967 version. Unlike classic Camaros, the reborn design put as much of an emphasis on handling finesse as it did raw power, resulting in a car that was as fun to drive on twisty roads as drag strips, and still is.
As with the Mustang, finding a good V8 example for less than $15,000 will be almost impossible, but the six-cylinder model is no slouch. Unlike the underpowered V6 Camaros of the eighties and nineties, the new 3.6-liter V6 made 304 horsepower at first, and later 323, mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The stylish Camaro is lots of fun and boasts a good reliability record too, but its interior is a dark, confining well of cheap gray plastics.
Why we picked it: The outdoorsy Outback has been providing owners with all-wheel drive fun since 1996, and offers genuine go-anywhere capability and SUV-like room for people and cargo. These years cover the tail end of the fourth-generation and early fifth-generation Outbacks, which have higher reliability ratings than some older models.
Both get top marks for safety, but 2015 and newer models have more active-safety features that are part of the then-optional Subaru EyeSight safety suite. These newer models also have nicer infotainment controls and more connectivity options. Six-cylinder models are out of this price range, but most Outbacks use the base 2.5-liter, 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine anyway. It’s a little underpowered in the Outback, but it’ll go lots of places other cars can’t.
Why we picked it: Volkswagen’s Beetle morphed into a modern car in 1998, the updated 2012 version saw big improvements in quality, fuel economy and interior space without sacrificing its retro-chic style. The Beetle still isn’t as space efficient as the upright Golf, but its back seat and hatchback offer pretty decent accommodations. It also comes as a convertible (from 2013 onward), though with less room.
The Beetle offers a much better maintenance and reliability record than the earlier New Beetle or cute retro rivals like the Mini Hardtop and Fiat 500. While it doesn’t offer dedicated performance models like Mini and Fiat, the Beetle is fun to drive and comes in many cool colors. Early on, engines included a 2.5-liter four (170 hp), a 2.0-liter TDI (140 hp) and a Turbocharged 2.0 (200 hp) with manual or automatic transmissions, but in 2016 things were standardized on a 1.8-liter, 174-hp four and a six-speed automatic.
Why we picked it: An automotive Methuselah, the Chrysler 300 debuted way back in 2004 but got a major update in 2011 that made it a better vehicle overall. Buyers loved it, and they’re still coming—this car is still in production in 2023 and looks much as it did in 2015. The fresher styling and updated technology also brought quality improvements, and the post-2011 cars have a better reliability record than earlier ones.
Power comes from the venerable Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 (292 to 300 hp) or the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (363 hp), which makes both versions good performers, and AWD is optional on the V6 models. In addition to its healthy helping of style and presence, many desirable features were also optional on the 300 in these years, including adaptive cruise control and a variety of style, infotainment and safety extras which were improved with a light interior refresh in 2015. Although $15,000 won’t buy one of the rare SRT models, the 300 is a lot of car for the money.
To determine our list of the best vehicles under $15,000, we cross-referenced a broad range of reliability and quality scores, evaluations by vehicle testers, thousands of long-term reports and reviews from owners and factored in our own long-term experiences with these vehicles as new and used cars. In addition to these criteria, the vehicle had to have average transaction prices under or near $15,000, be manufactured after 2008, and be easy for shoppers to find irrespective of their region or city.
Many of the models featured in our list of the best $10,000 used cars are available in even better condition for $15,000, and the Honda Fit, Toyota Avalon, and 2010 to 2014 Honda Insight nearly reappeared on this list. We recommend looking at those entries for shoppers on a budget.
We also didn’t include a few vehicles that have stellar records as used cars but are too difficult to find. If you can find one of these, each would make a good used buy for $15,000:
Some models with insufficient data, such as the 2008-2013 BMW Z4, which had very high reliability and quality scores, were left off the list due a lack of information or widespread availability.
We focused specifically on providing maximum value and reliability for the price, prioritizing models which are known for durability and low cost of operation, but also tried hard to provide a variety of models to suit different tastes.
We weighted our picks by the following criteria:
Although we can generally provide guidance on which models may be the best value or the most reliable, we cannot make any guarantees about how individual cars will perform. We did the research, but we still recommend you investigate your choices further before purchase and we advise pre-purchase inspections whenever possible. Theoretically, that’s easier than ever as there are now mobile mechanic services that can come to the vehicle directly. There are a few chains, like RepairSmith and Wrench, but most mobile mechanic businesses are still local and small scale.
The most cost-effective route to buying a used car is usually buying from a private seller, as they don’t have the overhead costs of car dealerships and they tend to have service records that can provide valuable insight into your purchase.
However, for $15,000 most cars less than eight years old will come with some form of meaningful warranty, and some may qualify for extended warranties or CPO programs, which you definitely can’t get from a private seller. Franchise dealers, including new-vehicle stores, often stock a variety of late-model used cars and if your want a warranty, that’s where you’ll have to go. Dealers are also in a better position to provide assistance with obtaining extended warranties and financing, though consumers still have the option to line up these extras on their own.
That depends on your needs. We’ve tried to provide a wide array of choices to suit enthusiasts, commuters, families and shoppers who’d rather have a newer vehicle with a warranty and are okay skimping a little on size or features. We’ve ranked our choices by multiple factors, with an emphasis on reliability ratings and owner’s perceptions of the value they got out of their purchases. Each of these vehicles is a good choice, though we did find that the most reliable cars on the list were the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, and Nissan Leaf.
There are now new vehicles left on sale for the 2023 model year that start at less than $15,000, so if you only have this much to spend, you’ll have to go used. But that’s probably a better decision anyway, as you’ll get a whole lot more vehicle buying used than you will by sampling from the new-car bargain bin. The cheapest cars for sale are nearly universally the smallest and most basic.
New cars do come with comprehensive warranties, but they lose 10% of their value in the first month of ownership, and up to 60% of their purchase price within five years of ownership, Covid-19-distorted used car values notwithstanding. By opting to buy used you trade the security of a warranty for more car and skip the worst parts of that depreciation cycle. The effects of Covid-19 have put used car values out of whack, but for cars more than three or four years old, depreciation is still a major factor.
The good news is that cars are more reliable than ever, and have warranties longer than ever, so even some four or five-year-old vehicles may still have some factory warranty left or qualify for extensions.
It can be, yes. One of the biggest reasons why consumers choose new cars over used ones is that they come with a warranty. Certified Pre-Owned cars come with extended warranties that are typically backed by the manufacturer or sometimes the selling dealer. They add to the purchase price, but unlike aftermarket warranties, they typically function as extensions of the manufacturer’s original warranties. Read the fine print before signing the paperwork, however, and make sure all inspection forms have been filled out correctly. Manufacturer-certified cars are subject to mechanical inspections to qualify for the programs, but errors in paperwork can mean hassles later.
Although cars are more reliable than they’ve ever been, this can supply you a little reassurance that your expensive and tech-heavy used car will be covered if something breaks within the first couple of years, depending on the warranty and the program.
Both matter, but how a vehicle has been maintained matters more. For cars only three to five years old, mileage is more of a factor, but we recommend avoiding cars with unnaturally high mileages, such as a 150,000-mile 2019 model.
The older a vehicle is, the more its component parts may age. The higher mileage a vehicle has, the more mechanical wear it has, which might mean replacing parts sooner or a series of expenses as components wear out.
In the 1990s, cars were usually considered worn out after 100,000 miles or 10 years, but improved quality standards have greatly extended the lifespan of vehicles since then. The average car in the United States is now 12.2 years old and fully one-quarter of the cars are over 16 years old. It’s common now to see quality used cars with over 100,000 miles, but typically below 150,000 to 170,000. Some vehicles on our list, like the Toyota Prius, are popular with fleets and well-known for lasting beyond 300,000 miles.
Proper maintenance and careful use are more important than mileage or age. The average vehicle is driven 12,000 miles a year throughout its lifespan, but many vehicles see much lighter demand than that. A low-mileage car that hasn’t been maintained properly or has sat idle for a long time might pose more problems than a higher-mileage vehicle that has been fastidiously maintained. Where possible, ask previous owners for maintenance records and seek a pre-purchase mechanical inspection. Such inspections are less necessary when considering manufacturer-certified CPO cars, which have had an inspection that conforms to the manufacturer’s standards.
Yes. Ideally, you may already have a relationship with a mechanic you know, but if not, there are many services available that perform pre-purchase inspections. Ideally, this inspection should contain a test drive over different types of roads with bumps or broken pavement and a run up to highway speeds to test the vehicle in all conditions.
Adding a mechanical inspection might be socially awkward if the seller is reluctant (and many dealerships won’t be thrilled) and will likely cost you $150 to $200, but it’s money well spent. Note that even the best mechanics might not be able to discover every possible issue, but they can help you spot obvious signs of neglect.
Sam Yoshida is EVP & GM, BICG & HSG, Canon USA; Chair & CEO, Canon Financial Services; Chair & CEO, Canon Solutions America.
As we continue to rely on technology more and more, we should also be increasingly thinking about protection. According to Cyber Security Hub, two-thirds of companies are spending more on cybersecurity in 2022 than last year — a pattern that should only continue.
On the heels of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is the perfect time for business leaders and organizations to consider the cybersecurity safeguards they use to protect sensitive information. Cybersecurity can be a complex task for many organizations. Businesses, educational institutions and government entities often struggle to navigate the available options. Aside from IT professionals, finding the right solution requires subject matter experts, a group of leaders who represent different lines of business, C-suite representatives and a thorough risk assessment to determine where to strike a balance between security and productivity.
Security is a constant discipline of due care and due diligence over time. It requires a mindset shift for employees and extends far beyond computers. Printers, scanners, fax machines, document management systems and other hardware and software solutions must contain the latest security features as well. While updating these devices may not be top of mind, neglecting them can pose a serious threat to your organization if compromised.
If you are just getting started, or need a refresher on cybersecurity, here are some of the first steps you should take:
To start, conduct a thorough risk assessment to identify and characterize threat sources—who they are, where they may come from and what they may look like. Once you have your potential threat sources identified, identify vulnerabilities in your organization. This could include lines of business where data leaks may be more prevalent or types of technology that would normally be overlooked in an assessment.
What are the extra steps you need to take to help ensure data is secure from malicious actors?
Once you have these vulnerabilities laid out, begin to determine what the impact of a potential attack or breach will be on your organization.
This increased vigilance has expanded into several arenas that were not previously high-awareness areas. This includes security features pertaining to device security, print security, document security, information security and cybersecurity. The multifunction printer (MFP), for example, has always been an area in which security can be compromised because one of the most common security breaches is confidential information left sitting in the output tray.
Another common threat to security comes from malware, so it is imperative to leverage technology to protect your infrastructure. Engineers from my company and McAfee design engineers joined forces and worked together to implement McAfee Embedded Control. This feature helps reduce the risk posed by sophisticated malware. These sorts of technological tools can alleviate some worry and leave more brain space for productivity.
Once you have assessed the risks and how they can affect your organization, it’s time to take proactive measures to secure information and educate individuals on the steps they should take to keep information safe.
Every member of the house needs to lock doors and close windows—not just one. The same goes for the security of your information. Many people are under the impression that cybersecurity preparedness solely falls on IT leadership. While they are normally accountable for putting preventative measures in place, all organizational members must take steps to help secure systems and data. In fact, human error among employees is responsible for a large portion of data breaches, so employee education is key. Organizations must inform their members about what threats could look like, what they can be used for and how to prevent them from happening.
Increasingly, IT administrators are tasked with managing user access to printers and MFPs. User authentication features such as passwords, cards or biometric authentication can be used in follow-me or pull printing, helping to ensure that a print job is not output to a workgroup device until the user is at the device. These measures can also help reduce the risk that documents could be e-mailed or faxed without authentication, helping to prevent secure documents from being inappropriately distributed or allowing for an audit trail if they are.
Additionally, different levels of access can be granted to various users, blocking guests or certain employees from sensitive material, higher-level functions and server-level access.
As technology continues to advance, so should security measures. Organizations must remember to take all different types of technology into account when conducting risk assessments, putting preventive measures into place and educating employees on what these threats look like.
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HP and Siemens have been partners for many years, but the companies continue to build on the relationship with an eye toward pushing out innovation in additive manufacturing (AM), transforming it from a prototyping technology to a cost-effective production technology. AM, according to HP and Siemens, can help companies “escape the limits of conventional manufacturing.” One of the ways to accomplish this, they say, is to Improve industrial 3D printing to increase speed to market, differentiate on product performance, and simplify production and supply chain operations. Eliminating data conversions and third-party tools is a good start, and this means a single software environment for design to production.
To this end, Siemens recently introduced a new software suite, Siemens NX AM for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer. The module is an extension of NX, Siemens’ flagship software for product development and manufacturing. The solution creates an end-to-end design-to-production software environment for companies using the Multi Jet Fusion, a 1,200 nozzle per square inch industrial 3D printer that allows for control down to the individual voxel level. (A voxel is like a pixel, but in three-dimensional space.) Users of the new software and the printer can develop and manage parts in a single software environment without the need for third-party solutions and tools, essentially creating a design-to-finished-part workflow efficiency.
Included in the Siemens’ NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion module is technology supplied by Belgian company Materialise NV, a certified Siemens partner that has built an open platform to enable co-creation and collaboration between different players in the 3D printing and manufacturing eco-system. Materialise technology enables automatic 3D nesting of parts within the building volume and a direct connection to HP Multi Jet Fusion printers.
The result, according to Siemens and HP, is new product possibilities including 3D printed parts with variable colors, textures, density, strength and friction, as well as thermal, electrical and conductivity characteristics. At the accurate Siemens Industry Analyst Conference, HP and Siemens unveiled a 3D printed multi-material “living” part that can communicate its up-to-date state of wear and tear. The part has both conductive and non-conductive characteristics, was designed in NX, and 3D printed using fusing agents currently being researched at HP.
In addition to enabling innovation, the new software module aims to bring down costs and manufacturing time compared to existing AM technology. Andreas Saar, VP of Manufacturing Engineering Solutions at Siemens PLM, told Design News that there are many barriers in the additive manufacturing process that need to be overcome in order to scale up additive manufacturing for industrial production.
“The new NX AM software automates 3D nesting of parts in the building volume to maximize the number of parts printed per job and help manufacturers save time and money,” he said. “Furthermore, as design changes are made, the parts in the build tray will update automatically, so no re-work of the build tray is necessary. The new module also minimizes the number of steps for manufacturers to complete the overall design-to-finished part workflow meaning there is less time required to prepare print jobs leading to an overall cost savings.”
Saar told Design News that many companies waste time and money in inefficient AM practices, working between different solutions that don’t necessarily inter-operate, which interrupts the workflow. In the new software module, Siemens draws on its Teamcenter product, a widely used product lifecycle management (PLM) solution.
“We often see companies using multiple, disconnected software applications to design, optimize, simulate, prepare print jobs and inspect parts,” he said. “This way of working results in costly data conversions, uncontrolled workflows and extra process steps. With the new NX solution, HP Multi Jet Fusion printer customers can complete and control the end-to-end process using a single, integrated software system in order make additive manufacturing an integral part of their mainstream operations. When NX is combined with Teamcenter, a digital thread flows through entire PLM workflow from requirements to manufacturing, managed without interruption.”
Because the new module, in conjunction with the HP Multi Jet Fusion, enables more design freedom, it can create new options for manufacturers looking to innovate in product development. Siemens and HP are aligning future technology roadmaps to open new possibilities for designers and engineers to control material characteristics of prints down to the voxel level. Emerging generations of the Siemens-HP system will allow voxel-level manipulation of surface texture, wear and friction to control material characteristics, according to Saar.
“In the future, engineers will be able to design and print parts that might have one area that is highly elastic and another area that is rigid, or one area that is opaque and another area that is translucent, or even one area that is dielectric and another area that is conductive,” he told Design News. “These upcoming capabilities will open up a new frontier of product development possibilities for businesses that use 3D printing.”
Between catering to the needs of customers, ensuring employees are engaged, remaining true to the values of the organization and staying compliant on changing laws, running a business naturally requires entrepreneurs to balance several different priorities all at once. No matter how experienced a leader is or how top-notch their juggling skills are, any person would struggle with these responsibilities.
Stepping outside of the mindset that they have to handle everything alone is a key first step for many leaders. Below, 12 Newsweek Expert Forum members each share one additional approach leaders can take when managing multiple projects and priorities.
While juggling different priorities can be tiring in these unprecedented times that we live in, a good tip for managing this is to embrace the discomfort as an anticipated and normal part of our everyday learning process. A shift in our mindset when thinking about these challenges will go a long way in helping us be better prepared to handle the many challenges that may come our way. - Bala Sathyanarayanan, GREIF Inc.
With the lightning speed at which we exchange information, it's become increasingly harder to multitask and manage multiple projects. As your business grows, it's critical to build a team of trusted advisors whom you can rely on. This will ensure you are receiving valuable guidance while also allowing you to focus your own efforts on the critical parts of the business where your time is most valuable. - Israel Tannenbaum, Withum
We use the rock, pebbles and sand approach popularized by Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The basic concept is that you have to start with the big goals (rocks) or they'll be crowded out by tasks (pebbles). Our rocks are our quarterly goals, which level up to annual goals and add to our 10-year goal of having data-gathering sensors monitoring 10 million acres of farmland. - Michael Gilbert, Semios
Identify your three top priorities. Then put the action steps you need to take for each one in their own silo. Those action steps can then be added to your calendar as appointments. The smaller the action, the easier it is to carve out time to accomplish. The path to accomplishing any priority is linear. Incremental forward movement is the best way to achieve any priority. - Diane Helbig, Helbig Enterprises
As a consultant, I find it helps to develop month-by-month priorities with clients and execute on those, as opposed to setting a long list of goals that stretch to infinity. Otherwise, you'll spend tons of time perpetually adding to your list of potential projects, which will detract from your ability to actually finish whatever you've got in-progress. Focus on achieving the goal, not planning it. - Suzanne Mattaboni, Suzanne Mattaboni Communications
We are only as strong and effective as the team around us. When you're overseeing multiple projects and priorities, it is essential to have an owner or driver who is responsible for the results of that project or initiative. This ensures it gets the attention and focus necessary to achieve the desired outcome. - Chris Heller, OJO Labs
Prioritize tasks based on impact and effort. This means evaluating each task or decision in terms of its potential impact on the business and the amount of effort it will require. By focusing on high-impact, low-effort tasks first, leaders can effectively allocate their time and resources to drive the most success for their business. - Jacob Kupietzky, HCT Executive Interim Management & Consulting
Keep notes and make lists. Be sure that the medium you choose is one you'll actually use and that it's accessible. Even in a tech environment, I like using pen and paper because prioritizing tasks becomes a tactile experience. They're in the open, not hidden away in a Kanban app. We spend so much time in front of a screen that it can become a foe. Handwritten notes are disruptive, in a sense, and harder to ignore. - Manuchehr Kurbonali, Zentist
My team uses Asana to track projects, providing visibility around who is doing what and when. We can also add details, comments and files to the project to keep everything in one place. This keeps the entire organization on the same page and allows leaders to check on the status of a project without sending emails. - Krista Neher, Boot Camp Digital
Implement a time system that works for you, and it should be one that allows you both project time and innovation time. It's so easy to get mired down in the day-to-day tasks that leaders can often forget to make intentional time to be forward-thinking. Block time to do that to fill your cup and to inspire you so that you can continue to lead effectively. I block time out for "thinking" and "innovation." - Jennifer Thompson, National Association of Social Workers New Jersey/Delaware
A strategic approach when deciding where to spend your time is to ask yourself if this activity is tied to the goals and mission of the company. Don't get caught up in low-value noise; focus instead on the signal. If you aren't spending 99 percent of your time on the company's goals and mission, you're working on the wrong things. - Sonja Wasden, Speaking Mental Health
Imagine it's one year from today. Reach out to your senior team to together reverse engineer the greatest opportunity that you have seized and successfully executed on and identify why that happened as well as the greatest danger that you avoided and why that happened. Then seek input on what first step is necessary to get started on each; however, exercise your leadership by making the final decision and telling them why you made it. - Mark Goulston, Mark Goulston, M.D., Inc.
HP announced today at GITEX that it will strengthen its enterprise imaging and printing product portfolio and strategy, including plans to increase the size and expertise of its sales force, to provide customers with unprecedented levels of service, information and business insight.
HP additionally announced its largest-ever rollout of multifunction printers, which are aimed at replacing copiers in businesses of all sizes. With these announcements, HP now provides enterprise imaging and printing customers with a full suite of services and solutions enabled by a world-class product portfolio.
“By leveraging our strengths in IT and our expertise in imaging and printing, HP is best-positioned to capture, manage and deliver the intelligence that enterprise customers need to Improve their business processes. This is not only about cutting costs. It’s about using HP’s services and solutions to help customers manage business information more efficiently to Improve productivity and competitive advantage,” said Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President, Imaging and Printing Group, HP.
Amr Hassan, General Manager, Imaging and Printing Group, HP Middle-East, said: “This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. As the Middle-East market matures, companies are demanding more industry-specific offerings and vertical solutions that address critical business needs such as improving processes, operational efficiencies, cost savings and revenue. HP has the proven expertise and the capabilities to address specific IT and end-user challenges for the future. 2006 has been a fantastic year for us overall and we plan to deliver an even bigger success story in 2007.”
Investing in sales force, expertise and tailored offerings
As part of a revitalised approach to make it easier to do business with HP, the company plans to hire hundreds of highly skilled sales consultants who will be dedicated to the company’s top 2,300 accounts. These experts will engage customers in conversations that go beyond simple cost cutting to understanding how to apply the information on the network to build competitive advantage.
HP’s strategy includes establishing teams of specialists that can address customers’ broad business environments. In addition to an account manager, each team will include specialists in technology, services and business processes with knowledge of the workflows, vertical applications and HP capabilities relevant to their customer’s specific needs.
Largest multifunction printer rollout in company history
HP’s new multifunction printer (MFP) lineup adds to the HP LaserJet portfolio, which offers the industry’s most complete set of options for both enterprise and small- to mid-size business customers. Highlights include:
Key highlights include:
• HP LaserJet M3035/3027 MFP Printer series – A compact, affordable workteam MFP that delivers up to 35ppm with exceptional output and a convenient stapler. This new product also includes an improved control panel with an intuitive and very simple touch-screen allowing easy interaction by visually walking through procedures, and assisting with setup and troubleshooting.
• HP LaserJet M4345 MFP Printer series – The follow on to the industry changing 4345 MFP. Ideal for workgroups, the MFP offers fast printing and copying at up to 43ppm optional faxing and advanced digital sending with paper handling, finishing and the improved control panel.
• HP LaserJet M5035/5025 MFP Printer series – The wide format MFP provides cost-effective A4 and A3 printing and copying at up to 35ppm, faxing and stapling options, with advanced digital sending and improved control panel.
• HP LaserJet CM1015/1017 MFP –. Combining print speeds of up to 8ppm (colour and black-and-white) with HP ImageREt 2400 technology and HP Colorsphere Toner, this affordable printer produces professional documents and photo printouts with brilliant colours. With its small footprint, the easy-to-use device fits easily on a desktop.
HP’s announcement also extends the range of monochrome technology for customers looking to increase office efficiency, and expanding the range of colour printing systems for customers looking to Improve the effectiveness of general office documents and marketing collateral. Launching today are:
• HP LaserJet P3005 Printer series – A fast, feature-packed network capable monochrome printer series with optional two-sided printing and Instant-on Technology. The series is ideal for document-intensive, small work team environments requiring high-quality printing with low maintenance.
• HP Color LaserJet CP4005 Printer series – Offering durable, high-performance colour printing with a fast first page out due to Instant-on Technology, easy sharing and low operating costs. Designed for HP ColorSphere Toner, which provides stunningly high quality prints.
Enhanced Solutions and Services to Meet Customer Needs
• HP is also extending its portfolio of security, document capture and output management solutions and services to meet growing demand from enterprise customers. In addition to developing solutions in-house, HP has forged strategic relationships with top solution providers to ensure that HP can address a wide variety of customer needs. Working with its partners, HP can help customers reduce operational costs while improving productivity, ensuring compliance with government regulations and increasing IT efficiency.
Also introduced by HP are two additions to HP Output Management Solutions portfolio:
• HP International Printing for HP Output Server accepts Unicode-based documents from SAP and other enterprise applications and transforms the information, intelligently sending output to multiple destinations.
• HP Output Management Web Console: Job Manager is a web-based tracking and management HP Output Server utility that provides single log-on authentication and access across single and multiple domains.
Additional highlights from today’s announcement include an update to HP’s industry-leading management software, Web Jetadmin, new document management and security services:
• HP Web JetAdmin 8.1 now includes Report Generation Plug-in 3.1 (RGP 3.1) enabling customers to conduct more scheduled reports than ever before and perform asset utilisation tracking that aids in understanding cost of ownership and planning for future purchases. HP’s Web Jetadmin is key to converting information across the network into true insight that allows enterprise customers to save costs and Improve efficiency.
The new Document Capture and Security Assessment and Document Capture and Security Delivery Services introduced today provide an analysis of business document processes and how they can be improved and secured. The result is increased employee productivity, better compliance with regulatory actions, improved security, and a single point of contact.
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced the awardees of the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability—or JWCC—contract, with Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Oracle each receiving an award.
Through the contract, which has a $9 billion ceiling, the Pentagon aims to bring enterprisewide cloud computing capabilities to the Defense Department across all domains and classification levels, with the four companies competing for individual task orders.
Last year, the Defense Department had named the four companies as contenders for the multi-cloud, multi-vendor contract.
“The purpose of this contract is to provide the Department of Defense with enterprise-wide, globally available cloud services across all security domains and classification levels, from the strategic level to the tactical edge,” the Defense Department said in a Wednesday announcement.
The awards come after a years-long effort to provide enterprisewide cloud computing across the department, with a significant delay in March as the DOD conducted due diligence with the four vendors.
All four companies issued statements the day after the award.
“We are honored to have been selected for the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability contract and look forward to continuing our support for the Department of Defense," said Dave Levy, Vice President U.S. Government, Nonprofit, and Healthcare at AWS. "From the enterprise to the tactical edge, we are ready to deliver industry-leading cloud services to enable the DoD to achieve its critical mission.”
“Oracle looks forward to continuing its long history of success with the Department of Defense by providing our highly performant, secure, and cost-effective cloud infrastructure," Ken Glueck, Executive Vice President, Oracle, said in a statement. "Built to enable interoperability, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will help drive the DoD’s multicloud innovation and ensure that our defense and intelligence communities have the best technology available to protect and preserve our national security.”
"The selection is another clear demonstration of the trust the DoD places in Microsoft and our technologies," Microsoft Federal President Rick Wagner said in a blog post. "Our work on JWCC will build on the success of our industry-leading cloud capabilities to support national security missions that we have developed and deployed across the department and service branches."
“We are proud to be selected as an approved cloud vendor for the JWCC contract," Karen Dahut, CEO of Google Public Sector, said in a statement.
JWCC itself was announced in July 2021 following the failure and cancellation of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure—or JEDI—contract, DOD’s previous effort aimed at providing commercial cloud capabilities to the enterprise.
Conceptualized in 2017, JEDI was designed to be the Pentagon’s war cloud, providing a common and connected global IT fabric at all levels of classification for customer agencies and warfighters. A single-award contract worth up to $10 billion, JEDI would have put a single cloud service provider in charge of hosting and analyzing some of the military’s most sensitive data. Ultimately, JEDI was delayed for several years over numerous lawsuits that ultimately caused the Pentagon to reconsider its plan, opting for a multi-cloud approach more common in the private sector.
For many years, Amazon Web Services—by virtue of its 2013 contract with the Central Intelligence Agency—was the only commercial cloud provider with the security accreditations allowing it to host the DOD’s most sensitive data. In the interim, however, Microsoft has achieved the top-secret accreditation, and Oracle and Google both achieved Impact Level 5—or IL5—accreditation, allowing the two companies to host the department’s most sensitive unclassified data in their cloud offerings. Oracle has also achieved top secret accreditation.
JWCC is just one of several multibillion-dollar cloud contracts the government has awarded over the past few years. In late 2020, the CIA awarded its Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, contract to five companies: AWS, Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM. The contract could be worth “tens of billions” of dollars, according to contracting documents, and the companies will compete for task orders issued by various intelligence agencies.
Last April, the National Security Agency re-awarded its $10 billion cloud contract codenamed “Wild and Stormy” to AWS following a protest from losing bidder Microsoft. The contract is part of the NSA’s modernization of its Hybrid Compute Initiative, which will move some of the NSA’s crown jewel intelligence data from internal servers to AWS’ air-gapped cloud.
Editor's note: This story was updated to include statements from all four cloud service providers.
Subaru has gone to great lengths to entice outdoor enthusiasts with its well-touted symmetrical all-wheel-drive, and model names like Forester, Outback and Crosstrek.
But nothing says rugged better than the new Wilderness trim, actually a new sub-brand for Subaru. It’s already affixed to the Outback and now joins the Forester lineup for 2022 and beyond. It’s more than a rugged appearance package and badges; the compact SUV has greater ground clearance, upgraded suspension and off-road drive modes like deep snow/mud.
It also is equipped with a strengthened tent-ready roof rack that can accommodate 800 pounds of campers and gear when parked. Better to stay off the wet ground and away from whatever lurks in the wilderness.
Approach and departure angles have been increased to 23.5 and 25.4 degrees, respectively, and two skid plates protect the engine and rear differential (aluminum up front, steel in the rear). A set of Yokohama Geolandar all-terrain tires handle the rough trails and choppy ascents. So, yeah, the Wilderness means business.
All Foresters get a styling refresh this year with tweaked grille and LED fog lights, but the Wildnerness gets an exclusive grille. It also adds larger wheel arches with black body cladding to fend off mud and branches, black bumpers front and rear, and a matte-black hood decal to reduce sun glare. Copper-finish accents and badging add a special look and attitude.
All Foresters get power from a 2.4-liter flat four-cylinder engine that puts out 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. A CVT (continuously variable transmission) with eight-speed manual shift mode sends power to all four wheels.
The powertrain is less punchy than most rivals. It delivers the SUV to 60 mph in around 8 seconds, which lags against foes from Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Kia. But it’s fine for practical daily driving, commutes and such.
The ride is firmer than its brethren in the Subaru lineup but compliant and comfortable enough around town. The off-road tuned suspension subdues the asphalt imperfections, too, and keeps it stable on corners. Steering is accurate and braking is firm.
In traffic, a handy alert tells the driver when the car in front is moving again — so you won’t get beeped from behind while checking last night’s hockey scores.
But it really shines on broken dirt and gravel trails, combing over them like a personal watercraft on rippled waters. Forester’s dual-function X-Mode applies the proper gearing for conditions: Normal, Snow/Dirt or Deep Snow/Mud modes optimize the traction control and power delivery.
While descending hills and maneuvering through forest trails, a 180-degree front camera offers a clear view of obstacles ahead.
The Wilderness also gets a towing boost to 3,000 pounds for easy transport of ATVs, watercraft or a small camper. It has trailer stability assist, too.
Subaru says the 3,643-pound Wilderness should get around 26 mpg combined: 25 city, 28 on the highway. Those figures are a tad optimistic, according to owner forums. Aerodynamic they’re not.
The cabin reflects the wilderness theme, starting with water-repellant StarTex upholstery that looks durable and is easier to clean. All-weather floor mats keep mud and sand off the carpet. Mats and front seat headrests get embossed Wilderness logos.
Seating is comfortable and roomy, offering good visibility and ample head room for all. Driver’s seat has eight-way adjustable controls. Back seats are unusually spacious for the segment, and have their own climate vents and USB connections.
Copper-colored accent stitching offers flair to the seats and matches the copper-finish accents on the dash, doors and center console. Driver pedals have brushed aluminum accents.
The infotainment system mirrors the rest of the Subaru family: An 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen serves as home to Subaru’s Starlink interface and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is not a wireless system and has no wireless charging, but it offers Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming. A smaller screen above is for the front camera and driver data.
The instrument panel includes analog dials for speed and RPM and a data display at center. For audiophiles, there’s an available nine-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system with 576-watt amp.
The cargo area is built for adventurers with an extra-wide hatch opening and up to 72 cubic feet of space with rear seats folded. The power lift gate also offers bright LED lighting for loading in the dark, and handy hooks on the inside of the hatch to hang wet gear while the gate is open.
Subaru’s Eyesight suite of driver-assist features has upgraded camera sensors, which offer a wider view ahead and are better at detecting pedestrians or cyclists. Also new this year is an automatic emergency steering system, which Subaru says can actually turn away from obstacles.
Subaru already has a following with those chasing the rugged terrain, but the Forester Wilderness goes one better: It’s more capable, can tow the outdoor toys, and even offers rooftop accommodations at day’s ends. When this car’s rocking....
2022 Subaru Forester Wilderness
As tested: $36,015 (Includes navigation with 8-inch multimedia touchscreen, 9-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio, reverse automatic braking, power rear gate, $1,850; engine skid plate, $220)
What’s all the excitement about? Wilderness trim gives Forester serious off-road credentials, including multiple drive modes, greater ground clearance, approach and departure angles, plus upgraded suspension and towing capacity
Powertrain: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 182 hp and 176 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to CVT transmission with 8-speed manual shifters
How’s the performance? Not much punch on road, but good handling; 0-60 mph in 8 seconds; More fun and capable on rough trails, ascents and descents
Fuel economy: Subaru says 25 mpg city, 28 highway, for 26 combined
(Barry Spyker was the automotive columnist for The Miami Herald and editor of its Wheels & Waves section. Readers may send him email at email@example.com.)
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