Family, friendship, and phenomenal service: That’s what Hanson Subaru has proudly provided for the local community since their very first car sale. Thousands of sales, smiles, and adventures later, Hanson is excited to continue to treat its customers just like family. Located in Olympia, Washington, Hanson has been a family-owned and operated business for more than 45 years.

by Tracy Campion

Whether you’re a couple purchasing your first Subaru together, an adventurer whose dog is their co-pilot, or a family who has been buying Subarus for decades, there’s a car for every driver – and Hanson looks forward to making you a part of their family.

Entering the warm, spacious showroom, we were greeted by Sales Manager Rob Little, who was excited to show us the updates to Subaru’s 2020 Outback and Legacy. We felt welcomed by the dealership’s family atmosphere, and hearing about the longevity of Hanson’s employees showed us just how popular this business is. Rob has been at the dealership for eight years. Frank, the dealership’s General Manager, has been there for 26, and many of their sales and service employees have been at the company for more than two decades. Everything about Hanson has a family-friendly feel to it – and there’s a reason why.

“We really are family here,” said Sales Manager Rob Little. “The owners, Steve Hanson and his son, Vince, are on-site every day. They ensure that all of their employees are taken care of, and we help our customers – and their dogs! – feel the same way, too.”

Photo by Holly Cook Photography

Hanson’s sense of family extends to its local community, as well. Every year, Hanson has a food drive to help Senior Services for South Sound; this year, staff and volunteers pitched in to fill a 27-foot U-Haul with much-needed food. “It’s rewarding to give back this way,” Rob said, “and it’s something that we look forward to every year.”

Subaru is, by far, the most popular car choice for dog lovers. Subaru’s commercials even feature dogs driving their award-winning line of vehicles, although this isn’t a behavior that Hanson Subaru condones (but dogs are always welcome co-pilots!) And they really enjoy it when their customers bring their dogs to the showroom. “We always keep treats on hand to give out to the dogs,” Rob said.

Dogs give four paws up to Subaru’s award-winning 2020 lineup, which includes the Ascent, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, BRZ, WRX, the WRX STI, and the newly redesigned Legacy and Outback. There’s a car for every driver, every dog, and every adventure just waiting to happen.

The Outback and Legacy were both redesigned for 2020 and sport notable changes in appearance and performance. The Outback’s biggest changes for 2020 include a bolder grille, wider fenders, a hands-free power liftgate, heated seats, the model’s first available WiFi hotspot, and an 11.6-inch infotainment screen. The Legacy’s biggest changes for 2020 include a quieter, more comfortable cabin, increased agility and body stiffness, an improved infotainment system, increased fuel economy, more advanced safety features, and updates to the headlights, wheel arches, and grille, which yield a more streamlined look.

Hanson Subaru is proud to participate in Subaru’s Share the Love event. For every new Subaru that was leased or purchased between November 14 through January 2, they donated $250 to one of five charities and an additional $50 to Senior Services for South Sound. As of this writing, 5,235 meals – and counting – have been donated to Senior Services for South Sound and Hanson has donated an additional $16,875 thus far.

“At Hanson, we believe in being a positive force in something bigger,” Rob said. “We believe in helping our community by our donations, our actions, and by setting an example for others to follow. We believe that the relationships that we’re building should last a lifetime, and we strive to make sure that love is felt by our entire community.”

For 2020, Hanson invites you to share the love, share the community connection, and share life’s adventures in an all-new Subaru.

To experience the Hanson Subaru difference today, visit their website at or visit their showroom today at 2300 Carriage Loop SW in Olympia.