This is the PERFECT car for Alaska. Which is why- when you come up here- it will seem like at least 50% of the cars on the road are Subaru Outbacks. Its 4WD, and has incredible clearance. 17" wheels, yet handles like a sports car.
It also has heated seats, studded winter snow tires, Eyesight Technology for safety, and GPS.
This is my 2nd Outback. I pride myself on "taking care of my stuff." My other has 185,000 miles and still running like a champ. I bought this car primary for my Bed and Breakfast guests, whom I saw renting lousy cars for Alaska at outrageous prices.
This new 2015 version has "eye sight" technology. Meaning it senses when you are crossing into lanes, a car stopped in front of you too quickly- etc. and takes appropriate action. Amazing!
It also has built-in GPS mapping, Bluetooth connectivity, and is just a marvel of engineering. If you have hills to climb in Fairbanks, this is your car.
Snow tires or chains
I leave the car at Pikes Waterfront Hotel's Park & Fly, 3 minutes from the airport. You can take their 24 free shuttle from the airport, or a 3 minute cab ride. As soon as you arrive, call their shuttle at 907-456-4500 and they will pick you up at the airport, and bring you to the hotel to collect the keys. Just show your ID and they will give you the keys.
When you return, it will be the same procedure. Call the shuttle 15 minutes before you want to go to the airport, and return the keys to the desk. I'll pay the parking fee ahead of time.
I can also leave it at the airport, but there will likely be a parking fee of at least $15 to pay.
The trip went flawlessly, like Nicole says "Subarus are the perfect car for Alaska. There pickup and drop off was very easy. It was nice to have a fully equipped car with all the bells and whistles.