2013 Subaru Legacy – Ruge’s Subaru

23 Apr
By Fred Meier, USA TODAY
Updated// 2012-03-29 1:12 PM

The refreshed 2013 Subaru Legacy that will make its debut next week at the New York Auto Show.
By Subaru

Subaru today released details and a photo of the refresh for 2013 of its Legacy midsize sedan that was redesigned in 2010.

The 2013 Legacy will make its debut next week at the New York Auto Show.

The headline a new 2.5-liter Boxer four with a little more power that also gets better mileage: up to 32 mpg on the highway, which would extend Legacy’s claim as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan with all-wheel drive.

But unlike the redone midsize sedans from Hyundai, Kia and Chevrolet, Subie is not dropping a six-cylinder option, continuing to offer a 3.6-liter H6.

The new double-overhead-cam 2.5-liter Boxer four is rated 173 horsepower, up three, and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, up four, from the outgoing single-cam 2.5. It will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic with manual mode and paddles.

Subaru says it is a new-generation CVT that will be more responsive and quieter — neither quality a hallmark of CVTs, so we’ll see. But CVTs do offer a mileage bump, and this one apparently delivers on that. Subie estimates it will be EPA-rated 24 city, 32 highway, 27 combined — each a mile better than the 2012.

The carryover, 256 hp., 3.6-liter six continues to be mated to a conventional five-speed auto with paddles.

Outside, the car gets a restyled front end with a little more drama.

And there is a new suite of safety features Subie calls the “Eyesight” driver-assist system. The system includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking and a lane-departure warning. Subaru says EyeSight uses an in-house developed stereo camera that provides a wider detection angle — and lower cost — than radar-based systems.

Among other changes, Subie says suspension mods improve both ride and handling, including a 40% cut in body roll.

And tech upgrades include Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and USB now standard on all trims (and now part of the ante just to play in this segment).


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