2010 Subaru Legacy

2.5i AWD 4-Dr Sedan H4 man trans

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Family sedan buyers in search of extra pizzazz and performance face something of a paradox these days. On the one hand, it's not hard at all to find lots of power -- not when your average six-cylinder Toyota Camry pumps out 268 hp. At the same time though, "mid-size" cars have gotten bigger and heavier, the transmission choices have gotten fewer, and front wheel-drive has become even more dominant.
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Enter the Subaru Legacy 2.5GT and Ford Fusion Sport AWD. Not only are both these challengers to the midsize throne fresh off successful redesigns, but these particular models offer upgraded powertrains and all-wheel drive in the name of spicing up the family-car experience.
We recently spent some quality time with these sedans to determine if either offers any legitimate thrills to go along with its practicality.
The Fusion and Legacy have targeted the heart of the midsize market with their latest redesigns. For Subaru, that means a rather substantial uptick in size and more conventional design. It's no surprise then, that the new Legacy while handsome, is no longer sleek, though the 2.5GT's 18-inch wheels bring some of the sexy back. The Fusion, which received evolutionary changes to its exterior, has become more athletic looking, and comes with unique 18-inch wheels of its own.
Inside, both cars have made impressive strides. The Legacy's growth means there's an additional four-inches of legroom for rear passengers. Upfront, the dash is well laid out and more attractive than on past models, but still uses far too many hard plastics for a $30,000 car. Thankfully, drivers finally get an auto-up power window.
The Fusion has taken an even farther leap forward. It matches the Legacy in comfort, but employs better materials throughout. Ford also seems to have paid a bit closer attention to insulation, as the Fusion does a better job isolating road noise. Unfortunately, the Sport model obscures much of this refinement with garish red trim and shiny seat inserts that appear ready for a night at the disco.
Either of these up-level models will gladly suit your need to be pampered, as both come with leather seats and features like Bluetooth and premium sound systems.
Of course, we didn't climb into these top-of-the-line models just to parse the differences in standard equipment and dash trim. We wanted to see which, if either, of these two cars followed through on its promise of performance. On paper, both seem to have quite a bit going for them. Each package car features a boost in power, a six-speed transmission, and all-wheel drive (the Fusion Sport is available in front-wheel-drive form). But look closer, and there's a slight but noticeable difference in attitude that makes all the difference.
For the Fusion Sport, Ford follows a rather conventional method of adding capability. There's a larger, 3.5-liter V-6 upfront, which makes 263-hp (compared with the base V-6's 240-hp), plus firmer dampers and thicker antiroll bars. The resulting Fusion certainly feels quicker than lesser, 3.0-liter V-6 models, but even with the optional all-wheel drive, which brings the curb-weight up to a hefty 3800 pounds, it remains soft around the edges, and primarily focused on coddling the driver. Steering is a bit slow and suffers at times from artificial-feeling feedback.
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Subaru, on the other hand, manages to slip a few of quirks into the 2.5GT that make it drive like more than a nice afterthought. For starters, there's a turbocharged, 2.5-liter boxer engine that makes 265-hp, just as in the WRX. We wondered at first why Subaru still bothers with an entirely different engine for its top dog when the slightly cheaper, six-cylinder Legacy 3.6R is for all intents and purposes just as powerful. The turbocharger's urgent whine and sportscar-like midrange thrust provided a more than satisfactory answer. Subaru further asserts that it means business by backing up the four-cylinder with a six-speed manual. It would be unusual enough for Subaru to offer a stick-shift in anything other than a base mid-size sedan - almost no one else does these days - but the GT goes a step further and isn't even available with an automatic. It's not the best gearbox, with long, somewhat balky throws, but we'll gladly take it over the Fusion's ho-hum six-speed slushbox, which has neither shift paddles nor a manual mode. The smaller displacement engine also contributes to the Subaru's noticeable handling advantage, as the four-cylinder Legacy weighs about 350 pounds less than the Fusion. Lest we overstate matters, it's worth noting that the 2.5GT receives no suspension improvements over the comfort-oriented 3.6R and, like the Fusion, exhibits more body roll than we'd like. It also does a poorer job absorbing road imperfections than the Fusion.
The Fusion Sport AWD and Legacy 2.5GT are both worth a second look in their crowded segment. If your main qualifications are comfort and refinement, the Ford deserves a slight edge. But if you're like us, and want a dose of feistiness to go along with a roomy back seat, than we'd recommend the 2.5T, which, despite its larger and more practical exterior, remains a family-man's WRX.
We'll be honest though: we think both automakers can do better. Ford has a twin-turbocharged, 365-hp Ecoboost engine and a team of SVT engineers who just finished souping up the Mustang and F-150. Subaru has a whole raft of WRX performance parts and a talented tuning team of its own. So, how about it, guys? When can we look forward to comparing the Ford Fusion SHO and Subaru Legacy STI?
Specifications:
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2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited
Base price (with destination): $30,690
Price as tested: $34,146
Engine:
Size: 2.5L turbo-charged 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 265 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 2000-5200 rpm
Drive:
Four-wheel
Transmission:
6-speed manual
Weight: 3477 lb
Wheels/tires:
18 x 7-in 15-spoke aluminum alloy wheels
225/45R18 performance tires
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
18 / 25 / 22 mpg
2010 Ford Fusion Sport AWD
Base price (with destination): $28,400
Price as tested: $29,590
Engine:
Size: 3.5L DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 249 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Drive: All-wheel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Weight: 3803 lb
Wheels/tires:
18 x 7.5 in. aluminum wheels
225/45 all-season tires
Fuel economy:
(city/hwy/combined)
17 / 24 / 19 mpg
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Bigger, faster, more fuel efficient
These words aren't paired together very often, but they perfectly summarize the 2010 Subaru Legacy sedan. The Legacy has grown longer, taller, and wider with a modest weight gain of 49-65 pounds, depending on the trim and equipment level. The engines are more powerful and more fuel-efficient than last year's. If you opt for the 2.5GT, the 0-to-60-mph sprint is estimated to be 5.9 seconds -- two full seconds faster than a year before. Is the Legacy finally ready for the mainstream midsize-sedan segment?
The Legacy grows up
For 2010, the Legacy grows 1.4 inches longer and 3.3 inches taller, and its track is 2.7 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear. Those changes give passengers in the rear seat an additional 3.9 inches of legroom and make for a much larger door opening. Interior volume is now 103 cubic feet, just larger than the Toyota Camry's 101.4 cubic feet, but still a bit behind the Honda Accord's 106 cubic feet. Golfers can now consider the Legacy, as the 14.7 cubic feet of storage in the trunk will accommodate four golf bags.
Graceful and mature
Outside, the Legacy might not be the most exciting midsize sedan, but it looks tasteful and modern. The grille is a reverse trapezoidal shape that works especially well with the hood scoop on the turbocharged 2.5 GT models. It's easy to identify the Legacy as a Subaru, but the design is generic enough to appeal to most midsize sedan shoppers. We appreciate the subtle bulge at the wheel flares, which gives the profile some character and a hint of muscle. It also showcases the standard all-wheel-drive.
The features get more mature, too
Subaru may be associated with earthy, frugal owners, but the Legacy offers many luxurious technologies and features inside the cabin. Starting with full-frame doors that bring noise, vibration, and harshness levels down considerably, the Legacy also includes an auto-up driver's window. (Sometimes, Subaru is strangely behind the curve on commonplace features.) You'll also find larger, more comfortable seats, better materials, including some very supple leather on the high-end cars, and nicer looking gauges than on other Subaru products. Options are limited but include an upgraded Harman-Kardon stereo, Bluetooth phone and iPod connectivity, a backup camera, a moonroof, and a voice-activated navigation system.
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2.5i
The entry-level Legacy is powered by a 2.5-liter Boxer four that produces 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. A new-for-the-U.S. six-speed manual is paired with a viscous center differential that splits power equally between the front and rear wheels. Those opting for the CVT will get a slightly more sophisticated AWD system that uses a slip-clutch and fancy electronics to determine which end of the car needs more torque. Subaru informs us this is the first application of a CVT with a Boxer engine. A mere 170 hp does not do much to raise the enthusiast's pulse, but it provides enough thrust for getting around town and feels particularly refined when paired with the CVT. Those considering the 2.5i will likely be most interested in the standard AWD at its $20,690 base price. Equally impressive is the 31-mpg highway rating for cars equipped with the CVT.
2.5GT
Enthusiasts will be most interested in the 2.5GT trim level. The turbo four produces 265 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque solely through a six-speed manual. Subaru uses the same AWD system here as on the 2.5i with a six-speed manual. A functional hood scoop, 18-inch wheels, and an all-weather package separate the 2.5GT from the 2.5i, but the options and equipment otherwise match a 2.5i Limited or Premium trim level. Think of the 2.5GT as a WRX for your growing family.
3.6R
Those buyers who are looking for more performance than the 2.5i offers but who are not willing to deal with a manual transmission will appreciate the Legacy 3.6R. As the name implies, power comes from a 3.6-liter, normally aspirated Boxer six engine. Power is rated at 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.6 runs on regular gas while the 2.5GT requires premium fuel. We found the 3.6-liter engine to be much more enjoyable than the 3.0-liter six it replaces, but the turbo-four cars were more fun on challenging roads. However, the six feels more refined and the automatic transmission adds smoothness to the package.
Behind the wheel
One of the biggest changes for the 2010 Subaru Legacy's ride is thanks to the double-wishbone rear suspension and front Macpherson-strut setup. If this combination sounds familiar, it's because all Subarus now use this suspension design. Body motions are well controlled, and the Legacy is stable going down the road thanks largely to its wider track and longer wheelbase. Sadly, the steering is overboosted but we found it offers good road feel as well as a quicker ratio. Braking performance has improved noticeably -- Subaru claims a 20% improvement in response from the new brake booster. Though the midsize sedan segment is hardly about superior driving dynamics, the Legacy is certainly fun to drive if you opt for the GT. Should fuel prices shoot up overnight, the normally aspirated four-cylinder model, particularly with a CVT, could be in demand. There's a smart mix of power, fun, and frugality available in the line, and all models, of course, have standard all-wheel drive.
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Who will buy it?
Subaru acknowledges it has a small following. According to Subaru's own research, less than 40% of midsize sedan shoppers know the Legacy exists. Those who are aware of the Legacy tend to be well educated, worldly, and environmentally conscious, as well as stylish and successful. Most of these people live in northern, coastal parts of the U.S. The marketing team thinks that Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, and Mazda 6 owners are most likely to cross-shop the Legacy, which compares quite favorably with each of those cars.
What does it cost?
A basic 2.5i Legacy with the six-speed manual transmission will cost $20,690 with destination; the CVT transmission is $1000 extra, but there are no other options. Stepping up to the Premium trim level runs another $1000 and gets you an eight-way power driver's seat, 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, auto up/down driver's window, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2.5i Limited runs $25,690 and adds a power passenger seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, mirrors, and wiper de-icers, dual-zone climate control, leather seats, and a premium audio system; the CVT is the only available transmission. PZEV models of any 2.5i CVT trim level are available in all 50 states for an extra $300.
The 3.6R begins at $25,690 and follows the same pricing strategy as the 2.5i family. Look to spend $1000 extra for a Premium and $3000 more for a Limited car. Aside from the engine and automatic transmission, the only difference between the 2.5i and 3.6R is standard 17-inch alloy wheels. All options and equipment are otherwise equal on comparable trim levels.
Enthusiasts will want the $28,690 2.5GT Premium and its turbo four powerplant, revealed by the functional hood scoop and standard 18-inch alloy wheels. A 2.5GT Limited runs $30,690 and matches the equipment found on other Limited models.
When can I buy it?
The 2010 Subaru Legacy should start showing up at dealers in early August. Wagon fans will want to wait for the 2010 Outback that arrives shortly after the Legacy sedan.
With configurations ranging from frugal and capable to fast and refined, the Legacy has broad appeal. There's also enough Subaru quirkiness to keep the early adopters happy with this generation--all engine choices are Boxers, AWD comes with every car, and there's a good array of safety features. If the 2009 Forester's success is representative of the demand for a more mainstream Subaru, the 2010 Legacy sedan will be quite well received by the market.
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  2.5i 2.5GT 3.6R
Powertrain
Engine SOHC H-4 Turbocharged/intercooled DOHC H-4 DOHC H-6
Displacement 2.5 liters (150.0 cu in) 2.5 liters (150.0 cu in) 3.6 liters (221.5 cu in)
Horsepower 170 hp @ 5600 rpm 265 hp @ 5600 rpm 256 hp @ {{{6000}}} rpm
Torque 170 lb-ft @ {{{4000}}} rpm 258 lb-ft @ 2000-5200 rpm 247 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission type 6-speed manual or CVT 6-speed manual 5-speed automatic
       
Chassis
Steering Rack-and-pinion with variable power assist
Suspension, Front MacPherson-type struts
Suspension, Rear Double-whishbone
Brakes Vented discs front, solid discs rear, ABS
Tires Size 205/60R16 (std), 215/50R17 (opt) 225/45R18 225/50R17
       
Measurements
L x W x H 186.4 x 71.7 x 59.3 in
Wheelbase 108.3 in
Track F/R 61.6/61.8 in
Weight 3270 lbs (6-sp), 3379 lbs (CVT) 3440 lbs 3481 lbs
Fuel Mileage 19/27 mpg (6-sp), 23/31 mpg (CVT) 18/25 mpg 18/25 mpg
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2010 Subaru Legacy Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
27 MPG
Horsepower:
170 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
170 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:10
Component
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 7, 2010, THROUGH MAY 20, 2011. COMPONENTS INSIDE THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY OVERHEAT.
Consequences
IF THE COMPONENTS OVERHEAT, THE WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER MAY MELT AND POTENTIALLY CATCH FIRE.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FRONT WIPER MOTOR BOTTOM COVER ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
195,080
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 AND 2011 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 28 THROUGH JUNE 23, 2010. DUE TO A PROGRAMMING ERROR, A LUBRICATION HOLE WITHIN THE 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WAS OMITTED.
Consequences
IF THE TRANSMISSION GEARS ARE NOT PROPERLY LUBRICATED, A GROANING SOUND MAY BEGIN TO DEVELOP ALERTING THE DRIVER OF A PROBLEM. IF THE SOUND IS IGNORED AND NO ACTION IS TAKEN, THE GEARS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK AND THIS CONDITION WILL LEAD TO VEHICLE POWER LOSS, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES BY DRILLING AN OIL LUBRICATION HOLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE INTERNAL PARTS WITH NEW ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
809
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:COOLING SYSTEM:HOSE
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 31 THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2009. A CRACK OR SPLIT CAN OCCUR IN THE CVT COOLER HOSE RESULTING IN A FLUID LEAK.
Consequences
IF THE FLUID IS COMPLETELY LEAKED DURING DRIVING, THE VEHICLE WILL COME TO A STOP, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Remedy
SUBARU WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE ANY AFFECTED COOLER HOSES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 8, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-SUBARU3 (1-800-782-2783).
Potential Units Affected
29,443
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:00
Component
STEERING:COLUMN
Summary
SUBARU IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 OUTBACK AND LEGACY PASSENGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 16, 2009 THROUGH APRIL 12, 2010. THE WIRING IN THE STEERING COLUMN ELECTRICAL ROLL CONNECTOR LOCATED BEHIND THE VEHICLE'S STEERING WHEEL MAY DEVELOP STRESS CRACKS AND EVENTUALLY BREAK. IF THIS WERE TO HAPPEN CERTAIN ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS MAY NOT OPERATE AS INTENDED.
Consequences
POSSIBLE CIRCUITS AFFECTED ARE THE DRIVER'S FRONTAL AIRBAG, PADDLE SHIFTER FUNCTION, CRUISE CONTROL, HORN CONTROL AND RADIO FUNCTIONS INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL CHECK LOT NUMBER OF THE STEERING ROLL CONNECTOR. THE ROLL CONNECTOR WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW ONE IF THE LOT NUMBER SHOWED ANY AFFECTED RANGE OF THE FAILURE OCCURRENCE. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 7, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUBARU AT 1-800-782-2783.
Potential Units Affected
73,698
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
EQUIPMENT
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Legacy and Outback vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, certain model year 2012-2013 Impreza vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory, and certain model year 2013 XV Crosstrek vehicles equipped with a CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory. Additionally included are certain model year 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles that may have received replacement RES fobs. If the RES fob is dropped, the fob may malfunction and randomly transmit an engine start request without pressing the button.
Consequences
The engine may inadvertently start and run for up to fifteen minutes. The engine may continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel. If the vehicle is parked in an enclosed area, there is a risk of carbon monoxide build-up which may cause headaches, dizziness or, in extreme cases, unconsciousness and/or asphyxiation.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RES key fobs, free of charge. The recall began on April 22, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
47,419
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:21
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2010 and 2011 Legacy and Outback vehicles, certain model year 2006 through 2012 Tribeca vehicles sold before January 2012, and certain model year 2009 through 2012 Forester vehicles sold before January 2012. Up to 78,650 of these vehicles may have been equipped with accessory puddle lights that, when illuminated, brighten the area under the doors of the vehicle. A short circuit can develop when either the puddle light or connector are exposed to an electrolytic moisture source (such as road spray that has road salt in it) and it penetrates the circuit board of the puddle light or the pins of the puddle light connector(s).
Consequences
Over time, migration of the moisture into the circuit board and/or into the connector cavity, may result in a short circuit of the puddle light system. This may generate heat which may melt the plastic resulting in smoke or fire.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fused-harness, free of charge. The recall began February 19, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 for more information.
Potential Units Affected
633,842
Notes
SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.


NHTSA Rating Overall
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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