2013 Subaru Legacy

2.5i AWD 4-Dr Sedan H4 man trans

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Comparo Subaru Legacy Vs Ford Fusion AWD 1
While there are lots of midsize sedans, if you’re looking for one with all-wheel drive, your choices shrink dramatically. In fact, outside of the luxury brands, there are only two: the Ford Fusion and the Subaru Legacy. Ford offers all-wheel drive on the premium-spec Fusion, the Titanium, which is equipped with the top engine, Ford’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four. At Subaru, all-wheel drive is standard on the Legacy, as it is on every Subaru save the BRZ. Thus, you can get an all-wheel-drive Legacy with either the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or the optional 3.6-liter six.

A Four and a Six

For this match-up, we chose the Legacy equipped with the six-cylinder. Why? Because Subaru’s normally aspirated 2.5-liter four, despite being slightly larger than Ford’s 2.0-liter turbo, is seriously down on power (with 173 hp) compared with the Ford four, which produces 240 hp. The Legacy’s 256-hp, 3.6-liter six is a much closer match. Pricewise, the Legacy 3.6 R, even in Limited trim, is also closer to (and still cheaper than) the AWD Fusion Titanium.

Not Cheap, but Lots of Goodies

With both cars rolling in their most resplendent finery, standard fare for each includes leather, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, power seats, and, on the Fusion, a backup camera and Sync. To that total, our tested Subaru adds navigation, a moonroof, and a backup camera, along with some lesser bits, for a total of $32,382. The Fusion you see here is loaded up with navigation, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, 19-inch wheels, and metallic paint, sending the bottom-line price all the way to $37,670.

Styling is No Contest

The Ford is the more expensive car, and it looks it. If we were awarding style points, the Fusion would garner them all. The new Fusion has a very dramatic design for a midsize sedan. In contrast, Subarus have never been known as style setters, and the Legacy does nothing to upset that tradition.
Inside as well, the Fusion is very of-the-moment. Not so much in the cabin materials, which are rather ordinary, but in the large, colorful LCD screens in the instrument panel. Of course, there’s MyFord Touch, with its huge screen, but there are also the configurable color screens flanking the speedometer. Compared with the Ford, the Subaru looks a generation behind. Its instrument cluster has real instruments (with only one small LCD screen that doesn’t do a whole lot), its center stack uses actual buttons, and its navigation graphics look like they’re from the aftermarket. The Legacy is a Blackberry to the Fusion’s iPhone. Like a Blackberry, however, the Subaru might lack visual pizzazz but is actually easier to use, with its physical buttons rather than Ford’s touch-screen and flat-panel design.

Life as a Passenger

In the same way, the Subaru’s more upright greenhouse and boxier, sedan-like roofline isn’t as rakish as the Ford’s profile, but there are benefits to the driver and passengers. For the driver, the Legacy’s large, upright windows provide an excellent view out. As for rear-seat passengers, the Ford just barely carves out enough space for two adults, while the Subaru has room to spare. Up front, the Legacy’s wide, soft seats feel fine, but their support melts away during spirited cornering. In the Fusion, the Titanium spec buys you better seats than you get in lesser versions, and they have a lot of lateral support—something you’ll appreciate when you attack some corners.

On the Road

Attacking corners is something the Ford does particularly well, and the Subaru does better than before. When the current Legacy debuted in 2010, its suspension setup prioritized pillowy ride comfort, and the car could be ponderous and floaty on the highway. A revised chassis for 2013 features a thicker rear antiroll bar and firmer springs and dampers. The suspension tune-up has quelled the float and improved cornering, and the ride quality hasn’t suffered too much, although the wheels do trod heavily over bumps. We don’t mind the Legacy’s fairly high steering efforts, but the helm is somewhat wooden and can be lazy about self-centering.
The Fusion won’t need to go in for a suspension upgrade anytime soon. Ford has done an extremely good job with this chassis. The ride is composed, and the car dives into corners with confidence. At the same time, the Fusion shrugs off broken pavement with a stoic thump—even while wearing its high-fashion nineteen-inch wheels. Finally, the Ford’s electric power steering is progressive and nicely weighted.

Powertrains, All-Wheel Drive, Fuel Economy

The Legacy’s 2013 updates extended to the powertrain—but only the base engine. A new version of the 2.5-liter four-cylinder is more efficient and is now paired with a CVT automatic (or a six-speed manual in base models). There are no powertrain changes to the six-cylinder 3.6 R, which continues to use an automatic with only five speeds. Subaru offers three different all-wheel-drive systems on the Legacy, depending on the transmission selected. For the 3.6 R, the AWD system combines a center differential and an electronically controlled hydraulic transfer clutch; interestingly, this unit’s default torque split is 44/55, so it has a slight rear-wheel bias. The Fusion shares its all-wheel-drive system with seven other Ford vehicles, including the Escape, Flex, and Taurus. In its steady state—almost all of the time—the Ford system will motivate only the front axle. Depending on driving conditions, though, the system can kick in and send between 40 and 55% of torque to the Fusion’s rear axle.
Fords 2.0-liter EcoBoost four is the most potent of the three available non-hybrid powerplants. Responsive and well mannered, this is definitely the engine you want in your Fusion. Not surprisingly, its EPA figures trounce those of the Legacys much larger six. The Feds rate the Fusion at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, versus 18/25 mpg for the Subaru. However, Fords EcoBoost engines have been criticized recently for delivering real-world mileage that falls far short of their EPA figures. Anecdotally, our experience says the same: when we take the Fusion on a four-hour day trip that is a mix of Interstate and two-lane highway, we get an indicated 25 mpg.

And the Winner Is...

The Subaru Legacy is a nose-to-the-grindstone sedan that does a good job delivering midsize sedan virtues with the added bad-weather capability of all-wheel drive. In this match-up, it tallies its points in all the more practical categories. It’s more attractively priced, undercutting the Fusion by more than $3000. Its cockpit, although dowdy, is easier to see out of, and the controls are easier to use. For those who regularly carry more than one passenger—and if you didn’t, why would you be buying a midsize sedan?—the Subaru’s back seat is notably more spacious.
The Ford Fusion is more impressive at first glance. Larger and more stylish, it’s also packed with the latest tech. And while we acknowledge that some of those aspects have their downsides, it’s nice when a midsize sedan aspires to something a bit beyond just taking you to work. The Ford pulls ahead because it’s also more compelling from behind the wheel. Its chassis is a standout in this segment, and it delivers lively performance from its small engine. A midsize sedan may not have to reach you on an emotional level, but we like it when it does. The Ford Fusion is our winner in the AWD midsize challenge.
2013 Subaru Legacy
2013 Subaru Legacy

New For 2013

Subaru’s optional EyeSight is the biggest change for the 2013 Legacy. EyeSight is an active camera-based system that scans the area in front of the Legacy to let the car know if there are pedestrians in the path, a collision is imminent, or the car is about to depart its lane. The system can automatically apply the brakes in some situations if the driver does not respond to the initial audio warning.

Overview

All-new in 2010, the Subaru Legacy receives a pleasant refresh for 2013. Fuel economy is up to 32 mpg on the highway, thanks to a revised CVT and a slightly more efficient engine. Unfortunately, the turbocharged 2.5GT we enjoyed so much is cut from the 2013 roster, but the 3.6R models remain for those who favor acceleration over fuel saving. All Legacy sedans now feature a brake override system. Subaru’s optional camera-based EyeSight driver-assistance system adds a precollision braking system, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Subaru has stiffened the Legacy’s chassis and suspension, which Subaru claims reduces body roll by 40 percent. Standard audio systems now feature Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming in addition to iPod controls and a USB port; the optional navigation system now includes a 7.0-inch touch screen, voice control, a rearview camera, SiriusXM NavTraffic, and premium speakers. Limited models now feature a rear-seat air duct to help regulate cabin temperature. Overall, the Legacy competes well with better-known mid-size sedans such as the Honda Accord, the Volkswagen Passat, and the Toyota Camry. It’s worth a test drive, especially if all-wheel drive is on your wish list.

Safety

Front, side, and side curtain air bags; traction and stability control; ABS; and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. A rearview camera is optional, as is EyeSight, which includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and precollision braking.

You'll like:

  • Roomy rear seat
  • 32 mpg highway

You won't like:

  • CVT isn’t for everyone
  • Four-cylinder lacks grunt

Key Competitors For The 2013 Subaru Legacy

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Toyota Camry
  • Volkswagen Passat
2013 Subaru Outback Front Three Quarter
Subaru has announced pricing for the 2014 Legacy and Outback, keeping the two cars' base sticker prices at the same point as 2013. That means the Legacy will start at $21,090 and the Outback will start at $24,320 – with both cars undercutting all of their main competition.
2013 Subaru Legacy 2 5i EyeSight Front Right View
The 2013 Subaru Legacy has a revised engine with a smidge more power than the 2012 version, and a new continuously variable transmission designed to be more responsive and more efficient. The engine sometimes vocalizes the asthmatic wheezing that is typical of four-cylinder engines strained by CVTs, but overall it's a smooth powertrain that provides more than adequate acceleration. I still love the way this car drives: the Legacy is pleasant and inoffensive, yet it offers just a touch better steering and suspension balance than in typical midsize sedans, making it feel like a special choice in its class.

2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited

2012 Subaru Outback Front Three Quarter
It's always a good problem to have: demand for Subaru cars and crossovers in the United States is up, to the point where Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, is considering adding plant capacity at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, its sole American plant. Subaru's story is much the same as its Japanese counterparts and competitors: demand is up in the American market, but a stubborn Yen-to-Dollar rate (which strongly favors the Yen, and doesn't show any signs of dropping) ensures that Japan-assembled cars aren't going to make much money. A Toyota Camry, for instance, has more price flexibility than a Prius (the Camry is built in Kentucky, the Prius in Japan) and--in theory--a larger profit margin. But profit margins only tell part of the story. Subaru's sales are way up this year, to the tune of 299,788 Subarus sold through the end of November. Sales of the Impreza are up some 184 percent over last year, and the Legacy and Outback are up 13.6 and 16 percent, respectively, year-over-year. Subaru recently announced that November 2012 was its best November ever. Production at Subaru's plant in Lafayette, Indiana is projected to hit 277,835 vehicles this year, an all-time record, and the plant's maximum capacity currently stands at 310,000 units, capped by Indiana anti-air-pollution regulations. The plant makes Tribeca, Legacy, and Outback models, as well as Toyota Camry sedans (under contract with Toyota, which owns a 16.5-percent stake in Fuji Heavy). With the new Impreza doing so well (it's the third-bestselling Subaru, behind the Outback and Forester) and a new Forester on the way, Subaru bosses are wondering if it's a good idea to shift some production here. Bloomberg says that shifting some Impreza and/or Forester production to the U.S. would mean adding at least 50,000 units of production; considering the two will sell a combined 140,000 units this year, a 50,000-unit bump would only mean one in three Imprezas (not counting WRXs) or Foresters would come from Indiana. Then again, Subaru says it has another possible trick up its sleeve: its Indiana plant sits on a huge tract of land--one big enough for a second assembly plant. Adding a second facility could be a gamble to the tune of at least $1 billion, but with Japanese exchange rates and American auto demand remaining high, it might be the best move for Subaru. Source: Bloomberg
Subaru EyeSight Cameras
While features like Adaptive Cruise Control originated on high-end vehicles, the trickle-down effect of high-tech features on automobiles is only growing. Subaru, which recently rolled out its EyeSight safety system on the 2013 Legacy and Outback, promises to offer it on every Subaru model in the future. To see if the system is all talk or pitch-perfect, we gave it a quick shakedown.

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2013 Subaru Legacy Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
21 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 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
12-31-1969:21:35:30
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
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
STEERING
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly may become disengaged from one another.
Consequences
If the shafts become disengaged, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge. The recall began on May 14, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQI-45.
Potential Units Affected
5,379
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
STEERING:COLUMN
Summary
Subaru is recalling certain model year 2013 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from February 15, 2012, through June 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the inner and outer shafts of the steering column assembly may become disengaged from one another.
Consequences
If the shafts become disengaged, the driver would lose the ability to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering column assembly with a new one, free of charge. The recall began on May 14, 2013. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's recall campaign number is WQI-45.
Potential Units Affected
5,379
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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