Subaru revises Legacy sedan for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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First introduced in 2009, the fifth-generation Subaru Legacy sedan receives significant revisions for the 2013 model year. Changes include new headlights, a new front grille and a new front bumper, all of which make for a more imposing appearance. The 2013 Legacy also benefits from a retuned suspension that helps reduce body roll by up to 40 percent.

In 2.5i form, the 2013 Legacy features a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder boxer engine which delivers 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, up slightly from the previous version's 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5i can be had with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or Subaru's second-generation Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). In addition to the 2.5-litre engine, the 2013 Legacy can also be specified with a larger, more powerful 3.6-litre, 256 horsepower 6-cylinder boxer engine available in the 3.6R Legacy. This engine comes mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission which can be controlled via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Of course, as was the case before, all 2013 Legacys feature standard all-wheel-drive.

In base trim, the 2013 Legacy comes equipped with features including a Bluetooth hands-free phone system with streaming audio, USB charging port, electronic parking brake and a hill holder system which keeps the vehicle in place when stopped on a hill until the driver presses the accelerator pedal. 2013 Legacy Premium models come standard with the CVT transmission, as well as a 10-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shifter, 17-inch alloys, and more. In top-specification Limited trim, the new Legacy includes such features as perforated leather upholstery, a harman/kardon premium audio package as well as available voice-activated GPS navigation and a rear vision camera.

Perhaps the most significant feature available for 2013 is the EyeSight driver-assist system which debuts on the 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback models. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. The system uses a stereo camera that has a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems, according to Subaru. In addition to identifying obstacles in front of the vehicle such as pedestrians and other vehicles, Eyesight is even capable of bringing the 2013 Legacy to a complete stop. Other notable technologies for 2013 include vehicle dynamics control, a four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.

The updated Subaru Legacy for 2013 is expected to debut at this month's New York International Auto Show along other Subaru models including the new BRZ sport coupe and the revised Outback wagon.
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Topics: Sedan, Subaru, 2013, Legacy, Midsize,

Organizations: Subaru

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