The Subaru Legacy and by extension the Outback, the crossover wagon based on the Legacy, are due for a refresher. The 2013 Legacy and Outback have been given a slightly bigger motor and some new gear.
Settling nicely into middle age
The current generation of the Subaru Legacy and Outback, according to USA Today, is getting a refresh. The new models are going to the New York Auto Show.
Among other improvements is a new engine. The 2013 Legacy and Outback get a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder dual overhead cam boxer engine instead of a single in the previous 2.5-liter engine. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 will still be available. The new motor produces 173 horsepower, compared to the old model’s 170.
Available transmissions are a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic with paddle shifters. The new engine with the CVT is estimated to get 24 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway for both models, according to MotorAuthority. The V-6 only gets a five-speed automatic.
The party piece
The Legacy 2.5 GT trim, according to AutoGuide, has been discontinued, so the turbocharged variant of Subaru’s 2.5-liter boxer will only be in the WRX.
However, the new models have a party piece in Subaru’s new EyeSight anti-collision system which Subaru, according to Inside Line, is releasing first in the Outback and Legacy, followed by other models. The system is optional, but Subaru says it will be “affordable.”
EyeSight incorporates cameras mounted on the upper edge of the windshield, inside the car. The camera feed is incorporated with parking assist, lane departure and sway warning, adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking systems. The pre-collision system can reportedly detect oncoming pedestrians at speeds up to 19 miles per hour.
Subaru has also, according to MotorAuthority, tuned up the suspension and made Bluetooth, streaming audio and USB inputs standard across the board.
Prices available soon
The 2012 Legacy starts at $19,995 and the 2012 Outback starts at $23,295. Plenty of mid-size sedans and crossovers are cheaper, but not all have all-wheel drive.
The Suzuki Kizashi S AWD sedan starts at $22,349, produces seven more horsepower but gets fewer miles per gallon, achieving 21 mpg city, 31 highway. The Toyota Matrix has optional all-wheel drive, which brings the base price up to $21,715. It also has less horsepower, with 158, and gets worse mileage, achieving 20 city, 26 highway. However, it has more cargo room.
The Outback has more competition. The Mazda CX-5 Sport with AWD costs $100 more, but has less horsepower and gets one fewer mpg. The Kia Sportage LX AWD costs $200 less, produces 3 more horsepower, but gets worse gas mileage at 21/28. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport AWD costs the same as the Outback, but produces 25 fewer horsepower and achieves 23/28 mpg. The cheapest 4WD one can buy is the $17,775 Jeep Patriot 4WD, with 1 fewer horsepower than the 2013 Outback, but gets 22/28 mpg.