Pros CNET is an excellent resource, and yes, I know this is supposed to be a review of the vehicle, but you don't appear to have included any obvious way to give feedback on the review itself.
Cons The review is shallow and appears to be factually inaccurate in several places. Rushed even! The unavailable upgraded audio system appears to be standard fit on the Limited model that is mentioned for one thing.
Summary Criticizing the base model for its poor tech, appears kin to purchasing a 'plain' hamburger and complaining at its lack of relish! I'm pretty sure I could write a better review with my eyes closed, and would be happy to accept the challenge.
ps. Yes, I do drive a Subaru, but it's an Impreza not a Legacy. I've been reading car reviews for about 25 years though, and this one ain't great!
Pros Finally a bigger, modern, better looking Subaru sedan that doesn't look out of place beside more expensive mid-sized cars. Base engine now mated with a better than 4speed auto transmission, CVT paddle shifters offers flexibility better fuel economy.
Cons CVT will take some people time to get used to, Legacy low to ground compared to other Subarus but not to much of mid sized sedan competition.
Summary We've been driving Subaru's a long time, the latest a 1999 Forester with a 5 speed manual transmission and lots of Kms on it. We've used the Forester as a true work horse with almost weekly trips between a city house and a country cottage carrying everything from love seats to groceries, cats, and all the stuff you seem to have in one place when it's needed in the other.I've had the car since October 2010 and it has performed better than expected: better gas mileage, better transmission, better winter performance.
Before that we've had other Subaru's all dedicated to the same kind of use. But with plain jane looks, standard transmissions, AWD utility vehicles with mediocre fuel efficiency, but fabulous AWD traction which has kept us out of ditches and trouble in all kinds of weather.
After nearly 20 years of that though we wanted a sedan again, something with more space than the average midsize, much better fuel economy, a proper automatic transmission, better handling on long road trips which we take often enough to appreciate the dynamics of a sedan. Maybe even a sport sedan.
Until now the sedans we saw out there very seldom had AWD or if they did, they were very expensive or inferior AWD's compared to Subaru. But they were often bigger and better handling than Subarus, and had modern transmissions and advanced electronics. And even though styling is very subjective there were many American, Japanese, Korean and German sedans that we thought better looking than Subarus sedans.
Before 2010 we were resigned to living with our 1999 Forester a while longer hoping that maybe the new Forester's would get better than the 4AT but had pretty well given up on buying a sedan.
Well the Forester stayed with the 4AT for 2010, but lo and behold the 2010 Legacy was born with all the features we had been looking for - and more high tech features than we had been expecting. Now that we've driven it a bit, the CVT is great on fuel economy and while certainly different to other modern automatic transmissions, not hard to get accustomed to under any conditions we have experienced. And the paddle shifters hold the transmission ratio where we want it (compared to auto operation) particularly on long steep downhill runs or in the twisties. The seats are very good front and back with more legroom in the back than its competition. The electric driver seat adjustments (along with steering wheel tilt and column adjustments) offer drivers of all sizes and shapes a comfortable and well supported driving position. The electronics are all relatively easy to use and useful, something we expect today in most cars, from iPod, MP3 connectivity to BlueTooth.
People look at our 2010 Legacy and sometimes ask is that a Subaru? We're happy to be back in a sport sedan after a long time driving other configurations. But you have to remember that that's what the Legacy is now, and it is lower to the ground than other configurations so not the same as a forester or Outback in deep snow. But just as good on hard pack or ice as either of those. And with stability and traction control included the biggest danger on ice is falling on your butt when you get out of the car!
Updated on Mar 18, 2011
Updated on Mar 18, 2011March 2011, 4460 mile road trip through 8 Western States yielded 30.17mpg (best segment was 33.35mpg at 70mph+, worst 28.22mpg at 70mph+ into severe headwinds)
Tires were Michelin X Ice snow tires. Elevation ranged from sea level to several passes at nearly 10,000 feet; on many days the elevations were above 5500 feet all day. We encountered falling snow, icy roads, snow and slush on roads, extreme winds, days with consistent winds, and temps ranging from 26/28F to in the 80's. Average temp while traveling was probably around 50F.
We used cruise control wherever possible for better gas mileage. but also travelled at or slightly above the speed limit - often at 70mph and above and certainly averaged well above 60mph every day. The CVT transmission performed flawlessly in or out of cruise control.
There was never any drama from the suspension, engine, or transmission however bad the road conditions.
We used a Garmin GPS and Whistler Radar Detector, mounted on the flat centre dash.
Pros BIG inside. I'm big and tall and it was really confortable. Good MGP compared to my Jeep...
Cons Side runners....bottoms out on snow quickly...
Summary I needed better mpg, fun, and room. Fits all bills. I find it peppy (don't know why the CNET reviewer didn't know how to push down the accelerator). I got the bluetooth option and 6 CD player Harmon Karden and love it.
Better than Toyota...and certainly better than any American car...
Pros Excellent stability and handling in all weather, on all roads. Quiet and spacious interior.
Cons The 2.5i base car lacks several bells and whistles, but that is why they call it "base", right?
Summary I had never driven a Subaru until this past summer when I acquired an 09 Legacy Sedan. I was immediately impressed with the driving experience and over-all feel. The 2010 model is larger in every dimension, providing a much needed increase in interior space and a reduction in noise due to the newly full-framed windows.
I felt this review was fair, and I know you test what you're given, but why not review a 2.6i Sport which comes from the factory with some of the tech goodies you felt were lacking: Bluetooth, Mediahub (ipod integration), de-icing wipers/mirrors, auto-dimming compass mirror etc., for only a few thousand $$ more? Maybe they option them differently up here in Canada, but this would have been a better car to review.
The new Subarus represent a good value when compared to the competition: best crash test ratings for every model (safety) and recommended ratings from Consumer Reports (reliability) and a true full time all wheel drive system.
Pros AWD gives you the grip you would never get with a Camry, and the steering, well there is actual feel, unlike a camry, which feels like you are driving a land yacht. For a midsize sedan, this is the one to get.
Summary This review really isn't that good, and the reason why people buy Subaru is because they are better cars mechanically than Toyota or Honda and it works. I could care less if it had bluetooth if it lets me drive up the snow and through puddles, cuz I'm sure that with a Camry you're just going to accelerate until you kill yourself.
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