The blower motor in my WRX gave the impression to be getting louder by the day and, whereas including an insulation panel appeared to assist, I nonetheless wasn’t glad. The noise was intermittent, making it exhausting to breed, although a tech working at my native seller found a technical service bulletin and provided to interchange it whereas the guarantee was nonetheless in impact.
So, I scheduled an appointment to drop the automobile off to interchange the blower motor and carry out a technical service bulletin to resolve my squeaky clutch pedal points. As a result of they wanted time to get some additional components in, I used to be informed I’d be given a loaner for a number of days. I dropped the WRX off and anticipated to stroll out to a base Impreza, however was pleasantly stunned to be greeted by an opulent Legacy 2.5i Restricted.
The Legacy Restricted appeared an odd alternative for a loaner automobile, however the mixture of choices and ultimate value defined why it ended up in loaner service as an alternative of somebody’s driveway.
This particular automobile, priced at $32,359 due to the Restricted trim and two giant possibility packages, got here outfitted with the smaller 2.5-liter flat-four making solely 170 horsepower. This positions the automobile above the top-trim three.6R Restricted and plenty of opponents providing extra energy.
One of many first issues I observed strolling as much as the automobile was the big 18-inch wheels and the tiny rotors hiding behind them. The entrance rotors are available in at 11.6 inches — the identical measurement you’ll discover on a 2000 Outback. Shifting previous the cosmetics, the brakes served their function properly in site visitors and the again roads close to my dwelling. Nonetheless, it may need been a clever alternative to mix the bigger 12.Four-inch brakes with the 18 inch wheel improve, only for presentation.
One of many first issues I did after leaping within the automobile was to pair my telephone with the StarLink system and see the way it compares to my WRX. I used to be pleasantly stunned to see it join over Bluetooth virtually immediately; the touchscreen was way more responsive than what I used to be used to. Sound high quality was nice for my non-audiophile ears and the one factor it actually lacked — for me, anyway — was Apple CarPlay.
On the street, the Legacy proved quiet and cozy, albeit very gradual. The two.5-liter will get fairly a exercise attempting to maneuver virtually three,500 kilos of mass, although I believe the CVT ratios and tuning are principally responsible; older naturally aspirated Subarus I’ve owned appeared to carry out a lot better off the road. As soon as the automobile will get shifting, extra energy comes on-line and freeway driving and passing will not be a problem.
The inside is properly appointed with comfy and supportive leather-based seats. The supplies are properly fitted, however the high of the sprint is constructed of a rubbery materials designed to make it gentle to the contact, however is generally helpful for accumulating mud. Local weather controls and the middle console are properly laid out. The inside door deal with appeared acquainted, and it must be — it’s the identical one Subaru utilized in my previous 2000 Legacy.
A deliberate journey to Costco made for a terrific alternative to check out trunk house. The Legacy has 15 cubic toes of cargo quantity, 25 % greater than in my WRX; a fairly noticeable enchancment. We had been capable of match a full cart of Costco groceries within the trunk, included two 30-packs of water, a 24-pack of beer, and a big bundle of paper towels amongst different smaller objects.
A lot of my 5 days with the automobile was spent commuting, however gasoline financial system, regardless of principally freeway driving, was not nice. The perfect readout from the on-board show was about 31 miles per gallon — a bit in need of the mannequin’s 34 mpg freeway ranking. The precise common for my time with the automobile ended up at roughly 26 mpg, simply barely increased than what my WRX usually will get. My first intuition was to imagine I used to be being too heavy on the pedal. Nevertheless, the figures didn’t change a lot even with a lighter proper foot and better use of cruise management.
The $1,995 Choice Bundle 24 brings an upgraded Starlink System and provides the EyeSight driver help system, steering responsive fog lights, auto excessive beams, reverse computerized braking, and HID headlights. I used EyeSight fairly a bit during the last couple of days and was impressed with the response. The adaptive cruise labored properly and Lane Preserve Help stored the automobile on a straight course with out bouncing between the painted strains. Auto excessive beams are all the time useful, although the HID headlight are very vibrant on their very own. I’m undecided who calls for steering responsive fog lights, as I didn’t discover their presence till after studying the choices record.
Outfitted in Restricted trim, the Legacy delivers loads of excessive factors, however the engine and CVT mixture drag it down an excessive amount of for me to think about shopping for one thing like this. It’s tremendous for the $22,000 base mannequin however, once you go the $30,000 mark, so many different different potentialities grow to be obtainable. It’s exhausting to not think about one thing just like the Ford Fusion Sport, which boasts virtually double the ability for practically the identical value.