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Car Tech Video: Subaru's secret sauce gives Legacy an edge

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Car Tech Video: Subaru's secret sauce gives Legacy an edge

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The 2015 Legacy model matches other midsize sedans point for point. Then it goes and adds uniquely Subaru features such as standard all-wheel-drive and EyeSight adaptive cruise control.

The new Subaru Legacy [UNKNOWN] head to head with other mid sized sedans like the Toyota Camry and the Ford Fusion, but then it gives you something more. Let's check the tech in 2015 Subaru Legacy. [MUSIC] For 2015, Subaru completely redesigned its mid-sized legacy model, but being a Subaru, it also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and it's got something called active torque vectoring, really corner braking it, brakes the inside wheels during a turn, to get you around that corner a little bit better. And also, optionally, it has the eye sight system, these are these cameras looking through the windshield, stereoscopic cameras, that see the vehicles ahead of you and work for adaptive cruise control and collision braking. They can give you a warning before you're gonna hit something ahead of you. Now let's take a look and see what's under the hood. Now here we have a 2.5 liter four cylinder engine, that does the 175 horsepower, 174 pounds feet of torque. But in Sebrew style, it's actually a flat four, that means the cylinders are horizontally opposed across the crank shaft. And that means the center of gravity tips a little bit lower than a car, with an in-line core sticking up. For fuel economy, this engine gets the legacy: 26 miles per gallon city, 36 miles per gallon highway, those are pretty good numbers. Now you can also get a 3.6 liter, 6 cylinder engine, same flat configuration, that does 256 horsepower. [music] So in the cabin here, we have the optional navigation system, that's an entirely new 6.2 inch touch screen right here. This is what I feel like a lot of cars with [INAUDIBLE] systems are gonna go towards is having equally sized icons for the different functions. If we go to info, then we get information sources that are brought in through Sirius XM Satellite Radio, so we have sports scores, weather, stocks fuel prices, that's really useful. And we also have an eco monitor, the vehicle monitor, some useful stuff to see how the car's performing. We go back [UNKNOWN] go to the map, here we see the navigation system. So this is a flash memory based navigation system, It works really fast I've been pleased seeing how fast I can move the map around It refreshes pretty quickly. We also get traffic here, and it will automatically re-route you around traffic problems. And this car has voice command too and voice command is really good. So I can say just a string of an address all in one piece and it will take it,and it's been really accurate about interpreting that. For the audio sources here, I've actually got two USB ports in this little bin here. I also have Bluetooth audio, so I can just jump in the car and have it playing off my phone, although you don't get, you can't browse the music library through the interface when you're doing Bluetooth audio, you have to call up the music on your phone. We still have a CD player in this car, too, and of course we've got satellite radio as well. So we have the shifter on the console, right here, there is also a manual setting, and now I actually have paddle shifters here, these paddle shifters are standard on all Legacy's. So that's actually a nice fixture, takes you through six virtual gears on the continuously variable transmission. All those are just shift points, that they program in so you can kinda control what the engine is doing. All right I'm driving the Legacy, with the adaptive cruise control on, this is using the two cameras that are mounted over the dashboard. They're taking a stereoscopic image of the cars in front of me. I'm set for 65 miles per hour right now, but because there's traffic in front of me, the car is slowing down to their speed which right now is 60, and I've seen the system work really well under, wildly different conditions. At nighttime it was able to detect motorcyclist and any cars in front of me, this thing will bring you to a full stop, so this eyesight system is really impressive. Now it beeped a couple of times because traffic stopped abruptly, that's sort of your collision warning, but it handled it all, I'm not touching the pedals right now and it is accelerating, braking, doing everything I need it to do, at any speed. As far as the driving character goes, it's really a very easy car to drive and that's the characteristics of a mid sized sedan. The 2.5 liter engine is fine for this car It, it's enough power for everything I needed to do and I've driven this car pretty far, so it handled it well. [MUSIC] Now let's price out our 2015 Subaru Legacy, for this premium trim model it's 23,495 base, but to go really CNet style we wanna go up to the limited trim which has the Harmon carbon audio system, that's 26,495 base. And then we add one package, that package includes navigation, and the eyesight adaptive cruise control system that adds 2,990, for a total with destination, of 30,280. [MUSIC]

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