2020 Subaru Legacy Brings Big Screen and Turbocharged Power to Eager Buyers [Video]

It’s not very often that we have the chance to write about an all new Subaru Legacy sedan. This iconic Subaru has been in production for over 30 years, and it has racked up a whole host of awards during its time in production. Subaru is very keen on not letting the latest iteration of the Legacy rest on its loins, and has prepared a whole host of upgrades for the 2020 model year aimed at keeping the Legacy fresh and relevant, even as it faces the surging tide of SUV and CUV demand head on. The exterior styling of the 2020 Legacy was penciled towards being more of an evolution of the look that has been around since 2015, versus an all out extreme redesign, but the basic theme still manages to be much sleeker than before, with tweaked headlights, a subtlety edited grille, and a new lower front …

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2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i SPORT – HD Road Test Review

The trusty midsize sedan segment of the car business has found itself in an unusual spot these days. SUVs and low gas prices mean the old days where Camrys and Accords sold by the dozen are long gone.  They are now fighting to be a purchase not of necessity, but one of desire. Subaru has stepped up with a serious rival in this high-stakes game.  A car that is still easy to buy and own, but with added pizzazz to make it pop versus the onslaught of new, high-riding competition. Subie’s answer? The new-for-2017 Subaru Legacy SPORT trimline.  The car is instantly quite sexy in the flesh thanks to a sport-ified exterior treatment. And what does the Legacy bring to the table no other mid-size sedan can match? Standard AWD! WITH 34-mpg on the highway and standard paddle shifters for its autobox. How does this new Legacy Sport compare with the …

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2015 Subaru Legacy B4 BLITZEN Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

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As a current Legacy GT owner, you can bet we were floored to see how sweet this sixth-gen Legacy B4 Blitzen concept looks!  It is a luxury sports styling concept – with the standard 175-horsepower boxer engine. But the all-new front and rear fascias are very convincing, as are the carbon-fiber accents in the sills, wheels and rear spoiler. Favorite details are the gloss-glack mesh grille and the integrated LED styling accents in the outer bumpers. 2015 Subaru Legacy B4 BLITZEN Concept   In third-generation and fourth generation Legacy, has been planned and developed as a special specification car ‘BLITZEN’  with the sixth generation Legacy ‘sporty and high-quality styling’ and ‘BLITZEN’ fusion premium unique design. In the interior, the leather beige sheet that employs a curve quilt with its own texture.  The interior, in texture rich beige leather which has been subjected to curve quilt, for example, tightened with an …

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Road Test Review – 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited Is Nipping Camry and Mazda6 Heels

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Rave review first-drive here on the new Subaru Legacy! Along with three dozen all-new photos of this newly-competitive mid-size car. It looks like the drive video we shot did not survive its GoPro upload to the computer, so we will write this one up the old-fashioned way! EXTERIOR The new Legacy’s design is shown in its best light with the 2.5i Limited, which wears the latest LED accents and projector-beam lighting from the 3.6R top-line model. As equipped, this 2.5i is actually very handsome and premium. Why the surprise? Well, let’s face it: the base Legacy has been seriously nerdy in its previous generation. We were huge admirers of the 2005-2009 bodystyle, and own a 2.5GT wagon as a daily driver. But even all this fondness could not overcome how lame the old base Legacies looked. The major changes that make this new model so handsome are a more sculpted …

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DIY Car Mods – Rigid Industries Dually LED High-Beams Are The Best

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A quick plug for Rigid Industries LED lighting products. They are outstanding! There is a premium price, but you will realize why the moment they arrive. These things feel like you could drop them off a building and they would still light up. And that is helpful — because LEDs that are cheap often take just as long to mount and fit and wire and test— then the cheap things fail 4 weeks later. What a waste of time and money! I have these LED Dually lights as my Subaru Legacy GT’s high-beams and they are so bright it really is indescribe-able. Much brighter than any bi-xenon I’ve used to far. My one recommendation is this: get the “Spot” beam pattern. I selected the “Flood” pattern and lose too much light up and to the sides. Spot is perfect for automotive applications. Second recommendation, actually? It is cool to have …

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Travel Adventures: Rally Roads – Phantom Canyon in Colorado

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HD Driving Video: Best Rally Roads – Phantom Canyon in Colorado Published on: Jan 30, 2014 @ 6:00 I got some great drives during a recent trip to Colorado, including the legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb route. After a week in the area, I discovered that the really fun roads are the smooth but unpaved mountain roads in the region. Included in the first Travel Adventure Series, here are descriptions, maps and video of a 22-mile stretch of rally-style gravel heaven called the Phantom Canyon Road in Adelaide, Colorado. My criteria for off-roading trails are pretty wimpy. My car, a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT, is all-wheel-drive but very, VERY low. I know this from extensive previous damage, including ripping off all the undertrays and both bumpers on previous outings. So what I want is basic: unpaved, but not rocky. Ideally, a smooth, hard surface covered in layers of gravel. This road …

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Auto Landmark: Chicago Motor Club Building- Vacant Art Deco Highrise

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How sad is this title? 17 stories of glory, with car elevators and a full drive-up garage system, on prime real estate of Wacker Drive in Chicago? Last we checked, 68 South Water Street was owned by a consortium of flustered real estate investors. Hotel conversion plans have backfired, and there are rumblings that the building … may not be inhabitable. Too bad. Look at this penthouse sun room. Vacant for the last 30 years, at least. Built over 80 years ago, bringing this masterclass in Art Deco architecture up to code seems to be prohibitively expensive at the moment. But some time in the future, the Chicago Motor Club building will hopefully reclaim her former glory: as… A car dealer with the key to America’s West. To Map your road trip in advance, a huge map of America forms the Western lobby wall. Driving long distance by car was …

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The Case for a 2016 Legacy GT – Latest Outback is Full 8 Inches Taller, Hurting Planted Stance and Handling Dramatically

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Less of a case as a visual and performance appeal. The benefits of ground clearance are many, and the Outback does still handle with a far more hunkered-down feel than any SUV or crossover out there. But nothing compares with the look and road feel of a road-hugging stance, to thisguy at least. For reference, this is the 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Limited versus the 2014 Subaru Outback. 2005 Legacy is on stock Bilstein suspension but +1 18-inch wheels and a roof rack delete, which really helps sink the car visually.   You May Also Like:2016 Kia Optima Brings New, Wider Style With Dramatically Better Handling and Refinement   The 2016 Kia Optima refresh has a very familiar feel to it, does it not! We were surprised with how much sheetmetal appears to be carry-over on first glance. In fact, the car has a half-inch longer wheelbase and is an …

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Car Basics: How To Jumpstart A Dead Car… in less than 10 Words

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Jumpstarting Reminder: Red to Red, Black to Black With the good car running: Red to red, black to black.     Step-by-step guide from GEICO’s Dawn McCaslin: Start by protecting your clothes and your hands with protective clothing or a blanket on the ground and gloves. Open the hood to your car. Sometimes when you “pop” the hood, you need to also release the latch. This can be found by running your fingers under the slightly open hood until you find a little lever to push on. Use the stick to prop the hood open while you work. Locate the battery. If you aren’t sure where to find the battery, your owner’s manual should provide instructions or a picture to guide you. Ensure that the donor car is parked close to yours and that it is turned off before you start. On the battery there are two post “terminals”. One …

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