Her and His Reviews

July 2011

2011 Subaru 3.6R Limited
Subaru

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

HER HIS
Price
MSRP:$32,015 MSRP:$32,015
Performance
Plenty of power in this quick driving 3.6 liter , 256 horsepower, six cylinder engine. Very excellent, almost luxurious, handling and performance. 3.6 liter , 256 horsepower, horizontally opposed six cylinder engine. Pretty darn quick car! You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Fuel Economy
Subaru ā?? the makers of the vehicle 'for those that love the outdoor' still have not made an entrance into the hybrid market. Quote contradictory. In any event, the Legacy gets18 city and 25 highway. 18/25, and the annual estimated fuel cost is $1,950 bsed on 15,000 miles of driving at $2.80 a gallon.
The Car
Transformative from the old Legacy, this new rendition is has got lots of amenities. A good looking sedan, with of course, the standard Subaru AWD and high scores of safety, it is spacious, quiet and quite competitive. Excellent roominess, leg room, and cargo space. The Legacy has evolved into a comfortable, safe, luxurious car, and it certainly has a lot of desirable attributes: quick performing, lovely interior, all wheel drive capability. But having said that, this latest Legacy has for me lost a lot of its " Subaru-ness." Now it looks just like any other car on the road, and its lost all signs of that fun quirkiness that Subies used to have. Maybe it's the styling. More on that later.
Safety
Built with AWD, Vehicle Dynamics Control, Anti lock Brakes, Frontal Airbag System, Side Curtain Air bags, Brake Assist, Keyless Entry, Anti theft Alarm, Latch System. All wheel drive, vehicle dynamics, control, antilock brakes, all manner of airbags, side curtain and otherwise, brake assist, etc.
Technology
Nothing lacking in this sedanā??Rear Vision/Assist Camera, Satellite radio (listening to Howard Stern all week), Bluetooth for hands-free driving, wiper de-icing system, NAV system, Navigation system, 10 Way Power Adjustable seats Navigation system with voice activated controls, rear vision camera, Satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming audio connectivity, wiper de-icers advanced frontal air bag system, etc.
Aesthetics & Styling
Much improved and clean, attractive lines and styling on this one. Having said that this category is saturated with 'me-too' cars that lack distinctive personalities. It could be a Toyota; it could be a KIA, but alas it's a Subaru. It's okay, I guess. Didn't do much for me. I liked the sporty, muscular, Euro sedan themed last generation model much better - and from what I've read in the Motoring Press, most other writers agree. The styling looks much, much better on the Outback wagon, which looks expensive, suave, and urban-sophisticated to me.
Warranty
5 Years or 60,000 Basic
3 Years or 36,000 Powertrain
3 years or 36,000 24/7 Roadside Assistance
5 Years or 60,000 Basic
3 Years or 36,000 Powertrain
3 years or 36,000 24/7 Roadside Assistance
Non-tangibles / Other
Subaru was exclusively in a class by themselves with their extraordinary pricing of AWD cars. Now, even this great brand is inching prices up and does not have a hold of that 'value' category like did in 2008-9; while brand loyalty remains very strong. Inventory soon to be getting back to normal levels at dealerships across the US. n/a

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