2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Review

2013 Subaru Legacy

For the 2013 model year, the Legacy gets a number of updates like redesigned front styling with new grille, headlights and bumper cover. Underneath, the midsize sedan gets chassis enhancements for a smoother, quieter ride and improved agility. And the new Legacy  features a new driver-assist system that adds an extra level of safety never offered on the Japanese sedan before.

This 2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited tester ($28,895) came with a number of optional features. The Audio/navigation sytsem ($3,940) offered in Limited trim lines features 7-in. LCD touch screen, voice activated controls, rear vision camera, SiriusXM NavTraffic (with 4-month free trial subscription) and harmon/kardon premium audio. Limited models add a few features not found on the base model. They include a electro-luminescent instrument cluster and 3.5-in. LCD color display, and a center console rear seat A/C duct outlet.

First ever “EyeSight Driver-Assist” system for Legacy

But the big news for the 2013 Subaru Legacy, however, is a newly optional “EyeSight Driver-Assist” system. The available EyeSight driver-assist system includes Pre-Collision Braking; Pedestrian Detection; Lane Departure and Sway Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. Systems like this are usually found on cars from the premium brand automakers. The new system uses a unique stereo camera design developed by Subaru to provide a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.

The EyeSight system can identify vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes, and other objects and alerts the driver to avoid a collision. At speeds below 19 mph, the system can even detect pedestrians that could be in the cars path. Subaru says under certain circumstances, EyeSight is able to bring the car to a complete stop. At speeds above 19 mph, the system applies the brakes when an object is detected if it senses the driver is not taking proper evasive action.

The Lane Departure and Sway Warning feature that is included in the new EyeSight system can detect if the car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or if the car begins to drift within the travel lane. Both systems worked as advertised and will keep a driver who is not alert, from getting into trouble.

2013 Subaru Legacy rear

Another safety feature include with EyeSight, is the Adaptive Cruise Control system that is intended for freeway use. The system maintains a driver-selected distance from the vehicle in front, braking and/or accelerating the car as needed to maintain a safe traveling distance.

The Adaptive Cruise Control is operational from 1-87 mph and can brake the vehicle to a complete stop when it senses trouble ahead. The system works well for maintaining distance from the vehicle ahead in “stop and go” freeway traffic. The EyeSight system will also alert the driver of changes in a cars direction ahead and cuts the throttle if the accelerator pedal continues to be pushed.

Retuned Suspension and exclusive AWD system on the 3.6R

Subaru has added a number of suspension enhancements to the new 2013 Legacy. The body structure has been strengthened and stiffened to ensure a quieter ride and improved handling characteristics. Body roll has been reduced by an amazing 40 percent due to Subaru engineers increasing the diameter of the double-wishbone rear suspension’s sway bar and also increasing the spring and damper rates and bushing stiffness.

2013 Subaru Legacy rear

The 2013 Legacy 3.6R features the Variable Torque Distribution (VTD) AWD system with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission. This exclusive system is only available on the 3.6R models. The unique VTD system can send more power to the rear wheels when needed for optimal handling and performance,   and it can continuously adjust power distribution in response to driving and road conditions.

The 2013 Legacy 3.6R is powered by a 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder boxer aluminum engine and remains unchanged from the 2012 model. The engine produces 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. The five-speed automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters for more spirited driving. The 2013 Legacy 3.6R gets 18/25 city/highway using regular unleaded fuel.

Limited offers increased comfort inside

The Limited models feature perforated leather upholstery, dual zone automatic climate control, the display-type harman/kardon premium audio package, rear A/C duct, electro-luminescent gauges, and a 4-way power front passenger seat. There is 103 cu. ft. of passenger space and 14.7 cu. ft. of cargo area in the trunk  and is among best-in-class for the midsize sedan segment.

2013 Subaru Legacy interior

Overall, the 2013 Legacy 3.6R Limited is a premium model sedan that features the best all-wheel-drive system available. And with the new suspension enhancements, it’s even more of a driver’s car. Add in the new EyeSight system, and you have one of the safest all-wheel-drive vehicles on the road.

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2 Comments on "2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited Review"

  1. topspeed

    just to add that The biggest update to the 2013 iterations of the Legacy and the Outback is a new base engine: a 2.5-liter, DOHC boxer four-cylinder. The new FB-series engine replaces the 2012 models’ base SOHC boxer four of the same displacement. (Subaru’s Forester crossover inherited the same motor for 2011 and the latest Impreza is powered by a 2.0-liter version.)

  2. When do we get to see the FZ36(?) 6-cylinder? I know that they're developing a F-series 4-cyl engine that uses single mode direct injection and the same basic architecture as the FA20 for forced induction. FC20? FC22? FC25, even?
    I would guess that that same engine can be pushed to add an extra pair of cylinders. (FZ30, FZ33, FZ38 depending on which piston size they use) I'm guessing the Tribeca replacement and next-gen Legacy are getting that engine.

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