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Join Date: May 2008
location: Dallas Texas
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Subaru Legacy vs. Accord
This week I am renting a 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited. If I were in the market for a four door sedan I would consider this car. This version will please everyone's opinion of how to manually control an automatic transmission. The shift lever has a manual selection allowing forward and rearward selection of "gear" ratios and there are paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The transmission is an excellent CVT maybe a notch better than the one in my Accord.
The exterior styling is bland and the interior seems to be made of lower quality materials than the Accord. The center consol arm rest comes further forward than on the Accord and is easier to rest your right elbow. The seats are comfortable and the left front seat is adjustable with electric controls. The instrument cluster is very standard with the tach on the left and the speedometer on the right. There's an info screen between the two gauges but I haven't figured out how to change the display. I think that it and the center touch screen are not very intuitive to change information. The center infotainment screen is also not very well organized. I can't find the clock or the trip computer functions. Also, the warning on startup must be manually agreed to every time you start the car. Subaru must use the legal firm of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe for liability cases. Every time I get into the car I'm greeted by an annoying greeting sound similar to the annoying Windows sound. BTW the Fudion did the same thing. I don't a welcome tone from my car.
The driving experience is the star attraction with this car. The handling is sharp and very precise and the steering feels very good. Not too light nor two heavy. I think the four wheel drive system aids in the great handling but this is the first full time four wheel drive car I have driven. The car always feels sure footed on curves and the engine and transmission combination provides plenty of power to accelerate and merge onto crowded NJ freeways. The CVT is programmed to act more like a step geared automatic. It might even fool Graycar into liking a CVT, but I doubt it.
This car has no rattles and has 21,000 miles. My only concerns would be the reports of the boxer engine consuming oil between changes and the resale value.
2013 Accord Coupe EX-L San Marino Red
2015 CR-V EX Urban Titanium Metallic
2007 Fit Sport Silver 65,000 miles and going strong.
Previous Honda: 2000 Accord Coupe, 1994 Accord Wagon Red, 1988 Prelude White 5 speed manual, 1981 Accord 4 Door Ivory 5 speed manual
Previous Cars before Honda: 73 Mazda RX2 manual, 63 VW Bug manual, 63 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spyder manual, 70 Toyota Crown manual, 59 Vauxhall Victor manual (worst car ever produced, a pre Yugo, Yugo)