2013 Subaru Legacy, Outback Update Info Released: 2012 NY Auto Show

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Ahead of the 2012 New York Auto Show next week, Subaru has released details on its Outback and Legacy, which are both getting a serious makeover for 2013.

Both cars will be offered with two engine choices, either a new double-overhead-cam FB series 2.5-liter Boxer engine that makes 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque in the 2.5i models, or a larger 256-horsepower 3.6-liter 6-cylinder Boxer engine in the 3.6R models. The small engine will be offered with either Subaru’s second generation lineartronic CVT transmission or a six-speed manual. The larger engine will be offered with only a 5-speed automatic.

The 2.5 liter engine paired with the CVT will get the Legacy 24 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway which combine for an average 27 mpg. The Outback with the same package will get 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined.

Subaru’s new EyeSight driver-assist system will be offered on both models, which incorporates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning.

The exterior on both vehicles gets a newly tweaked front grill, new headlights and a new front bumper, making the front end of the car easily the most distinct new change to the look. The chassis has also been stiffened for 2013 to improve the handling and responsiveness of both vehicles.

The update for 2013 discontinues the driving focused turbo models, which is a bit disappointing but probably stems from lack of demand.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Imacruzinc Imacruzinc on Sep 10, 2012

    I purchased the 2012 legacy 2.5i limited two months ago, I liked it but it had some thumping noise the dealer couldn't figure out. They took it back and gave me a 2013 witch really worked out for me, and I've got to say its night and day. The "12" was a nice car but this "13" is way better. Feels a lot more powerful, and well planted. Good job Subaru!