Thursday, December 4, 2008

Subaru Legacy

We Beat Toyota Again!

• "Toyota Camry and Subaru are built in the same factory building, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Plant."

• "The Legacy has All Wheel Drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Camry doesn't offer All Wheel Drive."

• For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Legacy Sedan as a “Gold” Top Safety Pick, its highest rating, granted to only 11 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camry doesn’t qualify for either a Gold or Silver rating.

• The Subaru Legacy comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Subaru will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Toyota doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Camry.

• The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Subaru Legacy lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability (That’s why Porsche uses boxer engines.). The Camry doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

• The Legacy’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry’s standard 60 series tires. • For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Subaru Legacy has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Camry.

• A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Subaru Legacy Sedan easier. The Legacy Sedan’s trunk lift-over height is 26.6 inches, while the Camry’s liftover is 29 inches.

• To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Subaru Legacy’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Camry’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

• The Subaru Legacy’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry SE/XLE doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through. • The Legacy’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Camry’s (2700 vs. 1000 pounds).

• The engine in the Legacy is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Camry. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

• To improve comfort and visibility, the Subaru Legacy has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Camry doesn’t offer extendable visors.

• Strategic Vision rated the Legacy first among medium multi-functions in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Camry was rated 10th in its category.

• The Subaru Legacy was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2005. The Camry hasn’t been picked since 1997.

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