2013 Subaru Legacy, Outback get facelifts and powertain upgrades

At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Subaru will show up with the 2013 model year Legacy and Outback. Both models receive a slight facelift to the front and rear to stay fresh.

Let’s start off with the 2013 Subaru Legacy. The model will come in with two powertrain levels including the Legacy 2.5i and the Legacy 3.6R. Power for the 2013 Legacy 2.5i comes from a 2.5 liter boxer engine making 173-hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic; latter is standard on the 2.5i Premium and Limited. When mated to the CVT, the Legacy 2.5 averages 24/32 mpg (city/highway). The 2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R is powered by a 3.6 liter 6-cylinder boxer engine making 256-hp.

Subaru says that the Legacy also gets some upgrades to its body structure, suspension and steering – giving it a smoother and quieter ride.

The 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i will be available in in three trim levels – base, Premium and Limited – the Legacy 3.6R is available in base and Limited.

The 2013 Subaru Outback 2.5i models will also be available in three trim levels – base, Premium and Limited. Outback 3.6R models will be offered in base and Limited. Powertrain choices are the same as the 2013 Legacy. The 2013 Outback 2.5i and 2.5i premium models offer a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT; the latter is standard on 2.5i Limited models. Outback 3.6R models continue with a5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Subaru estimates the CVT Outabck 2.5i to average 24/30 mpg.

2012 New York Auto Show

– By: Omar Rana