The 2015 Subaru Legacy was recently awarded the prestigious title of Canadian Car Of The Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.
The Legacy Impressive Accolades:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 2015 Top Safety Pick+5 (with optional EyeSight®) (10th year in a row IIHS TSP winner)
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Superior Front Crash Prevention4(6 out of 6 rating) (EyeSight® equipped models)
Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) 2015 Residual Value Award – Midsize Car Segment2
Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) 2015 Best New Family Car (Under $30k)
2015 Subaru Legacy Walk-Around
Our friends at the Canadian Car Review Show (tccrs.ca) created this extremely detailed walk-around video of 2.5i Limited with the optional Technology Package in our very own dealership. Watch and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the multiple award-winning 2015 Legacy.
2 weeks ago, we published a blog entry highlighting the biggest and best changes to the 2015 Subaru Impreza. It includes a sportier front-fascia, an upgraded infotainment system, and added available safety features.
We now have the full specifications and would like to share them with you.
Reliably Safe. Reliably Fun. We’re Very excited to introduce you to the 2015 Subaru Impreza.
Introducing The 2015 Subaru Impreza
Subaru EyeSight Overview
A new grille and bumper, along with new headlights and foglights, give the front-fascia a sportier look. The rear remains mostly the same, except for the addition of a trunk lip-spoiler on the sedan version.
The interior is also improved by way of a quieter cabin and upgraded interior trim. The upgraded infotainment system features a 6.2-inch touch screen display with multi-touch control as well as swipe and scrolling gesture recognition. The 2.0 Limited version will come with a 7-inch touch screen.
The Subaru safety standards you’ve come to expect as an annual IIHS Top Safety Pick, are in the form of dual-stage front airbags, driver knee airbag, side-impact front airbags, side-curtain airbags and more. The new Impreza will also now feature a backup camera with all models. For the first time, Subaru’s EyeSight adaptive cruise-control and collision-avoidance technology, will be available for the Impreza (see video).
Also new in 2015, is the addition of the Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rated 2.0-litre SUBARU BOXER engine (PZEV refers to emission quality). The engine will produce 148 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. Not only are you saving the environment, you’re saving plenty of fuel as well. The Impreza will continue to deliver the best fuel economy of any gas-powered all-wheel drive passenger car available: now 8.5L/100km, 6.4L/100km highway, and 7.59L/100km combined. For perspective, The Impreza has better fuel-efficiency than the Ford Focus and the Kia Forte, both of which are 2-wheel drive.
We have been immensely proud to represent Subaru’s safety, reliability, and practicality, over the years, not to mention its’ growth. However, it’s now official: Subaru Is Sexy.
Subaru is seeing it’s best growth ever as it aims for its 6th consecutive annual sales record. This is the only brand to achieve that feat. Subaru has also marked 33 straight months of sales growth. In response, the Japanese automaker has re-adjusted its 2014 sales forecast to 500,000 vehicles, which is a major milestone. Subaru ranks ahead of GMC, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz in year-to-date sales, just to name a few.
Subaru’s rock-solid reputation has been the foundation for success across the lineup, but exploding demand for compact and mid-size “crossover” SUVs has been the real catalyst.
The segment-leading Subaru Forester leads the pack with 105,356 units sold, and the Subaru Outback trails only slightly with 85,951 units sold.
Introducing Just A Few Of The Newest Subaru Lineup Driving This Amazing Growth!
* Data, U.S. Figures
Click here for a complete lineup of Subaru vehicles.
Not only have all of the 2014 Subaru models been awarded under IIHS standards as a TOP SAFETY PICK, but the newest two vehicles the 2015 Legacy and 2015 Outback follow suit, and are also top safety picks. Some of them, with eyesight (an optional forward collision warning system with autobrake), are even TOP SAFETY PICK+!! No other brands have all models in the top category.
What does it mean to be a IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK?
The IIHS conducts rigorous testing on all makes of vehicles. They crash them into walls at various angles to see what damage entails. The small overlap front crash test mimics the most common of on-road crashes. The Outback and Legacy aced these rounds. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the Institute’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners must meet those same criteria and also earn a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.
Subaru has gained a reputation for manufacturing cars that meet superior levels of protection through the use of the most technologically advanced active and passive safety systems available. This results in cars that inspire confidence on every type of road, under all possible conditions and at all times.
When it comes to crash prevention, Subaru is among the Elite. Rated superior to others with Subaru Eyesight technology that outperforms on the International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) standard testing. We are happy to include these as new safety options on the 2014 Outback, Legacy and Forester.
One of the biggest concerns and a selling point for those that can capture it, is an upgrade to passenger safety and personal safety. IIHS is no longer just testing crash ratings, but crash prevention technology as well, where the Subaru Eyesight topped the list. It took some time but Subaru has built today’s absolute top technology in automatic braking. Now, the IIHS encourages other brands to take tips from what clearly works, as this is the best in the industry.
What does it look like? Two cameras mounted by the rear-view mirror. The bundle of cameras can predict future crash probabilities. It acts as a safety net ensuring your vehicle does not come into high-impact contact with another vehicle. It essentially allows the vehicle to scan the road ahead, and react appropriately, alongside you – the driver.
One of the four component safety features that the cameras monitor for is pre-collision braking. The only limits so far are at what speed it can come to an acceptable full-stop, but remarkably a collision can be completely avoided from traveling 25 kmph. It gauges the distance of upcoming vehicles for you – like another set of eyes, and can apply the brakes automatically to prevent your vehicle from rear-ending someone in the event of an unplanned stop.
Lane Departure and Sway Warnings
We can all do with a little heads-up on the road and these warnings indicate when you may be drifting by chiming a sound when you get too close to another lane. This works by the camera’s ability to identify lane markings, alerting the driver with a sound and visual cue when crossing over into the danger zone.
Pre-collision Throttle Management
When you’re fully stopped sometimes you can lose control for one moment sending you forward into another parked car or a car that had been accelerating and suddenly stopped. This avoids that accidental acceleration by sensing the slow-down and automatically dramatically reducing the throttle and alerting the driver.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This feature maintains a set speed and will automatically adjust to keep a safe distance from the car ahead. It is also capable of bringing your vehicle to a full stop. It will then resume your settings as traffic begins to flow again. This is for when the freeway is not moving freely, at a constant pace, as it usually does. Eyesight maintains the speed of the vehicle you are following, instead of operating at one set kmph speed. This allows you to move with the traffic flow.
Testing of auto-braking systems is complicated by the varying technology used by automakers, and their differing philosophies on how it should work. Some want the vehicle to slam on the brakes fast and hard. Others are more wary of false alarms, so they hold back, delaying the automatic braking to avoid taking control away from the driver.
IIHS Zeroed In On The Difference
The group says that three vehicles — the BMW 3 series, Infiniti JX (now known as the QX60) and Toyota Prius V — were labeled as having automatic braking, but they barely braked before slamming into the dummy car on IIHS’ test track.
In all, 74 vehicles (2013-14MY) were tested. Subaru’s Legacy sedan and Outback crossover were among the seven vehicles that received the “highest” possible rating of “Superior” when equipped with optional autobrake and forward collision warning systems. The 13MY/14MY Legacy and Outback were the only vehicles that received the highest possible score of six points.
Subaru EyeSight, on the other hand, worked better than advertised.
“It feels good to be vindicated – no doubt about that,” Subaru spokesman Michael McHale said of the 20-year in-house effort. “The new rating system,” he added, “sends a clear message that not all systems are the same.”
Two-Charge Coupled Device
EyeSight uses two charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras developed by Subaru. The camera’s are mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield. This placement reduces the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems, such as radar. The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front. It also identifies obstacles, traffic lanes and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer. It’s also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. Below speeds of approximately 19mph, EyeSight is capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle’s path. It can then activate to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, EyeSight is able to bring the car to a complete stop, thus avoiding a collision.