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Lafayette, Indiana – The Subaru Legacy could be considmained calm, collected, and stayed on the straight and hospitality. A modern infotainment system, an unclutered the wallflower of the midsize sedan pack. tered cabin, and soft seats make a day’s drive quite narrow, even in the ultra low traction environment. Front-runners like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, favourable. For the times when it wasn’t pouring cats and dogs, Chrysler 200 and Mazda6 constantly battle it out for While the Legacy might not be at the forefront of taking the twisty turns was quite a lot of fun. Despite their share of the limelight. All while this consumers’ minds, Subaru is a renowned brand. And it’s its electric power steering – a steering humble four-door sits on the sideline. renowned for its reliability and safety. This generation of type that can be done either really well In fact, some people don’t even know it’s product should be any different. On some models, you or not at all – there’s a good weight to it. in the game! According to the Japanese have the ability to outfit it when EyeSight, a system that It’s not lazy or sleepy at highway speeds, brand’s market research, many of those includes pre-collision braking, pre-collision brake assist, but won’t give you an arm workout if you surveyed in major Canadian cities didn’t pre-collision throttle management, adaptive cruise need to change lanes. even know they had such a car available. control, lane departure warning, lane sway warning, It’s not jerky either. Moving the wheel in Well, they do. And it’s great. and lead vehicle start alert. either direction won’t make the vehicle by Alexandra Straub For those not familiar with the Legacy, The 2015 Subaru Legacy, with the manual transmission suddenly jump aggressively. Think of it here are a few key points: Subaru’s Symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive starts at like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The It’s now in its sixth generation – yes, sixth – and has impressive MSRP of $23,495. Shoot all the way to the steering isn’t too hard, or too soft. It’s just right. been around since 1989. It is 25 years young and looks top, and you’ll get the 3.6 Limited trim with TechnolAs for the ride and handling, the imperfections of nice for its age. ogy Package Option for $35,395. Of course, there are the road aren’t met with abrasion or hesitance. The The 2015 model comes with the option of two engines: offerings in between. undulating country roads were a great testing ground, a 2.5L, 4-cylinder (175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of As for its wallflower status, I think it has the goods and especially with all the debris. But even with a fair share torque) and a 3.6L, 6-cylinder (256 horsepower and 247 confidence to play ball with the rest of the pack. of highway cruising, I have no qualms with the setup. lb-ft of torque.) Inside the cabin, you’ll be welcomed by Japanese Contact alexandra.straub@drivewaybc.ca What’s great about the 4-cylinder, Subaru offers it with a 6-speed manual. Our friends to the south don’t have access to such awesomeness. But on the flip side, it’s only available on the base model. Aside from the 6-speed manual, Subaru offers their version of a Continuously Variable Transmission, aka the Lineartronic CVT. While some might not be a fan of this type of transmission, don’t knock it until you try it. Subaru does an excellent job with the gear simulations and I didn’t feel the drone of the system under hard acceleration, even with the 4-cylinder. While I’d pick a manual any day, the CVT is darn good. So is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system, a standard feature on all Legacy trims. It came in handy in the backcountry roads of rural Indiana. Freak thunderstorm with torrential downpour where you can’t see two metres in front of you? No problem! The windshield wipers were doing their “The Subaru Legacy is now in its sixth generation and has been around since 1989.” darnedest to keep up with precipitation but the car re-

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Nearly New: Ford Escape has full package The Ford Escape came with a new-look exterior, an interior makeover and improved safety features for the 2008 model year, all included a complete second-generation redesign. Although it doesn’t look too much different from its predecessor, the ’08 Escape has a wider stance and a slightly higher belt line than its predecessor and there are no carry-over body panels. A domed hood, bigger grille and new headlamps also give this Escape a slightly more aggressive look and it has better off-road attributes in terms of approach, breakover and departure angle capabilities. A base front-drive Escape XLS is powered by a 2.3-litre engine. Moving up a step, the XLT trim allowed a 3.0-litre V6 option and a tow package that bumped trailer-hauling capability to 1,588 kg (3500 lbs). The top-line Limited came with leather, dual climate control

air conditioning and Audiophile sound system, more power features, and the V6 engine. Four-wheel-drive was an option with every trim level. If an urban commute is your vehicles primary job and good fuel economy is important there’s also a hybrid version of the Escape. It has a smoother and quieter powertrain than the first generation Escape Hybrid, introduced in 2003, and its city-driven fuel economy rating is an ultra-frugal 5.7 L/100 km. It was also available in both front-drive and four-wheeldrive. While stability control was standard on all gasengine versions of the ’08 Escape, it wasn’t available on the Hybrid. Same story for a related new safety feature on the ’08, called Roll Stability Control (RSC). Particularly useful on taller vehicles, the RSC system automatically responds when a potential rollover is detected, by selectively applying brakes and/or de-

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A smart and electrifying choice Cars have been designed as a singular safety cage, called the Tridion Safety Cell. Other cars have exterior panels that absorb impacts the Smart’s exterior metal bits are the strongest part of the car. In crash tests, these tiny cars fare well. The Smart Electric, just like the gasoline version, is available as a coupe or cabriolet. Spotting a Smart Electric is a bit tricky; this is not like buying a Toyota Prius or Chevy Volt. No, this little dynamo blends right in. It is only a small decal on the side with the

and very choppy automatic transmission make it more work to drive than I prefer. Well, after driving the latest Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (Smart Electric) my mood has changed to the point that this might be the best little electric car for the city, it’s that good. Looks The Smart Electric looks like the regular Smart, with a compact little body that provides and amazing amount of interior space and a lot of crash protection on the outside. The exterior of all the Smart

by Zach Spencer Which cars on the market today don’t I like? It’s a question I’m often asked and one I struggle to answer. Today’s automobiles are made so well, there are no real turkeys. But, and there is always a “but,” there are certainly cars I like more than others and some I prefer not to drive. The regular Smart ForTwo is one of them. The small dimensions are perfect as a city runabout but the lethargic gasoline engine

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of power. No more anemic gasoline engine and gone is the choppy transmission. The electric motor is smooth and refined. Verdict Once again, the Smart is a perfect of example of how to get the most out of a small space. The electric cord that connects the car to a 120-volt outlet is packaged into the tailgate of the car; in fact this is the best electric car packaging I’ve seen. Most companies just leave a bag in the trunk, while this system hides it all away. With a starting price of $26,990 for the coupe or $29,990, the Smart Electric is an expensive two-seat car but a bargain the electric world, the least expensive in Canada. The regular gasoline Smart is really an inner-city runabout, which is why the electric version makes so much sense. With up to 138km of range, this Smart Electric will have more than enough range for existing Smart buyers and a great second car for any city family. The Smart electric is now on my list of cars that I truly enjoy driving, the best Smart of the bunch. zack.spencer@drivewaybc.ca

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