Subaru of America, Inc. has disclosed the pricing for its 2014 Legacy and Outback model lines. The 2014 Subaru Legacy has a starting price of $20,295, making it one the most affordable midsize all-wheel drive sedan in the United States. On the other hand, the 2014 Subaru Outback has a base price of $23,495.
All are manufacturer suggested retail prices, before the $795 destination charge for Legacy models and $825 for Outback models. All 2014 Legacy and Outback models are fitted with the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, yet carry starting prices similar to rival non-AWD vehicles.
The Legacy 2.5i and Outback 2.5i models are powered by the new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine that provides 173-horsepower and yet boasts of better fuel economy.
Legacy 2.5i base model comes with either a six-speed manual transmission or the Lineartronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Legacy 2.5i Premium and Limited models, on the other hand, is fitted with the CVT as standard.
Ouback 2.5i base and Outback 2.5i Premium models come with either the six-speed manual or CVT; while the Outback 2.5i Limited is equipped with the CVT as the standard.
Legacy and Outback 3.6R Limited models are powered by a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine that provides 256-horsepower and paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The popular 2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium and Outback 2.5i Premium models now include as standard the All-Weather Package, which is comprised of heated side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and heated front seats.
Subaru Legacy models debut the brand’s new EyeSight driver-assist system. This system integrates Vehicle Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Moreover, EyeSight is projected to be among the U.S. market’s most affordable technologies available. It uses Subaru’s stereo camera design to provide a wider detection angle compared to that of radar-based systems.
Additionally, the EyeSight system can process stereo images in order to identify the vehicles that are running in front, the various obstacles, the traffic lanes, and others. Under a speed differential of around 19 mph, EyeSight is able to detect pedestrians or objects that are in the car’s path and it can activate to mitigate or avoid the collision. Eyesight can also bring the vehicle to a complete stop under certain circumstances.
At estimated 19 mph relative speeds, EyeSight is also capable of applying the brakes if it detects an object and it will attempt to brake if you do not take evasive action, or do not brake appropriately, in order to prevent collision damage.
What’s more, the car’s Lane Departure & Sway Warning feature is able to detect when the car starts to go out of the intended lane without using a turn signal, or when the car starts to sway in the travel lane. The EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control system is meant for freeway use and it can maintain safe distance from the car at the front, then braking or accelerating the vehicle as necessary in order to maintain the traveling distance and the driver-selected target speed.