New 2017 Subaru Legacy – Release Date and Info

Relative to what other midsize sedans in the market offer, the new 2017 Subaru Legacy comes a bit short in its ride quality, acceleration, and overall refinement. However, it is solid choice if snow and rain are frequent occurrences in your daily commute. Its date of release should be expected in June 2017.

2017 Subaru Legacy front view, grille and headlights

The Legacy, despite such a cold introduction above, is a darn good vehicle in other areas. It offers top crash test scores, many advanced safety features, a standard AWD system, and an excellent exterior visibility. The engine department remains unaltered though. But who’s complaining!

Subarus are known for their go-anywhere gonzo due to their standard all-wheel drive system which enables them maneuver effortlessly in mundane conditions especially where it snows and rains heavily such as in the Pacific Northwest or New England. Notwithstanding such capability, the vehicle hasn’t managed to achieve any major breakthrough in the midsize sedan market.

2017 Subaru Legacy exterior, alloy wheels

But for 2017, Subaru has tried to broaden the Legacy’s appeal through various add-ons and updates meant to make it feel like a mainstream sedan. The cabin materials, for instance, are upgraded. The cargo and passenger space has also been boosted, too. Previously a major concern, the fuel economy ratings have been improved with EPA now rating the 2.5L four-cylinder engine at combined rating of 30 mpg in the city/highway.

2017 Subaru Legacy blue color, side angle

As much as we applaud the efforts invested by Subaru in trying to make the Legacy an appealing and compelling purchase, there are some grey areas which will certainly raise eyebrows such as the jaded acceleration, and a stiffer ride. Thus, other alternatives to consider include the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Toyota Camry, the 2017 Mazda 6, and the 2017Nissan Altima. These rivals are superior to the Legacy in terms of driver enjoyment, technology, and styling.

2017 Subaru Legacy rear view, taillights and tailpipe

Offered Trims – 2017 Subaru Legacy

The sedan is offered in four trims ranging from the well-appointed 3.6R Limited to the base 2.5i trim models, and both the 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited trims fitting in between them. Both the GT Sport and the Hybrid are covered in own reviews.

Exterior Changes & 2017 Subaru Legacy Interior Colors

2017 Subaru Legacy gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

The base model comes equipped with a 60/40-split folding seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 6.2-inch touchscreen display controls, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, 17” steel wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, full power accessories, a height-adjustable driver seat, an iPod/USB interface, Aha and Pandora audio streaming, a six-speaker sound system, and a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel.

2017 Subaru Legacy leather seats and steering wheel

Stepping up to the 2.5i Premium trim model gets you a telematics system, an automatic dual-zone climate control, exterior heated mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, 17-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, Internet-connected news, music, and weather apps, dual USB ports, 7” touchscreen display, an upgraded display system, upgraded gauges, and an eight-way power driver seat.

2017 Subaru Legacy interior, backseats

Options available for the 2.5i Premium trim include a rear cross-traffic alert, brake intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation system, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, adaptive foglights, a sunroof, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

2017 Subaru Legacy side view, alloy wheels

The 2.5i Limited upgrades you with heated rear seats, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, driver memory settings, a blind-spot warning system, power folding side mirrors, a four-way power passenger seat, and a comfort-tuned suspension system.

2017 Subaru Legacy alloy wheels and taillights

2017 Subaru Legacy Engine Specifications

Two engines are offered beneath the bonnets of the 2017 Subaru Legacy. The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder capable of yielding about 175 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. The other is a 3.6L six-cylinder turbo engine rated at an impressive 256 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque.

2017 Subaru Legacy engine

As you’d have guessed, the engines come mated to a CVT which further sends the output to all the wheels via the AWD mode.

It has been established by various test drives it will only require about 9.4 seconds to get past 60 mph with the 2.5i Premium trim. A disappointing acceleration considering its traditional rivals will probably require under 8 seconds to hit the same speed.

2017 Subaru Legacy engine view

The four-cylinder engine, according to EPA returns about 36/26/30 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/20/23 mpg for the six-cylinder.

Price & 2017 Subaru Legacy Release Date

2017 Subaru Legacy release date

Recent news put June 2017 as the expected release date. As for the price, expect to pay about $21,745 for the Legacy wagon – a fair MSRP considering it offers a standard all-wheel drive system, and plenty of other unique features.

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2017 Subaru WRX STI Release Date, Info & Specs

Whenever it comes to handling, performance, and power, the 2017 Subaru WRX has the right stuff, and with an all-time AWD, the added traction is definitely a bonus. The overall cabin refinement, however, remains an unaddressed issue. Some of its strengths include many premium safety equipment options available, a brisk acceleration, superb steering and handling, and improved traction availed by the standard AWD system. Its date of release should be expected in March next year as per the rumors going round the internet.

2017 Subaru WRX STI exterior,blue color, front view, headlights

For 2017, the vehicle comes equipped with a new optional driver assistance and safety systems technology, a new smartphone integration system, and an upgraded touchscreen interface.

2017 Subaru WRX STI front view, taillights and tailpipe

Coming off a redesign only a few years ago, the new STI now heaps more performance and power than ever before. With a 0-60 mph acceleration in less than six seconds, the engine base is probably the best in the segment today. Nimble handling, clear-cut steering, and a standard AWD make any twisty adventures fun. The 2017 STI basically ups the ante effortlessly once again.

2017 Subaru WRX STI front angle, silvercolorDespite the slew of upgrades, the cabin suffers immensely. Other downsides include a rough ride, and significant road and wind noise even at average speeds. Well, who really cares? Maybe the noisy and exciting rumbling of the engines is probably one of the reason why Subaru has such a fanatic following. If it doesn’t fit your priorities, some alternatives to consider include the 2017 Ford Focus RS, 2017 Mini Cooper JCW, and the 2017 Golf GTI.

Available Trims – Subaru WRX STI

The five-passenger 2017 Subaru WRX sedan is offered in only three trims: base. Premium, and the Limited, while the performance-themed WRX STI offers only two trims: base, Limited and the Series Hyper Blue Edition.

Interior Review & Exterior Concept News – 2017 Subaru WRX

The 2017 Subaru WRX features standard front sport seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a 4.3” information vehicle display, cruise control, a spoiler trunk-lid, 17” wheels with summer performance tires, USB interface, auxiliary audio input, 60/40-split rear fold-down seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, HD and satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and smartphone app integration.

2017 Subaru WRX STI interior, leather seats

Upgrading to the WRX Premium trim offers you LED low-beam headlamps, keyless ignition, a leather-trimmed upholstery, power driver eight-way seat, keyless entry, exterior heated mirrors, foglights, a windshield wiper de-icer, an electronic sunroof, front heated seats, and heated exterior mirrors.

Buyers who opt for the Continuously Variable Transmission system can get a power parking brake, responsive steering foglights, blind-spot detection, lane-assist, EyeSight system, automated pre-collision mitigation system, cruise adaptive control, a premium audio system, and a navigation system. Those who stick the manual transmission get a 9-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and an optional 7” StarLink display.

2017 Subaru WRX STI steering wheel, gear shift knob, lcd screen

The 2017 STI trim bundles the contents of both the WRX and WRX Premium trims and adds climate control (dual-zone), suspension modes, a sunroof, traffic alerts, a 7” StarLink screen, keyless ignition and entry, a more aggressive tuned suspension, a system navigation, a more agile new engine, a rear and front limited-slip differentials, and a blind-spot monitoring system.

Selections offered for the STI trim includes a navigation system, keyless entry and ignition, an upgraded sound system, a navigation system, and a choice of either the trunk low-profile lip spoiler or the rally-style iconic tall wing spoiler.

2017 Subaru WRX STI side view,alloy wheels and headlights

The Hyper Blue – an edition of the STI trim, is basically an improved version of the STI Limited but dissimilar in terms of the interior trim and the unique outside paint.

Engine Specs – 2017 Subaru WRX

All the trims apart from the STI come powered with a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed 2.0L turbocharged “boxer” engine rated at 268 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. And depending on the driving mode, the optional Continuous Variable Transmission system lets the tranny impersonate either an eight- or a six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Subaru WRX STI engine

EPA estimates the fuel economy are estimated to be 27/20/23 mpg in the highway/city/combined with the manually-equipped WRX, and 18/24/21 mpg with the CVT-fitted models. During our test drives, the manual-equipped WRX accelerated from 0-60 mph in a laudable 5.4 seconds.

A turbocharged 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant good for 305 horsepower and 290 lbs. of torque ups the stakes for the 2017 Subaru WRX STI trim. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 23/17/19 mpg, and its acceleration to 60 mph clocks 5.0 seconds.

Price & Release Date – 2017 Subaru WRX

Speculation alleges the 2017 Subaru WRX wagon will probably hit dealerships March next year. As for the price, expect the base to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $26,595, and $34,695 for the STI trim once they are released.

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2017 Subaru Forester Release Date, Review and Info

To be quite frank, it can’t get any better! With great safety scores, a spacious and well-appointed interior, an obvious AWD system, a stout turbocharged engine, and an off-road ready capability, the redesigned 2017 Subaru Forester will certainly be a sold choice in its class once it is released into the market sometime in February 2017.

2017 Subaru Forester side angle, silver color, alloy wheels

The Forester has managed to gain a substantial fanatic following despite the intense competition existing in the small crossover SUV category. Nothing is super flashy about it lest you think it is the best, but its combination of performance, mid-level luxury, and superior handling with functional simplicity will make you fall in love with it.

2017 Subaru Forester front view, blue color, headlights and grille

And thanks to the standard all-wheel drive system and generous ground clearance, the new 2017 Subaru Forester is as comfortable in the desert as it is on the highway. Better fuel consumption and safety are some of the defining attributes the Forester has been able to leverage upon. For 2017, upscale features such as the blind-spot monitoring are provided in addition to the existing slew of safety technologies such as forward warning and mitigation, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-assist.

2017 Subaru Forester rear view, exterior, taillights, tailpipe and alloy wheels

In terms of fuel superiority, the CVT is a big help especially during highway cruising. However, nitpicking has revealed the Forester isn’t a saint either. One notable drawback that seems to haunt the Forester, and which Subaru either chooses to ignore or lets it pass is the lackluster acceleration. Therefore, it may seem wise to shop around first before putting a period on the 2017 Subaru Forester.

2017 Subaru Forester front angle, headlights and grille

Rivals include the 2017 Mazda CX-5, the 2017 Ford Escape, the 2017 Toyota RAV4, the 2017 Honda CR-V, and the 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk.

Offered Trims – Subaru Forester

Six trim models are offered for the 2017 Subaru Forester: base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.51 Touring, 2.0XT Touring, and the 2.0XT Premium. All these models are offered with an AWD system. The STI review is separately covered.

2017 Subaru Forester Engine Specifications

The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder engine which Subaru says can produce about 170 hp and 174 lbs. ft. of torque. Buyers have the option of either opting for the standard six-speed manual or the optional CVT transmission system. The engine is equipped under the skins of both the 2.5i and 2.5i Premium models.

2017 Subaru Forester engine

EPA projections put the fuel economy numbers for the CVT-equipped 2.5i model at 32/24/27 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 29/22/25 mpg for the manual transmission system. Impressive ratings considering the models are also equipped with a standard AWD system.

For those looking for more trouble beneath their hoods, Subaru has offered them with the four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine if you choose the 2.0XT model. With this you get 250 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. The engine is paired exclusively with a CVT. A time of 6.3 seconds is required to get the 2.0XT Touring past 60 mph. EPA ratings put its fuel economy at 28/23/25 mpg.

Interior Changes & 2017 Subaru Forester Exterior Colors

2017 Subaru Forester interior, dashboard, steering wheel

Standard accessories and features available on the base model includes adaptive cruise control, a 6.2” display, full power accessories, USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 17-inch steel wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Subaru’s StarLink technology interface, a height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker sound system, and HD radio.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, leather seats

Optional items available for the base model include reclining rear seatbacks, a rear privacy glass, satellite radio, dual USB ports, a rear armrest, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat, a larger 7-inch touchscreen interface, a panoramic sunroof, heated side mirrors, an upgraded six-speaker sound system, and voice commands.

2017 Subaru Forester interior, steering wheel, suny roof

Stepping up to the 2.5i Limited gets you hill descent control, automatic headlights, a cargo area tray, an adjustable-height power liftgate, foglights, a leather upholstery, an upgraded instrument cluster, automatic dual-zone climate control, a rear roof spoiler, and an adjustable-height power liftgate.

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The 2.5i Touring model gets an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, and rear folding seatbacks.

Opting for the 2.0XT Premium allows you to have a rear roof spoiler, 18” alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the upgraded instrument cluster, a sport-tuned suspension system, and an upgraded instrument cluster.

2017 Subaru Forester front view, silver color, headlights and grille

At the top of the trim lineup is the 2.0XT Touring trim which only differs with the Premium version in terms of the exclusive options it gets.

Release Date & 2017 Subaru Forester Price

Latest news allege the new 2017 Subaru Forester is set for release in February 2017, at least for the Japan market and about a month later elsewhere. As for the price, it was established during the Tokyo Auto Show the Forester SUV will offer a window sticker displaying a base MSRP of $22,395.

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