For about a month we had the opportunity to try the 2018 Subaru Legacy in all possible circumstances except for a slippery road or snowstorm. We drove it on the highway, in town and in full traffic, assessing its comfort, performance and fuel consumption.
The spring conditions did not test the Legacy all-wheel drive, but this is a detail. Yes, a detail, because ultimately the Legacy certainly offers the most advanced and powerful all-wheel-drive mid-size sedan and is the only one to offer it as standard. With its starting price of $ 24,995, the 2018 Subaru Legacy has an undeniable advantage over its competition.
A benefit in winter especially, because in summer, even if the Legacy will be more stable on a road wet with rain, the majority of drivers waterproof car cover will never reach the limit where we see the additional stability provided by the four-wheel drive. If we go from point A to point B peacefully and the road is clear, we will see very little difference if none enters the handling of the Legacy and that of another intermediate sedan.
Convers ely, the changes made to the 2018 Subaru Legacy last year were certainly welcome. The cabin is more refined and the infotainment system offers a wider screen, more colorful and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. We also retouched the exterior, but ultimately the aesthetic differences are minimal. Here’s what you need to know about life in the 2018 Subaru Legacy.
The highlights of the 2018 Subaru Legacy
We have already talked about AWD, but we must come back to it. It’s true that in summer it’s less noticeable, but in winter you will not be able to do without its ability to climb just about every slope and get out of just about any snowbank.
The Subaru Legacy is one of the few mid-size sedans to offer all-wheel drive and the only one to offer it at no extra cost. In addition, its starting price is one of the lowest in the segment so we do not really pay more to have it. This alone deserves serious consideration for the 2018 Subaru Legacy.
What’s more, gas mileage will not be much greater than a mid-size sedan. We completed our long-term test with an average fuel consumption of 9.7 liters per 100 kilometers, just over one liter per 100 kilometers more than an Accord, an Altima or a Camry.
The 2018 Subaru Legacy also consumes more than a Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima. By cons, the difference is in the tens of dollars at the end of the month and ultimately, we must emphasize the effectiveness of the Legacy given its full body.
Driving leans more towards comfort than performance. The rolling silence is impressive as is the interior space. Some of the Legacy’s rivals have more spectacular dashboards and cockpits, but the 2018 Subaru Legacy’s sleek styling and practical design make it very versatile and easy to use and enjoy.
The weak points of the 2018 Subaru Legacy
The 175 horsepower four-cylinder engine of the 2018 Subaru Legacy may be economical, it is not the most dynamic. It is especially the CVT box that is disappointing here whereas it tends to hesitate as soon as one seeks to exploit the performances of the Legacy. It’s a little cow, let’s say. It would have taken twenty more horses to compete with the entry-level engines of the competition. If you want dynamic accelerations of the kind you feel when you press the right pedal, a Kia Optima, Mazda6 or even a new Toyota Camry may be more interesting for you.
The Eyesight system standard from the Sport version is certainly very advanced and overall we appreciate the many features it offers, but it is a bit too intrusive. The collision warning system is particularly nervous and sounds continuously, especially in the city. Obviously, all this can be turned off and we must nevertheless highlight the presence of technologies so advanced from the Touring version to less than $ 30,000.
Finally, the 2018 Subaru Legacy is a bit bland both inside and out. This can be a strong point or a weak point depending on our personal preferences. What is certain is that there is nothing dazzling. Ultimately, the 2018 Subaru Legacy is the pragmatic mid-size sedan in its segment. There is no fla-fla, but the quality is there. In addition, the all-wheel drive combined with a reasonable fuel consumption is enough of a benefit to the Legacy and makes its few faults seem much less serious.
Tesla: production and deliveries up
Californian manufacturer Tesla has released its production figures for the second quarter of the current year. Between March and July, the producer of Model S, Model X and Model 3 assembled no less than 87,048 vehicles, in addition to completing the delivery of 95,200 vehicles. These statistics are of course on the world scale, Tesla which is now established in Europe and China, in particular. Nevertheless, the US market remains the largest territory covered by the Californian firm.
In the second quarter, Tesla assembled 14,517 Model S and Model X and 72,531 Model 3, the affordable sedan that has been selling pretty well since it hit the market. In terms of deliveries, however, Tesla recorded shipments of 17,650 Model S and Model X, while Model 3 delivered 77,550 times during the second quarter of the year.
This is certainly a significant increase in the number of shipments since Tesla only shipped 50,900 Model 3s and 12,100 Model Ss and Model Xs from January to March earlier this year.
It seems that the American manufacturer is finally on the right track with respect to its production rate and the speed of its deliveries. Tesla’s release even predicts a slight increase for sales during the third quarter of the year, thanks to the receipt of several orders recently.
Truckla, the unofficial van of Tesla
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Truckla, the unofficial van of Tesla
Posted by: Vincent Aubé in Ecological and Economic News 06/19/2019 0
It’s an open secret that the next arrival of a van signed Tesla. Its unveiling is expected later this year, which means it will take a few more years before you can order a Tesla with a cargo box.
It seems that this delay is too long, at least for this passionate brand. Her name is Simone Giertz and she has just realized her dream: to turn a Tesla Model 3 into a van.
The project called Truckla has brought together several friends, colleagues and other stakeholders in the automotive industry over the last few months. Truckla even has its own advertising, even if the project is unique and will never be marketed.
The main interested party decided to buy a brand new Tesla Model 3 before cutting the back portion into a van. Of course, a lot of work has been done to stiffen the crate that has lost its rear pillars at the time of cutting. The base of the cargo box comes from an old Ford F-150 van, while the rear window was borrowed from a GMC Canyon van.
To add a bit of character and rigidity, a roof rack was adapted to the narrower body of the van-van. This innocuous detail is not only very successful, but adds a little more cargo space to the vehicle, the upper portion that can also be used to transport bulky items.
The most severe will find fault with the quality of manufacture at the time of writing, but Simone Giertz confirms in his long video (which exposes all stages of manufacture) that there is still much work to be done for the car be considered complete.