Debuting as an option for the 2013 Legacy and Outback 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models, the Subaru EyeSight1 driver assist system breaks new ground. It provides another set of eyes to improve comfort, help to reduce driving fatigue, and enhance safety.
How does it work? Stereo cameras mounted on either side of the interior rearview mirror continuously scan the road ahead. The system processes images from the two cameras to identify vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes, and other things ahead of the car. The EyeSight system uses that information for a variety of functions, including:
- Low-speed crash mitigation and prevention – the system automatically activates the brakes and alerts the driver if there’s an obstacle ahead
- Full-speed adaptive cruise control – it maintains a safe distance between the vehicle and the one ahead and will operate the brakes under certain highway conditions
- Lane departure and sway warnings – the system signals if you’ve crossed the line
- Mis-start mitigation – it prevents the vehicle from over-running a curb or parking block if the throttle is used instead of the brakes or if the vehicle is in the wrong gear
Limited models sport a new instrument cluster. The center-mounted color LCD shows settings for the new technology.
- AM/FM Stereo HD Radio with Single-Disc CD Player/MP3/WMA File Capability
- Map: SD Card
- Harman Kardon®5 440 Watt Amplifier
- 9 Speakers (Includes Subwoofer)
- Navigation Screen: 7.0" LCD
- Voice Activated Controls & Navigation
- Bluetooth Audio Streaming Connectivity
- Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone Connectivity
- iPod Control Capability
- XM® Satellite Radio6
- XM NavTraffic®7 (Subscription Required)
- USB Port
- 3.5mm Auxiliary Input Jack
- Rear-Vision Camera
- Smartphone Integration:
- Aha Infotainment
- Roof Mounted Antenna
For 2013, you can do more with the audio system. Upgrades to the standard system include the addition of Bluetooth®2 Audio Streaming and Hands-Free Phone Connectivity, iPod®3 Control Capability, and a USB port.
An AM/FM Stereo HD Radio™4 with Single-Disc CD Player and Navigation System is optional on all Limited models. (See a list of its phenomenal features in the sidebar.) In particular, note that the navigation system’s maps are stored in an SD card which can be updated easily by computer. Later this year, this system will have smartphone integration by Aha, which safely links it to Internet content.
Over the last 20 years, Subaru has continually evolved its engine technology. However, meeting customer expectations for cleaner engines with responsive power called for a basic engine redesign. Legacy and Outback have a new 2.5-liter dual-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder; it’s the same one that debuted in the 2011 Forester. (Read more specifics about the engine in the Winter 2011 issue of Drive.)
In addition, the automatic transmission – a Subaru Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) – for the 2.5i models was revised to complement the changes made in the engine. Subaru reduced the weight of the Lineartronic CVT and therefore the entire vehicle, which ultimately helps owners save money at the fuel pumps.
New to both Legacy and Outback is the Brake Override System. This safety system helps to prevent unintentional vehicle acceleration when the brake and the accelerator pedal are both applied by the driver while the vehicle is moving.
1 EyeSight is a driver assist system which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance and weather and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operation and limitations.
2 Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
3 iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
4 HD Radio is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
5 Harman Kardon is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
6 XM is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
7 XM NavTraffic is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc.