New York 2012: Subaru XV Debuts, Legacy 2.5GT Gone

Byron Hurd
by Byron Hurd
new york 2012 subaru xv debuts legacy 2 5gt gone

Subaru debuted their new compact crossover and their refreshed Legacy and Outback. As you’re probably already aware, the changes to Subaru’s mid size mainstays are more than superficial. However, they’re not very dramatic.

The new DOHC Boxer 4 is good for a 1mpg improvement on the highway. The biggest news from an enthusiast standpoint is that the 2.5GT model is making a quiet exit. Another manual transmission notes the dust.

The Subaru XV compact crossover slots in where the previous Impreza-based Outback Sport once fit. Boasting the same ground clearance of the Outback with a smaller footprint, the XV should suit the northeastern SAAB replacement buyer quite nicely.

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  • Speed Spaniel Speed Spaniel on Apr 05, 2012

    Seems like that really terrible orange marbly plood in the previous Outback has been replaced with just really bad plood. See? There's always room for improvement!!

  • Bkmurph Bkmurph on Apr 05, 2012

    The last Impreza Outback Sport was basically an Impreza hatchback with different paint, larger wheels (17" vs. 16"), lower-profile tires, different seat fabric, and faux skid plates -- but no noticeable increase in ride height or ruggedness. The new Sport trim level on the Impreza picks up where the last Outback Sport left off: different paint, wheels, trim, and fabric; but nearly the same ride height as the standard Impreza hatchback. I like the new XV because it shows a more earnest effort to create a rugged spinoff that's appreciably different from the Impreza on which it's based.

  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......
  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.