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2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Long-Term Update 4: Driving With AWD and Using the Nav System
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By: MotorTrend On: 12-05-2017 Model(s): Some readers had a couple questions about Subaru Legacy’s all-wheel-drive system. 2017 Subaru Legacy
Author Experience: Expert review

Some readers had a couple questions about Subaru Legacy’s all-wheel-drive system.

You should trademark fam sedan. That’s up there with “Orig Trig” for Star Wars Episodes 4 through 6. The answer to your question is no. It’s not like when you switch a truck into four-wheel drive and it moves like a tank. In poor conditions the AWD will cut down on under- and oversteer, but you won’t feel it unless you look for it.

“Do you believe the Legacy would provide adequate performance in the snow? The Outback is a trooper, but the new Legacys are a sweet ride,” Pete DaCosta of Idaho wanted to know.

The only time I get to really make use of the AWD is when I drive through puddles to blast pedestrians during the rare SoCal rainfall (don’t judge), but I bet it would handle snow like a champ; I’ll see if I can test it out this winter. The Outback has a higher ground clearance (8.7 inches to 5.9), and that might give it an edge in any kind of winter Olympics, but the Legacy would be at home frolicking in white stuff.

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