2013 Subaru Legacy: Tight Twisty Road
I give the Legacy some stick through a tight twisty section of road. As you
might expect the symmetrical AWD is well suited to the challenge. The CVT
transmission is a completely different animal than a standard slush box in
that it has no real shift points. This means the revs never drop when you
mat it, the road speed just climbs and climbs as the engine hangs at 5500
RPM. Once you get used to that it offers some distinct advantages for
spirited driving .
The 2.5 Boxer engine has a wide power band and from 3K on up to the 6K
redline it delivers enough torque to hoon around like a Rally King. The
"Manual" function on the CVT is a little queer and nothing like a proper
gear box but it lets you keep the revs up and use the engine braking and
that bumps up the fun factor. The Floppy Paddle shifters are tied to the
steering wheel so when you turn lock to lock there is no way to get your
fingers on them until the wheel returns closer to center.
Ergonomics are pretty good in the cabin even for a 6-4 250# guy like
me...the electric seat adjustments raise lower and tilt the back and seat
independently but for someone with long legs the steering wheel will feel
far away. The wheel does adjust up/down in/out but not nearly enough to
accommodate the range of the seat IMO. Headroom and legroom are more than
adequate. Getting in and out of this low slung car could be challenging to
the old, infirm, or obese driver, (I qualify for at least 2 out of 3 of
those) but I managed to do it without popping a blood vessel or calling
Road noise is lower than a lot of cars but certainly not as low as a luxury
vehicle. The fan on the AC is quiet even on high. Noisy fans are one of my
pet peeves...what good is the comfort of AC on a hot day if you have to
wear ear plugs? Overall the car feels well built, solid, no rattles, and
most of all capable. The traction control works really well and unlike some
cars this feature does not make the car feel slow and ponderous when it
kicks in. It corrects slip in little doses without effecting speed or
The OEM tire choice is excellent IMO. The Bridgestone Turunza tires handle
wet conditions very well and offer up a fair amount of grip on loose
gravel. On asphalt these tires run quietly.
If you like this video stay tuned for a more in depth drive with the Legacy
where I explore how it copes with loose gravel and how it does on the
highway and on an open winding country road or two.
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2010 Subaru Outback CVT Test
This video shows the performance of the Subaru Outback CVT transmission for
start/stop situations in reverse, with and without VDC enabled. This issue
occurs in first gear also but is slightly less pronounced.
Local Subaru service technicians called this issue a "no problem found",
and verified the latest ECU firmware was in place per TSB # 16-77-09.
Subaru customer service has written "working as designed".
To see the context of this video, go to forum threads such as:
2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited Review and Road Test
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Need a mid-sized sedan under $30,000 with AWD? Right now there's only one
option right now. That's because Ford's AWD Fusion is available only in
expensive Titanium trim, Suzuki left America and the Chrysler 200 AWD isn't
available yet. Even when that 200 AWD does land it will be in a high end
3.6L V6 trim only and is expected to cross the $30,000 mark as well. Since
I wasn't able to get one fro Subaru I flew to Denver to rent a brand-new
Legacy 2.5 Limited.
Subaru Outback 2.D CVT Test
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Subaru Outback CVT reverse curb test
This video tests a CVT-equipped Subaru Outback (AWD) and an automatic
transmission-equipped Honda Civic (FWD) on the same 4.5" curb. This video
demonstrates that the Outback vehicle applies inadequate power to the
drivetrain in reverse start/stop situations to overcome the curb. The only
test constraint for both cars was to NOT allow momentum to overcome the
curb. After pressure is applied to the curb with the tires, it doesn't
matter how fast one pushes the Outback's gas pedal to the floor--in all
cases it cannot climb the curb. The civic eagerly climbs the curb, even
after many attempts of trying to get the vehicle to stall on the curb.
2015 Subaru Legacy Start Up and Review 2.5 L 4-Cylinder
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Powertrain Options: 2.4 L 4-Cylinder or 3.6 L 6-Cylinder with a CVT Auto
Engine & Performance
BASE ENGINE SIZE 2.5 L
CAM TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS Flat 4
VALVE TIMING Variable
TORQUE 174 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
horsepower 175 hp
@ 5800 rpm
TURNING CIRCLE 36.8 ft.
ENGINE TYPE Gas
FUEL TYPE Regular unleaded
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 18.5 gal.
RANGE IN MILES (CTY/HWY) 481.0/666.0 mi.
EPA MILEAGE EST. (CTY/HWY) 26/36 mpg
BASIC 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
DRIVETRAIN 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
ROADSIDE 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Competitors: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen
Passat, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Ford Fusion
SFR turbocharged 2008 Altima CVT Coupe
This is Blakes car.It features a Speed Force Racing single turbo system.This is a 3.5L VQ motor with the
CVT(continuously variable) transmission.At 5 psi this car is very fast and
the CVT tranny is just incredible.Its like you are alwyas on the Boost when you put your foot to the floor.
The D-Drive Infinitely Variable Geared Transmission
This brain-bending invention could be the holy grail of transmission
technology - it allows you to smoothly move through gear ratios from top gear all
the way through neutral and into reverse without ever disengaging the
engine. Plus, there's no friction drive component, so the power is always
transmitted through gear teeth - there's never any slip or friction losses.
In fact, the D-Drive's main difficulty is that it's so damn hard to
understand that people don't really know what to do with it. So here's a
close-up look, which will hopefully get a few people thinking.
Read the complete article here:
mission-geared/15088/ and a follow up to the response here:
How A CVT Works by TEAM Industries.mov
TEAM has received a lot of requests to explain how a CVT works, here is a
good video showing the basics of CVT. In the future we will be posting more
videos explaining some of our innovations to the basic design. Take a look
and let us know what you think.
XTRONIC CVT in the 2013 Nissan Altima | AutoMotoTV
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Next-generation XTRONIC CVT®
Nissan first adopted the Continuously Variable Transmission in 1992, then
refreshed and modernized it a decade later, becoming one of the world's
first automotive manufacturers to include the CVT on passenger cars. Now,
10 years on again, they've taken it to another level.
The 2013 Nissan Altima will be the first Nissan with the next-generation
XTRONIC CVT. The dramatically improved technology achieves a significant
15% increase in fuel efficiency, accelerates faster, runs quieter and offers an even more
seamless shifting experience.
How does it do this? By giving it the world's highest transmission ratio
and also reducing the transmission's weight, length, friction, and even the
amount of transmission fluid needed.
The transmission ratio is 7.3:1, which is a broader ratio than you'll find
in an average automatic, and far superior to the 6.0:1 you'd find in a
similar model vehicle.
Intelligent CVT Logic ensures that the transmission is always in the right
gear, which eliminates any wasteful gear hunting. The expanded gear ratio
also reduces engine revolutions drastically, allowing the Altima to cruise
at 60 miles per hour at fewer than 1500 RPMs. The benefits of lower RPMs
are obvious -- better fuel efficiency and a noticeably quieter ride.
So, what does all this mean for the driver? Efficiency: up to 15% increase
in fuel efficiency. Performance: it delivers absolutely seamless
performance and alleviates many of the concerns that drivers held about
earlier CVT's. Quiet: the higher-efficiency and 40% reduction in friction
allows the car to perform at higher speeds at very low RPMs, practically
eliminating all noise from the transmission.
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