Earlier this year, Subaru said its 2013 Outback would be getting some upgrades--a tweak here, a tuck there, a new engine and some dandy new safety features.
You'd have thought someone was spreading rumors that the official transportation of drum circles and Lilith Fairs everywhere was turning into a Republican National Committee shuttle bus. So many of you kept coming back to find out exactly what was going on, we called up Subaru and demanded an answer. Or, actually, a road-test vehicle.
We took to the mean streets of Palo Alto, where coffee houses only slightly outnumber the local Ph.D.s, and headed from HGM's palatial headquarters complex (free Twix!) to the foothills outside Stanford, hoping to attract attention and commentary on the new Outback while not drawing too much attention for shooting video without a permit in fee-happy California.
What we found: nothing shocking. The Outback's new flat-four engine delivers a little better fuel economy, and about the same noise and vibration through the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that's in most models sold today. The space that's always taken us aback--in the right way--is untouched, but the interior's been dressed up a little more with some woodgrain trim that we are completely certain is sustainable, naturally harvested, organic in nature, and vegan-friendly.
And in a mix of light trail riding and street cruising, the Outback's even demeanor reminded us why shoppers snap them up in steadily climbing numbers. It's a no-brainer if you live in the snow belt--but who doesn't like the reassurance of all-wheel drive and a reputation for great resale value and durability?
Two features probably will divide the Subaru loyalists from the arrivistes. One's a fab Harman/Kardon sound system with 440 watts of power. It'll pump out NPR's Morning Edition with such clarity, even Nina Totenberg will make perfect sense. The other's EyeSight, billed as a first from Subaru, but coming from another related automaker in the very, very short term. It uses twin cameras--they look like binoculars above the rearview mirror--to detect obstacles ahead and feed info to lane-departure warning systems, active cruise control, and more. It's pretty fancy for a Subaru, and can drive the price of an Outback well past the mid-$30,000 range.
The rest of the crossover world is shying away, bit by bit, from the kind of SUV imagery that once held complete sway. Not so the Outback. It's a diehard. It's always had a more rugged flavor than the Venza, the Murano, and the Edge. And now with the Ford Escape shrinking and getting more dartlike, the Outback's real competition has narrowed down to, and turns out to be, interestingly enough, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2013 Honda Accord Touring V6 Start up, Walkaround and In Depth Tour (Canadian Model)
Well Youtube, Today I have a requested Indepth tour to give you guys today,
This is a 2013 Honda Accord. I don't know what to say but im really
impressed with the new Accord with all of its new technology and redesign
of it. I especially like the new front headlights. The leather in this
Accord feels really premium and interior quality is quite good. I think
this new Accord can blast out all the competition in technology. but we
will just have to wait and see when the 2013 Ford Fusion comes to my local
Ford dealership. Will mostly have new vehicles on my channel but if a
viewer has requested say a 2003 Honda Accord I can most definitely film
one. Well Youtube, I hope you enjoyed this full indepth tour on this 2013
Honda Accord Touring V6. Thanks for watching!
Honda Accord Sedan | 2013 | Frontal Crash Test | NHTSA | CrashNet1
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2013 Honda Accord Sedan
NHTSA NCAP Frontal Impact:
Overall: 5 Stars
Frontal: 4 Stars
Side: 5 Stars
Rollover: 5 Stars
Crash test dummies representing an average-sized adult
male and a small-sized adult female are placed in the
driver and front passenger seats, respectively, and are
secured with seat belts. Vehicles are crashed into a fixed
barrier at 35 mph (56.3km/h), which is equivalent to a
head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving
at 35 mph.
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