Subaru Liberty 2.5i
Safety kit, smart pricing and suspension adjustment increase the attractiveness of Liberty.
It’s not hard to find a reason to evaluate Subaru Liberty as one of the best mid-sized cars to be bought. Subaru’s reputation for safety is backed by a strong price and an impressive drive, a combination of the all-wheel-drive convertible behind the Toyota Camry and Mazda6 in the class.
Camry win stake fully value; Mazda takes points for styling and driving while Subaru positions itself as the discerning elderly politician of the group.
That image is underpinned by a luxurious interior interface and a collision avoidance software named EyeSight that uses a pair of stereo cameras to minimize nose-to-tail accidents.
Not much has changed on the base model for 2016 apart from the introduction of energized rearview mirrors. The top two specification variants add firepower to the EyeSight kit, add blind-spot monitoring and rear-traffic alert functions to the arsenal, but it’s virtually stable as she goes.
In terms of equipment, the base 2.5i base features a two-zone aircon, 6.2-inch touchscreen, six speakers, reversing camera and adaptive cruise control.
The continuous variable transmission is one of the best in the business.
The 2.5i Premium version adds heated and powered front seats with leatherette seats, satnav and keyless entry, while 3.6R adds 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio and adds from a boxer 3 engine, 6 liters.
On the road
A suspension tune specific to Australian models helps Liberty enhance handling. It sits flatter and stiffer than most cars, to the point where it begins to get a favorable comparison with European badge vehicles.
There is still a tendency to hit square bumps (the inventor of the metal speed bumps in the parking lot needed to float) with more jars than the gel but that improves with speed.
That speed sadly exposes one of the limitations in Freedom. The faux leather seats don’t have enough grip or power to anchor the driver to hard cornering – and Liberty clings like a senator wearing a cross over 100km / h.
Promoting more mature, the problem is solved into a good position, if driving high, driving. Power front seats and steering wheel adjust reach and tilt help you easily find a comfortable flying environment.
The steering is light but still provides enough feedback to figure out what the front wheels are doing even in the rain.
The boot space is respectable at 493L and the rear room is good in height and knee space.
The continuous variable transmission is one of the best in the business. It responds quickly, especially in sport mode, and feels like stepping through virtual gear ratios – instead of constantly moaning, as other ilk gearboxes do, while trying to match the speed. degree with throttle pressure.
The steering is light but still provides enough feedback to figure out what the front wheels are doing even in the rain. Subaru says that the noise has been reduced this year but there is still one incident – faint but still there – the tire roar from Dunlop-shod’s 18-inch wheels exceeds 80km / h.
EyeSight-equipped Subarus has been rated by the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a top safety option for a number of years. This setup works much more strongly than CarsGuide has tested, which is good news about accident avoidance, but may involve lots of “false positives” (a warning sound when the driver doesn’t believe it should yes) compared to some competitors.
Drivers will need to adapt to the vehicle’s beep if they go around someone turning left or braking later than the rated software.
The price you pay for Liberty is modest in this case. The car has very few bugs and a lot to like, especially for safety conscious owners.
It looks like a quality product, from switches to the end of the dash. Performance is better than the full level and AWD guarantees no prohibition at vendor costs – we returned 8.6L / 100km.
Price – 2.5i base model unchanged at $ 29,990; the 2.5i Premium and 3.6R variants increase $ 500 to $ 35,990 and $ 42,490 respectively.
Technology – The “VisionAssist” package extends the “EyeSight” collision avoidance software on the top two models and adds blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping, rear traffic alert and auto-dimming rearview mirrors and High beam.
Performance – Output and emissions do not change for what is essentially a light intermediate overhaul.
Driving – The locally-tuned suspension system provides a flat ride, supporting closer to European specifications than with more Asian shock absorbers. Subaru said the shock absorbers are also rebuilt noise on the road.
Design – The rearview mirror is currently folding power on 2.5i and has a new “emerald” hero color for 2016.