Test Drive: 2009 Subaru Legacy Wagon PZEV – Autos.ca

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August 20, 2008

Oshawa, #8211; I still remember the when #8220;greenhouse gas#8221; was that farmers used in big buildings to knock the bugs off the These days, it#8217;s a issue for automakers, who are scrambling to CO2 emissions to meet ever stringent government regulations at the

To that end, Subaru has a new approach, the Partial Zero Vehicle, or PZEV. It#8217;s available on certain models of the Outback, Legacy sedan and my the Legacy wagon. The designation on the base version of the Legacy and on the Plus trim level of the one up from that model#8217;s trim line.

The PZEV indicates vehicles that the strict emissions standards set by the Air Resources Board (CARB), and reports than when to conventional vehicles, its models 90 per cent cleaner emissions. The also meet (get here comes another Canada#8217;s standards as a Super Emission Vehicle (SULEV). The also claims that in smoggy areas, the PZEV#8217;s can be cleaner than the surrounding

2009 Subaru Legacy PZEV. Click image to

2009 Subaru Legacy PZEV. Click image to

The system doesn#8217;t cost any either; the starting price is from the MSRP on the 2008 model, which didn#8217;t the PZEV system, with a tag of $27,995 with the manual and $29,195 for the four-speed automatic. The sedan PZEV is priced less in each case.

One you do need to remember, though, is the PZEV system only exhaust emissions. It isn#8217;t a or alternative fuel vehicle, and it the same fuel economy as its conventional siblings: a published of 10.5 L/100 km in the city and 7.6 on the (in combined real-world driving, I 9.0). Subaru also that while the specialized converter is covered for 8 years or km, a replacement unit out of warranty cost more than a converter, and if you decide to go with a replacement cat, the car#8217;s will have to be reprogrammed.

2009 Subaru Legacy PZEV. Click image to

Like the Touring trim above it, the PZEV uses a four-cylinder horizontally-opposed or #8220;boxer#8221; mated to either a five-speed transmission or my tester#8217;s four-speed

Naturally, it also includes standard Symmetrical All-Wheel system with 60/40 bias under normal and the ability to transfer up to 50 per cent to the axle when necessary; the indicates that all components, the engine, are arranged in symmetrical along the car#8217;s longitudinal for better balance. As with the 2.5i Touring wagon, the version makes 170 horsepower and 170 of torque.

As the model#8217;s base line, the PZEV includes features as standard air conditioning, brakes, dual and curtain active front head 16-inch alloy wheels, mirrors, Sirius satellite CD stereo with audio cargo cover, roof heated cloth seats, and driver#8217;s seat adjustment.

always thought very of the Legacy wagon, and this upholds my opinion. It isn#8217;t but the design is clean and elegant, and the car is nicely proportioned. The doors, lack window frames (a styling touch, in my estimation) with a satisfying thump, and the is easy to open and close.

It#8217;s well-balanced, with responsive steering. The ride is enough to be comfortable, but firm to give the car its confident personality in the where it#8217;s effortless and flat even when hard. It#8217;s not a sports but an excellent daily commuter.

Subaru Legacy Wagon Click image to enlarge

the Legacy is well-finished, with panel fit, a handsome and metallic centre cluster. are covered cubbies for small and the cupholders disappear out of sight a cover that rolls (should you not need them, the comes out to form a single bin). I did have some though: dials and buttons be larger for ease of use, the vents don#8217;t close #8211; my husband wanted the air on, and I couldn#8217;t prevent it from on me #8211; and while the front are extremely comfortable, the rear are very hard, and there#8217;s no armrest.

Those seats fold without removing the head to increase the wagon#8217;s cargo from a length of 110 cm to 165 cm. For pet owners, the offers a compartment divider for the Legacy, which keeps safe behind the barrier also one that works the Legacy Touring#8217;s twin-pane

A minor point, but one that#8217;s more important in light of fuel prices, is an inside for the fuel door, which anyone accessing the filler the car is locked.

It should be interesting to see what response is to the PZEV. Frankly, from the possibility of having to buy a expensive catalytic converter years down the road (or sooner, since there are in some cities that being sawed off vehicles by who sell them for their metals), I can#8217;t see why anyone want the system. Environmentalism just about how much goes in at one end; eventually, you have to face what out, and as long as we#8217;re to be using gasoline-fuelled internal engines, it certainly looks a step in the right direction.

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