Dude, It will never beat a Bronco ll, now that is the best 4WD around.
Ha ha in my 86 Subaru GL, I can go from 2wd, to 4wd hi and 4wd low!
I agree with the poster that laughed when the person claimed to pass a Legacy that was spinning its wheels while climbing a hill...
I have finally thrown in the towel with regard to wanting to needing to convince people about the practical side of owning a Subi... if they want to make fun, fine... but at the end of the year, I am the one laughing having never been stuck in the sand-snow-or mud... and even with so-so mpg... I am still WAY AHEAD when it comes to overall ownership costs... All I really care about is a warm heater (Subi's got it right on that one), a good AC in the summer heat, and a car that never gets stuck. Again: Subaru's got it right about that too.
Sorry to ramble, but people who think the Subi AWD is ineffective are simply wrong...
All these attempts of certain reviewers to claim that a Subi's AWD isn't effective makes me think they have never driven one in snow or mud. And if so; why are they writing reviews?
No: the bigger Explorers or Jeeps do not do better with their 4wd's... they are good vehicles, but they really don't do any better.
Look: when it's 2 am and it's 8 degrees outside, and the wind is blowing 25mph and the roads are all covered with ice, I trust my Legacy to get me home safely (I still drive fairly slow in these conditions). And when I go to Arizona in August (which we do a lot - go Sun Devils!), the AC works great and the car again never gets stuck in sandy washes (wadi's)...
Do I prefer an old Lexus or Mercedes or BMW or Continental or Crown Vic for elegant highway cruising? You bet, but for all around fun and peace of mind, I'll stick with our 3 older Legacys and Outbacks... I find the 95-99 more comfortable than the 2000 and newer ones... but the newer ones sure look nice.
You think this car is horrible in the snow? I am sorry but I must disagree with your comment about its handling in snow. This car has to be one of the best AWD cars in the snow and rain that has ever been made. That is including any and all new cars. Period.
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