Subaru Legacy: A True Case of Inside Out

Subaru Legacy: A True Case of Inside Out

I wanted the Subaru Legacy 2015 to be sexy. I wanted it to scream: “Look at me.  I’m awesome inside and out.” But when I saw it for the first time, I thought “that’s it?”

Subaru Legacy 2015

From the picture, it doesn’t look too unique, right?  I admit that I was expecting a James Bond style of Astin Martin/Economic style car.

I was lamenting my disappointment to a young, Millennial colleague last week, when he remarked: “Oh!  That’s the car that I want to buy. My parents have Subarus, my sister drives one too.  It’s the only car we buy.  It’s not supposed to look “sexy.”  That’s the attraction.”  I’m sorry but…What?!?  Why would you buy a car that wasn’t sexy?

He went on to explain that he (and I guess his family) didn’t want the car to look too nice because what was inside of the car was what really mattered to him.  He didn’t care that the car looked, at least to me, like the carbon-copy of every other car on the low-to medium-price car listings.  What Dave cared about was the INSIDE.

And I’ll be the first to admit that on the inside, this car is nothing but SWEET!

Console cluster

You can, literally, do everything that you need to do from the “console cluster.” On the first snowy day in Chicago, I could not only call Adam to tell him my ETA home (thank you left hand call button on the steering wheel) but the built in Siri allowed me to change Sirius XM Radio stations, check the weather and traffic without having to pull over and check my iPhone. Driving in the snow and sleet was a total breeze thanks to the All-Wheel Drive.  Lulu loved the ample leg room and and comfortable Captain seats.  I am a huge fan of the EyeSight Driver Assistance System with enhanced camera performance, which alerts the driver when they are getting too close to another vehicle to help prevent collision.

Given the number of cars that I have test driven over the past few years, by far, the Subaru Legacy 2015 is taking the blue ribbon for comfort, ease of highway and city driving and safety.  Yes, I will admit it, the car sort of grows on me.  It’s not the SUV that I am used to driving but it is absolutely the kind of car that I wouldn’t mind buying for Adam, especially on his non-Porsche driving days.

Bring on the snow!  I think that the Subaru Legacy can handle anything the Chicago weather sends its way!

 

Disclaimer:  I am a voluntary participant in the Subaru of America Legacy Blogger program. I have been asked by Subaru of America to review their products in exchange for the use of a short-term vehicle loan. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

2014 KIA Sorento: Kid Tested & Dad Approved

2014 KIA Sorento: Kid Tested & Dad Approved

Hopping into the 2014 KIA Sorento after spending a week driving the KIA Soul was an adventure.  Let’s remember, I truly LOVED driving the KIA Soul and, if it wasn’t for the dog, the kid (and all of her stuff) and the need to cram as much sporting and camping equipment into one car as possible, I would have begged Adam to buy the KIA Soul immediately.  But we do have these things and are more inclined to favor a car that has a lot of space.  And the Kia Sorento has ample space.

Could it be a mini-van trapped in the body of a gorgeous SUV?

My buddies at Drive STI asked for my opinion about a car and I was up for the challenge.  After my first test drive, I reflected that I felt like I was driving a min-van dressed up as an attractive SUV.  It turns out that the 2014 KIA Sorento is a beauty inside and out.  Once again, I was a HUGE fan of the steering wheel warmer.  (Note: We drove this car over Thanksgiving and it is usually pretty cold in Chicago around this time of year.)  The controls were conveniently placed.  I could keep my eyes on the road when I needed to call home or change the radio station in the car.  (Note to self: Do not let Lulu and her friends take control of the Sirius tuner—Howard Stern is not appropriate for 10 year olds.)

We all loved how adaptable the seats were.  Adam could move the driver’s seat so far back that there was no risk of his knees hitting the steering wheel.  And because the 2014 KIA Sorento has so much space, Lulu never complained that the front seats were crushing her legs in the 2nd row.

Drool-Worthy Features

The Kia 2014 Sorento has a lot of other features that actually led to Adam and I arguing about who got to drive the car.  Usually Adam and I do not disagree when it comes to who is going to drive the car: I do most of the “family” driving.  But with features like power passenger seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, rear seat vents, dual heated and ventilated front seats, extendable visors, 115 V power, ECO mode, V6 engine and more, Adam and I started arguing about who got to take control of our new “toy.”  Lulu settled the argument by telling me that I “ALWAYS got to drive and it’s time to give Dad a chance.” No worries, I played with all the gadgets and buttons while he drove the car.

Like its cousin, the Soul, the Sorento handled well.  To be quite honest, although I felt like I was driving a big car like a Suburban or an Escalade, it didn’t feel like I was driving one.  Although, it was as comfortable as traveling in a “luxury” SUV.  I was even more surprised with the Sorento’s turning radius.  Unlike my Hyundai Santa Fé, I was surprised at how well I could execute a U-Turn despite the car’s size.

Let’s say a few words about flat-folding seats.  They are a must.  I didn’t realize what I was missing until we visited our favorite store, Costco, and decided to do some major grocery and holiday shopping.  Let’s just say that we took advantage of all of the room in the car.  If one is going to buy a car with a 3rd row, being able to fold down the seats and make room for extra cargo is a great feature.

Conclusion

I asked that Adam, Lulu and my mother-in-law share their opinions and reflections on their Kia Sorento experience with me.  I wasn’t too surprised by their answers: Adam wouldn’t mind having one, Lulu liked the fact that we could squeeze in four of her friends, the car did “all sorts of cool stuff” and my mother-in-law felt that the car had ample room and was comfortable.  Overall, they enjoyed the added features and loved the panoramic sunroof.

Even though (thank goodness) we never needed the air bags, it was a comfort to know that the front, sides and the second row had them.  We did wonder, however, why the third row did not come with the same level of protection?

We thought that the car was expensive, but justified the price when considering the optional third row seating, a powerful engine option and tons of latest technology. And, while this shouldn’t be any family’s main concern, the Sorento is a great looking automobile.

Bottom line: Adam and Lulu really loved this car!  Lulu was pretty jazzed to show off the car to her friends.  If you’re in the market to buy any new car, it’s important to consider what’s really important (and no, your child’s friends “oohing” and “ahhing” shouldn’t be the impetus to buy one car over another one.)  So, honestly, is having a seven-passenger cross over really necessary for a family of three, a large dog and a Costco shopping habit?  You bet—especially if you swore after having children that you would NEVER buy a mini-van!  On the flip side, it’s not ideal when we’re road tripping into the city and need to find a parking spot on the street. It turns out that we may just be a really crossover kinda family after all.  And if we are, then we will seriously consider the 2014 Kia Sorento.

 

 

Could this be the NEW Betsy?

 

Disclosure: I am not a car person; I don’t review cars for a living.  But I am a mom who is concerned about the safety of her family, is budget conscience and also takes pride in have a cool “mom-mobile. ”  All opinions and views with regard to this car review, the company that loaned it to me or the vehicle manufacturer are entirely mine and were not influenced, edited or even reviewed by the companies prior to posting.