What Is It?
2014 Subaru Levorg
What's Special About It?
This is not the new Subaru Legacy, even though many people thought it was.
The 2014 Subaru Levorg is actually a new wagon model that's said to be sportier and more fun to drive than the Legacy.
Subaru says the Japanese-market Levorg is a "real sports tourer," in that it merges sports performance and touring into one car. At the car's debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, Subaru was calling the Levorg a prototype, but in looking at it you could tell it's pretty much ready for production. Sales will begin in Japan in the spring of next year, with no plans for export to the U.S.
The Subaru Levorg will offer buyers a choice between two direct-injection turbo (DIT) horizontally opposed four-cylinder engines. A newly developed 1.6-liter variant puts out 168 horsepower with 184 pound-feet of torque and is designed to run on regular-grade gasoline. The 2.0-liter version is good for 296 hp and 295 lb-ft running on premium fuel.
Both engines come mated to Subaru's Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), the bigger engine with a Sport CVT that allows the driver to shift among eight steps. And, of course, both will come with all-wheel drive.
Safety features include adaptive cruise control, active lane-keeping, hazard avoidance assist and a pre-collision reverse throttle management. With the last system, if it detects sharp acceleration while in reverse, it sounds a warning signal and restricts the throttle to keep the Levorg from backing up too quickly.
What Edmunds Says: Sportier than the upcoming new Legacy, the Japan-market Subaru Levorg looks like the kind of Subie wagon we'd enjoy driving.
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged flat-4
Gearbox: Continuously variable transmission
Power: 168 horsepower, 184 pound-feet
Dimensions :195.3 inches long, 58.5 inches high, 70.1 inches wide, 104.3-inch wheelbase, 3,395-pound curb weight