OK but I don't love it
By jbos on Friday, January 29, 2016
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,800
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
- Not Rated
Pros: "AWD, outward visibility, practicality"
Cons: "cold driveability, throttle lag, driving comfort"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"My car is a 2016 3.6R Limited. Some have criticized the styling but I think the car is mostly handsome on the outside. The area around the front fog lights is overwrought, and the rear is nondescript. I am delighted to trade off some zoomy styling for the outward visibility, which is quite good for a modern car - though it is poor compared with cars of 15+ years ago. I think the look will wear well over time.
The interior is functional and workmanlike, but not elegant. It is roomy. The back seat is especially impressive. The trunk is great - although not high, the space is pretty squared off and you can use all of it because the hinges do not intrude. Controls are fine - nothing innovative, no face-palms. Most of the switches feel sturdy and operate smoothly. The A/C temperature knobs are an exception; they are flimsy. (But at least they are knobs.)
I like the way the stereo sounds - to my older ears it has a balanced, natural tonal quality. However the center speaker is driven too loud, giving little impression of separation or sound stage, and it's not adjustable. The FM tuner clearly receives stations that my old car didn't know existed. The volume and tuning knobs are very small and have a lag when operating them. The volume knob is completely ignored when the transmission is in reverse. The steering wheel controls are too small and fiddly - given the space available, 4 separate buttons would work better than the 4-direction rocker.
The voice command system was something that I played with for a couple of weeks and haven't used since except for handsfree phone - much more trouble than it is worth for every other function. The functionality is limited and even the limited commands available are not recognized more often than they work.
I find the driver's seat less successful as it becomes uncomfortable for me after 2 hours or so. Also the steering wheel is a problem - why do all cars now have 3-spoke designs instead of the 4-spoke style with holes at 9 and 3 so that you could wrap your fingers around the rim? My fingers tire rapidly when I try to hold the wheel at 9 and 3 because of the thick spokes.
My biggest problem is with the drivetrain. The H6 is creamy, impressively smooth at idle or under way. However, starting off from a stop, there is a brief lag and then the transmission grabs and lurches you forward. You can start quickly or smoothly, but not both. The lag issue also makes it hard to apply power at the right time coming out of a corner. Also, after a cold start there is an odd behavior where you brake the car to a stop, then a second later the idle speed revs up sharply, causing the car to lurch forward or backward. Rather nasty, though it only does this for a few minutes after a cold start. Fuel economy is disappointing - I knew the H6 didn't return great fuel economy and I thought my expectations were reasonable, but I am getting barely 18 mpg day-to-day. Admittedly my driving is mostly short city trips. I have taken the Legacy on only 2 long highway trips so far and have seen 26 to 29 mpg. (I'm not a real fast driver, always under 75 mph.)
Adaptive cruise control works surprisingly well, but it only sees what is in the lane ahead of you - it gets fooled by traffic exiting onto a ramp, or changing lanes close in front of you. It is no excuse to allow your attention to wander. It is nice to be able to move your feet around but I'm not brave enough to do that in traffic while trusting Eyesight, so in practice it doesn't offer much over conventional cruise control.
Minor gripes: no retained accessory power, slow warmup of the seat heaters, overly sharp cutoff pattern of the headlights (though they spread a commendable wash of light), high beam indicator too bright, the silly plastic tunnels around the speedo and tach, unnecessary time delay actuating the trunk release, heated steering wheel not offered. I have read complaints of wind noise at highway speed - I don't notice that but I do find the level of road noise to be objectionable.
Basically, I wish I had instead spent 1/4 of the money and fixed up my old car. Too late now."
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