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2016 Subaru Legacy: Pump Up the Volume

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author photo by Tara Trompeter July 2016

For the past week, I've been toting my family around in our long-term 2016 Subaru Legacy. After a month in the new Honda Pilot (which I really enjoyed driving), I was excited to get back behind the wheel of a smaller car. As much as I like the elevated ride height and presence of a sturdy SUV, there's something about zipping around town in a sleek midsize sedan that's really nice. Parking is a breeze, my kids can get in and out of the car with little help, and my fuel economy numbers look a lot better!

Beep-Beep

However, after a few days in the Legacy, I've noticed a few quirks. When I get in the driver's seat and push the start button, an incredibly loud beeping sound follows. The beep lasts for a few seconds and then stops. At first, I couldn't figure out what was causing it -- until one day I buckled my seat belt quickly and the beeping immediately subsided. So then I decided to test it and buckle my seat belt before turning the car on. Sure enough, no beeping sound. I don't know about you, but I never put my seat belt on before I start my car. Maybe that's Subaru's expectation, with the beep there to ensure that you buckle up right away. But honestly, it's a pretty annoying feature. Most cars give you some time before the reminder beep sounds. Of course, safety is paramount, and as safety tech advances, the line between safety and convenience will continue to blur. 

Turn It Up

Another odd sound issue has come up over the past few days. We typically toggle between various forms of media in my family when it comes to listening to music in the car. My kids want Kidz Bop on SiriusXM one minute and regular old FM radio the next. Problem is, the volume level you'd use for FM radio isn't the same for satellite -- in fact, when I make the switch, I can't hear the SiriusXM station until I raise the volume several notches. I've never encountered this in any other car I've driven. Seems like a glitch in the system, but who knows?

Despite these quirks, I'm liking my time with the 2016 Subaru Legacy so far. Is it a good everyday family hauler? It's too early for me to tell, so more to come on that in the near future.

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