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I posted this in the other thread but i know that will get buried quick so here are the pics I took today at the demo drive at Berman Subaru Chicago:
https://imgur.com/a/GbB7Xbg

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Harmon Kardon Sound:
Panoramic Sunroof/Power sun shade in action:

Quick notes on demo drive:
- The car is like a slightly larger outback and doesnt feel as big as it looks to drive
- comfort and controls (on limited and touring) are fantastic; some of the best period - not just for Subaru but for the class
- the electronic assist steering is VERY light and will take some time to get used to - it lacks any true feel which is true of pretty much any car in the segment - i think the Mazda CX9 has more feel however. Its not bad per-se but its so light you don't get a lot of feedback from the steering wheel which is something I prefer. I guarantee my wife won't notice.
- having driven the limited with black leather and the touring with the java leather back to back - the 'upgraded' leather on the touring steering wheel is noticeably upscale and nice to hold in your hand. nothing wrong with the limited but i was just surprised i noticed it right away. all the materials feel very upscale through the cabins on both trims.
- it has some really nice power right when you need it. I wasnt able to get up to high way passing speeds but i got one full throttle acceleration in and it pulled really nicely to 50mph with very little turbo lag. the 2.4T is going to be a welcome addition to the subaru lineup; not just for the ascent but for the other models - cough cough turbo outback and future STi.
- The placement of the smart rearview camera placement would do better if a little lower. i tried it in city conditions and you can only see the roof of the car behind you - enough to know someone is there but would be nice to see more of the vehicle. I could see this being more useful in hwy driving conditions where cars are spaced out further apart. time will tell if this feature is really useful or not.
- the front camera is cool but wish you could leave it on at a higher speeds; i get why you can't, distracted driving blah blah blah. the hood/bonnet is very large so it's nice having this to see whats directly in front of you
- The sound system on the limited was decent - i don't know which model it was but it was a harmon kardon. i took a video of it but its hard to capture in video.
-the panoramic sunroof is awesome and the power shade works really great - took a video of it in action (see youtube link above)

That's all i can remember right now. it was really nice to get behind the wheel and cant wait for July to get here!
Let me know if there are any questions and I'll do my best to recall.
 

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Thanks for your great review! For me the brown touring with java interior is gaudy. To many shades of brown/tan/fake wood going on. Dash looks like Impreza/ crosstrek+. Like the drivers seat extensions on the limited touring models.
 

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I absolutely love this! My dealership was supposed to get a demo in but the Subaru rep has not yet gotten his demo in yet. I pre ordered my Ascent (premium package with add on sunroof and navi) in March and was told it would arrive mid July (I hope!). I love seeing all of the dealership demo previews. So glad I found this forum!!
 

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I posted this in the other thread but i know that will get buried quick so here are the
- the electronic assist steering is VERY light and will take some time to get used to - it lacks any true feel which is true of pretty much any car in the segment - i think the Mazda CX9 has more feel however. Its not bad per-se but its so light you don't get a lot of feedback from the steering wheel which is something I prefer. I guarantee my wife won't notice.
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Hmm... Did it feel similar to a Forester/Outback?

I hated the very light feel in the VW Atlas. I was hoping for a more solid / planted steering. So this has me a little concerned.
 
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Thanks for your great review! For me the brown touring with java interior is gaudy. To many shades of brown/tan/fake wood going on. Dash looks like Impreza/ crosstrek+. Like the drivers seat extensions on the limited touring models.


I think its 50/50 of the brown on brown personally I love it, in a touring there are only a couple of different colors and the tan/light color shelf has been there since the get go, also the dash is the same as new Impreza since Subaru is going more streamline with electronics but it is much much bigger and its very nice IMO.
 

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Has anyone seen the Tungsten in person? Pictures or impressions?
My understanding is that it is identical to the Tungsten used on 2018 Subies. (and previous years)
 

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Hmm... Did it feel similar to a Forester/Outback?

I hated the very light feel in the VW Atlas. I was hoping for a more solid / planted steering. So this has me a little concerned.
It felt lighter than our 2015 outback - i think I'll get used to it but it was something I noticed first while pulling out of the dealer lot. I haven't driven an Atlas so I can't compare directly to it.
 

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My understanding is that it is identical to the Tungsten used on 2018 Subies. (and previous years)
Yes, that matches what I was told by the product specialists at the NYIAS.
 

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It felt lighter than our 2015 outback - i think I'll get used to it but it was something I noticed first while pulling out of the dealer lot. I haven't driven an Atlas so I can't compare directly to it.
I agree. I've driven a LOT of Outbacks and Foresters, and Forester always felt peppier than Outback due to the difference in weight.

This was just as peppy as a Forester while still being so quiet and powerful it wasn't funny.

Also, Tungsten is the same. Saw one today. And the brown looks better in person than in pictures.
 

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I agree. I've driven a LOT of Outbacks and Foresters, and Forester always felt peppier than Outback due to the difference in weight.

This was just as peppy as a Forester while still being so quiet and powerful it wasn't funny.

Also, Tungsten is the same. Saw one today. And the brown looks better in person than in pictures.

I was referring to the steering wheel feel when I mentioned the Atlas. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

Curious if it feels very loose or tight. I drive a Tacoma now and have driven a 2017 Forester and like that they feel tighter and the steering wheel isn't super loose like some cars and the VW Atlas felt.
 

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I was referring to the steering wheel feel when I mentioned the Atlas. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

Curious if it feels very loose or tight. I drive a Tacoma now and have driven a 2017 Forester and like that they feel tighter and the steering wheel isn't super loose like some cars and the VW Atlas felt.
Incredibly responsive steering, like in the Forester. About 2 1/2 turns lock to lock, and a 38' turning radius. Atlas was basically the closest in specs to everything we compared, but still didn't quite make it. Also, ours will do active torque vectoring on BOTH inside tires to help with understeer, not just the fronts like on the Outback.
 
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