Music And Movie Playback
The navigation system features HD Radio, SiriusXM, USB input, and DivX video playback support. Subaru installs the USB port inside the center armrest alongside a standard 1/8" auxiliary input jack and a 12 V cigarette lighter outlet. There’s also a convenient little notch cut into the console for routing cables up to the front.
Playing back music is pretty straightforward. The HD Radio tuner is nice to have if you (like I) spend a lot of time listening to the radio. Its quality is substantially better than conventional AM/FM signals. For those of you with an Apple device, you can use HD Radio tagging to identify tracks you'd like to purchase later on iTunes. SiriusXM functionality is more basic; you get no time-shifting or recording features.
When you plug something in to the USB port, be it a flash drive or Apple device, you're greeted by an interface that conveys track data and album cover art. You're able to navigate through the USB-attached storage by folder.
DivX video playback is supported, though we didn't have any files that would work. Frankly, we're not quite sure why Subaru found it necessary to include DivX compatibility, particularly since the feature is only exposed while the Legacy is at a complete stop.
Steering Wheel Controls
Infotainment controls on the 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited's steering wheel are mounted on the left side, which is where we want them to be. There are inputs for volume, navigating tracks, mode selection, voice commands, and the phone, all with a thumb's reach.
Very good to see manufacturers installing driving aids such as collision detection and adaptive cruise control now. These are the precursors to completely autonomous cars and the more advanced these systems get, the closer we may get to fully autonomous cars in the near future.
My question is; when are manufacturers going to give us the option of installing a 3rd party tablet such as an Ipad or a Nexus 7/10 in the dashboard rather than putting up with their pathetic built in "infotainment" systems. I would definitely choose a car with just a blank space in the dashboard (plus charging port) for a tablet rather than buying one with a built in system. Heck I might even pay more for it. All we need is a standardized connection to interface speaker systems and steering wheel controls to the tablet.
Seriously, though, within the past 5-10 years I've found many mid-sized cars these days to be small from a height standpoint in the back seat. If you're over 5'9" and sit in the back, you have to bend your neck to fit. If populations are trending toward taller people, why are car companies making back seats for shorter people?
If you want to have a vehicle where adults can sit in the back these days, they almost force you into full-size or CUV/SUV options. As a result, this seems to discourage carpooling. Maybe this is how they can push to sell more cars?
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