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Subaru Liberty 2017

Subaru Liberty 2017

A new Subaru Liberty is available in Sedan form and with all the room, AWD grip and safety that the large 2017 Subaru Liberty sedan offers, this will be a popular buy.  For a reasonable price you can be the owner of a Liberty that’s packed with the latest technology and driving pleasure.

Getting a little bit nostalgic, the Liberty has been around for a wee while now, churning out the model upgrades to match market changes.  Driving enthusiasts the world over enjoy the AWD grip that Subaru offer – the technology some of the best in the world that has been rally proven.  Also, having to keep pace with the Mitsubishi EVO has also ensured that Subaru has remained at the top of its game when it comes to getting strong, robust and safe AWD systems.

Heading off for a long journey can be a sort of nostrum one can take for remedying the blues and overworking.  Holidaying about Australia in a new Subaru Liberty has the making of good times and plenty of coffee.  Talking about coffee, there are cup holders for drinks in the front and rear occupants.  Rear passengers will find their cup holders in the back of the fold down centre cushion.  Rear boot space for packing luggage into measures less than 500 litres, so this actually puts the new Liberty behind the ball game, with rivals offering considerably more space in the boot.  That said, you can still pack quite a lot into the space, especially with a little thought.  Driving long roads  and holidaying in a Liberty make for nice times.

Subaru Liberty 2017

Rivals for the 2017 Subaru Liberty include the Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata sedans.  These offer healthy performance, style, room and safety.  For the same sort of power that the Liberty 3.6R model puts out, a Holden Calais and Toyota Aurion Sportivo happily comply with the challenge.  A new Subaru Liberty 2.5I can be had for around $35k, a price that is a very good deal with all the features found inside one of these sedans.  Flagship material belongs to the Subaru Liberty 3.6R, with a price up over $45k.  In between these two models, the Subaru Liberty 2.5I Premium drives nicely and is very well equipped.  Perhaps this is the best model of the three on sale.  I wish there was a diesel, though.

Head out across Queensland at certain times of the year, and the latitude lines suggest that nature will have some serious rain falling from time-to-time.  A downpour with hail and 2WD is a little scarier than a downpour, hail and AWD.  In fact, some of the roads away from main centres of civilisation can become very slippery in Australia, and having Subaru Liberty AWD traction becomes a treasured possession.  Always offering a little bit more dynamically in the wet, the roomy AWD Subaru Sedan feels safe and rides exceptionally well.  For the money, there are few competitors that can equal the road holding capabilities of the new Liberty sedan.

You can have 3.6-litre lusty performance of the 3.6R (191 kW / 350 Nm at 4400 rpm), where a 7.2 second sprint can have you up to 100 km/h from a standstill.  Working the accelerator hard and allowing the CVT to hold the engine in the optimum range does deliver the brisk performance you want, but for the most part the 3.6R is happy to lazily lope along at a swift high speed pace.  The two 2.5I models come with the smaller 2.5-litre horizontally-opposed boxer 4-cylinder, petrol engine with 129 kW and 235 Nm of torque.  Gallivanting about the countryside in any of the Liberty sedans produces a nice ride and great handling.  You can appreciate these types of cars a little more when you get away from the congested city environment and out on the open road.

Inside the Subaru Liberty 2017 model the controls a really nicely laid out in a logical design.  The trim and plastics are smooth and well-built throughout the cabin.  You’ll have very comfortable seats for occupants in the front seats, with the rear seat passengers having plenty of legroom and slightly firmer less forgiving seating.  You have a nice 7.0-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dash.  Delights like full leather trim with heated electrically adjustable front seats, an electric sunroof, auto on/off LED headlights and wipers, keyless auto-entry with push-button start, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, satellite navigation, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio and Pandora internet radio app connectivity are all part of the Premium and 3.6R equipment list.

Safety in a 2017 Liberty includes Subaru’s EyeSight active safety technology package with active cruise control, lane departure warning and pre-collision warning systems.  Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and ESC are also standard.  Dual front, front-side, full-length curtain and driver’s knee airbags feature as passive safety features.  When push did come to shove, the ANCAP crash testing facility in Australia awarded the Liberty a five-star rating with a score of 35.99 out of a maximum 37 points.  This result is excellent.

The new 2017 Liberty models offer a high level of luxury and safety equipment, particularly in the Premium and 3.6R versions.  They are nice to drive but there is only one thing missing, and that is the presence of a diesel engine to power the Liberty.  Also, becoming more and more prevalent with Liberty rivals are hybrid options and smaller capacity turbo engines.  I’m sure Subaru are well aware of this, and they will have a solution in the pipeline.

The current Subaru Liberty sedan models include the:

  • Liberty 2.5I
  • Liberty 2.5I Premium
  • Liberty 3.6R

Subaru Liberty Sedan 2017

For any more information on the Subaru Liberty or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Subaru dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!