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2015 Subaru Outback, Hyundai Genesis Safety, VW and Jeep Recalls: The Week In Reverse

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This week, The Car Connection reviewed the latest Subaru Outback, the outdoor-ready wagon spun off from the 2015 Legacy sedan. The Outback has come a long way—it’s far more refined than in the past, though it’s still not the equal of an Audi Allroad. Where the new Outback shines is at the Premium trim level, with Subaru’s 2.5-liter four and standard all-wheel drive. For just under $30,000, that Outback remains one of the best ways for families to gear up.

Earlier this year, we took you for a first drive in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis—and now the Feds have checked in with a full set of crash-test scores. The Genesis sedan had already earned top-tier scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given it five-star ratings nearly across the board. The Genesis may be one of the safest cars on the road, with one caveat: the government usually doesn’t crash-test luxury cars like the Mercedes S-Class or Audi A8, though it did give perfect scores to the battery-powered Tesla Model S.

In other new-car news, Volkswagen has ordered dealers in the U.S. and Canada to suspend sales of some 2015 Golf and GTI hatchbacks. In about 2500 new Golfs and GTIs, the stabilizer bars weren’t installed properly, which could loosen the links and in some cases, could allow them to detach from their mounting points. VW will fix the problem for free.

In bigger recall news, the Takata airbag recall that already includes millions of vehicles, now includes a few million more. Among them are 2003 to 2004 Subaru Legacys and Outbacks, and a slew of Acura and Honda models from the 2001 to 2011 model years, including the Accord, Civic, and CR-V.

And finally, it’s been a year since the NHTSA forced Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs for concerns over the position of their gas tanks. Chrysler submitted to the recall with a plan to fit all affected vehicles with trailer hitches, which would add protection to the tanks. But as of yet, Chrysler’s attempts to source parts for the recall and to complete repairs have taken too much time. The agency says it could now take Chrysler more than four years to fix all the affected vehicles; Chrysler says it’s moving as fast as it can.

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