Friday, January 23, 2015


The legacy midsize-sedan world is filled with numerous choices  a fact that Subaru knows all too well. The new Legacy is more conventionally handsome and appealing than a Camry, a Malibu, a 200 or a Passat. It's more spacious than the Fusion, the Altima, and the Accord. Add in good gas mileage and a recent run of great crash-test scores, and the Legacy now throws a few elbows of its own in the mid-size segment .The Legacy is offered in three trim levels: a base-level 2.5i model, a mid-level Premium model and a top-end Limited version. The 2.5i and Premium models only use the sedan's 4-cylinder engine; drivers who upgrade to the Limited can choose between the 4-cylinder and the 6-cylinder.

Opt for the 2.5i ($22,200) and you get automatic headlights, a backup camera, Bluetooth, a 6.2-inch color touchscreen with Subaru's Starlink infotainment system, power accessories and steering-wheel audio controls.

Upgrade to the Premium ($24,280) and you'll get heated seats, heated mirrors, a power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a larger touchscreen and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Topping the Legacy lineup is the Limited ($27,000 for the 4-cylinder; $30,400 for the 6-cylinder). The trim adds a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert.
Options on the Legacy include a navigation system, a power sunroof, keyless access with push-button starting, and the brand's EyeSight safety suite, which features adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and other high-tech safety gadgets.

All new 2015 Legacy includes a long list of standard safety features, from stability and traction control to side-curtain airbags, Options include adaptive cruise control, forward-collision alert with automatic braking, backup camera and automatic headlights. ,rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system.

Most 2015 Legacy models will feature the brand's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, with Subaru projecting that the 2.5i Premium will be the sedan's most popular trim. The 4-cylinder is hardly a hot-rod engine, but that's not the point. Instead, it offers a surprisingly smooth driving experience (even by CVT standards) and excellent fuel economy, even with heavy standard all-wheel drive.

Shoppers who opt for the 6-cylinder will get a lot of extra power on tap, though the Legacy's smoothness doesn't go away with the larger powerplant. Unfortunately, 6-cylinder models are pricey, and they drink a lot more fuel than the smaller 4-cylinder.

Around corners, the Legacy feels composed, though it's not as sporty as its smaller Impreza stablemate. Still, the driver's seat is a great place to be, largely because it's so comfortable -- a fact that also applies to the Legacy's back seats and passenger seat, all of which are roomy for a midsize sedan. Visibility is also excellent to all directions, much like many of the Legacy's rivals.

All new 2015 Legacy is one of our favorite midsize sedans, and the 2.5i Premium model is our favorite version. Worth every penny of its price increase over the base-level Legacy 2.5i, the Premium offers a lot of standard features, and it allows you to choose from options such as Subaru's Eye Sight safety system , a navigation system and a power sunroof. For drivers who really want the extra power, the 3.6R Limited is also a viable option, Subaru guy's  made very well  job combining sporty driving experience and reasonable pricing and luxury qualities too.

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