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2015 Subaru Legacy – Ruge’s Subaru – NY Daily News

10 Feb

Subaru has made a major move towards the middle of the midsize sedan market, and the 2015 Legacy sedan is proof the brand is no longer a quirky outlier. That’s great, if you’ve never considered a Subaru before.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 11:47 AM
The all-wheel-drive has a starting price of $21,695 in standard 2.5i trim. Our 2.5i Limited tester starts at $26,495.SUBARUThe all-wheel-drive has a starting price of $21,695 in standard 2.5i trim. Our 2.5i Limited tester starts at $26,495.

Few vehicles outside of the sports car and supercar world draw this kind of buzz and attention, at least when it comes to questions from friends and family. Tell your posse you’re going to drive a Dodge Viper or Bentley Continental, and everyone wants a ride around the block.

Tell the same group you’re test driving a Subaru Legacy sedan for a week, however, and those same tag-alongs suddenly want a whole lot of serious advice regarding the pros and cons of this increasingly popular, all-wheel-drive midsize sedan.

There’s a very good reason and, to borrow a phrase from the real estate market, a large part of this automotive inquisitiveness stems from one simple thing: location, location, location! Around the New York metro area, and throughout the Northeast, Subaru vehicles are seemingly everywhere, thanks to their reputation for ruggedness and all-wheel-drive capability.

Remember, no matter if you’re shopping for a base Legacy 2.5i starting around $21,600, or a range-topping 3.6R Limited at nearly $30,000, Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive is fitted as standard equipment.

Given the wintry weather that has blanketed many parts of the country with snow, this alone can be a deal-breaker when it comes to cross-shopping the Legacy against rivals like the Camry, Accord, and Sonata – none of which offer AWD, even as an option. Only the Ford Fusion offers AWD, though you’re looking at a base price of roughly $27,000 when it’s added onto the SE trim level.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy has been updated this model year and sales are hitting record levels here in the U.S. market.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy has been updated this model year and sales are hitting record levels here in the U.S. market.

The new Legacy is more than about traction on snow and slush. The balance of ride and handling isn’t what I’d call sporty, but there is more of an edge than what you’d find on most rivals. Sometimes when you feel a bump in the road, it’s not always a bad thing, as long as it equates to feeling more in control of the car.

On the highway, the MacPherson strut front and double-wishbone rear suspension work to keep the Subaru level and free from unwanted rocking motions. It’s a little firmer than many midsize sedan rivals but, once again, it’s best to keep things relative since we’re talking about the predominantly cushy rides provided by family cars.

Subaru has made big strides when it comes to improving the quality of the Legacy's cabin materials.
Subaru has made big strides when it comes to improving the quality of the Legacy’s cabin materials.

One driving aspect that really surprised me was the lightness of the Legacy’s steering at city speeds. Merging onto the northbound FDR Highway via a Brooklyn Bridge-based entrance ramp, the variable-assist rack and pinion steering offered very little initial bite or feel of the road. It pointed the car where I wanted it, but I expected more from a car with all-wheel-drive and a flat-4 cylinder engine nestled low in the nose.

When you pick up speed, the steering heft I’d been waiting for finally made an appearance. The Legacy tracked straight and true, with no hint of wander at highway speeds. For my money, it would be tough to choose between the standard 4-cylinder and the 256-horsepower 3.6-liter flat-6 in the 3.6R model. Both engines are fitted with a smooth and unobtrusive Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The bigger engine would make the Legacy quicker, of course. Then again, I was pleased with the acceleration provided by the standard motor, which is saying something because I was uncertain how a 175-horsepower engine might cope with a weighing close to 3,500 lbs. From the driver’s seat the 4-cylinder had enough pep, both in city driving and on the highway.

Our Legacy test car also came with a blind spot warning system - a very worthwhile option.SUBARUOur Legacy test car also came with a blind spot warning system – a very worthwhile option.

One of the main reasons I’d consider the larger engine is the greater weight it would place in the nose of Legacy (the 6-cylinder weighs nearly 200 lbs. more than the 2.5i Limited). That could, theoretically, offer the meatier steering feel I was initially missing in the 2.5i Limited. (Sounds like a test drive of the Legacy 3.6R is needed!)

Then again, the bigger motor commands a premium of several thousand bucks over the 2.5i Limited. It’s also thirstier, with an EPA rating of 20-mpg city/29-mpg highway. The 4-cyliner posts an impressive average of 26 city/36 highway – though during my week-long drive, which included mostly highway driving, I never saw my MPGs creep past the high-20s.

Peek inside the cabin and you’ll see Subaru has made major steps forward with the Legacy’s interior. My test car had leather seating surfaces and a classy matte finish wood trim on the dash. The plastic used on the doors and dashboard is tough and a little rubbery, like a good water-proof work boot. At heart, Subaru is still much more L.L. Bean than Prada (and that’s okay).

It sure isn't the prettiest engine out there. But the 175-horsepower flat-4 in the Legacy has suitable power for most everyday driving needs.SUBARUIt sure isn’t the prettiest engine out there. But the 175-horsepower flat-4 in the Legacy has suitable power for most everyday driving needs.

The multi-function steering wheel has a whole lot going on in terms of all the knobs, toggle switches, and buttons that cover it. With the headrests angled forward, the front seats were comfortable and there’s plenty of room in the back for full-sized passengers. The trunk offers 15 cu. ft. of cargo room, and split-folding rear seats help boost this when needed.

The center-mounted infotainment center and touch-screen is generally a very impressive system, with its clear graphics and simple layout. I only screwed things up when trying to navigate it while using the steering wheel-mounted controls (i.e. jumping to radio tune when trying adjusting the map, or vice versa).

But with the winter sun low in the sky, the navigation screen often washed out in direct sunlight. It happened more than a few times, so I can’t chalk it up to one fluke occurrence or a particularly pesky sunrise/sunset.

The variable assist handling firms up at highway speed, but we found it too light during city driving.SUBARUThe variable assist handling firms up at highway speed, but we found it too light during city driving.

The Legacy continues Subaru’s strength when it comes to safety features. My test car was fitted with the optional blind-spot detection, pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warnings, and adaptive cruise control. A rear-view camera is now standard on all Legacy sedans, as are dual front airbags, driver and passenger seat cushion airbags, full-length side-curtain bags and dual seat-mounted side pelvis/torso airbags. With all that onboard, it should come as no surprise that the new Legacy is rated a “Top Safety Pick+” after undergoing crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Oh yes, the 2015 Legacy also happens to be a very good-looking car. We know, Subaru is about going against the grain and being anti-style. Sorry, this isn’t 1992, so you’ll finally have to accept you’re not going to find a trusty Justy AWD or Loyale station-wagon at your local Subie dealer anymore. The new Legacy has a clean and upscale look, though I’d swear the new front grille and blue Subaru logo could be swapped into the front of a 2015 Ford Taurus.

Subaru seems to re-invent its look every few years, but I think this will go down as one of the more attractive generations of Legacy. It’s certainly one of the most popular, as Subaru sales continue to set records here in the U.S.

Like the front of the Legacy, the rear of the car has a squarer overall look to it.SUBARULike the front of the Legacy, the rear of the car has a squarer overall look to it.

The brand’s independent streak remains, even if the new Legacy is like a cozy restaurant you’ve known and loved for years, but a sudden burst in popularity has made it impossible to get a seat.

A handsome exterior, big steps forward in safety, better cabin materials and, let’s not forget, the standard fitment of all-wheel-drive all conspire to make the Legacy an increasingly compelling choice amongst more standard issue sedans.

The light handling still left me wondering how some have labeled the Legacy as being “like a big WRX.” Really?! No, it really isn’t – but I don’t think it’s trying to be one, at least not in 2.5i format.

Much more ‘trending’ than anti-establishment, the new 2015 Legacy is still a very solid and safe Subaru in the finest tradition of this one-time midsize sedan outlier.


Every 2015 Subaru earns IIHS Top Safety Pick – Ruge’s Subaru

26 Dec

Subaru 2015 lineup press photo

Just when you thought Audi and Dodge were the sultans of safety, Subaru reminds us every 2015 model in its lineup made Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick status.

A press release from Subaru said all seven of its 2015 models — Legacy, Forester, Outback, Impreza, BRZ, XV Crosstrek, and WRX (which also counts the STI) — earned Top Safety Pick status in IIHS testing.

Furthermore, five of them — Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza and XV Crosstrek — earned the IIHS’ top rating of Superior for front crash prevention technology, the release said. That earned them the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + status. Subaru said the Impreza and XV Crosstrek are the only cars in the entire small car category to achieve the “superior” rating for front crash prevention. Beginning with the 2015 model year, Subaru said those two models get Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology. EyeSight includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning, Subaru said. Other models with available EyeSight are the Legacy, Outback, and Forester, Subaru said.

Subaru of America, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Thomas J. Doll said, “We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized Subaru in their recent tests. Safety is a long-time hallmark of the Subaru brand and we are proud to have the IIHS’ 2015 Top Safety Pick endorsement for every vehicle in our line-up.”

Subaru said in order to earn Top Safety Pick status, all its 2015 models had to achieve IIHS’ top rating of “good” in all four tests of high-speed frontal, side, and rollover crashes as well as the test of seats and head restraints that measures likelihood of head or neck injury in a rear-end collision. In addition, the automaker said its models had to score “good” or “acceptable” on the IIHS’ stringent small overlap crash test that has ripped the safety ratings of small and large cars to literal and figurative shreds since it was introduced to the testing regime in 2012.

NY Daily News loves the 2015 Subaru Legacy – Ruge’s Subaru

3 Jun

After years of increasing popularity primarily on account of its family-friendly crossovers, Subaru has cooked up a new, great-looking Legacy sedan. Should this suddenly sexy sedan with Subaru’s secret all-wheel-drive sauce have Camry and Accord worried? Certainly a little. Maybe a lot.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
2015 subaru legacy frontSUBARUThe 2015 Legacy is, at last, a truly beautiful Subaru.

For years, Subaru sold their cars with the tagline: The beauty of all-wheel drive. Thing is, none of their cars were anything one could consider beautiful. Until now. The 2015 Legacy is, at last, a truly beautiful Subaru. That’s right: no longer do you have to go to the Audi or BMW store to get good looks and all-wheel-drive.

Before we go on, let’s just take it in for a moment. The Legacy’s new nose is tall and broad, with a classy hexagonal grille, a contoured hood, and jewel-like headlamps with C-shaped LED running lamps. It looks determined, but thanks to the swept back angle of the fascia, not too aggressive.

The body sides have subtle fender flares and a BMW-like crease above the door handles, breaking up the thickness of the body. The roof has a tasteful arc, and the sloping rear window does not curtail rear seat headroom as it sweeps down into the tall tail-end. The rear is highlighted by wide, LED tail-lamps that mimic the headlamp design, and the trunk’s opening is low to facilitate cargo loading.

With plain flat surfaces, woodgrain trim sourced from forests of plastic trees, and metallic-looking silver plastic here and there, the Legacy’s interior design will not be mistaken for a Bentley. But the space does have a relatively upscale feel for the mid-size segment. Just as important, the cabin exemplifies the sort of user-friendliness we’re used to seeing in Toyotas and Hondas.

2015 subaru legacy sideSUBARUA crease above the door handles breaks up the thickness of the Legacy’s body.

The vehicles we drove were top-tier Limited trims with all the bells and whistles, including the largest of its available infotainment screens (7.0-inches) set into an elegant black housing with a couple of trendy capacitive touch controls. Thankfully, the climate controls utilize good old-fashioned buttons and knobs, and soft-touch material covers nearly everything from knee-level up. The super-squishy armrests, in particular, add a wonderful Barcalounger effect to the supportive front seats.

Speaking of seats, Subaru also nailed the seating position, with both rows of seats placing their occupants relatively high up relative to the waistline of the car. Between that and the thin windshield pillars, this makes for easy viewing of the outside world. The rear seats have plenty of legroom and headroom for a six-footer to get comfortable, and a pleasing seatback angle for long journeys.

If there is one word we could use to describe its on-road demeanor, it would be “benign.” Don’t expect much feel through the light steering, though it is responsive and direct. The concentration of the Legacy’s mechanical weight is generally located low in the body, thanks to its flat engine design, which helps keep body motions in check.

2015 subaru legacy rearSUBARUWide LED tail-lamps in the rear mimic the headlamp design, while a low trunk opening is designed to help with loading cargo.

The brakes are nicely tuned, with good feedback and linear pedal action, and the ride is comfortable and compliant, even with the largest available wheels—sexy two-tone 18-inchers.  Low-profile tires can sometimes exact a penalty on ride smoothness but, in this case, they didn’t.

Had Subaru launched this car in the Northeast a couple of months ago, we could comment more on the trump card that Subaru plays so well in this market—all-wheel drive, of course. Fortunately (and unfortunately), the perfect weather on our test drive along California’s picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, between Big Sur and Santa Cruz, provided little chance to experience all-wheel drive to its greatest effect.

The Legacy’s all-wheel drive system is always on, but at the relatively chill speeds we were traveling on the PCH, the added grip and brake-based torque vectoring effect in corners remained inconspicuous. Check back with us in about nine months, at which time we’ll trade sunscreen for ice scrapers, and go hunting for snowdrifts.

2015 subaru legacy engineSUBARUThe 2015 legacy is offered with either four- or six-cylinder BOXER engines.

We did have plenty of opportunities to sample the power output of both available engines, however. Between the added hardware of its all-wheel drivetrain and the modest output of the 2.5i model’s 175-horsepower 2.5-liter engine, acceleration in the base model is a leisurely affair.

The 256-hp 6-cylinder engine in the 3.6R Limited is much more robust, even if it’s down on power compared to 6-cylinder Accord and Camry models. We’re also quite pleased with the Legacy’s continuously variable transmission (CVT), a fuel-saving technology that can make engines drone and sound listless in other cars. In the Legacy’s case, the transmission mimics the character of a conventional gearbox under full-throttle, while offering the improved fuel economy and smoothness of a CVT under more relaxed acceleration. Bravo!

The 2015 Legacy will be offered in four ways when it goes on sale this summer: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. The $22,490 starting price (which includes destination) for the base 2.5i model is $400 more than the 2014 model, yet $745 less than a 2014 Toyota Camry and a considerable $1,055 less than a base 2014 Honda Accord LX with a CVT.

2015 subaru legacy interiorSUBARUThe Legacy’s cabin has a relatively upscale feel among the mid-size sedan segment.

Besides the 175-hp, 2.5-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, the 2.5i comes with 17-inch wheels with wheel covers, eight airbags, cloth seats, cruise control, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, and a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system with a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity, among other things.

The 2.5i Premium starts at $24,290 and adds 17-inch alloys, 10-way power driver’s seat adjustments, dual-zone a/c, upgraded voice-activated infotainment, and fancier trim, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the aforementioned woodgrain finish.

For $27,290, the top-shelf 2.5i Limited brings 18-inch wheels, fog lights, leather seats, a 12-speaker, 576-watt Harmon/Kardon sound system, heated rear seats, blind spot detection, lane change assist, and cross traffic alert. Significantly, you have to step up to the Limited in order to gain access to the six-cylinder engine in the 3.6R Limited, which for $30,390, has all the 2.5i Limited’s goodies and a 256-hp 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder engine, dual exhaust tips, larger front brakes, and HID headlamps.

2015 subaru legacy rear seatSUBARUThe Legacy’s rear seat offers plenty of leg- and headroom.

Options include Subaru’s clever second-generation Eyesight driver assistance technology, which combines collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control with the use of stereoscopic cameras mounted near the interior rearview mirror. Also available are a moon roof, navigation, keyless access, and more, depending on the trim level. After crunching some numbers, $33,380 is the very most you can spend on a 2015 Legacy.

Next to its many competitors—only one of which, the 2015 Chrysler 200, features all-wheel drive—the 2015 Subaru Legacy is a real looker and a compelling value, even in perfect weather conditions. We expect that when the next Polar Vortex rolls in, and extends from Alaska to Atlanta, the new Legacy is going to look even better.

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KBB loves the 2015 Subaru Legacy – Ruge’s Subaru

29 May
By Matt Degen on May 27, 2014
2015 Subaru Legacy First Review
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In truth you could probably drive a Yugo through Big Sur’s main artery and have an enjoyable trip. Travel even briefly along the coast-hugging route that is Highway 1 and you’ll soon realize why people come from all over the world to drive this stretch of Northern California. Just when you think your eyes have taken in their most picturesque sight ever, you round the next corner only to see one better. It’s as if nature is trying to one-up itself at every turn.

A drive here in a great car is only better.  Such was the case with the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy, set to go on sale in early July. It was an unforgettable trip in what has been a forgotten car in the midsize class.

Though the Legacy has its own legacy that stretches back more than a quarter century, even Subaru admits the midsize sedan “had been overlooked” in a segment that includes the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and the best-selling car in America, the Toyota Camry. Yet they are also quick to point out the car’s loyal owners and that 96 percent of Legacy models sold in the past 10 years are still on the road.

Also: Your Choices Among 2014 Midsize Sedans

For this preview, Subaru invited auto writers and their spouses to Big Sur to try this all-wheel-drive sedan on the region’s roads, which are as twisty as they are picturesque. We requested extra time in the car, so my wife and I could drive an additional leg from Big Sur to Santa Barbara some 200 miles south.

Breaking Back

Flying is stressful in and of itself, but I had a more pressing issue: I somehow pulled my back as we were about to leave for the airport.  Thankfully I was able to move, albeit like someone twice my age.

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Upon finally landing in Monterey and receiving keys to the new Subaru Legacy that we would drive an hour south to Big Sur, I had only one thing in mind: Please let this car have excellent lumbar support. It’s funny how what can seem trivial in a car at any other time suddenly takes center stage when you need it most. Thankfully the 2015 Legacy had my back.

For this leg, my wife, Christine, and I were in a top-of-line Subaru Legacy 3.6R, which comes with the 6-cylinder engine and carries a starting price of just over $30,000. Though most everything about the Legacy is new for 2015, the same two engine options remain: this one that makes 256 horsepower or the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that outputs 175. Though these power plants carry over, they have been significantly enhanced with new cylinder heads, new pistons, new intake manifold and other features yielding better fuel economy.

Also See: 2015 Subaru Legacy unveiled in Chicago

In regard to efficiency, the new Subaru’s numbers are impressive. Models with the 4-cylinder engine are estimated to get up to 36 mpg, while the 6-cylinder versions are estimated to earn up to 29 mpg. Those numbers represent gains of 4 mpg over the outgoing models. And remember, like every other Subaru (except the rear-drive BRZ sports car), all Legacy models come standard with traction-enhancing all-wheel drive, which requires extra energy to drive all four wheels.

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In addition to a more efficient engine, the 2015 Subaru Legacy employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT) across the board. That means no more manual transmissions for 4-cylinder Legacy models, and out goes the 5-speed automatic used in 6-cylinder variants. The previous 4-cylinder model had a CVT option, but it wasn’t perfect. It tended to lurch from a stop even if you were easy on the pedal. In stop-and-go traffic or when backing out of a parking space, this trait is especially unsettling.

But there’s good news for this all-new, sixth-gen Legacy: the CVT has been reprogrammed and improved. The 2015 Legacy’s CVT is now smoother from a start and for the most part does a good job mimicking a traditional automatic. It may not be quite as smooth as the Honda Accord’s, but it’s still admirable. So far my back and foot were content. After a brief pit-stop in the tiny and idyllic seaside town of Carmel, we arrived at our destination. In the following days we would continue south as we put hundreds more miles on 4- and 6-cylinder versions of the new Subaru Legacy.

Big Sur and Beyond with a Boxer 

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The next day we headed toward San Simeon in the same 3.6-liter Legacy, then returned to Big Sur in a 2.5-liter version. After a picnic lunch at the scenic William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, the plan was to tour Hearst Castle just to the north. But with a still-aggravated back, I made driving the priority. That proved the fun choice, anyway. In addition to breathtaking coastal and mountain views, the two-lane, 60-mile stretch from Big Sur to San Simeon is filled with twists and turns.

It was here we really had the chance to put both versions of the car to the test and weigh the differences. While the two are 2 cylinders and 81 horsepower apart, they both have the same horizontally opposed, or boxer engine construction. (It’s called a “boxer” engine because with the pistons moving sideways in and out instead of up and down, they resemble a boxer’s fists.) Beyond just sounding cool, this is actually relevant, and is as much a part of Subaru’s identity as all-wheel drive. In addition to less vibration thanks to its horizontal positioning, this arrangement allows the engine to sit lower in the car. This low center of gravity equates to better handling and a more “planted” feel.

Amid the hundreds of twists and turns on Highway 1, the 2015 Legacy indeed felt well-connected to the road. And though the road was dry, we still appreciated the all-wheel-drive system’s grip and the new Active Torque Vectoring, a feature used in Subaru’s WRX and WRX STi performance models that has found its way into Subaru’s midsize sedan to make cornering smoother.

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If I had one nit, it’s that the Legacy’s steering felt a tad soft amid hard cornering. In around-town and highway driving, it’s fine, but amid the twisty and hilly roads where we tested, it would have been nice to at least artificially firm up the car’s steering feel. For the record, my wife liked the way the steering felt, so it’s safe to say this trait is subjective.

Then there’s the power equation. For most people and for most of the time, the efficient 4-cylinder will be plenty. With an improved 0-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds, the 2015 Legacy 2.5 has acceptable acceleration and never felt tired in hilly terrain. But here’s something else to know if you drive Highway 1: There are many slow moving vehicles. With picturesque views and narrow, twisting roads, this is understandable. But between caravans of motorhomes and dozens of looky-loos apparently unaware of drivers behind them, this most beautiful of roads can be aggravating if you’re in the slightest hurry. In these situations we appreciated the extra grunt of the Legacy 3.6. In the 6-cylinder Subaru, passing slower cars was a breeze, and power was immediate. Zero to 60 mph in this model happens in 6.9 seconds, plenty quick for most.

Connected Cruiser

Here’s another aspect where the Subaru Legacy had much room to improve: infotainment. Subaru’s vehicles in general have lagged in terms of their navigation/audio/tech functionality. With the 2015 Legacy, Subaru says the new equipment is a “first step” in rectifying that.

After using the system over a couple of days, it feels more like two steps forward. Even a base 2.5i Legacy with its $22,490 price boasts a high-resolution 6.2-inch touch-screen display, while all other models have an upgraded 7-inch system with multi-touch gesture control, similar to a tablet. While the system still lacks some iPhone app integration and doesn’t have CarPlay (“We’re talking to Apple,” a Subaru rep says), the Legacy’s new infotainment system works surprisingly well. Most of all, it’s easy to use, whether you’re pairing a phone, playing music wirelessly over Bluetooth, or zooming in and out of the optional navigation system.

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Also commendable is its voice control feature. No, it’s not perfect — it tried to play Tom Petty when I asked it to find Top Hits on satellite radio, but after I learned the way it liked to be talked to (no dirty jokes here, please), the system was happy to oblige. Just a few years ago it may have seemed like science fiction to tell your car to adjust the driver’s temperature to 72 degrees, but now it’s a reality, and it works in the new Legacy.

The Legacy also comes with a USB input, or in the case of our Premium model, two of them. This is super helpful for both playing audio or charging phones. The only nit is that the ports are buried in the lower console, making for an awkward reach when plugging in or unplugging.

The Subaru’s tech amenities proved helpful and entertaining as we left Big Sur and its narrow stretches of Highway 1 for Morro Bay and then Santa Barbara. It was at these points south, where Highway 1 met the wider 101, where we experienced the 2015 Legacy as a daily driver vs. a corner carver. And here it was yet more adept than before. The Legacy’s nav system kept us on route, the audio streaming made sure we were entertained, and the heated seats helped my back.

After hundreds of miles, my wife and I came to appreciate the Legacy for its attributes large and small. We’re only a family of three — including the dog — but my wife is already picturing herself in this vehicle. With its revamp for 2015, that should also be the case for many others in the market for a family sedan. The Legacy has always earned accolades for its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, but now it’s hardly a one-trick pony — it’s a real contender among midsize sedans.

2015 Subaru Legacy to get 36 MPG ! – Ruge’s Subaru – Jalopnik

18 Feb


The 2015 Subaru Legacy Gets 36 MPG Highway

After Subaru discontinued the wild turbo manual versions of the Legacy, there weren’t many reasons to buy one. The 2015 Subaru Legacy, however, makes a compelling case for most buyers in this class: It gets 36 highway MPG even with standard all-wheel drive.

The 2015 Legacy is expected to get fuel economy ratings of 26/36 with its 2.5-liter four. That’s better than the 2015Chrysler 200 2.4, or the 2014 VW Passat with its new 1.8-liter turbo four. It’s as good as the Honda Accord with its CVT. And none of those cars have a four-cylinder, AWD version. In fact, it’s almost as good as the 27/36 rating on the smaller Subaru Impreza.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy Gets 36 MPG Highway

The 2015 Legacy keeps its four and six-cylinder boxer engines, making 175 and 256 horses, respectively. They all get CVTs now, as the six ditches its old five-speed automatic. There’s still no manual or turbo four, though, so go complain to Subaru about that. But the new car does get active torque vectoring, which is a nice surprise.

We already knew the 2015 Legacy would look better than the boxy model it replaces. Yes, it looks like every other entry in this segment, but it isn’t ugly.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy Gets 36 MPG Highway

Inside, however, the Legacy has taken a big step up, bringing Subaru’s interiors a little further into the 21st century. But the brand’s fans will probably still feel right at home. P

Subaru is promoting the safety aspect of the Legacy hard by making a backup camera standard and expanding availability of its EyeSight system for auto-braking and lane-keep assists. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path alert are also new options.P

Look for the new Legacy at dealerships in the summer.

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept – Jalopnik – Ruge’s Subaru

18 Nov

The Subaru Legacy Concept Is The Angriest Midsize Sedan You Can Imagine

Here is your new Subaru Legacy, sort of. Subaru has announced that it’s latest Legacy Concept will be shown at the LA Auto Show. Going from the previous Legacy Concept, this is probably what the next-generation of the car will look like when it goes on sale, likely late next year.P

The Legacy is the next boxy, upright sedan to go the swooping roofline route and it makes the car look like a Hyundai Sonata from the side. That could be a good move, though, since Hyundai sells a lot of Sonatas andSubaru wants to sell even more cars than it has been this year.P

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept at LA Show – Autoblog – Ruge’s Subaru

14 Nov

Subaru reveals the Legacy Concept before the LA Auto Show.

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By Damon Lowney

Posted Nov 14th 2013

Subaru has pulled the covers off its 2015 Legacy Concept before the car’s debut at the LA Auto Show next week. The sedan trades in its relatively staid styling for a more aggressive, coupe-like design that almost makes us forget about the rear doors from some angles. Overall, the Legacy looks beefier than your average Subaru, similar to the Ford Taurus.

The concept’s character line stretches all the way back to a small trunk, which helps the car achieve its coupe-like appearance. But the front end makes the biggest impression, with “hawk-eye” headlamps and a gaping hexagonal grille with three horizontal slats. The taillights have a shape similar to the headlamps to “enhance the solidity of the overall design,” Subaru says.

Custom paint called Ocean Silver Metallic adorns the concept, which sports 21-inch wheels under bulging wheel arches that Subaru says hints at the standard all-wheel-drive system (the BRZ is the only two-wheel-drive Subie).