2015 Subaru Legacy Limited
2.5 L Boxer 4 Cylinder 175 HP with Lineartronic CVT
Lapis Blue Metallic with Beige Leather
Last time we experienced a Legacy a few years ago, it was the preceding body style with a manual transmission. We were looking forward to experience the new Legacy which was voted the sedan of the year (below $30,000) by AJAC as well as having a 5 start safety rating from IIHS.
You could say that its a decorated car with compelling accolades.
The styling is what you expect from Subaru, conservative, subdued, while the bolder grille makes a stronger statement in identifying that it is a Subaru. The fastback roof line ads a touch of sportiness. This tester has a beige interior which is refreshing compared to the almost standard black interior of most press vehicles. Its well finished, the leather has a nice feel, with the wood paneling adding richness and sophistication to the overall look of the interior.
The mid size sedan segment is competitive, the Legacy rises to the occasion with a full complement of options, from power and heated front seats, sunroof, navigation, impressive sound system, automatic HVAC, folding rear seat backs to name a few.Complemented by the adult size rear seat leg room.
The interior makes you feel good, all in the conservative fashion that is part of its DNA.
The center of the dash screen is easy to use, and competitive with offerings in the segment.
Before we forget, and as if you did not know the Legacy is a rare standard AWD.
You can configure your own Legacy...here.
How does it drive?
Instantly communicates that its precise, with a reassuring composure and smoothness on the road. One comment was "It feels like a luxury car".
Needless to mention that on our favorite broken pavement, and twisty road the car never loses its composure while constantly inspiring confidence. You would not expect anything less from a Subaru. The steering is precise with a solid on centre feel, the brakes are good.
There is adequate power on surface streets as well as highway passing. Acceleration is sedate. The paddle shift emulates a 6 speed from the CVT transmission when upshifting and downshifting. If you prefer additional power there is the 6 cylinder version with 256 HP. Yes...like all Subaru's the faster you go with this Legacy the better it handles.
The EyeSight driver assist is simply awesome. The sensor is at the top of the windshield which is ideal for our climatic conditions, compared to being somewhere is the grille. You can adjust the distance from the steering control, and the car brakes by itself.
Its brilliant technology that literally needs to be experienced, set the distance, set the speed, the car will seamlessly maintain a constant distance from the vehicle in front, and brake to increase deceleration if required. Its impressively cool.
If you are considering a mid size sedan with the versatility of AWD; we urge you to experience the Legacy, and EyeSight. Be assured that you will be impressed.
Strada Talking Points:
- Inspires supreme confidence
- Fresh styling with a bold grille
- Well executed interior
- EyeSight driver assist
- 5 Star safety rating
The quick review