The Legacy is Subaru's midsize sedan model, updated for the 2015 year to compete in a mainstream market.
June 26, 2014 12:53 PM PDT
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Subaru has eked out a niche market among outdoor enthusiasts, but the Legacy appeals to a more mainstream audience.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, enough for most people, but a 3.6-liter six-cylinder is available as well.
With its standard all-wheel-drive, the Legacy is a good option for people who live in areas that experience real weather.
Fuel economy comes in at 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the 2.5-liter engine.
The high roofline allows good visibility from inside the cabin.
In Premium trim, the Legacy offers a power adjustable driver seat and manually adjustable passenger seat.
The cabin fits five in reasonable comfort.
The dashboard features a clean, uncluttered design.
Paddle shifters on the steering wheel activate manual shift points on the transmission.
The Legacy comes only with a continuously variable transmission.
A host of driver assistance features become available with the EyeSight system.
Optional rear cross-traffic alert lets you know when cars cross your path while reversing.
Voice command activates many features in the Legacy, from audio to navigation, to the phone system.
The 7-inch touchscreen's home menu shows six big icons.
Optional navigation includes traffic flow and rerouting.
Satellite radio brings in a host of information services.
The Apps screen shows the Legacy's connected features.
The StarLink app, running via a connected smartphone, brings up news, weather, and other information sources.
Audio sources are abundant and include two USB ports.
The music library interface works well, and drivers can request music through voice command.
Even with the standard audio system, the Legacy includes a seven-band equalizer.
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