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The Legacy is Subaru's midsize sedan model, updated for the 2015 year to compete in a mainstream market.

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Subaru has eked out a niche market among outdoor enthusiasts, but the Legacy appeals to a more mainstream audience.

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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.

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With its standard all-wheel-drive, the Legacy is a good option for people who live in areas that experience real weather.

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Fuel economy comes in at 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway with the 2.5-liter engine.

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The high roofline allows good visibility from inside the cabin.

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In Premium trim, the Legacy offers a power adjustable driver seat and manually adjustable passenger seat.

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The cabin fits five in reasonable comfort.

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The dashboard features a clean, uncluttered design.

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Paddle shifters on the steering wheel activate manual shift points on the transmission.

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The Legacy comes only with a continuously variable transmission.

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A host of driver assistance features become available with the EyeSight system.

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Optional rear cross-traffic alert lets you know when cars cross your path while reversing.

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Voice command activates many features in the Legacy, from audio to navigation, to the phone system.

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The 7-inch touchscreen's home menu shows six big icons.

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Optional navigation includes traffic flow and rerouting.

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Satellite radio brings in a host of information services.

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The Apps screen shows the Legacy's connected features.

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The StarLink app, running via a connected smartphone, brings up news, weather, and other information sources.

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Audio sources are abundant and include two USB ports.

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The music library interface works well, and drivers can request music through voice command.

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Even with the standard audio system, the Legacy includes a seven-band equalizer.

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