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Subaru sets 2015 Legacy to compete in the big leagues (pictures)

Subaru refines the Legacy with easy driving characteristics and conservative styling so it can compete in the United States' most popular car segment.

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Subaru hasn't had much luck competing in the mid-size sedan segment with its Legacy model, but it hopes this 2015 revision will have mass appeal.

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Fun fact: Subaru is the Japanese word for the Pleiades star cluster, the emblem on the Subaru badge.

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To compete with other models in the segment, Subaru created a large cabin within a conservatively-styled body.

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Despite the play for mass appeal, Subaru retains signature elements like standard all-wheel drive.

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The 18-inch alloy wheels come standard on the six-cylinder Legacy.

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The 2015 Legacy can be had with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, both in a flat, "boxer" format.

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Premium and Limited trim Legacy models offer leather, power-adjustable seats.

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Head and leg room in the Legacy felt comfortable for rear passengers.

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Subaru uses a satin finish for its fake wood trim.

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Electric power steering has a well-weighted, responsive feel.

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This instrument cluster display is showing the EyeSight adaptive cruise control graphic.

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All 2015 Legacy models only come with a continuously variable transmission.

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Optional navigation shows on a 7-inch touchscreen.

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The Legacy comes standard with two USB ports, useful for multiple audio sources and charging electronics.

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The head unit included a button for MirrorLink, which means the car will support navigation and other functions running off a compatible phone.

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The optional Harman Kardon audio system uses Greenedge technology to save energy.

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