THE SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i LIMITED PACKS PLENTY OF STYLE INTO ITS 188.8 INCH LENGTH
BY VINNIE RICHICHI
The trick that Subaru has to pull off with it’s 2015 Legacy is to make the sedan as good as the TV spot with the kid that goes through life's trials for a day when dad hands him the keys to his new Subie.
From my week in the Legacy I think they have succeeded!
The Legacy drew oohs and ahhhs from the assembled media when it was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show this past winter but lots of cars strike your automotive fancy when surrounded by models and glitz. "What does it look like in the driveway?" is where the rubber meets the road.
The test car delivered in a stunning black, cut as impressive a profile in my driveway as almost anything that has been there all year. The Legacy has a sharp belt line that catches your eye. The grille takes on a more prominent role than in past Legacy models and of course Subaru jumps on the L.E.D. bandwagon tastefully with lights outlining the headlamps.
Bigger tail lamps and a higher deck lid also help expand the cargo space in the trunk while adding a sporty look to the sedan.
Open the front door and the ample opening lets you slide into soft touch materials, supportive front bucket seats and an almost mind boggling amount of rear seat room. I don't know where Subaru pulled the space from but they put it in the right places. Materials are excellent and have a quality feel to them. Visiblity all around the vehicle from the drivers seat is among the best in class with plenty of glass above the belt line. The dashboard is well laid out, controls intuitive for the average person and the sound system and completely revamped infotainment system with hi-def screen operate easily.
I was also very impressed with how quiet the Legacy was compared to past Subarus and anything else in its class. Improvements to glass and engine mounts have made this the quietest Subaru I have ever driven.
THE LARGE HI-DEF SCREEN IS EASY TO SEE AND SUBARU'S INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM IS LOGICAL AND EASY TO OPERATE
The Legacy comes with a full suite of safety equipment that frankly makes you feel as safe as you do in a Volvo. Again a marketing campaign they have to live up to..."They survived it"... where tow drivers, cops and junkyard workers are amazed that a family survived the wrecked Subaru. It drives the message across and features like Subaru’s Eye Sight that includes Upgraded EyeSight driver assist system includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking,Vehicle Lane Departure Warning, new color stereo cameras and Steering-Responsive Fog Lights back it up.
Powering the Legacy you have a choice between Subies reliable four cylinder boxer that produces 175 horsepower in the test vehicle I drove or the 6 cylinder that cranks out 256 horses. While both engines power the Subaru with ease, the 6 cylinder seems to strain a lot less. The CVT that moves the car along is well tuned and seamless as is the Subaru all wheel drive setup. The Legacy does come with paddle shifters if you feel the need to get what you gotta get out of the transmission.There is a reason they sell a ton of these in snow country…they are reliable, turnkey cars that deliver in bad weather. Handling is better than average and while it is no sports car the Legacy has a very good road feel to the steering, a balanced feel to the way it grips the road and absorbs the bumps and potholes as good or better than anything else in its class.
The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited sedan I drove with moonroof, EyeSight and nav stickered at $30,580. Mileage figures came in at 26 city 36 highway 30 mpg combined.
The Legacy is also a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and has not yet been rated in Federal Government Safety Tests.
This car moves the Subaru Legacy into the mainstream of mid-size sedans. It is a well thought out, extremely attractive, especially roomy family car that will run with the likes of Accord, Altima, Fusion and other class leaders and may just beat them out when it comes to interior room and comfort. Add to that the brand reputation in bad weather and you get a car that is a must consider if you are looking for a family car that will take you to Granma’s house in any kind of weather…especially if Granma lives in ski country! Oh and before I forget...it certainly does live up to the TV campaign! Well played Subaru!
For more information...http://www.subaru.com/vehicles/legacy/index.html