|The new 2015 Subaru Legacy features the same capabilities that has made Subaru popular with American consumers — but seems to fall short when compared to its big brother, the Outback.
The Aurora Sentinel reports that though the Legacy sedan came out before the mid-sized Outback, the latter seems to be outperforming it. Still, the latest Legacy model will more than please Subaru fans and general car consumers alike.
Starting at $21,695, the Legacy gets 36 miles to the gallon (26 miles in the city) and comes with Subaru’s standard all-wheel drive and boxer engine features. It also comes with brand new designs, especially in the interior. From smaller luxuries like heated seats to impressive safety designs such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, and EyeSight, a system that notifies the driver about potential dangers on the road, it is so well-equipped, in fact, that one could say the driver barely needs to drive at all.
Power-wise, the Legacy is also quite stellar. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter, four cylinder boxer engine that spins 175 horsepower at 174 lb.-ft. of torque. For $3,000 more, buyers can have a six cylinder engine with 256 horsepower at 247 lb.-ft, although that upgrade automatically comes with the “Limited” model range that includes leather seats, premium stereo, 18 in. wheels, and heated rear seats, among other features.
All in all, a fully upgraded 2015 Subaru Legacy is roughly the same price as an average, new mid-sized sedan, many of which don’t come with all-wheel drive. It is also worth noting that an upgraded Legacy closely resembles the Outback in features and price, so it may be more advantageous for buyers — especially those who consistently drive on terrain — to get the Outback.
Regardless, the 2015 Subaru Legacy is the latest model from a long, proud line of Subaru vehicles. The Legacy has certainly gone a lone way from Subaru’s first model, the Subaru 1500, in 1954.