by Tony West and Sommer Thornton
Subaru has a major contender with the 2015 Legacy Hybrid. The mid-size sedan boasts countless amenities and an efficient 4 cylinder engine. With three trim levels and luxury and safety technology for each, the Subaru offers the most features inside and out for just $26k. At such a steal, the Legacy goes toe-to-toe with the Hyundai Sonata, the Camry, and the Ford Fusion. The 2015 Legacy offers a sophisticated looking exterior and interior style along with a combined EPA of 30 mpg. The Subaru Legacy 2.5i and its 6 cylinder 3.6i companion has available Standard, Limited, and Premium trim lines. We reviewed the 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited, the classy efficient, tech-advanced sedan.
Modest Classy Design
The newly redesigned Legacy retains the best concept features adding subtle stylish design cues like the 18 inch alloy wheels, available HID headlights and U-shaped tail lights, plus LED lights on the side mirrors. Aerodynamic enhancements like the active grille shutter reduce drag and increase efficiency. An aluminum hood reduces weight. The new 2015 Subaru Legacy has a low wide stance with a more pronounced “nosecone” shaped fascia. The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points and new front partition windows help improve visibility.
At first glance, the Legacy is a cute full-size sedan- wide and spacious. It looks upscale enough to draw curious new fans. Hood muscle lines add sporty flair, and the 108 ft wheelbase endows a spacious interior. A 10% jump in aerodynamics increases fuel efficiency.
Sophisticated Spacious Interior
The 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited has best-in-class standard features that make it a steal for $26k. The Legacy 2.5i Limited has a perforated leather trimmed cabin with heated front and rear seats and dual zone climate control. The cabin has a great combination of leather and new soft-touch (suede like) materials, giving the Legacy a premium feel. The Legacy offers 38 inches of rear legroom. Drivers have a 10-way adjustable memory seat and rear passengers have heated 60/40 split seats.
Drivers utilize a standard 3.5 inch digital Driver Information Display (DIC) for important information like speed, tire pressure, oil life, trip, a compass, average fuel economy, gear position, range, and warnings. An eco monitor gauge promotes good driving habits by turning green when I’m cruising or stopped, and blue when I’m revving. The EyeSite Driver Assistance System has a 5 inch Driver Info Display.
Also cool is the 6.2 inch multifunction touch screen display with standard back-up camera and Starlink Connectivity with Aha, Pandora, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a USB port, and iPod controls. The Moonroof Package adds keyless entry, push button start, the moonroof, and navigation for $2,195.
The upgraded infotainment system in the 2.5i Premium has a 6 speaker audio system with 7 inch display, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, SMX text message, iTunes, and dual USB ports. Standard on the Limited trim models is a high end audio system with 12 harmon kardon speakers that features Green Edge technology. Navigation includes a voice command function that also operates the dual zone automatic climate control.
Efficient Well-Balance Powertrain
The 2015 Subaru Legacy offers two engine options; a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder and a 3.6 liter V6 engine. The 2.5i features a 4 cylinder DOHC Boxer engine with 175 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. The quieter 4 cylinder has dropped a few pounds and is more efficient with an EPA of 30 mpg combined (26 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway). The 2015 Legacy 2.5i equals or exceeds the fuel economy of some mid-size models that only have front-wheel drive.
The 2.5i also has a refined Active Torque Split with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. This system uses an electronic continuously variable transfer clutch to send torque to the rear wheels. Active Torque Split Symmetrical AWD takes input like acceleration, steering angle, and yaw rate sensors to optimize traction and steering response in cornering and in adverse conditions.
The 3.6i Legacy has a 3.6 liter V6 Boxer engine with 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6i model boasts a combined EPA of 23 mpg combined. Both models have a standard Lineartronic Continuously Variable transmission. The 3.6i model uses a high-torque version of Active Torque Split AWD.
The 2015 Legacy has a tranquil comfortable ride with new acoustic windshield and revised spring and damper tuning. MacPherson strut front suspension and double wishbone rear suspension adds sporty agility and dynamic handling.
Standard Vehicle Dynamics Control, stability control, and the traction control system can apply brake pressure to the front wheels for tighter cornering. Both models also have electric power steering and ventilated rear disc brakes.
Optimized Safety Technology
The $26k Legacy sedan offers the latest safety technology giving even more bang for the buck. All models are equipped with Hill Start Assist and the electric Hill Holder System that holds the Legacy in place until the driver applies the throttle. A new standard radar system functions with the Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Brand new steering responsive foglights illuminate curves for greater visibility.
The optional EyeSight Driver Assist System integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre Collision Braking, and the Lane Departure Warning to ensure drivers stay safely in their lane during drowsy driving or in an impending collision. The EyeSight system is rated by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as one of the best front crash prevention systems.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy is a fun, tech savvy, spacious sedan that’s great to take the whole family on a road trip. It has a ton of amenities both standard and add-ons. And the whip is a price point that that can’t be beat. Subaru has really stepped up their game the last few years, and they should soon see their innovations turn to higher sales.