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2015 Subaru Legacy Debut

Can Subaru gain a strong footing in the midsize sedan segment?

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What's New

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Legacy, Subaru is debuting an all-new generation version of its flagship sedan in Chicago. The automaker says the new model offers "enhanced driveability and functionality" and features a new coupe-like design, as previewed in the Legacy Concept a few months back. Its new front end, which melds the grille and bumper together in one piece, as well as its racy body curves, celebrate the spirit of the sedan's new athleticism. However, it still retains much of the essence of its predecessors.

The new Legacy has more room than ever. In fact, Subaru says it the new car has the largest interior passenger volume in the midsize segment with 104.6 cubic feet of space. It also comes with better fuel economy on its two engine choices. The 2.5i boxer four-cylinder will achieve an estimated 26/36 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for an all-wheel drive car. The six-cylinder version is expected to achieve 20/28 mpg city/highway.

Who It's For

The 2015 Subaru Legacy goes against a formidable crowd, including the newly-redesigned Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Like its competitors, the Legacy is trying to convey a sportier image. Although it is technically a "sport" sedan, we think this car will appeal to mainstream buyers looking for practicality, fuel economy, and enough room for passengers. As for why buyers would choose this particular model? Once we get more information, we will know for sure, but we expect the Legacy will continue to offer superior all-weather and all-condition driving with all-wheel drive and a boxer-four engine. It will likely also up the ante in the technology department. And as Subaru seems to have a very loyal fan base, we think long time Subie fans will also be attracted to this vehicle.

Key Features

The Legacy comes chock full of new technologies and interior enhancements.
  • New standard features: CVT transmission, 6.2-inch touchscreen, STARLINK connectivity with Aha and Pandora smartphone integration, incline start assist, and more
  • Optional new EyeSight driver assist system that integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane departure warning – improved camera performance
  • Optional 12-speaker premium audio system
  • New soft-touch materials, new interior design themes that emphasizes horizontal shapes

What We Think

Our reaction is much the same as when we saw the debut of the new Subaru WRX. We wish Subaru would take it a little further with the styling to relate with buyers. But in the end, this is subjective. What we are really happy about is this car's increase in fuel economy, which will help it relate to a large number of buyers looking for practicality. The Legacy's new list of standard and optional features is also sure to impress many in this market.

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