New for 2015
The Subaru Legacy is significantly revised for the 2015 model year, introducing new more conservative styling, which fits more with the automaker’s design language. Additional standard and optional features added include a sportier interior, the latest CVT with six-speed manual mode, a standard 6.2-inch infotainment screen (with available 7-inch screen), active grille shutters, EyeSight driver-assist system (rear vehicle detection system, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change assist), and HID headlights on 3.6R Limited models.
The Subaru Legacy is a midsize family sedan that fits above the compact Impreza in the automaker’s two-car sedan lineup.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy’s standard engine is a 2.5-liter flat-four that makes 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, which gets paired with a CVT for an EPA-estimated 26/36 mpg city/highway. A 256-hp 3.6-liter flat-six is also available, which makes 247 lb-ft of torque and gets paired with a high-torque CVT for an EPA-estimated 20/29 mpg.
Few midsize sedans aside from the 2015 Subaru Legacy offer all-wheel drive; Ford and Chrysler make it available, but only on engine-upgrade models for the Fusion and 200 sedans, respectively. The most notable features, standard or available, include a 7-inch infotainment screen, an active grille shutter system (increases fuel efficiency), active torque vectoring, driver and front passenger seat cushion airbags, HID headlights, rear vehicle detection system, blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and welcome lighting that illuminates the interior and exterior lights when the driver approaches or departs the car.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
What We Think
The changes to the 2015 Subaru Legacy bring it more into the mainstream, but without compromising the values that define Subaru. Fuel economy has been improved without losing AWD and the WRX has lent its heavy-duty CVT for the flat-six model. In a Driven Review of a 2015 Subaru Legacy we noted, “The Legacy has thin A-pillars and front-quarter windows for exceptional forward visibility … the unimpeded view out is the Legacy’s greatest safety feature. It also makes the Legacy feel smaller than it is when maneuvering in parking lots or looking through a corner on a tight road.”
In an Around the Block review of a 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium we said, “We can barely hear the four-cylinder when we leave an intersection and quickly find that the engine’s smooth, deliberate power is the very definition of ‘adequate.’ We can’t exactly blow the doors off other commuters, but we never struggle to pass on the highway.” The 2015 Subaru Legacy reminds us of the spunky 2005-2009 Legacy (a great car that still commands high resale value), improving on the platform without distilling the things Subaru has become known for.
- Improved CVT
- Better fuel economy
- Great outward visibility
You Won’t Like
- Flat-four not sporty
- No manual transmission
- Honda Accord
- Toyota Camry
- Chrysler 200
- Ford Fusion
- Kia Optima