2015 Subaru Legacy

2.5i AWD 4-Dr Sedan H4

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2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium Front Three Quarter View 4
Subaru buyers are a loyal bunch, but that loyalty hasn’t translated into big sales for the company's midsize sedan. The Subaru Legacy currently stands in 10th place within its segment. It's no surprise the old Legacy was less popular than the omnipresent Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, as its performance and refinement didn't match up to its rivals, but with the 2015 Subaru Legacy, which bowed at this year's Chicago auto show, there's no longer any reason to discount the Subie.
Driving the 2015 Subaru Legacy is now just as pleasant as driving any of its rivals. Gone is the thrashiness and groaning of last year's engine and continuously variable transmission. 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 transmission emulates a traditional automatic, "shifting" so the engine doesn't linger at high rpm with the rubber-band acceleration sensation we detested in older Subaru CVTs.
We appreciate the user-friendliness of the big fonts on the 2015 Subaru Legacy's clearly visible gauges and buttons. The excellent view afforded by a low beltline and large windows -- notably the front and rear quarter windows -- allows us to check freeway traffic in a snap, rendering the blind-spot warning lights superfluous. Most important of all for consumers, the new Legacy finally matches the fuel economy ratings of its front-wheel-drive rivals. While last year's Legacy 2.5i scored just 24/32 mpg (city/highway) with the EPA, the 2015 model boasts ratings of 26/36 mpg, essentially as good as a four-cylinder Honda Accord (27/36 mpg).
It used to be that the Subaru Legacy only really sold to Subaru's existing fan base: either those drivers who regularly deal with snow and ice and gravel roads, or those who've graduated from funky Imprezas and Foresters to a more mature family sedan. Don't let that stereotype cloud your buying decision. Whether or not you need symmetrical all-wheel drive, and whether or not you’re part of Subaru's outdoorsy demographic, the 2015 Subaru Legacy now appeals to a wider audience, and it deserves to rise from obscurity.

2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium Specifications

Base Price: $24,290
Price as tested: $25,785
Engine: 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve flat-4/175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 174 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: Continuously variable
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 26/36/30 mpg (city/highway/combined)
L x W x H: 188.8 x 72.4 x 59.0 in
Wheelbase: 108.3 in
Weight: 3455 lb
Cargo Capacity: 15.0 cubic feet
2015 Subaru Legacy Front Three Quarter In Motion 06
It's not unusual for a spinoff to become more popular than its source material: The Simpsons and the Tracey Ullman Show, Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds, Joey and Friends.* You can add to that list the Subaru Outback and Subaru Legacy. The former outsells the latter by more than 3 to 1, despite the fact that the Legacy is the older nameplate. Subaru isn't about to complain about this situation -- the Outback has been key to the brand's astronomical growth and it commands higher sticker prices -- but neither does it want to give up on the huge mid-size car market. And so, the 2015 Subaru Legacy makes its debut months ahead of its more rugged sibling and attempts to appeal directly to those who buy Honda Accords, Nissan Altimas, and Toyota Camrys.

Looking good naked

The last Legacy grew several inches, which was great for Subaru because it meant the Outback could grow, too. But it left the Legacy looking tall, bulky, and slab-sided. The 2015 Subaru Legacy fills out nicely. It rides on the same 108.3-inch wheelbase as before, but the roofline is lower and the body sides are nicely sculpted. There's nothing particularly sensuous or surprising about the design -- come on, this is Subaru -- but it is a well-proportioned sedan that doesn't leave you wondering if the factory forgot to put on the Outback's plastic cladding.
The shorter roof does rob some headroom, but the cabin feels airy and spacious in a way many mid-size car interiors do not. Interior materials have improved: everything that looks soft actually is soft; the faux wood trim looks, well, not quite real, but nice nonetheless.
The biggest change comes where it's most needed—the center stack. The optional seven-inch touchscreen in our Limited model looks and functions much better than those in older Subarus. The screen responds crisply to inputs and lets you pinch and zoom like an Apple iPad. Bluetooth pairing, a hassle in the last Legacy, is now painless.

Yes, it has all-wheel drive

With all due respect to Subaru's recent television commercials, all-wheel drive -- not love -- is what makes a Subaru a Subaru. But that brand asset has been something of a liability in the mid-size-car segment, where many customers make fuel economy their priority. Rather than submit to the indignity of front-wheel drive, Subaru re-engineered its 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder and employs fuel-saving technologies like active grille shutters. As a result, fuel economy improves to 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. That's a 4-mpg improvement over the highway fuel economy of the old Legacy and is competitive with other front-wheel-drive sedans in the mid-size segment. Fuel economy likewise ticks up in six-cylinder models, to 20/28 city/highway.

It has spunk

Subaru enthusiasts will remember that the Legacy used to be something of a Q-ship. Automobile Magazine spent a year with a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT wagon that featured a turbo four-cylinder, a five-speed manual, and a hood scoop. These days, Subaru has apparently decided to leave the boy racing to the WRX and the BRZ. The Legacy GT version disappeared several years ago and hasn't returned with the new generation. Worse, no manual transmission will be offered, even on base models. A continuously variable transmission, critical to achieving those lofty fuel-economy numbers, now comes standard with both the four- and six-cylinder engines (the latter uses a heavy-duty version of the CVT automatic borrowed from the WRX).
The 175-hp four needs 8.8 seconds to propel the Legacy to 60 mph, according to Subaru. Yet the engine revs more smoothly and quietly than the boxer engines of old. Simulated shift points programmed into the CVT likewise keep the chatter to a minimum. The 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder offers more refinement but even it does not feel quick.

Despite all this, we really like driving the 2015 Subaru Legacy. The steering feels quicker and heavier than in the last car, and body control has improved. Like the smaller Impreza -- and unlike most modern cars -- the Legacy has thin A-pillars and front-quarter windows for exceptional forward visibility. Never mind the car's standard all-wheel drive and backup camera -- 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. Overall, this Legacy feels much livelier than the one it replaces, a lot like the spunky 2005-2009 Legacy (still a great car that commands high resale value).

A nice mid-size sedan that happens to be a Subaru

Subaru has done a marvelous job distilling and marketing a sense of Subaru-ness. Its commitment to all-wheel drive, functional styling, and boxer engines has drawn legions of loyal buyers to models like the Outback and the Forester. Yet these qualities have also been a barrier in some segments. The 2015 Subaru Legacy manages to retain the brand's trademarks and quirky charm but suffers none of the traditional drawbacks -- it's efficient, handsome, and refined. Whereas the outgoing Legacy was likely cross-shopped with the Outback and found wanting, the new Legacy, when it debuts this summer, will provide worthy competition to the likes of the Honda Accord.
*That one's a joke. Just want to make sure you were paying attention.

2015 Subaru Legacy

On sale Summer 2014
Base price/as tested $22,490/ $27,290 (2.5i Limited)
Engine 2.5L H-4, 175 hp at 5800 rpm, 174 lb-ft at 4000 rpm; 3.6L H-6, 256 hp at 6000 rpm, 247 lb-ft at 4400 rpm
Transmission CVT automatic
Drive 4-wheel
Trunk capacity 15.0 cu-ft
Fuel economy 20-26/28-36 mpg (city/highway)
2015 Subaru Legacy
2015 Subaru Legacy

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.

Vehicle Overview

The Subaru Legacy is a midsize family sedan that fits above the compact Impreza in the automaker's two-car sedan lineup.

Summary

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.

You’ll Like

  • Improved CVT
  • Better fuel economy
  • Great outward visibility

You Won’t Like

  • Flat-four not sporty
  • No manual transmission

Key Competitors

  • Honda Accord
  • Toyota Camry
  • Chrysler 200
  • Ford Fusion
  • Kia Optima

Rating

3
2015 Subaru Legacy Vs Roadkill Project Cars
How well does a midsize sedan compare to a trio of slapped-together muscle cars? On this episode of Roadkill, Subaru challenges Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger to three competitions to see how the 2015 Subaru Legacy stacks up against the Roadkill project cars. Subaru must feel pretty confident about the first competition, as it sends a base 2015 Legacy with a naturally aspirated 175-hp 2.5-liter flat-four engine mated to a CVT and symmetrical all-wheel-drive system against whichever car the hosts choose.
Sara Zenlea With 2015 Subaru Legacy Front
“David is a very attached to his mother,” stated my pre-school report card. It seems I was, even relative to other four-year-olds, a mama’s boy. I cried when she dropped me off and cried when she wasn’t first in line to pick me up at the end of the day. I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t be with my mom all the time.
2015 Subaru Legacy Front Side View In Motion
Subaru announced that pricing for the 2015 Subaru Legacy will start at $22,490. It’s only a $400 increase over the outgoing Subaru Legacy 2.5i midsizer, but there is now more standard tech equipment, safety features, and improved fuel efficiency.

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2015 Subaru Legacy Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.5L H4Engine
Fuel economy City:
26 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
Horsepower:
175 hp @ 5800rpm
Torque:
174 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year Subaru Legacy 4-Door and Outback vehicles manufactured July 3, 2015, to July 27, 2015. Transmission oil may leak from a deformed seal cap on the propeller shaft yoke.
Consequences
If the transmission oil leaks onto the exhaust pipe, there is a possible risk of fire.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the propeller shaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 28, 2015. Owners may contact 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQU-56.
Potential Units Affected
2,893
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE:DRIVESHAFT
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2015 and 2016 model year Subaru Legacy 4-Door and Outback vehicles manufactured July 3, 2015, to July 27, 2015. Transmission oil may leak from a deformed seal cap on the propeller shaft yoke.
Consequences
If the transmission oil leaks onto the exhaust pipe, there is a possible risk of fire.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the propeller shaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on August 28, 2015. Owners may contact 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQU-56.
Potential Units Affected
2,893
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Legacy vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Outback vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Impreza vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to April 14, 2015, XV Crosstrek vehicles manufactured October 16, 2014, to April 15, 2015, and 2016 WRX vehicles manufactured March 23, 2015, and equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.
Consequences
If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the driver assist system, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQS-54.
Potential Units Affected
72,000
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:50
Component
FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE: CRASH IMMINENT BRAKING
Summary
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain model year 2015 Legacy vehicles manufactured March 10, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Outback vehicles manufactured February 24, 2014, to April 16, 2015, Impreza vehicles manufactured September 9, 2014, to April 14, 2015, XV Crosstrek vehicles manufactured October 16, 2014, to April 15, 2015, and 2016 WRX vehicles manufactured March 23, 2015, and equipped with the Eyesight Driver Assist System. If the switch that activates the brake lights fails, the automatic pre-collision braking component of the driver assist system will not function.
Consequences
If the automatic pre-collision braking system does not function as intended, the vehicle will not react to an obstacle in its path, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the driver assist system, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2015. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru's number for this recall is WQS-54.
Potential Units Affected
72,000
Notes
Subaru of America, Inc.


IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Subaru Legacy

Depreciation
33.3%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$9,924
33.3%
Insurance
$6,145
20.6%
Fuel Cost
$7,862
26.4%
Financing
$2,188
7.3%
Maintenance
$2,648
8.9%
Repair Costs
$663
2.2%
State Fees
$387
1.3%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $29,817 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent