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2015 Subaru Legacy Preview

2015 Subaru Legacy Preview

By Jeff Youngs,
Fast Facts:
  • Redesigned for 2015
  • Roomier, quieter, more refined than outgoing model
  • Improved fuel economy for 2.5i models
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Standard AWD with Active Torque Vectoring
  • Electric steering, upgraded brakes, revised suspension
  • Next-generation EyeSight technology and new safety features
  • New standard and optional infotainment systems
  • On sale in summer of 2014

Competing against other midsize family sedans, the redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy is available as a 2.5i model with a 4-cylinder engine and as a 3.6R model with a 6-cylinder engine. The 2.5i is available in Standard, Premium, and Limited trim levels, while the 3.6R is offered only in Limited trim. Subaru says the new 2015 Legacy will go on sale in the summer of 2014.

Exterior Features
In order to improve fuel economy, the new 2015 Legacy boasts a 10% improvement in aerodynamics, resulting in what Subaru characterizes as "coupe-like" styling. An aluminum hood aims to reduce weight, and the new Legacy tips the scales at less than 3,500 lbs. in Standard trim. Active grille shutters are standard for the Legacy 2.5i models to further streamline the car.

All 2015 Legacy models are equipped with door-mounted side mirrors and front quarter glass to improve outward visibility. Standard equipment incudes welcome lighting and LED taillights, and the new Legacy can be optioned with turn signal indicators on the side mirror housings as well as steering-responsive fog lights that help the driver to see around corners when driving at night. The Legacy 3.6R is equipped with standard HID headlights for 2015.

Additionally, Subaru says the 2015 Legacy boasts a larger trunk at 15 cu. ft. That is not as large as some competitors, but Subaru reminds consumers that packaging requirements for the Subaru's all-wheel-drive (AWD) system requires compromise.

Interior Features
According to Subaru, the 2015 Legacy has the largest interior in its class. The new car's seats offer higher hip points than before, making it easier to get into and out of the redesigned Legacy, and the rear seat offers a standard 60/40 split-folding design to expand cargo capacity.

Subaru says the new Legacy's cabin is quieter, too, and more upscale thanks to greater use of soft-touch materials. Thicker padding is applied to the armrests and center console lid, and the center console storage bin is designed to hold an iPad.

Optional Features
Upgrading to the Legacy 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, a dual-zone automatic climate control system with air filtration, 10-way power driver's seat, electroluminescent gauges, and a touch-screen infotainment system with a larger display, satellite radio, SMS text messaging capability, iTunes tagging capability, and dual USB ports. The Premium version also features matte-finish woodgrain interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, additional cabin lighting, automatic operation for the front windows, and an All Weather package containing heated front seats, heated side mirrors, and a wiper de-icer system.

Choose the Legacy 2.5i or 3.6R Limited for perforated leather seats, memory for the driver's settings, 4-way power front passenger's seat, heated rear seats, and a 12-speaker premium surround-sound audio system. This trim level is also equipped with blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert systems, as well as folding side mirrors, fog lights, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Legacy 3.6R adds HID headlights.

Subaru's next-generation EyeSight system is optional for the Premium and Limited versions. Equipped with improved camera technology, EyeSight provides adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning systems, as well as a larger 5-inch LCD information display between the gauges. Both versions can also be fitted with a power sunroof, navigation system with natural-language voice recognition, and more.

Additionally, the Legacy 2.5i Premium is available with blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert, while the 3.6R Limited is exclusively offered with a Keyless Access and Start system.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i is equipped with a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, boxer-style engine making 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. A 3.6-liter, boxer-type 6-cylinder engine is installed in the Legacy 3.6R, generating 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque.

Every Legacy gets a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a 6-speed manual shift program and paddle shifters. An Active Torque Split AWD system is also standard, continuously measuring acceleration, steering angle, and yaw rate to apportion power accordingly. Of course, when the front wheels slip, the system transfers power to the rear wheels for extra grip. Active Torque Vectoring is along for the ride, too, helping to improve cornering response and feel, according to Subaru.

As far as fuel economy is concerned, Subaru projects that the new Legacy 2.5i will get 26 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg in combined driving. The Legacy 3.6R is not as frugal with fuel, but improves over the previous-generation model with 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway and a combined rating of 23 mpg.

All 2015 Legacy models include an Eco Gauge to encourage fuel-efficient driving. Incline Start Assist and a Hill Holder System are standard as well, along with revised MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension tuning, 4-wheel ventilated-disc brakes for all models (larger front discs for the Legacy 3.6R), and quick-ratio electric steering.

Constructed around Subaru's Ring Shaped Reinforcement Frame structure, the 2015 Legacy is equipped with Brake Override technology that helps to prevent unintended acceleration, new rollover sensors that deploy the side curtain air bags when a rollover accident is imminent, new front-seat cushion air bags, and a reversing camera.

Optional for the Premium trim level and standard on the Limited, new safety features include blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. An upgraded EyeSight system is optional for the Premium and Limited trim levels, equipping the car with active cruise control, pre-collision braking, and lane-departure warning systems.

A new infotainment system is standard for the 2015 Legacy, featuring a 6.2-in. capacitive touch display and including HD Radio, Starlink smartphone connectivity, Aha Radio and Pandora integration, USB and auxiliary ports.

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