Car Talk: Reviewing the 2015 Subaru Legacy

Design (7/10): Redesigned for 2015, the Subaru Legacy is now in its sixth iteration. The Legacy’s new design is a major improvement over the previous generation’s. The broad, aggressive grille leads the eye to the curvaceous headlights, which follows into the raked belt line, rising nicely into the taillights. Chrome accents around the grille and windows make the car feel premium. However, the Legacy’s design lacks “pizzazz,” and it could easily be confused with the visually similar 2015 Hyundai Sonata.

Interior (8/10): The 2015 Legacy is well appointed for a car starting at $21,695. Leather is standard on the top two trim levels. The dashboard is minimalistic, with few buttons and controls. Brushed metal lightens the roomy cabin and looks expensive.

Options (7/10): The Legacy offers amenities such as a moonroof, EyeSight Collision Prevention System, and remote start. While these options are good, competitors like the Ford Fusion offer more. The Legacy gained most of its points in this category because of its EyeSight Collision Prevention System: two windshield-mounted cameras that monitor the road, react to driving conditions, and can prevent possible collisions (see video below).

Safety (9/10): The Legacy is a 2015 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, and scored an overall 5 star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test rating. Every Legacy has eight airbags, as well as antilock brakes, Vehicle Dynamics Control (see video below), and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that Subaru is famous for. Blind spot monitoring is available on most Legacy models, in addition to the aforementioned EyeSight Technology.

Efficiency (9/10): Subaru is one of the most efficient carmakers on the market. The Legacy gets 26/36 mpg, and is a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV), so it emits very little at the tailpipe. Also, Subaru of America has reached zero-landfill status, meaning that all of the waste the factory creates is recycled, and the non-recyclables are burned to generate steam.

Reliability (9/10): Subarus are known for their dependability. “The Subie has been holding strong during the snow. I’ve been banging it into snow banks, and boom, no scratches, nada,” says Gator Editor-in-Chief AJ Naddaff about his fifth generation Legacy. “We bought the car for times like these with the crazy weather.” Subaru owners are loyal to the brand, and reliability is one reason they continue to return.

Total: 49/60

The Legacy is a great sedan for the rally enthusiasts, and the busy suburban families. It is also rated best resale value by Kelley Blue Book.

Even though the styling is slightly lackluster, and the Legacy does not accelerate as fast as the Mazda 6 or the Honda Accord, it is still a great car. If you want an AWD car with minuscule emissions that will last for decades, then the 2015 Subaru Legacy is for you.

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