I’ll have to admit that Subaru was never on my radar. In my hometown of Houston, there weren’t many Subarus on the road as compared to other car brands. My first introduction to the brand was 15 years ago when my sister-in-law bought a Subaru Forester. She loved her new car, but I was ambivalent. I didn’t like the boxy look and I wasn’t sure if it was trying to be an SUV or a station wagon. Although I didn’t like the car’s appearance, I cannot question it’s durability. With over 200,000 miles on the odometer, that car is still running like a champ.
There is no doubt that Subaru builds solid vehicles. According to the brand, 95% of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today. That’s impressive. However, Subaru still has a way to go to build market share in the U.S. and they are hoping that the new 2015 Legacy will be the vehicle to give them that boost.
I tested the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium, the mid-level trim with standard equipment such as backup camera, heated seats and mirrors, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a color touchscreen with Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system. What makes the Subaru stand out from the competition is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (the Ford Fusion and the Chrysler 200 [see review] offer AWD, but only on higher trim-levels).
My first impression of the vehicle was positive. I liked the exterior design. It was sporty and modern. The interior of the vehicle is perhaps my favorite feature. The cabin is spacious and the seats are big and plush. The car accommodated my family of five was quite comfortably. It almost feels as if you are sitting in a full-sized luxury vehicle.
The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium comes with a 2.5L 175 hp 4-Cylinder Engine. While this engine is not the most powerful, it is fuel efficient – 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. What I like about the engine is it’s sound. Unlike many manufacturers that try to make everything quieter, Subaru gave this engine a bit of a growl that makes it fun to drive. The car handles well and feels stable on the road thanks to the AWD system.
Safety features of the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium include EyeSite Driver-Assist System, Pre-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Sway Warning, And Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium is a solid 4-door sedan if you are seeking a car with a large interior, high-tech safety equipment, and AWD. However, it still has a long way to go before it can supplant solid contenders in the segment such as the Camry, Accord, and Mazda6.