We have already seen the new 2015 Subaru Legacy in the leaked pictures we featured a few days ago, but amazingly the surprise and disappointment hit us again hard when we saw the official material at the Chicago Auto Show. Styling-wise, the new Legacy is a C-minus, at best.
The rest of it though, is damn good. You get a family sedan that features a Boxer engine with a low center of gravity, Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), Active Torque Vectoring, and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. With a setup like that, the Legacy’s drive is no doubt going to be entertaining.
The car also comes with a bucket load of equipment, including standard perforated leather upholstery; two-position memory for the 10-way power driver’s seat; a 4-way power front passenger seat; three-mode heated front seats (also standard for Premium) and dual-mode heated rear seats; rear seat air conditioning vents and a high-end surround sound audio system with 12 harman/kardon speakers.
2015 Subaru Legacy comes with a choice of two boxer engines. One is a 4-cylinder 2.5 liter with 175 hp 174 lb.-ft. of torque, and the other a 3.6-liter with 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Nice and simple, if you want fun you get the 6-cylinder, and if you want economy, the 4-banger which delivers 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 30 mpg combined.
Even though the new Subaru Legacy looks quite agricultural inside and out, the company says they have spent every effort to improve the refinement in this model. The ride is better the before, and there is more soundproofing materials wedged in to reduce noise and vibration levels. They seem to have stricken a good balance between driving capabilities and comfort here.