On the outlook, the new Subaru Legacy gets a sleeker, more coupe-like profile thanks to a one-piece nosecone front section that combines the grille and bumper. A more raked windshield means that visibility has been vastly improved, while a light aluminum hood ensures lighter load on the front wheels, thus assuring a better steering response. The side and rear of the mid-sized sedan remain true to its predecessor’s design preposition. Wheel and tyre sizes range from 17 inches to 18 inches; base Legacy to the Limited edition.
In addition, the Legacy has a 10 percent aerodynamic efficiency improvement which ultimately reduces fuel consumption. All 2015 Legacy 2.5i trim levels debut a standard Active Grille Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed. For the top-of-the-line Legacy 3.6R Limited and optional for the 2.5i Premium, Subaru has added HID headlights, U-shaped rear and brake lights and special trimmings on the turn signal exterior mirrors.
Inside, the new Legacy boasts a roomier passenger cabin, at 104.6 cu. ft. (up from 103 cu. ft.). Rear seat legroom measures a generous 38.1 inches. The Legacy’s trunk has been enlarged to 15.0 cu. ft., up slightly from 14.7 cu. ft. for the 2014 version, a significant point considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD system requires packaging for the multilink rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles. A standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.
Refined interior schematics and amenities for the 2015 Subaru Legacy
Two binocular-style gauge pods with a 3.5 center LCD display fit nicely inside the sporty instrument panel. Whereas, an ECO gauge, electro-luminescent with elegant blue ring illumination, indicates and promotes fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars.
Interior highlights include new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests, heater control panel, a one-touch lane changer switch, windows with pinch protection, and a host of infotainment offerings. The Legacy’s standard infotainment system comprises a 6.2-inch touchscreen that facilitates Subaru’s StarLink connectivity, rear vision camera, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, USB, Aux connectivity and radio. The Legacy limited gets a 576-Watt equivalent AM/FM/HD Radio unit with 12 harman/kardon speakers, a front center speaker and a rear subwoofer; while the 2.5i Premium has a 7-inch touchscreen and is fitted with a 6-speaker audio system.
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Under the hood, the Legacy limited’s 3.6-liter BOXER powerplant boasts an output of 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque, mated to a high-torque Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) with 6-speed manual mode that can be activated via steering paddle switches. The regular Legacy 2.5i (2.5 cc) has an output of 175 hp @ 5,800 rpm and peak torque of 174 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm. Additionally, there are functions such as Incline Start Assist, electronic Hill Holder system and Active Torque Split across the Legacy line-up.
Safety-wise, the 2015 Legacy is one of the first Subaru variants to incorporate an improved EyeSight system and rear radar system that supports new driver-assistance technologies.