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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Subaru Legacy Sedan

  • B Edmunds Rating
  • A roomy cabin, an upgraded interior and standard all-wheel drive make the 2015 Subaru Legacy a solid pick for a midsize sedan, especially if rain and snow accompany your commute.

  • Pros

    Standard all-wheel drive; excellent outward visibility; spacious cabin; top crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Lackluster acceleration compared to top rivals; stiffer ride than many competitors.

  • What's New for 2015

    The 2015 Subaru Legacy is redesigned. Highlights include subtle exterior changes, upgraded interior materials and improved fuel economy.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2015 subaru legacy 3.6 limited under performs

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

OK here is my verdict on 2015 3.6 Legacy (On a three year lease) Pros: • Drive traction • Safety features Cons: • All six cylinders do not fire all of the time, 4 cylinders run until almost red lining. • Interior rattling noise everywhere. Areas in which you can’t reach to try fix yourself. • Technology- Radio, Nav, etc. The touch screen does not always respond to touch, you have to hit the section a few times for it except the command. • The seats have no comfort at all, hard and low quality leather. • I’ve been back 4 times for 3 different recalls. I understand this is low to mid 30K car but come on, how much profit does Subaru really need to make. My wife and I can’t wait for the lease to be over! Once a Subaru admirer.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Good, but not great. needs improvements.

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

I owned a Toyota Camry LE for 11 years before recently trading it for a CPO 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited. I've had the Legacy for just over 60 days now. I drive it every day to and from work – about 35 miles each way in moderate-to-heavy traffic and back/forth between rural and city areas – so I have a pretty good feel for how this car drives at this point. First off, this is a GOOD car with the potential to be a much better car – it just has some shortcomings that I believe should be improved upon. (These are things that didn’t stand out during my test drive and could sway me to go back to Toyota or try some other auto brand in the future.) HERE’S WHAT I LIKE: Standard Symmetrical AWD; high reliability and crash-test ratings; heated front and rear seats; blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitors; multi-adjustable driver’s seat; comfortable leather interior; road hugging ride quality; great outward visibility; accurate backup camera; and interior dimensions – good head and leg room. HERE’S WHAT I DON’T LIKE: Loud wind noise (anytime I exceed 40-45 mph), makes it hard to hear the radio at normal volume; intrusive road noise, which I corrected by swapping out the standard Goodyear tires with Continental tires; lackluster acceleration for a V6 engine, CVT tends to lose momentum when you lift your foot off of the gas pedal – often jerky when accelerating and decelerating while in motion and when accelerating from a dead stop; as mentioned by another reviewer, accelerator hesitates before catching when shifting from reverse to drive; bumps in the road are not well absorbed (the 2016 model may have addressed this issue) ; no power to windows after you shut off the engine; no auto door locks; poor V6 fuel efficiency averaging around 24 MPGs combined; trunk lid’s arms and safety feature makes it heavy and sometimes hard to lift open; Infotainment system does understand most voice commands; and Harmon Kardon speakers are sometimes crackly. Again, the Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited is a good car – but it needs to be tweaked to its full potential, especially when you have tried and true midsize cars out there like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that essentially do everything well. I hope Subaru will roll out an improved redesign soon. I’m trying to stand by my decision to buy this car, but I'm really starting to long for the quietness and smooth handling of my old Toyota.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good car with a few minor problems

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

During our New England winter months, it takes up to 20 minutes of driving to reach my engine's "normal" operating temperature. At that point, the engine oil temperature is about 150 deg. F. During the summer months, the engine warm up period is reduced to 5 to 8 minutes. Subaru dealership claims that this is normal and there are no problems with the thermostat. My 12 years old Forester will reach the operating temperature within 5 minutes even during the winter months. This car has also some minor problems - trunk liner is poorly fitted, stitching on the rear leather seat is not perfect, gas filler door is installed off-center



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

First 6 months it whistled, rattled and stuck

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

I cannot express my utter disappointment with this car. My family has always been Toyota people and after rave reviews from my now husband, I decided to purchase my first Legacy. Right off the bat I started hearing a whistling wind noise from the passenger window. The dealer assured me that it is a known problem and they will have a solution package shortly. Unfortunately it was 6 months before I moved up the long waiting list to get the solution. Then in the middle of winter, my fuel cover got stuck and would not open -- so I had to get it towed in to the dealership because the car was out of gas. Finally that was solved. Very shortly after that my driver's automatic window would not open. Luckily it is a known problem and they fixed it quickly. FINALLY, i started to hear a rattle in the mornings coming out of the front engine area. Had to bring it in several times because of course the rattle wouldn't happen when the serviceman would be inspecting it. Finally it turned out that it was loose heat shields. The dealer (different one since i moved) was not happy about fixing the problem on his dime, so he replaced them without tightening them so the rattle continued all winter. One year later, leaving the dealership half in tears with a realization that my brand new Subaru was a LEMON. And average mpg at 29. NEVER AGAIN.




Lives up to "legacy" name

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

This car gets an A+ in every case except the Infotainment system that I find hard to use and not user friendly and lacking some features like smart phone compatability. The screen also catches alot of sunlight and tends to blind the driver frequently. The USB ports are useless. My other minor complaints are: 1)no autolock for the doors, its purely manual from inside the car. 2)radio antenna is where you expect the rear defroster should be and digital signal reception is spotty at best. 3)Unable to disable the lane departure warning by default so this is a manual process every time and it goes off too much for my driving style that avoids the frequent potholes in the northeast. 4)The car's user manual contains incorrect information, omissions and errors. 5)The engine runs cool and takes a while to produce heat for the cabin in the coldest part of the winter. I've gone through every season now and I feel this car is well worth its price tag and has features you cant find unless you buy a Lexus, BMW, Benz, Acura, Volvo for twice the price. The car is way more comfortable than I thought it would be for taller than average folks. In particular the OEM wheel/tire size is a great compromise between low profile handling and soft ride comfort. The fuel economy is great and the acceleration for the 2.5 engine is plenty. I plan to keep this car forever.



1 of 2 people found this review helpful

1 year in

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Vehicle: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Luxurious feel. Smooth quiet acceleration(below average but adequate). Outstanding gas mileage for all wheel drive. A+ comfort. Voice activation is easy and efficient while driving. Adaptive cruise control is great as is safety vision feature. HK sound system is beautiful to listen to. Walkman and IPOD interface is good. A little slow interacting with walkman via USB. Blue-tooth easy and flawless. Navigation is wonderful to use. Interior is gorgeous Not a fan of CVTs but this is the best one i have ever driven. Much improved from previous model. Handling is very good. Love the torque vectoring feature for sharp handling. Fantastic climate control with all seats having warmers. Does a great job in snow and rain. Zipped thru 7-8 inches the other day with no problems getting up our large hill.



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Full Expert Review: 2015 Subaru Legacy

What's New for 2015

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is redesigned. Highlights include subtle exterior changes, upgraded interior materials and improved fuel economy.

Introduction

Thanks to its offering standard all-wheel-drive systems on nearly all of its cars, Subaru has long been a popular choice for car buyers living in wet, snowy climates. But the 2015 Subaru Legacy aims to deliver more than just all-weather capability. A new look, improved fuel mileage, increased passenger comfort and new safety features make the redesigned Legacy a more competitive sedan among its midsize rivals.

Although the Legacy shares a similar look and feel to last year's model, changes under the skin have resulted in more passenger and cargo room. The cabin itself features nicer surfaces and materials, although Subaru's frills-free philosophy carries over to its dash and center stack layout. We like it for its simplicity and intuition, but some may find it a bit too sparse.

Four- and six-cylinder engines carry over but have been retuned to return better fuel economy. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder now achieves an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined, while the six-cylinder gets a 10 percent bump in efficiency and now delivers 22 combined mpg. Some shoppers may lament the disappearance of a six-speed manual transmission for the four-cylinder engine, but the continuously variable transmission (CVT) standard on all Legacys does a good job of extracting the most performance from both engines.

These updates have made the 2015 Subaru Legacy a more well-rounded midsize sedan, one that needn't rely solely on all-wheel drive to sell. At the same time, however, the midsize sedan class is loaded with excellent choices. Top models such as the 2015 Ford Fusion, 2015 Honda Accord, 2015 Mazda 6, 2015 Nissan Altima and 2015 Toyota Camry are all excellent and can hold slight, but significant, advantages over the Legacy in regards to style, technology and handling prowess.

Overall, it's hard to go wrong in this segment. But if you want a refined and comfortable family sedan that can handle any kind of weather -- or simply something different from its mainstream competitors -- the 2015 Subaru Legacy merits strong consideration.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger sedan available in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited (the numbers reference engine size).

Base 2.5i models come with 17-inch steel wheels; automatic headlights; air-conditioning; cruise control; a height-adjustable driver seat; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; full power accessories; a 60/40-split folding rear seat; a rearview camera; Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD and satellite radio, an iPod/USB interface, an auxiliary audio jack, and smartphone integration with Pandora and Aha audio streaming. A 6.2-inch touchscreen display controls most entertainment and phone functions.

The 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar) heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, upgraded gauges and an upgraded audio system that includes six speakers, voice commands and a 7-inch touchscreen display.

Available options for the 2.5i Premium include a sunroof, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive foglights, rear cross-traffic alert and Subaru's EyeSight system. The latter combines adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and collision-warning/mitigation with brake intervention.  

Upgrading to the 2.5i Limited trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a four-way power passenger seat, driver memory functions, rear air vents, heated rear seats, rear cross-traffic alert and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Available options are nearly identical to those offered on the Premium, but keyless ignition and entry is also available.

Standard and optional equipment for the 3.6R Limited follow that of the 2.5i Limited, but the 3.6R features a six-cylinder engine and xenon headlights.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2015 Subaru Legacy offers two engines: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The base 2.5-liter horizontally opposed ("boxer") four-cylinder produces 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The six-cylinder generates 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with the only available transmission: a CVT with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

During Edmunds track testing, a Legacy 2.5i Premium ran from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds. That's rather lackluster, as many rivals accomplish the same sprint in less than 8 seconds. 

The EPA rates the four-cylinder Legacy at 30 mpg in combined driving (26 city/36 highway), an impressive result in this class especially considering that all-wheel drive normally drags fuel economy down a point or two. The six-cylinder Legacy returns 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) -- an improvement on last year's model, but still less impressive than the fuel economy of several competitors.

Safety

The 2015 Subaru Legacy comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and new seat cushion airbags that deploy from the seat bottom to help keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.

Also optional is Subaru's EyeSight system that bundles adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning and sway warning. The EyeSight system uses two cameras mounted inside the upper edge of the windshield, which Subaru says reduces the potential for damage compared with conventional radar systems mounted in the front bumper. EyeSight can also detect pedestrians and is capable of braking the Legacy if the driver takes no evasive action for potential frontal collisions.

In government crash testing, the Legacy earned a top five-star rating for overall safety performance, with five stars in the frontal- and side-impact categories. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Legacy received a top score of "Good" in moderate-overlap frontal-offset, small-overlap frontal offset, side-impact and roof-strength testing. The Legacy's seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Legacy 2.5i Premium stopped from 60 mph in a short 114 feet, a better-than-average performance for this segment.

Interior Design and Special Features

Befitting the environments and uses of its traditional owners, the 2015 Subaru Legacy features a simple and straightforward interior design. Materials quality has improved compared to last year, and there's more cushioning at common touch points like armrests and the center console. The new, optional touchscreen navigation system can be controlled using tablet-like gestures and delivers better response and smartphone integration than the Legacy's last touchscreen-based system.

A slight repackaging delivers another 1.6 cubic feet of cabin space, realized in added room for arms, legs and elbows. Rear legroom is just shy of what the Accord and Fusion offer. Despite the Legacy's new, larger trunk, its 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity still trails the competition a little, a compromise Subaru chalks up to the space required for the Legacy's all-wheel-drive system.

A design change up front moves the windshield forward slightly and improves on the Legacy's already excellent outward visibility -- no small feat in an age of high door lines and bulky pillars that result from modern safety standards. Firm, supportive seats and a slightly higher driving position make the Legacy Subaru's most comfortable sedan yet.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Subaru Legacy's standard all-wheel-drive system gives it plenty of capability in bad weather. The new Legacy drives more smoothly, more quietly and more comfortably than before, although the ride still isn't as cushy as some of its competitors. But this is a good thing, as bumps and road rash are soaked up with a satisfying firmness that delivers confidence behind the wheel. This is not a sport sedan by any means, but it still delivers enough feedback to engage a discerning driver.

Both the four- and the six-cylinder engines are quiet and provide class-acceptable acceleration. The standard CVT that comes with either engine does an excellent job of getting the most out of the two power plants. Although it can essentially mimic a broad range of gearing for maximum mileage, this CVT is also programmed to deliver noticeable "shifts" to make it feel more like a traditional transmission.

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