Our Take: 2014 Subaru Legacy
The Subaru Legacy often gets lost in the fierce midsize battle between the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But buyers who put it on their test drive list are in for a pleasant surprise.
Pricing and Equipment
For a base price of $23,595, our Subaru 2.5i Sport came well-equipped with standard features like:
- All-wheel drive
- A continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Automatic headlights
- A satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity
- A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
The sole option group—Sport with Navi—had a discounted price of $3,250 and included:
- Navigation with voice-activated control
- A reverse camera
- Carbon fiber trim
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- A moonroof
With a $78 cargo net and a destination charge of $795, our Venetian Red Pearl sedan retailed for $27,718.
- After only a minute behind the wheel, we noticed the Legacy had the distinct feel of a car that has been massaged by an in-house tuner à la AMG at Mercedes-Benz or M at BMW. Steering is precise and quick, while the ride is firm and controlled. We also enjoyed the view over an aggressively shaped hood.
- We like that Subaru throws in all-wheel drive for the same price as most front-wheel drive competitors.
- DIY owners will appreciate easy oil changes thanks to a filter that's accessible from above.
- Although eager, the normally aspirated engine and CVT don't match the sporty flavor of the car's looks and handling. Power delivery will remind you that you're in an economy-oriented family sedan.
- The ride isn't uncomfortable, but it is firm and might be too stiff for some buyers. Be sure to sample before you close the deal.
- The dashboard and console are well-designed.
- The sporty carbon fiber trim and aluminum pedals add to the feel of a car that's been massaged by a manufacturer's "sport" division.
- The Legacy has a surprisingly large trunk; with the rear seats folded, we had no trouble transporting a queen size bed.
- One tester disliked the shape of the seats, though this wasn't a common complaint.
- Interior materials could be better, but are still acceptable at this price point.
Most Pleasant Surprise
We've driven "tuned" sedans from premium automakers and this Legacy has an authentic feel we'd never expect at the $28,000 level.
Least Pleasant Surprise
The mundane engine-transmission combination seems out of place in this otherwise sporty environment.
The Bottom Line
An all-new Legacy is coming for 2015. But those interested in the 2014 model—or, perhaps, getting a better deal—will find a family sedan with the kind of zest that lets you pretend you're not driving a family sedan.
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