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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
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3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
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1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Subaru Legacy OVERVIEW
Totally redesigned for the 2015 model year, Legacy is one of the few passenger cars with standard all-wheel drive, which has been Subaru’s most notable benefit. Closely related to the Outback wagon, the midsize Legacy sedan has long provided excellent all-around value. The Legacy has plenty of available safety features and a reputation for fuel-efficiency. For any sedan shopper seeking a lot of practical car for the money, Subaru’s Legacy needs to occupy a prominent spot on the shopping list.
What's New for 2017
Subaru’s larger sedan adds two new trim levels for 2017: Sport and Touring. The Legacy 2.5i Sport features some unique styling touches, including a two-tone interior, dark gray grille, and sport-styled 18-inch wheels. The Touring edition serves as the new “flagship” model. Reverse automatic braking is a new active-safety feature, available as part of the EyeSight package.
Choosing Your Subaru Legacy
In its current form, Legacy styling is more enticing than in the past, with a slippery profile that helps boost fuel economy. Most Legacy sedans hold a 2.5-liter four-cylinder “boxer” (flat, or horizontally-opposed) engine, which sends 175 horsepower to an automated continuously variable transmission (CVT) that incorporates manual mode and paddle shifters. An Active Grille Shutter system aims to improve gas mileage by reducing wind resistance. The top-rung Legacy 3.6R Limited contains a 3.6-liter V6 that develops 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, coupled with a high-torque CVT.
Subaru’s available EyeSight system includes adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-departure and sway warning, reverse automatic braking, and Lane Keep assist. If the EyeSight camera detects drifting, Lane Keep directs the vehicle back into its correct lane.
Fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway (29 mpg combined) with the four-cylinder engine, but only 20/28 mpg city/highway (23 mpg combined) with the six-cylinder.
Six trim levels are offered:
Although the six-cylinder 3.6R may be tempting, even that version doesn’t qualify as a sport sedan. Most drivers will be fully satisfied with an energetic, and more fuel-efficient, 2.5i model. Picking a 2.5i Premium provides most of the equipment that buyers in this class typically want and need, including some advanced safety features, for less than $25,000. Don’t forget the optional EyeSight suite of contemporary active-safety features.
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