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2015 Subaru Legacy


At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , Subaru unveiled the Legacy concept — a preview of a production model set to be unveiled in 2014. Today the company has released the first teaser image of the all-new Legacy, which will be unveiled on February 6th at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show .

Few details were released about the new Legacy, but the teaser image reveals a sleeker, more coupe-like profile with a faster windshield rake and narrower A-pillars that create a sporty and modern sedan .

We’re not too sure how many design elements from the concept will be carried over into the production version, but we will really like seeing those cool hawk-eye headlights and taillights.

Under the hood, rumors suggest that the 2015 Legacy will get an improved version of Subaru’s famous boxer engine. We also expect to see Suby’s Symmetrical AWD (S-AWD) system and a CVT.

Updated 02/07/2014: The Legacy has officially made its debut. See all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

First leaked images

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

"Gone are those controversial headlights from the last generation, and in come a more traditional set of peepers."

As pretty much no surprise to anyone the production version Legacy has nothing in common with the concept version unveiled back in 2013, so why bother developing that cool concept, when the production version looks like a model from the 1980s?

The headlights are inspired by the recently launched Subaru WRX, while the only thing that reminds us of the concept car is the grille. What’s even worst is that on the interior Subaru tried so hard to make the car look more luxury than needed that it completely messed up: take a look at those wood inserts and you will see what we are talking about.

Exterior

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

On the outside, Subaru focused on making the Legacy sportier by giving it a more coupe-like look. Up front there is a new

"Subaru also added in more premium materials and additional soft-touch surfaces to make the sedan look and feel more luxurious."

nosecone that is formed by the integration of the grille and front bumper. Subaru also revised the roofline by pulling the base of the windshield out two inches, raking it rearward more than the last-generation Legacy. For good measure — and more balanced weight distribution — Suby swapped out the steel hood in favor of an aluminum one.

Gone are those controversial headlights from the last generation, and in come a more traditional set of peepers. Also, the funky-looking half grille is gone in favor of a more traditional louvered grille and the front apron is cleaner.

Around back, the taillights look more elegant than last year’s model, and the rear bumper wraps more cleanly around the tailpipe.

The exterior changes net the new Legacy a 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency, which should result in less money spent refueling. Additionally, all 2.5i trim levels come standard with an Active Grille Shutter system that closes the grille to allow for better aerodynamics and fuel economy.

On higher trim levels, like the 3.6R Limited, the Legacy includes HID low-beam headlights, and all models come standard with LED taillights.

Overall, the changes to the Legacy are not overwhelming, but they are enough to give it an all-new, and more upscale look than it ever had before. Damn fine work, Suby, damn fine indeed.

Nosecone In Detail

Subaru Legacy

This new nosecone really sets the Legacy up nicely, and gives it a more refined look that last years busy front end.

New Rear End In Detail

Subaru Legacy

New taillights, new bumper, hew trunk lid; hell, even the side of the car that the tailpipe sticks out from has changed.

2015 Subaru Legacy - Exterior Specifications

Wheelbase108.3 in.
Length188.8 in.
Height59.0 in.
Width72.4 in.
Overhang (f/r)39.5 in. / 41.1 in.
Track (f/r)62.2 in. / 62.8 in.

Interior

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy

The 2015 Legacy also earned itself a fully revamped cabin that starts off with a nice bit of growth, despite the new model having the same exterior footprint as the 2013 model. Inside the cabin, the 2015 Legacy now offers a total of 104.6 cubic feet of passenger space — a 1.6 cubic-foot increase — which helps to increase the seating space slightly. Additionally, the trunk now carries 15 cubes of stuff, whereas last year’s model held jus t14.7 cubic feet.

The dashboard features a pair of binocular-style gauge pods that have an 3.5-inch LCD screen between them — the screen grows to five inches with the optional EyeSight system. Also added into the mix is an ECO gauge that shows you how the Legacy is doing in terms of mpg to help entice you to drive with a lighter foot.

The Legacy’s entire cabin takes on a horizontal theme, which helps it look larger than it actually is. Subaru also added in more premium materials and additional soft-touch surfaces to make the sedan look and feel more luxurious.

In terms of gadgetry, the 2015 Legacy has you covered. It features a new, standard 6.2 Infotainment System that not only does the normal AM/FM deal, but also includes a CD player, a 6.2-inch touchscreen StarLink with Aha and Pandora capabilities, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, iPod control, a USB port and an aux-in port .

Moving into the 2.5i Premium model nets you a six-speaker sound system, seven-inch screen, SiriusXM and SMS texting. The Limited trim goes even further by including 12 harman/kardon speakers and 576 watts of power.

Gauges In Detail

Subaru Legacy

Oh so sexy they are. There is nothing better than well-lit and well-designed gauges staring back at you.

2015 Subaru Legacy - Interior Specifications

Head room (f/r)40.0 in. / 37.0 in.
With moonroof:37.6 in. / 37.0 in.
Leg room (f/r)42.9 in. / 38.1 in.
Shoulder room (f/r)58.1 in. / 57.3 in.
Hip room (f/r)55.5 in. / 55.0 in.
EPA passenger volume104.6 cu. ft. 100.9 cu. ft. with moonroof
EPA trunk capacity15.0 cu. ft.
EPA total volume119.6 cu. ft. 115.9 cu. ft. with moonroof
Trunk liftover height27.2 in.

Drivetrain

Subaru Legacy

Some familiar engines are found under the 2015 Legacy’s hood, as it carries the same set of boxer engines it did last year, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The bas 2.5-liter gets some extra lightening over the 2014 version, plus Subaru toned down its noise production. The mods made for 2015 increased its output very slightly, as it now produces 175 horsepower — a two-horsepower bump. The torque remains steady at 174 pound-feet.

Optional on the 2015 Legacy is the 3.6-liter H-6, which carries over from last year. This engine cranks out 256 ponies and 247 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines mate to a Lineartronic CVT, but the six-pot engine gets a high-torque variant of the transmission. Subaru revised the CVT to lower its internal friction, which will help increase fuel mileage.

Of course, both Legacy engines also mate to Subaru’s famed Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive system.

2.5i Models 3.6R Limited
EngineDOHC 4-cylinder BOXER; aluminum cylinder block and headsDOHC 6-cylinder BOXER; aluminum cylinder block and heads
Bore x Stroke94 x 90mm92 x 91mm
Displacement2,498cc (152 cu. in.)3,630 cc (221.5 cu. in.)
Compression ratio10.3:110.5:1
ValvetrainChain-driven camshafts, Active Valve Control System (intake valves)Chain-driven camshafts, Dual Active Valve Control System (intake and exhaust valves)
Horsepower175 hp @ 5,800 rpm256 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque174 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm247 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Fuel/inductionSequential multi-port fuel injection (MFI) with cylinder head direct-mount multi-spray injectors and Electronic
Throttle Control (ETC) system
Sequential multi-port fuel injection (MFI) with multi-spray injectors and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) system
TransmissionLineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) includes 6-speed manual mode and steering wheel paddle control switchesHigh-torque Lineartronic CVT includes 6-speed manual mode and steering wheel paddle control switches
Fuel economy26/36/3020/28/23

Competitors

Nissan Altima

Nissan Altima

Nissan unveiled the fifth-generation Altima at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and it included a series of updates that made it even more desirable. It received a redesigned exterior, an updated interior and a choice of two engines.

The base model features a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 182 horsepower, while the more powerful models will get a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine rated at 270 horsepower.

The 2014 Altima is priced from $21,500.

Ford Fusion

Ford Fusion

Just like the Altima, the Fusion is offered with a choice of two engines: a 1.6-liter Ecoboost engine equipped with an automatic start/stop system, and a more powerful 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine rated at 237 horsepower.

Prices start at $22,495.

Conclusion

Subaru Legacy

We love our Subarus, as so few cars can combine the mixture of utility, comfort and reliability that they can afford buyers. However, the Legacy got old really quickly and we could not wait to see it pack its bags. This new design breathes new life into the Sedan, and gives Subaru a fighting change in the midsize segment once again.

LOVE IT
  • Awesome new styling
  • A slight power bump from the 2.5-liter
  • Increased mpg will help matters
LEAVE IT
  • That H-6 will still get crappy mpg
  • That new grille may take some getting used to, but it may grow on us
  • Base model is sure to be pretty stripped down

Press Release

Subaru of America, Inc. today introduced the all-new 2015 Legacy, delivering a more compelling blend of standout design, interior refinement, safety technology and higher fuel efficiency along with the largest interior passenger volume in the midsize sedan segment. Still the only car in its class with All-Wheel Drive as standard, the 2015 Legacy continues the brand’s safety leadership by introducing an improved EyeSight system and available rear radar system that supports new driver-assistance technologies.

Subaru Legacy

Offering a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BOXER engines, the 2015 Subaru Legacy comes standard with Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. With estimated ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 30 mpg combined, the 2015 Legacy 2.5i matches or exceeds fuel economy of some midsize models that come only with front-wheel drive. The 6-cylinder model also sees fuel economy improve by 10 percent or more, with new estimated ratings of 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway / 23 combined.

The new 2015 Legacy arrives in Subaru dealerships in summer 2014 with the 4-cylinder 2.5i model available in Standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, accompanied by the top-of-line 6-cylinder 3.6R Limited.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is the best-equipped ever, with all trim lines adding new standard amenities. The Limited trim line models offer the highest level of luxury ever in a Subaru, 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.

Subaru Legacy

New Design Language
The 2015 Legacy echoes design themes introduced by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The production model combines sporty form and efficient function. Key to the sleeker, coupe-like profile is a “nosecone” front section that combines the grille and bumper into one smooth piece. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels, enhancing steering response. The 2015 Legacy maintains a footprint similar to the model it replaces.

The 2015 Legacy’s windshield is more raked, pulled forward 2.0 in. at the base. The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points, new front partition windows and door-mounted side view mirrors help improve visibility. A 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency contributes to lower 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.

In the Legacy 3.6R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more distinctive nighttime signature. The U-shape tail and brake lights on all models use LED bulbs for lower power consumption and a luxurious appearance. Limited trim line models feature turn signal exterior mirrors, which are available as an option for the Premium.

New Safety and Security from a Safety Leader
The 2015 Legacy comes standard with a rear-view camera, now located closer to the center of the car for more natural imaging. A new rollover sensor can deploy the side curtain airbags if an imminent rollover is detected. For added nighttime security, the 2015 Legacy features new standard welcome lighting that automatically turns on cabin illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the car. The Limited trim offers a Keyless Access & Start system, as well.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy introduces a new type of airbag restraint and a new available rear radar system. The new front seat-cushion airbags help to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.

Subaru Legacy

A new rear radar system, which is standard on the 2015 Legacy 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited and available for the 2.5i Premium, introduces the brand’s next step toward full-perimeter preventive safety. The rear radar system offers three functions. Blind Spot Detection detects vehicles behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots; Lane Change Assist detects approaching vehicles when changing lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects close vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking space or driveway. LED indicators on the side mirrors alert the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses an indicator in the rear view camera display. Also for the 2015 Legacy, new Steering-Responsive Foglights are added, which help illuminate curves for better visibility.

The EyeSight® driver-assist system option for Premium and Limited trim models, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. EyeSight, which uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology, is the highest-rated front crash prevention system by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2015 Legacy is projected to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

Four- or Six-Cylinder BOXER Engines
The 2015 Legacy 2.5i is powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB series 2.5-liter BOXER engine that debuted for 2013 and now receives numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation. Power is increased slightly, to 175 hp vs. 173 hp before. Peak torque remains at 174 lb.-ft. but is spread over a broader engine speed range for more responsive performance.

With the 2015 Legacy, Subaru continues to offer a 6-cylinder model in the midsize sedan segment. The 3.6-liter BOXER engine produces 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque. For 2015, all Legacy models now come standard with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), with the 6-cylinder model using a high-torque version. Changes made to reduce friction in the CVT contribute to higher fuel efficiency in the 2015 Legacy. All models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.

Subaru Legacy

Quieter Ride, Enhanced Agility
The Legacy offers an even smoother, quieter ride for 2015 thanks to a new acoustic windshield, liquid-filled engine mounts, thicker panels in key locations (floor, toeboard, rear wheel apron, inner fenders) and expanded use of foam insulation and floor damping material.

New quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel and also contributes to reduced fuel consumption. Revised spring and damper tuning and geometry and standard 17-inch wheels (18-in. on Limited) endow the 2015 Legacy with greater handling agility. Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system also featured on the brand’s high-performance 2015 WRX and WRX STI models, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The 4-cylinder Legacy now uses the same ventilated rear disc brakes as the 6-cylinder model, in place of solid discs used previously.

More Room, Greater Refinement
With nearly the same exterior footprint as the previous Legacy, the 2015 model offers a roomier passenger cabin, at 104.6 cu. ft. (up from 103 cu. ft.). The added space yields gains in shoulder, hip, elbow and leg room. 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 model, 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.

The driver faces a decidedly sporty instrument panel in the 2015 Legacy, highlighted by two binocular-style gauge pods with center LCD information display — 3.5-in. on cars without the EyeSight driver-assist system and 5-in. on EyeSight cars. In all models, an ECO gauge indicates and promotes fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars. The Premium and Limited-trim models feature electro-luminescent gauges with elegant blue ring illumination.

Subaru Legacy

Accentuating the passenger cabin’s increased room, the Legacy features a new interior design that highlights horizontal themes. A combination of new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests and the center console and new trim styles give the Legacy a more premium feel.

The heater control panel integrates the digital clock and outside air temperature displays, with the time automatically corrected by GPS in navigation-equipped models. A new one-touch lane changer function for the turn signals adds convenience. Legacy Premium and Limited trim levels come equipped with standard auto up/down driver and front passenger windows with pinch protection.

New Infotainment
Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the 2015 Legacy. A new 6.2 Infotainment System in the Legacy 2.5i model provides AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc in-dash CD player, 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display, Subaru STARLINK connectivity with Aha™ and Pandora® smartphone integration, rear vision camera, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, USB port and aux. input jack. The multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures – much like tablets and smartphones,

The Upgraded Infotainment System in the 2.5i Premium adds a 6-speaker audio system with 7-inch touch screen display, SiriusXM® satellite radio, SMS text messaging, iTunes® tagging capability and dual USB ports.

Subaru Legacy

Standard for the 2015 Legacy Limited trim models, a new high-end audio system combines a 576-Watt equivalent AM/FM/HD Radio unit with 12 harman/kardon speakers, including a front center speaker and a rear subwoofer. The amplifier and speakers use harman/kardon Green Edge technology, which reduces system weight and power consumption.

The Navigation Infotainment System available for the Premium and Limited trim levels, in addition to the multi-function display, features an interactive voice command system that accepts natural language and phrases and also operates the dual-zone automatic climate control system.

A more versatile center console in the 2015 Legacy provides a storage area that can hold an iPad®. A new covered storage bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port, 3.5mm AUX jack and a 12v power port. Models with high-grade audio or navigation feature two USB ports, making it possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Both 2015 Legacy models are equipped with a newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of Symmetrical AWD. An electronically managed continuously variable transfer clutch actively controls torque distribution in response to driving conditions and wheel slippage. The system can send additional torque to the rear wheels either pro-actively or in response to slippage at the front wheels. Taking input from acceleration, steering angle and yaw rate sensors, Active Torque Split AWD optimizes traction and steering response when accelerating through turns and curves, particularly when the road surface is slippery.

Subaru Legacy

Subaru produces a full line of all-wheel drive sedans, crossovers and SUVs, along with the rear-wheel drive BRZ sports car.



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