2015 Subaru LegacyWhile Subaru posted its best sales year ever in the United States in 2013, over half of its sales came from the success of the new Forester and popularity of the Outback. Its midsize Legacy sedan, on the other hand, saw sales tumble 10.3 percent. The company known for its all-wheel drive models hopes to right that trajectory with the 2015 Legacy. The all-new sedan sees a slight bump in fuel economy and a commitment to giving buyers a better product to compete against segment stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

The refreshed sedan wears Subaru's new design language, which was teased by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. However, the production version takes the hard, crisp lines down several notches, and it is bordering on boring at first glance. The best detail of the new design is the new hexagonal shield grille at the front that lends a little upscale panache over the current car's simple, rectangular front end. The coupe-like roofline has also been toned down from the concept, but it does smooth out the rear better than the current gen.

The Legacy's engines are carried over almost identically from last year's car. However both flavors of manual transmission are finally bowing out; all models now come with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT. Output from the 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder sees a slight bump to 175 horsepower (2 hp more than last year's model) and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder is unchanged at 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Fuel economy benefits from the new platform with the 2.5-liter model rated at an estimated 26/36/30 miles per gallon city/highway/combined, a boost of 2/4/3 mpg, respectively, over the previous generation. The 3.6-liter also sees a modest rise to 20/28/23 mpg, 2/3/3 mpg better respectively. Fairly impressive figures for an all-wheel-drive, midsize sedan.

Both flavors of manual transmission are finally bowing out; all models now come with Subaru's Lineartronic CVT.

A Subaru would not be a Subaru without all-wheel drive, and the 2015 Legacy gets the latest Active Torque Vectoring system from the 2015 WRX and WRX STI models as a standard feature. Rather than actually modulating torque, the system works by applying the brakes to the inside front wheel during aggressive cornering, to improve handling.

In terms of packaging, the new Legacy grows only slightly compared to the old model. It rides on the same 108.3-inch wheelbase, but length increases by 1.6-inches to 188.8 overall. The extra exterior size translates to better rear legroom and trunk capacity on the inside.

Subaru's biggest promises about the new car are improved driver comfort, lower interior noise and more competitive technology. The company added liquid-filled engine mounts, made the windshield from acoustic glass and increased sound deadening. The Infotainment systems also get an upgrade with the choice of either a new, 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, or a 7.0-inch version with navigation. All cars come standard with a rearview camera, and Subaru's upgraded EyeSight forward camera system and new safety systems are also available.

The 2015 Legacy hits the road in the latter half of 2014, but there is no word yet on pricing. Scroll down to read the whole press release, and let us know in Comments whether Subaru's new design language puts you to sleep or is actually exciting.
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SUBARU INTRODUCES ALL-NEW 2015 LEGACY® SEDAN

• Roomiest Legacy ever with largest passenger cabin in the midsize segment
• Fuel efficiency at the top of AWD midsize sedan class with estimated ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway for 2.5i model
• Higher level of comfort, quiet and refinement
• Revised powertrains and standard Lineartronic® CVT on all models
• New standard Active Torque Vectoring for greater agility
• New EyeSight driver assistance system with improved camera performance.
• New available safety technology including rear radar with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• New infotainment technology with available 12-speaker premium audio


CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2014 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.


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      ErmagherdTwertr
      • 10 Months Ago
      "A Subaru would not be a Subaru without all-wheel drive." Unless it were a BRZ. In which case it would be a Subaru without all-wheel drive.
      Indubitably
      • 10 Months Ago
      I hate CVT transmissions as much as any other person on autoblog. Sad truth is, 95% of car buys have NO IDEA what a CVT, DCT, or torque converter transmission is. All they care about is a gas pedal, wheels, and creature comforts that when all put together gets them from A to B. This car is meant to cater to the masses, not us enthusiasts.
        Typesbad
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        I like the idea of CVTs; just not too crazy about the present execution. But I find the technology fascinating. Like a throwback to the first multi-speed vehicles we all became familiar with, the 10-speed bike but with infinite ratios. Someone is going to figure out a true high performance CVT. and it will change everything. I'll just bid my time with three pedels in the mean time.
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        This is true. However, when the trans breaks more than once, they start caring. Ask any Murano owner.
          wendavid99
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Nissan's crappy CVT does not represent CVTs from other manufactures. Don't know about Subaru's CVT, but after 14 months of owning a 2013 Accord, I still likes Honda's CVT and I'm looking forward to buy a 2015 CVT outback for my wife.
          1454
          • 10 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Murano's trans rarely break, altimas on the other hand.........
        rsholland
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        Nissan just not make Subaru CVTs.
        rsholland
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        When this car hits dealer lots, go drive it. I bet your tone will change.
      FranksLovesYou
      • 10 Months Ago
      Where is the turbo? I like the exterior of the concept but the interior of the production model.
        LukkyStrike
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FranksLovesYou
        no one bought it, they just got a 3.6R, and let me tell you, building Turbos on a line built to build NA motors sucks ;).
          Gary G
          • 10 Months Ago
          @LukkyStrike
          Japan got a turbo Legacy with like 290 hp.
      cpmanx
      • 10 Months Ago
      Aside from the truly clumsy treatment of the hood cutline and bulging snout, this is a very pleasant (albeit rather generic) design. I'm more concerned about the interior, which looks more stylish but still a bit appliance-like in its materials.
      v6sonoma
      • 10 Months Ago
      Another manual bites the dust. Ugg...
      Calvin L Miller Jr
      • 10 Months Ago
      While everyone here is spending all their time complaining about the styling. No one seems to comment on the fact this is the only vehicle in its class with torque vectoring awd. The next vehcile you can buy with the drive train is a acura tl or for less space an audi a4 qautrro with sport diff. Both of which are more expensive[by atleast 4k or more] than this car will be and likely car greater cost of ownership. This will problably be the best driving car in the class. Styling can be fixed with some aftermarket upgrades. Subaru color me interested because that drivetrain/features makes the car a bargin at 30kish.
        over9000
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Calvin L Miller Jr
        Who cares if it has a CVT. Susan wouldn't care if it had torque vectoring.
        leo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Calvin L Miller Jr
        i even like the styling.. front end is nice and aggressive, side green house lines are on par with everyone else in this class, only the rear is a let down. interior seems to have been build for those that wan to throw everything at it and it should survive.. i just hope the rear quarters are not hampered as much as the pictures show, cause that will make it class uncompetitive.. awd with 26-36mpg is also the best for any awd sedan.. not considering cars costing 2-3x (like the Q50 hybrid)
        Massimo Balloni
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Calvin L Miller Jr
        And the A4 is even worst in style, boring, and very unreliable. But I do like the new Acura TLX.
      1454
      • 10 Months Ago
      Between this and the last gen, I can't believe anyone actually looked at it when they were making it and said "you know, this is a dang good looking car". Bring back 4 gen styling. Just because it didn't sell super well doesn't mean that was the reason to abandon it. We were heading into and surviving through the worst recession in 60+ years. Don't blame it on the car.
        bonehead
        • 10 Months Ago
        @1454
        yes the 2005 model was amazingly good looking. A few small tweaks and it would still pass today as modern stylling. I loved the minimalist yet elegent interior. Man the legacy is a different beast now :( Just go lookup a review on the Legacy GT SpecB. what a car! how many cars out there today will do 0-60 in 5.3 with looks and luxury for $34k? and the regular GT could be had starting at $27k. great cars (granted they would cost more now but not that much )
          Durishin
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          I had just ordered an STi from a dealer close to me. Had taken my VDC into the dealer I purchased it from for an oil change before posting it for sale and there was Spec. B. #390 on the lot. I saw that red leather, drove it, called the other dealer and cancelled my Sti order. She's in the driveway right now waiting for the re-furbed wheels and new Bilsteins.
          bonehead
          • 10 Months Ago
          @bonehead
          its quite possible that the 2006 legacy has a better interior than this new one http://media.caranddriver.com/images/media/35802/2006-subaru-legacy-25-gt-specb-photo-40574-s-520x318.jpg
      rsholland
      • 10 Months Ago
      Here's a prelaunch brochure on the new Legacy. It should answer many questions. http://dbrochure.subaru.com/brochures/subaru.legacy.prelaunch.2015/index.html#!cover
      Jasonn
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm impressed with the statistics! 36 awd mpg is pretty good!
      mdcwave
      • 10 Months Ago
      HUGE improvement over previous generation but why does it have to look exactly like an Acura now? Subaru consistently turns out good concept cars but there is a real disconnect getting them into production.
      pheasant601
      • 10 Months Ago
      For sure it's boring but I've always said that if a Subaru can be halfway handsome, they'll sell a zillion of these things. All they really needed to do was tone down some of the more polarizing portions such as the oversized headlights and they'd be fine. They took the conservatism a bit too far in my opinion but that won't stop thousands of buyers who want a good looking and reliable winter car. Overall, I actually like it a lot and I think it'll look a lot classier in person and in a deeper color.
      rbnhd1144
      • 10 Months Ago
      Everyone says Ugly but I really like it and in that color, I have no doubt it will sell well, I wish Subaru would go with a 7 speed transmission instead of the CVT, I hate CVT's.
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