2016 Legacy New Car Test Drive
The Subaru Legacy is a midsize sedan for drivers who favor practicality and premium engineering over frills and flash. Benefiting from all-wheel drive and a flat engine that rides low in the engine bay, the Legacy delivers excellent handling and outstanding all-weather capability.
The Legacy competes with the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and other midsize sedans. The Legacy was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, making this the sixth generation.
For 2016, more safety features have been added but the Legacy carries over largely unchanged. A new auto on/off mode operates the windshield wipers with the headlights on 2016 Subaru Legacy models. The electric power-assist steering has been retuned for all 2016 Legacy models to provide a more linear and natural feel. The Stablex suspension dampers, new for 2015 Limited models, have been refined on 2016 Legacy Limited models to reduce vibration over washboard surfaces.
Nothing is flashy or raucous about the Legacy, though it is a nice-looking car. While some automakers place an emphasis on fancy interiors and swoopy styling, Subaru puts its money into engineering. All Legacy models come with all-wheel drive.
The Subaru Legacy offers a choice of two engines, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder developing 175 horsepower and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder generating 256 horsepower. Both mate with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and all-wheel drive.
Legacy 2.5i models deliver an EPA-estimated 26/36 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined. Legacy 3.6R models only rate 20/29 mpg City/Highway, 23 mpg Combined.
We found the Legacy smooth and comfortable underway. The cabin is attractive and refined.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i comes with a four-cylinder engine, while the Legacy 3.6R comes with a six-cylinder. All come with a CVT and all-wheel drive.
Legacy 2.5i ($21,745) comes with cloth upholstery and air conditioning with an air filtration system. Legacy 2.5i Premium ($23,845) upgrades interior trim and adds dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touch-screen, and an all-weather package. Legacy 2.5i Limited ($26,845) features leather seats, 18-inch wheels, heated rear seating, and harman/kardon audio. In addition to the six-cylinder engine, Legacy 3.6R Limited ($29,945) adds high-intensity-discharge headlights and stainless exhaust tips.
(All prices are MSRP and do not include the $795 destination charge. Dealer prices may vary.).