Voted IIHS Top Safety Pick and AJAC’s 2015 Canadian Car of the Year, the all-new 2015 Legacy adds refinements in comfort, safety and driving dynamics to its handsome new design.
The mid-sized sedan market has traditionally been the biggest-selling and most competitive segment in the auto industry, and as proven by the 2015 Canadian Car of the Year award, the all-new 2015 Legacy stepped into this segment against mainstays like the Accord and Camry and knocked it out of the park. With its sleek new design and advanced safety features, this model is better and safer than ever.
At first glance, the new body’s more subtle and cohesive styling is a clear indication that this is a modish car. The new automatic headlights blend nicely with the shape and are a welcome update from the stretched look on the 2014 model. Other updates, such as the integrated trunk spoiler, add functional style and boost fuel economy, as does the new Active Grille Shutter system.
Subaru has developed a suite of technology called EyeSight for the driver. Using a pair of stereo vision cameras, EyeSight includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and a Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. It also includes a five-inch LCD display in the instrument panel and optional fog lights that rotate for better illumination at corners. EyeSight-equipped models have earned the highest IIHS rating of Top Safety Pick+.
At the back of the car is a standard rear-view camera and available rear radar system. The optional radar is used for three sophisticated safety systems: Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses the rear radar to warn of vehicles coming from the sides when in reverse, with indicators in the rear camera display. The Blind Spot Detection monitors blind spots to warn of vehicles travelling in that tough-to-see area behind and to the side of the car, and notifies drivers using the LEDs in the side mirrors. The Lane Change Assist warns of vehicles coming from behind in adjacent lanes.
Drivers are also treated to sportier driving dynamics through a combination of mechanical refinements and enhanced Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC). Electric power steering, springs, dampers and suspension geometry have all been tuned for quicker and more responsive handling. Connecting these components to the ground are 17-inch wheels, or 18-inch wheels on the Limited models, and the Active Torque Vectoring VDC system borrows innovation from the WRX STI model to brake the inside front wheel in corners to quell the understeer.
The interior has also been given a boost, and the experience in the cabin is roomier than the previous models, with more legroom and trunk space. Softer interior materials and more elbow padding increase comfort in long drives, along with the quieter and more refined 2.5-litre engine.
There are two entertainment options for the Legacy. Standard on the 2.5i model is an audio system featuring a 6.2-inch touch screen display with Bluetooth. streaming audio, SiriusXM™, iPod./USB integration and Aha Radio. in addition to the radio and CD functions that you would expect. Models with navigation get a whole multimedia upgrade that increases the touch screen to 7 inches, with support for multiple gestures.
The system has voice recognition in both English and French, which complements the integrated SMS text messaging, and it has premium sound thanks to an amplified 12-speaker Harman Kardon. system. With style, comfort, safety and agility, the 2015 Subaru Legacy makes for a compelling choice.
Improved 2015 Legacy power trains
Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sets the Legacy apart
Active Torque Split gives all Lineartronic CVT-equipped models an electric transfer clutch that can send torque to the rear wheels for optimal traction and response. The systems uses sensors that combine the driver’s inputs with yaw-rate sensors to actively adjust through turns while continuously adapting to changing road surfaces. For cars with the 6-speed manual transmission, a viscous-coupling limited-slip centre differential handles the front and rear torque split to deliver a handling balance that everyone can appreciate.
Standard 2.5-L and optional 3.6-L Subaru Boxer engines
Lighter, quieter and more efficient, the Legacy 2.5i has several enhancements to the engine that was developed in 2013, with up to 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Also available in the 2.5L engine is PZEV technology. Opting for the 6-cylinder Legacy 3.6R Touring or Limited trims gives you power increased to 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The 2015 Legacy also sees a brand new Lineartronic CVT with reduced friction to improve fuel efficiency.
2015 Legacy starting from $23,495
More info: www.subaru.ca