2015 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i LIMITED

2015 Subaru Legacy

BEGINNING A NEW LEGACY The all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited gives smart consumers a more compelling mix of Subaru’s

distinctive design, unique powertrain, handling performance, interior refinement, safety technology and higher fuel efficiency.  This all-new Legacy features the largest interior passenger volume in the midsize sedan segment and is still the only sedan in its segment with All-Wheel Drive as standard.  It also continues the brand’s safety leadership by introducing the latest version of the EyeSight system and a new optional Rear Vehicle Detection system that includes Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  I tested the 2.5i Limited model that includes all of the above for a more enjoyable and safe drive.  The 2015 Legacy maintains the same size as the model it replaces but offers increased interior room and trunk capacity.  It is the best equipped Legacy ever with all trim lines adding new a more standard amenities plus the Limited that I tested offers the highest level of luxury ever in a Legacy.
2015 Subaru Legacy Beauty Left Slider S
The all-new 2015 Legacy that I tested takes its design first seen in the Legacy Concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show.  This production model combines sporty form and efficient aerodynamics to easier cut through the air for better fuel mileage, more stability and less noise entering the cabin.  Highlights to the sleeker, coupe-like profile is a new front fascia that combines the chrome-wrapped hexagonal grille and bumper into one smooth piece, LED lights wrap around powerful projector-beam headlights, and a lower air-intake with foglamps at the sides.  The new aluminum hood is scalloped to draw air over the new, more raked windshield A-pillar that is pulled forward 2-inches at the base.  The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points new front partition windows and door-mounted side view mirrors help improve visibility while a 10% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency contributes to lower fuel consumption.  The 2015 Legacy 2.5i debuts a standard Active Grille Shutter system which closes at high speeds to further improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed.  From the side the coupe-like profile shows flared fenders, four windows that give it a longer, sleeker appearance, deep lower side extensions, body-color pull-out door handles, aero-styled power-remote/heated/turn-signal repeater sideview mirrors, a full-perimeter chrome strip around the greenhouse, a rising character line starting at the front fender to the rear lamps, and a lip spoiler at the trunk lid end.  The rear shows large, U-shaped taillights/brake lights using LED bulbs, a molded bumper and a single, 3-inch chrome exhaust outlet.  My 2.5i Limited Legacy rode on unique 18X7.5 inch alloy wheels wrapped with Goodyear 225/50R18 inch LS-2 high-performance tires for a more aggressive look.  Standard Legacy 2.5i models come standard with 17X7 inch wheels and tires. These unique, more aggressive and luxurious all-new exterior styling cues make the all-new Legacy 2.5i standout from the pack of other midsize sedans.
2015 Subaru Legacy Beauty Right
Power to quickly move the all-new Legacy ahead comes from a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BOXER engines.  My 2.5i Legacy is powered by a DOHC FB series 2.5 liter BOXER engine that debuted in 2013 and now is updated with numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation.  Power is increased to 175hp at 5,800rpm and 174 lb.ft. of toque at 4,000rpm and is spread over a broader engine speed for more responsive performance.  Features of this potent powerplant include all-aluminum construction, Active Valve (intake valves) Control system, sequential multi-port fuel injection with cylinder head direct mount multi-spray injectors & electronic throttle control.  
2015 Subaru Legacy Engine
For 2015, all Legacy models now come standard with a Lineartronic CVT transmission.  Changes made to reduce friction in the CVT contribute to high fuel efficiency.  All models come standard with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until I apply the throttle.  My 2.5i Limited model came with a manual mode with paddle shifters on the steering wheel so that I could keep the CVT in a particular gear for increased acceleration or extra braking power.  Left alone the transmission is smooth and very quiet, but it is fun using the paddle shifters that didn’t allow me to increase the gear selected until I reach a certain speed, just like a real 6-speed automatic sequential transmission.  What makes the Subaru Legacy 2.5i so very unique is the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system that readily shows its stuff on wet or slick pavement when braking and the newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of the 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.  I loved this new enhanced system as it gave the car a more sports car ability when attaching steeply curving roads at high speeds.  It hugged the road like it was riding on rails.  It is another part of the equation that makes the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i a family sedan that is so special, unique and worthy of a test drive for its added fun, excitement and safety!
2015 Subaru Legacy Beauty Side
Adding to the AWD and Active Torque Split systems for increased handling capability and fun-to-drive ability is the fully independent suspension that is extensively revised and retuned to make it handle even better than before with a smoother ride and stability at speed on the highway and when driving over poorly paved roads.  The front suspension is a MacPherson-type strut setup with internal rebound springs, lower L-Arms, coil springs and stabilizer bar.  The rear suspension is a unique double-wishbone setup attached with a subframe, coil springs, stabilizer bar and gas-charged monotube shocks.  This unique geometry gives the Legacy a sportier and more composed ride whether at speed on the highway or when driving through curving roads, it ups my confidence to go faster.  Sticking to the pavement like a sports car, the new quick-ratio (14:5.1) electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering system delivers outstanding feel, super-fast response to my inputs and also helps reduce fuel consumption.
2015 Subaru Legacy Beauty Rear
Quickly and safely slowing the all-new Legacy 2.5i Limited down from speed are new larger brake rotors previously used on the 6-cylinder model and are all vented for better response and heat dissipation.  Up front are 11.5 inch vented rotors clamped with dual-piston calipers and 11.8 inch vented rotors clamped with large, single-piston calipers in the rear.  Increase braking pressure and control of my intended direction on wet or slick pavement are standard ABS, BA, EBD and a Brake Override system.  Taken together the larger brakes and safety systems gave me more confidence at the wheel when overtaking slower moving highway or city traffic and when cornering at higher than posted speeds.  This all-new Legacy 2.5i is much more sporty and fun-to-drive than the competitions FWD midsize sedans.  It only makes the car much more appealing to own and drive.
Also making the all-new 2015 Legacy 2.5i Limited more appealing to own and drive is the all-new richly appointed and roomier interior.   It is much quieter than before blocking out sources of noise thanks to a new acoustic windshield, liquid-filled engine mounts, thicker panels in key locations (floor, toeboard, rear wheel apron, inner fenders), expanded use of foam insulation, triple-sealed door glass and floor damping materials.  The all-new 2015 Legacy offers the largest cabin space in the midsize segment at 104.6 cu.ft. up from 103 cu.ft.).  The added space yields gains in shoulder, hip, elbow and legroom.  Rear seat legroom measures a generous 38.1 inches.  The trunk has been enlarged to 15 cu.ft. but a significant point considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD system requires packaging for the multilink rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles.  Standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.  Look inside the trunk and see crossmembers to give the rear end more rigidity and handling capability.  I look at a very sporty instrument cluster highlighted by two binocular-style gauge pods with a center LCD information display-a 5-inch display with the EyeSight option in my Limited model, an ECO gauge indicates fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars and the two gauges feature elegant blue ring illumination.  Accentuating the passenger cabin’s increased room; the new interior design highlights horizontal themes.  
2015 Subaru Legacy Dashboard
A combination of soft-touch materials, quality faux wood trim, metallic trim, thicker cushioning for armrests and the center console give the Legacy a more premium feel and look.  The heater control panel integrates the digital clock and outside temperature displays, with the time automatically corrected by GPS in my navigation-equipped model.  A new one-touch lane changer function for the turn signals add convenience.  My Limited model comes standard with auto up/down front windows with pinch protection.  The Limited model that I tested offers the highest level of luxury ever in a Legacy, including standard perforated leather front bucket seats/rear seats, two-position memory for the 10-way powered driver’s seat/4-way power front passenger seat with power lumbar control for my side, dual-zone automatic climate control/air filtration;  All-Weather Package (three-mode heated front seats/dual-mode heated rear seats, rear seat A/C vents, pull-down armrest/dual cupholders, and a high-end surround sound audio system with 12-Harmon/Kardon speakers.  Subaru significantly upgraded its infotainment capability for the 2015 Legacy Limited.  A new standard 7-inch inch infotainment system provides AM/FM stereo and HD radio, XM radio, Radio Data Broadcast system, 1-disc Indash CD player, 7-inch inch multi-function , touch screen display with single-touch gesture control; Subaru STARLINK smartphone integration with Aha, Pandora, iHeart Radio, a rear vision camera, voice-activated controls, a vehicle information display, SMS text messaging, iTunes tagging capability; Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod control, dual USB ports and auxiliary input jack.  The easy-to-use center console features an armrest providing a storage area than can hold an iPad.  A covered and illuminated bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port; 3.5mm AUX jack and a 12-volt power plug.  The two USB ports make it possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices-awesome!  Models equipped with EyeSight also come with new Steering-Response Foglamps.  This feature which works only when the headlights are set to the auto position and the foglamps are turned off, activates the left or right foglamp independently, depending on vehicle speed and steering angle, to provide enhanced illumination in the direction of the turn.  The foglamps are pre-aimed for maximum coverage in corners.
2015 Subaru Legacy Cluster
Standard equipment in the Legacy 2.5 Limited that I tested not mentioned above includes dual map lights, dual lighted vanity mirrors, rear reading lamps, self-dimming rearview mirror, grab handles above each door, cruise control with an electronic parking brake, remote keyless entry, power door locks, Easy Access Entry, push button start/stop, front/rear floor mats, front dual cupholders, storage slots in each door, ambient lighting, overhead console with sunglass holder, remote fuel filler door release, remote trunk release, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, trunk light, sporty leather-wrapped/tilt/telescopic steering wheel with cruise control, trip computer, audio system redundant buttons, variable speed wipers/washers and front door aluminum alloy sill plate inserts.  The interior accouterments in the 2.5 Limited make the model as near to luxury as possible.
Standard safety features in the Limited model include Blind Spot Detection/Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Subaru Advanced Frontal Airbag system, Side Curtain/Seat Side-Impact airbags, Front Seat Cushion Airbags, Anti-Theft Alarm/Immobilizer, Brake Override System, LATCH system for child seats, child-proof rear door locks, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiter, front/rear crumple zones and steel beams in each door.
My test Legacy 2.5i Limited came with these options that made the ride even more pleasurable and safer-one-touch electric moonroof, Navigation infotainment system as mentioned above, Eyesight Driver-Assist System, Pre-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Control and Pre-Collision Throttle Management System.
With this all-new 2015 Legacy 2.5 Limited, Subaru is now reaching out to families looking for a fun-to-drive midsize sedan with all of the roominess, comfort, luxury, convenience, connectivity and safety found in other popular midsize segment sedans.  What the Legacy has working for it in its favor is the standard AWD system that gives an extra amount of safety and a more controlled, confident and composed ride for any driver-especially an enthusiast driver.  I was totally impressed with the all-new model.
COPYRIGHT: 2015: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
SPECIFICATIONS
Wheelbase: 108.3 inches
Length: 188.8 inches
Height: 59 inches
Width: 72.4 inches
Overhang: f/r-39.5/41.1 inches
Track: f/r-62.2/62.8 inches
Base curb weight: 3,485 pounds
Headroom: f/r-40/37 inches
Legroom: f/r-42.9/38.1 inches
Turning circle: 36.8 feet
Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
EPA mileage: 26mpg/city, 36mpg/highway
Price: $26,795.00-base Limited/$30,580.00-fully loaded Limited including destination charges.