Like we’ve said countless times, coming up with something unique and fresh in the midsize sedan market as well as the SUV one can be extremely demanding and challenging. The simple fact is that it’s probably been done before, and currently someone is doing. Although Subaru may not be your first pick when it comes to midsize sedans, it is for a lot of people who live in a particularly snowy area, or simply want the added security. Of what you may ask? Well, of the standard all-wheel drive system of course, fitted to all Legacy models.
The 2017 Legacy doesn’t get a lot of changes on the whole, but the new Legacy Sport trim is enough of an update to make the Legacy relevant. Reverse Automatic Braking has been added to the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package too, so that’s something to think about if you’re after this particular package.
In all honesty however, the Legacy is probably one of the most underrated vehicles on the market today. It doesn’t get nearly as much as attention as it should be, and it isn’t because it isn’t good, because it is. It lives in the shadow of the likes of the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry, and that’s a real shame, because given a chance, the Legacy shines.
In a segment full of front-wheel drive cars only, with no option of an AWD system at all, the Legacy’s standard all-wheel drive system is something to cherish and behold. The Fusion and Chrysler 200 do offer an AWD system, but they’re nowhere near as sophisticated as the Legacy’s true AWD one, nor are they as affordable. And it’s not like you see the benefit of the AWD in winter only. It’s great for any terrain, whether it be wet asphalt, a muddy track or even a proper dirt course.
As far as trims go, the Subaru’s number and letter system is easy to understand. The numbers indicate the engine, and the letters the actual trim: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. If you have any sense at all, you’ll go for the 2.5i Limited as it offers a better suspension setup, one that isn’t as harsh as the normal one (the standard ride is very hard, one of the drawbacks). But, let’s be real, the 3.6R sounds good, before even knowing what it offers (better engine, xenon headlights).
As you probably concluded, there are two engine choices. The first one is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder boxer motor (the cylinders are horizontally opposed as opposed to vertical) producing 175 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Now, if you go for this option, prepare to eat the competition’s dust as it takes 9.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, making it one of the slowest cars in its class. It returns 29 mpg, but the AWD system justifies both of those figures, as you’ll be able to simply breeze past everything should conditions turn worse.
The 3.6R gets a 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer with 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s still not a lot in this segment, it’s more than enough to get the Legacy everywhere you want, even in the toughest of weather. It returns 23 mpg on the combined run. Again, not impressive, but it’s okay.
The base price of the 2.5i is $22,000, but the 3.6R is nearly 10 grand dearer at $31,600. It’s a good car, but there are better out there if you don’t need the AWD security.