2017 Subaru Legacy: No Longer Niche
Subaru has an odd reputation in the US automotive market. This is a brand that has a cult following for the Outback, an admiration of followers for the Forester and even some who think the Legacy is still a niche car. This used to be the car you bought when you needed AWD, but it’s become more mainstream than ever before and now the Legacy is equipped with the technology and features you want to have while still giving you the AWD that made it the popular choice in the world of midsize sedans where there seems to be nearly too much competition.
The Legacy isn’t just a car with AWD and even though Subaru offers the best AWD system on the market the Legacy is a comfortable, quiet and reliable ride that brings you good fuel mileage and great looks. You’ll love the spacious interior of the car and the safety features which have this car ranking among the best. For 2017 the Subaru Legacy shows up with a new Sport trim that makes it way between the Premium and Limited models. Other new items include the automatic reverse braking and high beam assistance on the Limited models that have the EyeSight package.
The Legacy may feel a bit like a sports car because of the engine setup and balance of the car. Having the weight lower to the ground allows the car to feel more agile on the road and offers you the confidence you want to enjoy while driving. This makes it easy for you to relax when you drive the Legacy which is a comfortable and quiet ride with the use of excellent sound deadening features to give you the cabin you want to enjoy. In this class, the Legacy is one of the most active cars you can find.
For the 2017 Legacy you enjoy the benefit of the “boxer” engine setup for both choices which offers lower vibrations because the pistons are moving parallel to the ground. This also brings the center of gravity lower for more control. Both engines offered use a CVT that feels like a regular automatic for driving enjoyment on the road. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder model that offers 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque while returning 25 city/36 hwy mpg. Moving up to the 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine you will have a serious power bump to 256 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft. of torque. This larger engine still returns good fuel mileage at 20 city/28 hwy mpg.
When you shop at the base model of the Legacy you can still have some great items to make use of. This model shows up with a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers HD radio and Sirius XM, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, an electronic parking brake, cruise control, air conditioning and a rearview camera. Moving up to the Premium model you add a ten-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, an upgraded infotainment system with a seven-inch screen, two USB ports, dual zone climate controls and some excellent faux-wood trim.
Of course the options list will give you even more to love about the Legacy and the Sport trim allows you to add improved interior and exterior trim to the car. Moving up to the Limited trim brings in the leather seating, the EyeSight driver assistance system, a navigation system, a variety of moonroof package and much more. Some of these features can be had as stand- alone items when you’re shopping the Premium or Sport trims as well.
The price of the 2017 Subaru Legacy makes it an attractive car for you to purchase. At the base price for the 2.5i you will pay a little less than $23,000 and the Premium model begins at $25,000. The new Sport model with its upgrades will ask you to fork out $27,000 and the Limited model makes it way to the price of nearly $33,000. This price structure does give you an affordable sedan to drive that offers AWD across the board and the balance of the “boxer” engines. Driving a Subaru Legacy is a different experience than what you’re used to and one that you’re sure to enjoy when you visit your nearby Subaru dealership.