CHICAGO — Subaru introduced a redesigned 2015 Legacy sedan featuring a coupe-like profile with steeper windshield rake and thinner roof pillars, while interiors feature more soft-touch surfaces. A restyled grille can be fitted with shutters to aid aerodynamics, and they’re flanked by new C-shaped LED running lights. Available engines include a 175-horsepower flat four and a 256-horsepower flat six, both connected to a CVT automatic transmission. New safety features in Subaru’s available Eye Sight system include blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, and cross-path detection. Active headlights are also available.
What’s gone for ’15 is a manual transmission. A 6-speed self-shifter had been available on certain 4-cylinder 2014 models. On the plus side, 4-cylinder fuel economy climbs to 26 mpg city and 36 mpg highway according to the EPA, bumps of 2 and 4 mpg respectively over ’14 4-cylinder automatic-transmission models.
As expected, all Legacy models, like all Subaru models, will come standard with AWD. Look for the new Legacy in showrooms this summer.
We’ve always liked the Subaru Legacy, and we’re inclined to like an updated thriftier version of the car even more. Pulling down a 36-mpg EPA highway number with the brand’s iconic AWD in place feels like an accomplishment to us.