2015 Subaru Legacy

Enjoy our exclusive analysis with pics, specs, and video. 


2015 Legacy in Lapis Blue, 2014 Legacy in white.




Highlights announced:
  • All models receive standard touch screen with back up camera.
  • Fuel economy on 2.5i goes to 26 city and 36 highway, aided by advancements including active shutter system in grill.
  • All models receive Active Torque Vectoring for sharper handling.
  • It offers the most spacious interior in its class.
  • Earns the highest safety rating from IIHS, "Top Safety Pick Plus."
  • New optional Keyless Access and Push Button Start lets you leave your key in your pocket or purse while the PIN access system allows you to lock your key in the car when your adventures might expose it to loss or damage.




Planet-exclusive 2015 Legacy Photo Gallery







Four Minute Exclusive Planet Video:  2015 Legacy vs 2014 Legacy

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Six Minute Exclusive Planet Video:  Infotainment Introduction



 

Overall dimensions remain similar (2015 is a modest 1.6 inches longer), but you can see how Subaru engineers pulled the "A-pillar" forward (the A-pillar is the metal structure on each side of the windshield that supports the roof).  Moving the base of the A-pillar two inches towards the front of the car creates a more rakish windshield slope and increases passenger space.    You can see the sleek angle of the windshield which improves appearance, fuel economy, and passenger volume.






 
Subaru added glass near exterior mirrors and narrowed A-pillars to improve on already outstanding visibility.  This vehicle sports Subaru's next generation significantly upgraded Eyesight system (note the stereoscopic cameras at top of windshield).







  This car has single exhaust, which, on a Subaru, typically indicates a normally-aspirated four cylinder powerplant.  Note that there is a cover where a second exhaust pipe would exit on the 3.6 liter six-cylinder model.  As recently as 2012, Subaru offered a 2.5 liter four cylinder turbo in a GT version, but this car will not be available with a turbo. 







   

Twin pod or "binocular" instrument cluster continues a theme that Subaru began on the Tribeca.








New triangle glass known as a "partition window" in door allows driver to see right past mirror for incredible visibility. 











Interior is much more refined, and higher trims offer heated seats front and rear, two position memory for driver's ten-way power seat, and 576-watt surround sound audio with ten harman/kardon speakers.













Cabin is quieter than before thanks to liquid-filled engine mounts, acoustic windshield, and more generous sound insulation.






2015 Subaru Legacy Colors


Available interior colors are noted in parentheses (B=black, I=ivory)










Comparison between 2014 Legacy and 2015 Legacy










SIMILARITIES


Both come standard with:

  • Many convenience features, including Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio connectivity, air conditioning, keyless entry, cd player, power windows, power mirrors, and much more. 
  • 3 year/36,000 mile comprehensive warranty and 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.






All new Legacy's purchased at Planet come standard with:

















DIFFERENCES






2014 Legacy  2015 Legacy
Wheels
After decades of alloys wheels finished in polished silver, automakers are trending toward gunmetal finishes that contrast the lighter silver.  Wheels are getting bigger, too, creating less "dead cat space" (the perceived distance between rubber and  sheetmetal). Don't worry, we love cats.








 


Wheel size: 

Premium:  17"
Limited:  17"







Wheel size:
Premium:  17"
Limited:  18"


Visibility
Seeing out of a 2014 Legacy is easy and the 2015 is even better.  See the triangle glass on the 2015?  It allows you to see right past the mirror.  Also, Subaru narrowed the "A pillars" to shrink blind spots.





 

 
  


Instrument Cluster

2015 Legacy gets a "twin pod" style cluster. 











   

  












Total People Space

2015 Legacy boasts the larger interior in its class.   





















 
Total space:  103 cubic feet




Rear Legroom 37.8 inches




   
Total space:  104.6 cubic feet 



Rear Legroom:  38.1 inches

Image

Subaru styling has not traditionally attracted a lot of attention, but the 2015 Legacy is the most European-looking Subaru ever....Audi coupe curves at Toyota prices.







 





  




Price

Subaru typically increases its suggested retail prices a few hundred dollars when introducing a new model, which defrays some of the cost of the new standard equipment. 





 

Trunk Space
Even without folding the rear seats flat, you can fit a full size labrador retriever in the back of the 2014 Legacy.  After putting on a few more pounds since the left picture was taken, he still fits nicely.     











14.7 Cubic Feet






  
15.0 Cubic Feet








Engines and Fuel Economy
2.5 liter displacement in the standard engine does not change.  Horsepower increases from 173 to 175.    


 




Continuously variable
automatic transmission:

24 city, 32 highway

Six-speed manual:
22 city, 29 highway






Continuously variable
automatic transmission:

 26 city, 36 highway

No manual offered.









Go Go Motor Option

Both engines have 256 horsepower, but more modern transmission improves fuel economy and smoothness.  Subaru sells a diesel in world markets but we will not see that engine stateside.  Subaru discontinued the turbocharged 2.5 liter engine in 2012, and is in no rush to reintroduce a GT model.  (The business case is tough because there are a lot of people who think Legacy GT's are cool but many fewer willing to pony up and buy them.)






















Optional 3.6 liter
six cylinder
with five speed
automatic transmission:


18 city, 25 highway





















Optional 3.6 liter
six cylinder
with high torque Lineartronic Continuously Variable
Transmission

20 city, 28 highway

Subaru Eyesight System
Optional on Legacy since the 2013 model year, Subaru Eyesight includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, and much more.  2015 upgrades include the addition of Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Detection.







View Current Technology
 
View 2015 Upgrades

Next generation cameras are smaller,
 but see 40% farther and wider
.
Parking Brake Location
On the 2010-2014 models,  Subaru increased space in the center console by eliminating the old mechanical hand brake and replacing it with an electric brake.  On 2015 model, brake actuator appears in more intuitive location.    












Electric parking brake
button on dash near driver's
left knee. 




Look at bottom right of photo
to see electric parking brake
flip switch in center console.
 

Oil Change Interval
See current maintenance page.






7,500 miles
or
7.5 months

6,000 miles
or
6 months


Antenna

2015 design is more subtle than the 2014 "shark fin."



















Moonroof

Optional moonroof is now a little bigger on the 2015.















Exclusive Planet Videos






Joe's Three Favorite Things
about the 2014 Legacy






Scroll up to the top of the
page for two videos.











Digital Brochures


2014 Brochure


2015 Brochure






Model Lineup
LEGACY 2.5i
  • Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
  • 175-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with 26 city/36 highway/30 combined MPG
  • SUBARU STARLINK cloud infotainment with Aha? and Pandora
  • Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity
  • Rear-Vision Camera
  • Subaru advanced airbag system with new front-seat cushion airbags
  • Single-CD audio system with 6.2" color touchscreen and HD Radio
  • Dual USB charging ports/iPod control
  • Steering-wheel audio control switches
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Lineartronic CVT transmission with paddle shifters
  • VDC with Active Torque Vectoring
LEGACY 2.5i Premium
Includes Legacy 2.5i features and adds:
  • 6-speaker single-CD audio system with 7" color touchscreen, HD Radio, SiriusXM
    Satellite Radio, SMS text capability and 2 USB charging ports
  • All-Weather Package: Heated front seats, exterior mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer
  • 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar support
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

  • Optional Equipment
  • EyeSight Driver-Assist System with Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking
  • Voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic
  • Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror
LEGACY 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited
Includes Legacy 2.5i Premium features and adds:
  • Available 256-hp 3.6-liter 6-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine with 20 city/28 highway/23
    combined MPG
  • 576-watt equivalent 12-speaker premium audio system with Harman Kardon speakers
    and GreenEdge amplifier
  • Leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • 2-position driver seat memory
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Woodgrain-patterned trim on doors and console

  • Optional Equipment
  • EyeSight Driver-Assist System with Adaptive Cruise Control and Pre-Collision Braking
  • Voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic
  • Keyless Access and Push-Button Start
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror
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Offering a choice of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder BOXER engines, the 2015 Subaru Legacy comes standard with Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. With estimated ratings of 26 mpg city / 36 mpg highway / 30 mpg combined, the 2015 Legacy 2.5i matches or exceeds fuel economy of some midsize models that come only with front-wheel drive. The 6-cylinder model also sees fuel economy improve by 10 percent or more, with new estimated ratings of 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway / 23 combined.

The new 2015 Legacy arrives in Subaru dealerships in summer 2014 with the 4-cylinder 2.5i model available in Standard, Premium and Limited trim lines, accompanied by the top-of-line 6-cylinder 3.6R Limited.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is the best-equipped ever, with all trim lines adding new standard amenities. The Limited trim line models offer the highest level of luxury ever in a Subaru, including standard perforated leather upholstery; two-position memory for the 10-way power driver's seat; a 4-way power front passenger seat; three-mode heated front seats (also standard for Premium) and dual-mode heated rear seats; rear seat air conditioning vents and a high-end surround sound audio system with 12 harman/kardon® speakers.

New Design Language

The 2015 Legacy echoes design themes introduced by the Legacy Concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The production model combines sporty form and efficient function. Key to the sleeker, coupe-like profile is a "nosecone" front section that combines the grille and bumper into one smooth piece. An aluminum hood reduces weight over the front wheels, enhancing steering response. The 2015 Legacy maintains a footprint similar to the model it replaces.

The 2015 Legacy's windshield is more raked, pulled forward 2.0 in. at the base. The new windshield angle, higher seating hip points, new front partition windows and door-mounted side view mirrors help improve visibility. A 10-percent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency contributes to lower fuel consumption. All 2015 Legacy 2.5i trim levels debut a standard Active Grille Shutter system, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing wind resistance when closed.

In the Legacy 3.6R Limited, new standard HID low-beam headlights give the car a more distinctive nighttime signature. The U-shape tail and brake lights on all models use LED bulbs for lower power consumption and a luxurious appearance. Limited trim line models feature turn signal exterior mirrors, which are available as an option for the Premium.

New Safety and Security from a Safety Leader
The 2015 Legacy comes standard with a rear-view camera, now located closer to the center of the car for more natural imaging. A new rollover sensor can deploy the side curtain airbags if an imminent rollover is detected. For added nighttime security, the 2015 Legacy features new standard welcome lighting that automatically turns on cabin illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the car. The Limited trim offers a Keyless Access & Start system, as well.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy introduces a new type of airbag restraint and a new available rear radar system. The new front seat-cushion airbags help to keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.

A new rear radar system, which is standard on the 2015 Legacy 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited and available for the 2.5i Premium, introduces the brand's next step toward full-perimeter preventive safety. The rear radar system offers three functions. Blind Spot Detection detects vehicles behind the C-pillars and in other blind spots; Lane Change Assist detects approaching vehicles when changing lanes, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detects close vehicles while reversing, such as out of a parking space or driveway. LED indicators on the side mirrors alert the driver. Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses an indicator in the rear view camera display. Also for the 2015 Legacy, new Steering-Responsive Foglights are added, which help illuminate curves for better visibility.

The EyeSight® driver-assist system option for Premium and Limited trim models, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. EyeSight, which uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology, is the highest-rated front crash prevention system by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2015 Legacy is projected to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

Four- or Six-Cylinder BOXER Engines
The 2015 Legacy 2.5i is powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB series 2.5-liter BOXER engine that debuted for 2013 and now receives numerous enhancements for lighter weight, improved efficiency and quieter operation. Power is increased slightly, to 175 hp vs. 173 hp before. Peak torque remains at 174 lb.-ft. but is spread over a broader engine speed range for more responsive performance.

With the 2015 Legacy, Subaru continues to offer a 6-cylinder model in the midsize sedan segment. The 3.6-liter BOXER engine produces 256 hp and 247 lb.-ft. of peak torque. For 2015, all Legacy models now come standard with a Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), with the 6-cylinder model using a high-torque version. Changes made to reduce friction in the CVT contribute to higher fuel efficiency in the 2015 Legacy. All models are equipped with Incline Start Assist and the electronic Hill Holder System that holds the vehicle in place until the driver applies the throttle.

Quieter Ride, Enhanced Agility
The Legacy offers an even smoother, quieter ride for 2015 thanks to a new acoustic windshield, liquid-filled engine mounts, thicker panels in key locations (floor, toeboard, rear wheel apron, inner fenders) and expanded use of foam insulation and floor damping material.

New quick-ratio electric power-assisted steering delivers outstanding feel and also contributes to reduced fuel consumption. Revised spring and damper tuning and geometry and standard 17-inch wheels (18-in. on Limited) endow the 2015 Legacy with greater handling agility. Active Torque Vectoring, an enhancement of the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) stability and traction control system also featured on the brand's high-performance 2015 WRX and WRX STI models, can apply brake pressure to the inside front wheel to facilitate more neutral cornering. The 4-cylinder Legacy now uses the same ventilated rear disc brakes as the 6-cylinder model, in place of solid discs used previously.

More Room, Greater Refinement
With nearly the same exterior footprint as the previous Legacy, the 2015 model offers a roomier passenger cabin, at 104.6 cu. ft. (up from 103 cu. ft.). The added space yields gains in shoulder, hip, elbow and leg room. Rear seat legroom measures a generous 38.1 inches. The Legacy's trunk has been enlarged to 15.0 cu. ft., up slightly from 14.7 cu. ft. for the 2014 model, a significant point considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD system requires packaging for the multilink rear suspension, a rear differential and drive axles. A standard 60/40 split fold-down rear seat expands carrying capacity.

The driver faces a decidedly sporty instrument panel in the 2015 Legacy, highlighted by two binocular-style gauge pods with center LCD information display -- 3.5-in. on cars without the EyeSight driver-assist system and 5-in. on EyeSight cars. In all models, an ECO gauge indicates and promotes fuel-efficient driving habits using color bars. The Premium and Limited-trim models feature electro-luminescent gauges with elegant blue ring illumination.

Accentuating the passenger cabin's increased room, the Legacy features a new interior design that highlights horizontal themes. A combination of new soft-touch materials, thicker cushioning for armrests and the center console and new trim styles give the Legacy a more premium feel.

The heater control panel integrates the digital clock and outside air temperature displays, with the time automatically corrected by GPS in navigation-equipped models. A new one-touch lane changer function for the turn signals adds convenience. Legacy Premium and Limited trim levels come equipped with standard auto up/down driver and front passenger windows with pinch protection.

New Infotainment

Subaru significantly upgraded infotainment capability in the 2015 Legacy. A new 6.2 Infotainment System in the Legacy 2.5i model provides AM/FM stereo and HD Radio®, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc in-dash CD player, 6.2-in. multi-function touch screen display, Subaru STARLINK connectivity with Aha? and Pandora® smartphone integration, rear vision camera, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control capability, USB port and aux. input jack. The multi-touch display offers swipe and scrolling gestures - much like tablets and smartphones,

The Upgraded Infotainment System in the 2.5i Premium adds a 6-speaker audio system with 7-inch touch screen display, SiriusXM® satellite radio, SMS text messaging, iTunes® tagging capability and dual USB ports.

Standard for the 2015 Legacy Limited trim models, a new high-end audio system combines a 576-Watt equivalent AM/FM/HD Radio unit with 12 harman/kardon speakers, including a front center speaker and a rear subwoofer. The amplifier and speakers use harman/kardon Green Edge technology, which reduces system weight and power consumption.

The Navigation Infotainment System available for the Premium and Limited trim levels, in addition to the multi-function display, features an interactive voice command system that accepts natural language and phrases and also operates the dual-zone automatic climate control system.

A more versatile center console in the 2015 Legacy provides a storage area that can hold an iPad®. A new covered storage bin at the front of the console incorporates a USB port, 3.5mm AUX jack and a 12v power port. Models with high-grade audio or navigation feature two USB ports, making it possible to listen to music and charge two connected devices.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive
Both 2015 Legacy models are equipped with a newly refined version of the Active Torque Split version of 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.









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Legacy through the years:

Introduced in 1990 as a small Japanese car, Legacy has grown in size and sophistication.  Through 2007, you could buy a Legacy sedan and a wagon, which got a little confusing since the more rugged Outback was also based on the Legacy platform.  (Making things even more confusing was the Outback Sedan, from 1997 through 2007).  Now, if you want a midsize sedan, you get the Legacy, and if you want a midsize wagon, you get the Outback. 


2015+


Fifth generation increases slightly in size and now offers most room in its midsize sedan class.  Upscale interior abounds with technology and infotainment functions.  Airbag count rises to eight with the addition of seat cushion airbags that deploy from the flat part of the seat to hold front occupants in place during an accident.



2010 through 2014


Sales skyrocketed with the introduction of a much larger Legacy, every bit as big as segment leaders Camry and Accord.  Continuously variable transmission debuts and fuel economy jumps.
  Eyesight appears in 2013. Optional six cylinder grows to 3.6 liters. 



2005 through 2009



Subaru refines this generation further, with better fuel economy, smoother ride, six airbags (including side curtains) and optional goodies such as navigation and a race-me-chase-me turbocharged engine.  Wagon sings its swan song in 2007, and thereafter Legacy becomes synonymous only with "Sedan."







2000 through 2004






Size remains the same, but Subaru irons out some goofy ergonomics from the last generation.  Larger 2.5 liter and side airbags become standard.  Styling and handling improve.




1995 through 1999






The second generation arrived with more interior room, and a more appealing exterior.  All wheel drive became standard in 1996. 




1990 through 1994




Introduced with a small 2.2 liter
engine, you could order your Legacy in your choice of front wheel drive or all wheel
















 

 




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