2014 Subaru Legacy Review

March 25, 2014
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The 2014 Subaru Legacy should be in your shopping list if you’re looking for a sedan with great fuel economy, spacious cabin, high resale value and remarkable safety ratings. But if you are a driving enthusiast, you might find the other vehicles in the segment more worth your bucks.

NEW FOR THE 2014 LEGACY

  • optional navigation system on most trims
  • standard heated mirrors and seats on 2.5i Premium
  • 6-cylinder engine on 3.6R Limited

UNDER THE HOOD

There are two engines offered for the all-wheel-drive 2014 Subaru Legacy. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. It is standard on all Legacy models, except on the 3.6R Limited. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.5i. The rest of the lineup gets a continuously variable transmission or CVT which is optional on the 2.5i.

The other engine offered is standard on the Legacy 3.6R Limited. It is a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder that makes 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. It only goes with a 5-speed automatic with shift paddles.

The following figures are the EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Subaru Legacy:

City

Highway

Combined

2.5L 4-cyl, manual

21 mpg

29 mpg

24 mpg

2.5L 4-cyl, CVT

24 mpg

32 mpg

27 mpg

3.6L 6-cyl, automatic

18 mpg

25 mpg

20 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The standard all-wheel drive system makes the Subaru Legacy a good car to drive under poor weather conditions. But if your place often has fine weather, you might find that buying one of the front-wheel-drive rivals of the Legacy makes more sense. They return better fuel economy and demonstrate better performance.

The base 2.5-liter four provides the Legacy with adequate power to move around town and on highways. The 3.6-liter 6-cylinder accelerates the Legacy more quickly. But this may not compensate for the reduced fuel economy and below-average performance.

Nevertheless, many reviewers praised the Legacy’s handling, writing that the steering is precise and communicative. They also like how the midsize sedan feels well-planted and comfortable from behind the wheel.

INSIDE THE 2014 LEGACY

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The Legacy’s interior is stylish and does not feel like its price. But you’d still find low-quality materials and hard plastic.

The controls look easy to understand in lower models. But they get complicated as you move up the lineup and as functions increase. Many reviewers agree that Subaru needs to step up in the infotainment department.

But you might just want to overlook these flaws when you begin to appreciate the Legacy’s roominess. Both front and rear seats are spacious. The trunk also provides a generous 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

KEY FEATURES

Subaru offers five trim levels for the 2014 Legacy: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. Here are some standard features that go with each model.

The Legacy 2.5i comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, manually adjustable seats, 65/35 split fold-down rear seat, cloth upholstery, silver metallic interior trim, cruise control, 8 cup holders, overhead console, 4-speaker audio system (with CD player, USB port, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth and auxiliary audio jack), daytime running lights, and keyless entry.

The 2.5i Premium adds 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support, heated front seats, leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and 6-speaker audio system.

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The 2.5i Sport has 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, carbon-fiber interior accents, and rearview camera.

The 2.5i Limited models are equipped with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, leather upholstery, wood-like interior trim, color LCD display, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power front seats, and 9-speaker audio system (with HD radio, subwoofer and satellite radio), among others. They don’t have a rearview camera. The top-of-the-line Legacy 3.6R Limited follows the standard and optional features on the 2.5i Limited, but has wider 17-inch wheels.

Optional on the 2014 Legacy, depending on the trim level, are power sunroof, voice-activated navigation system, EyeSight driver assistance system (includes lane departure warning, pre-collision warning and adaptive cruise control), all-weather floor mats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and remote start system.

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