Subaru’s 2015 Legacy mid-size sedan will start at $22,490 including delivery when it begins to arrive at dealers this summer.
Starting with the 2015 model year, Subaru is shifting the Legacy to be sold exclusively with a continuously-variable transmission. Engine displacements carry over from the previous generation with a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that makes 175 hp or a 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six that offers 256. Both powertrains offer improved fuel economy over their predecessors thanks to the new transmissions.
Subaru says the four-cylinder model will return 26 MPG in city driving or 36 MPG on the highway. The 3.6-liter six is supposed to come in at 20 city and 29 highway, both of which represent gains compared to the previous model year.
Other enhancements for the 2015 model year include torque vectoring to apply more power to the outside wheels while turning to improve grip. Four-cylinder models also get active grille shutters to improve fuel economy as part of the standard equipment list.
There are three trim levels offered with the four-cylinder powertrain: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited. Stepping up to the six-cylinder model means paying for the top-tier Limited trim. That version of the car starts at $30,390 including delivery and before any options.
Subaru’s Eyesight safety system, which includes blind spot monitoring and lane change assistance, helped the Subaru Forester to become an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. The radar-using system is available for $1,195.
Subaru is inviting the media to drive the 2015 Legacy in two weeks. Look for AutoGuide.com’s review shortly thereafter.