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MSRP: $21,695 - $29,595
Invoice: $20,487 - $27,739
MPG: 26 City / 36 Hwy
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Subaru Legacy Interior

Automotive critics like the 2015 Subaru Legacy’s top-notch interior materials, which include soft-touch surfaces and available faux wood trim. Test drivers say that the redesigned Legacy has a unique interior design, and that its infotainment system is very responsive and features intuitive controls. Most reviewers are pleased with the Legacy’s firm, supportive front seats and spacious rear seat. However, the Legacy’s trunk is a bit small for the class.

  • "All pieces the driver interacts with feel good, especially the leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel that has just-right bulges in the neighborhood of 10 and 2. A step up the pricing ladder from Premium to Limited trim brings with it leather upholstery in place of cloth, and low-gloss fake wood trim that looks a grade or two better than we'd expect at its price point." -- Autoblog
  • "We were equally impressed with the Legacy's newfound sense of midsize-sedan refinement, as evidenced by a generous helping of soft-touch materials and, at long last, a wholly revamped infotainment platform." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The design of the interior is still distinctively Subaru, so the materials and colors have a far different feel from your typical Camry and Accord. On higher trim levels, it's a refreshing change, but the base trim level model looked a little too plain for our tastes." -- Edmunds
  • "The Legacy's center stack has been totally revamped for 2015, but it manages to retain the chunky proportions of the outgoing model." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The redesigned 2015 Subaru Legacy seats five. The 2.5i Premium model has a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats. The 2.5i and 3.6R Limited models add leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a four-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat. Most reviewers report that the Legacy’s front seats are quite comfortable, with superb outward visibility, firm cushions and plenty of lateral and lumbar support. However, a handful of automotive journalists say that the front seats are uncomfortable on longer drives. A few also note that the rear seat lacks headroom for taller passengers, but the majority of critics praise the 2015 Legacy’s spacious back seat.

  • "This is easily Subaru's most comfortable sedan yet. A slightly higher driving position, excellent visibility and firm, supportive seats make it feel instantly comfortable. Special attention to soft-touch points means that your elbows never get sore resting on the console lid, while the thick-rimmed steering wheel offers plenty of grip." -- Edmunds
  • "Still, the driver's seat is a great place to be, largely because it's so comfortable -- a fact that also applies to the Legacy's back seats and passenger seat, all of which are roomy for a midsize sedan." -- AutoTrader
  • "In terms of comfort, the back seats provided ample legroom and headroom for most body types, but those living in warm climates will rue the lack of standard rear air vents. Up front, the seating situation elicited polarizing responses, with some of us preferring the firm padding and ever-present lumbar support while others complained of back pain within the first 45 minutes of driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Legacy's front buckets provide plenty of comfort and support and, unlike most sedans in this segment, offer bolsters that are capable of keeping you firmly planted in your seat during spirited driving. Rear seat room is good, but that aforementioned ‘coupe-like’ roofline does impede on headroom for passengers over six-feet." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

Standard features in the base 2015 Subaru Legacy include a rearview camera, a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB/iPod input, HD Radio, smartphone app integration and a four-speaker audio system. The 2.5i Premium model has a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control and a voice-activated infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, which responds to scrolling and swipe multi-touch gestures, much like an iPad. The 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited models add a 12-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system and blind spot monitoring. Options include navigation, a moonroof, proximity key, push-button start and Subaru’s camera-based EyeSight system, which provides pre-collision automatic braking at speeds less than 30 mph, as well as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

Automotive critics appreciate that audio volume and temperature adjustments are controlled by knobs that are separate from the infotainment system, and that navigation, climate and audio displays are easy to access. They also report that the Legacy’s upgraded infotainment system has large icons and a straightforward home screen, adding that it responds quickly to gesture controls just like an iPad.

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  • "The optional seven-inch touchscreen in our Limited model looks and functions much better than those in older Subarus. The screen responds crisply to inputs and lets you pinch and zoom like an Apple iPad." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Particularly impressive is the clean, logical layout out of the navigation and infotainment system. A far cry from the ridiculously fussy touch-screen setup in our long-term Subaru BRZ, the major functions (map, radio, satellite, climate) are on the outer frame of the screen, thoughtfully minimizing the number of screen taps needed to complete any function. Genuine volume and tuning knobs are welcome here, as are the redundant wheel-mounted controls." -- Car and Driver
  • "Sitting atop the center stack is a 6.2- (on base models) or 7-inch touchscreen that includes tablet-like swipe and scrolling gesture controls. We found the new system pretty responsive and easy to use, with important interface pieces like audio and climate controls still operable with dials." -- Autoblog
  • "The optional navigation system in our test car represented a monumental improvement over the previous interface in both usability and feature content thanks to its user-friendly home screen, large icons, smartphone integration, and high-resolution display." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2015 Subaru Legacy has standard split-folding (60/40) rear seats and 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for the class. However, automotive journalists say the trunk’s wide opening makes it simple to load bigger items.

  • "Cargo room is up slightly to 15 cubic feet, and the wide opening makes it easy to take advantage of the available space." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 7/23/14

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