2015 Subaru Legacy
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GOOD, but not great. Needs improvements.

by from Charles County, MD on May 19, 2016

I owned a Toyota Camry LE for 11 years before recently trading it in for a CPO 2015 Legacy 3.6R Limited. I've had my Legacy for just over 60 days now. I drive it every day to and from work ? about 35 ...
I owned a Toyota Camry LE for 11 years before recently trading it in for a CPO 2015 Legacy 3.6R Limited. I've had my Legacy for just over 60 days now. I drive it every day to and from work ? about 35 miles each way in moderate-to-heavy traffic and back/forth between rural and city areas ? so I have a pretty good feel for how this car drives at this point. First off, this is a GOOD car with the potential to be a much better car ? it just has some shortcomings that I believe should be improved upon. (These are things that didn?t stand out during my test drive and could sway me to go back to Toyota or try some other auto brand in the future.) HERE?S WHAT I LIKE: Standard Symmetrical AWD; high reliability and crash-test ratings; heated front and rear seats; blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitors; multi-adjustable driver?s seat; comfortable leather interior; road hugging ride quality; great outward visibility; accurate backup camera; and interior dimensions ? good head and leg room. HERE?S WHAT I DON?T LIKE: Loud wind noise (anytime I exceed 40-45 mph), makes it hard to hear the radio at normal volume; intrusive road noise, which I corrected by swapping out the standard Goodyear tires with Continental tires; lackluster acceleration for a V6 engine, CVT tends to lose momentum when you lift your foot off of the gas pedal ? often jerky when accelerating and decelerating while in motion and when accelerating from a dead stop; as mentioned by another reviewer, accelerator hesitates before catching when shifting from reverse to drive; bumps in the road are not well absorbed (the 2016 model may have addressed this issue) ; no power to windows after you shut off the engine; no auto door locks; poor V6 fuel efficiency averaging around 24 MPGs combined; trunk lid?s arms and safety feature makes it heavy and sometimes hard to lift open; Infotainment system does understand most voice commands; and Harmon Kardon speakers are sometimes crackly. Again, the Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited is a good car ? but it needs to be tweaked to its full potential, especially when you have tried and true midsize cars out there like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that essentially do everything well. I hope Subaru will roll out an improved redesign soon. I?m really starting to long for the quietness and smooth handling of my old Camry.
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2015 Legacy Limited: Mostly good

by from The North Carolina Triangle on January 2, 2016

Taking the plunge into Subaru was a leap of faith for this long-time Camry owner, so I test drove several other vehicles to fortify myself. I bought a 2015 Legacy Limited in June. ... ### 6-Month repo...
Taking the plunge into Subaru was a leap of faith for this long-time Camry owner, so I test drove several other vehicles to fortify myself. I bought a 2015 Legacy Limited in June. ... ### 6-Month report: As promised, I'm submitting an updated report now that I have a better grasp of the Legacy Limited's strong and weak points. The strong points are its mechanics: The all-wheel drive, the "boxer" engine's low center of gravity, and the road-hugging 18-inch wheels give me more confidence in bad weather than I had with my old Camry. Also strong is the build quality. The only problem is a badly-designed gas cap release mechanism which has brought my Legacy to the shop three times so far. They now say they have a completely new system for that, and mine's been ordered (everything's under warranty). . In my previous review, I said I noticed a slight knocking. That was just the passenger's seatbelt buckle knocking around; my bad. . No fit issues of any kind with car, everything seems to be put together well. The seats are comfortable, especially the leather seats of the Limited--this was the only reason I upgraded from the Premium trim level. Visibility is excellent in all directions, EXCEPT for the part of the windshield blocked by the optional Eyesight system. . Favorite features: Leather seats (though I still think they could improve the position of the headrest), stability control and the back-up camera. . I have the rear-facing radar which gives cross-traffic alerts and puts an indicator on the outside mirrors if someone is in your blind spot. This system is okay, but it would have been better to put the indicator on the dashboard, where it won't be subject to light glare or rain. . Least favorite features: The advanced electronics, for sure. The audio system is good enough (sounds the same as my old Camry as far as my old ears can tell, but with greater radio sensitivity--it picks up more stations). But this is supposed to be the top of the line Harmon-Kardan system, and I don't notice that difference. A Youtube video on another Subaru model concluded that there wasn't much of a difference either between the HK system and the standard audio system. . Like other built-in navigation systems, the Legacy's is lame. Yes, they tried to do some touches on it, but on the whole it's nothing special. My pet peeve is that Suburu wants me to subscribe to one of their services to get traffic info, which is essential for driving. I got traffic info for free in my 7-year-old Garmin GPS, which also had a much nicer interface. My choice is to pay the subscription or just run into countless traffic jams. . The multimedia and nav system has its own 288-page user's manual for its many functions which I haven't used; I don't even own a smart phone. I really miss the radio channel buttons on every other car I've owned. Menu systems aren't very easy to operate if you're driving too. In fairness to Subaru, I've test driven new cars with audio and nav systems that are far worse, so I'd say that the Subaru system is probably better than most others out there now. . Moving on to the Eyesight system...this was the biggest disappointment of all. It's an expensive option, and I had high hopes for it. But it turns out to be very distracting, especially the lane departure warnings which come on all the time. You can press a button for three seconds to disable these, but you have to press the button every time you drive. The climate control system is quirky, and I still haven't formed a judgment of it yet. It seems that the A/C is somewhat underpowered, however. (I asked whether this was a malfunction, but was told it was normal.) . A big change is the suspension. The Legacy has a "sporty" type feel, which I haven't gotten used to yet. I do miss the softer Camry's ride, in all honesty. . I've given the Legacy Limited 4 stars rather than 5 because of my disappointment in the advanced electronics. If I had had stuck to the Premium trim level, I might have been a
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Disappointed with 2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6

by from PA on June 1, 2016

OK here is my verdict on 2015 3.6 Legacy (On a three year lease) Pros: ? Drive traction ? Safety features Cons: ? All six cylinders do fire all of the time, 4 cylinders run until almost red lin...
OK here is my verdict on 2015 3.6 Legacy (On a three year lease) Pros: ? Drive traction ? Safety features Cons: ? All six cylinders do fire all of the time, 4 cylinders run until almost red lining. ? Interior rattling noise everywhere. Areas in which you can?t reach to try fix yourself. ? Technology- Radio, Nav, etc. The touch screen does not always respond to touch, you have to hit the section a few times for it except the command. ? The seats have no comfort at all, hard and low quality leather. ? I?ve been back 4 times for 3 different recalls. I understand this is low to mid 30K car but come on, how much profit does Subaru really need to make. My wife and I can?t wait for the lease to be over! Once a Subaru admirer.
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2015 Legacy. The only review you need to read.

by from Minneapolis MN on November 4, 2014

Probably like a lot of you, I did my fair amount of research on the new Legacy to gather every angle possible before signing my name on the line. We bought the 2015 Legacy Limited in white with tan i...
Probably like a lot of you, I did my fair amount of research on the new Legacy to gather every angle possible before signing my name on the line. We bought the 2015 Legacy Limited in white with tan interior equipped with the 4cyl and just about every option possible excluding the auto dimming side mirrors. So after owning the car for a few months and logging in over 3,000 miles I have come to realize that there are facts and myths about the car. ***Myths*** Excessive wind noise: The only time I've noticed wind noise is while drive down the highway and getting hit with a strong side gust of wind, otherwise quite as can be. The CVT kills the car: The Fact is this transmission is great, best CVT I've ever driven, don't knock it until you try it. In fact you probably wouldn't even know if someone didn't tell you. The benefit is very smooth acceleration. ***Facts*** Luxury: The quality of materials is top notch. Eye Sight: Very impressed with the system, the adaptive cruise control is worth it alone. 4 cylinder motor: I couldn't be anymore impressed with the power and accelerating. I've yet to wish we had the 6cyl. Passing isn't a problem. **Disappointments** There is a few items I need to nitpick.. The seat heaters take forever.... to warm up! The voice assistance is slow to respond and feel its very limited with commands. I hope they update this. Even with the Harmon Kardon stereo you are limited to only adjusting the treble, mid and bass, with no predefined EQ setups. The bass is so profound caution needs to be taken when playing any type of Hip Hopish music. No automatic door locks when car starts driving.. Figured this would be a standard thing now days. **Overall** The driving dynamics are excellent, and I've been overall very pleased. MPG seems to be as advertised. During a road trip doing 80 mph with a hilly road with strong side gust of wind I was only getting around 32-33mpg. Later when driving on country roads doing 60mph I was averaging 41 mpg.
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2015 Legacy

by from Tacoma, WA on November 20, 2015

Overall it's fine but: NOISY engine, not just at start-up but all the time, no auto door lock, no door edge protectors available (Honda and Toyota make and sell them for their cars). Comfortable, good...
Overall it's fine but: NOISY engine, not just at start-up but all the time, no auto door lock, no door edge protectors available (Honda and Toyota make and sell them for their cars). Comfortable, good visibility, mileage is OK.
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Comfortable and quiet ride!

by from Boston on May 1, 2015

I have had the legacy for 2 weeks already and I love it. I test drove all of the mid-size category and subaru was the only car that stood out. The ride is the most comfortable in the class with plush ...
I have had the legacy for 2 weeks already and I love it. I test drove all of the mid-size category and subaru was the only car that stood out. The ride is the most comfortable in the class with plush interior seats and added comfort on the door handles and arm rest. Most of the other Japanese cars have hard interiors and cheap materials. This car does not.The handling is great and there is limited road noise in the cabin. Also this car is smooth over potholes and other road bumps. I ended up getting the 2.5i base model because it had everything I wanted: HD radio, Bluetooth, Pandora app, backup camera. This is great to have for a base model! The radio on the base model is great even with the 4 speakers instead of 6 on the more expensive models. This is such a great value considering it has all wheel drive! I havent tried it in the snow but I look forward to seeing how it handles. Only con's for me on the car is the trunk is heavy and doesn't pop all the way up which can be tough if you have a lot of groceries. Also the car starts up pretty loud but I don't know if that is just because it is new. This is not the fastest car but it does keep up on the highway. However these are no way deal breakers for me! Great comfort, quiet ride, plenty of room, and a great value. I am a happy customer!
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2015 Legacy 2.5 Premium

by from West Virginia on July 16, 2015

If half-stars were possible, I'd give this a 4.5 overall. This is the first Subaru I've owned, and I'm very impressed so far. Pros: both the exterior and interior are nicely styled, with the interior...
If half-stars were possible, I'd give this a 4.5 overall. This is the first Subaru I've owned, and I'm very impressed so far. Pros: both the exterior and interior are nicely styled, with the interior being a significant upgrade over the prior generation. The AWD has been great in the very wet weather we've had (It's July, so no snow experience yet). Plenty of room, plenty of storage. Trunk is a good size. Infotainment center has lots of options and features, and is fairly easy to use. The gas mileage has been very good (roughly 30-31 mpg combined city/highway). Ride is comfortable, but not luxury-car level. Cons: I'd probably prefer the 3.6R in terms of power. The 2.5 is adequate but won't blow you away. The accelerator hesitates a split second before catching, especially when shifting from reverse to drive. Overall, a very good car for the money.
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Awesome!

by from St. Clairsville, OH on April 24, 2015

My new Legacy is just awesome. Every day I find something else that I love about this car. The icing on the cake is the gas mileage. When we went out of town last weekend, we got over 37 miles per gal...
My new Legacy is just awesome. Every day I find something else that I love about this car. The icing on the cake is the gas mileage. When we went out of town last weekend, we got over 37 miles per gallon. All of that and all wheel drive too!!
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IN LOVE with my LEGACY

by from Cortland, NY on August 28, 2014

2015 Legacy 2.5i Premium Carbide Gray. This is my third Subaru and my first sedan. I have been looking at this car since news of it's redesign hit the media. I have over 1000 miles on it already in a ...
2015 Legacy 2.5i Premium Carbide Gray. This is my third Subaru and my first sedan. I have been looking at this car since news of it's redesign hit the media. I have over 1000 miles on it already in a 1.5 weeks. My test drives didn't do the car justice as they were short and involved checking out the new tech more than anything else. The day I picked it up from the dealer I was kind of worried since I was trading in a 2013 Kia Sorento that had been a great car except the AWD was severely lacking. I NEED a good AWD system in the winter just to make it up my 600ft uphill driveway and I drive early in the mornings when the snow plows haven't got to the back roads yet. The design is sharp without being in your face. It catches the eyes of the young with the LED wrap around eyebrows. The new aggressive look and sweeping lines blend seamlessly without being too faddish. The 17" alloy wheels have wheel weights on the inside: this avoids corrosion on the outside of the alloy wheels in the future. Nice feature for a car to have. The finish of the car is excellent and after a hand wash and wax job, I am happy to report no flaws on panel line ups and trim application. ( this was not so on previous new car vehicles I have purchased). The interior is outstanding. The seats are comfortable and plush... like driving an plush recliner down the high way. The new infotainment system is stellar and I just LOVE the split screen features that allow you to preset contacts that can be called by ONE BUTTON touch only! No fumbling or voice activated dribble unless you want it. Now on to driving. This car handles like it is on RAILS. I haven't driven a car that handles this nice since my 1985 Jaguar XJ-S ( v12 luxury touring). it stays in it's lane while the jerk behind me is all over the road trying to catch me, lol... so much for riding my bumper. It handles 75 mph on the freeway effortlessly. It is quiet until you press down on the accelerator, it's throttle response is immediate and a low growl can be heard that is pleasing without being annoying. The CVT makes power transfer to be almost smooth less a lot of lurches. Better than the Kia's. The new larger brakes are wonderful and stopping time is Good. I am also happy to report an average fuel economy of 32 MPG. That is 550 miles a tank ( without being wimpy on the throttle.) That is awesome for the number of hills I climb daily!
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Best all around choice

by from Elmhust, NY on June 9, 2015

We have put 1200 miles on our new Legacy 3.6 with all the bells and whistles. We love the eye sight, back up camera, the navigation system, etc. Hubby enjoys his bi weekly commute from New York to New...
We have put 1200 miles on our new Legacy 3.6 with all the bells and whistles. We love the eye sight, back up camera, the navigation system, etc. Hubby enjoys his bi weekly commute from New York to New Haven, CT. So far, no problem with our car. He loves the way the car drives and enjoys the quietness in the cabin. We wanted an all wheel drive car for the winter time and felt Subaru fits our requirements. We love our legacy!
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