Superb 2016 Subaru Legacy Full Car Evaluation
Subaru has never been afraid to chart its path. From its initial person vehicle, a rear-engine, two-cylinder, two-stroke Subaru 360, for the import-duty-skirting Subaru Brat in the 1970s, the company created the reputation filling niches that many companies never also realized existed. This resourcefulness served Subaru well, aiding it create a tiny but specific next. But following watching the Toyota Camry plus Honda Accord strike the big period, Subaru decided it was time for push the model away from the left on the dial and released the greater, a bit fewer funky Heritage on the U.S. industry on 1990. Even though the vehicle acquired it is fans-it showed up loading a brand’s trademark flat-four engine plus an all-wheel-drive chassis-it rarely established adequate of a consumer base to bring Subaru mainstream success.
While the Forester, Impreza, and Outback wagon continued to leverage the brand’s idiosyncrasies to win fans in Contraryville, the Legacy’s identity crisis continued unabated. Subaru concedes that the Legacy’s sales were not only far below those of its crossovers, but essentially a rounding error of the Toyota Camry’s, which outsold the Subie sedan by as much as 17 to 1 in recent years. Yet Subaru says the sixth-gen 2015 Legacy is “a Subaru first, and sedan second,” adding, “we are not just a crossover brand.”
But fire up the engine, and you question the whole “Subaru first” shtick. The standard flat-four and the upgrade flat-six engines now are tethered via new liquid-filled motor mounts that filter out a remarkable amount of vibration. The motor mounts are aided in their quest to tamp down NVH by an acoustical-glass windshield, expanded use of foam-filled frame members, thicker panels, and extensive use of underfloor sound-deadening material. Matting the throttle in the 2.5-liter four-cylinder yields an instant and determined response-and a familiar oversquare soundtrack, if you listen attentively-that feels about on the mark for its rated output of 175 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The four-banger Legacy’s not quick by any measure, but it doesn’t lack gumption.
Superb 2016 Subaru Legacy Complete Vehicle Evaluation