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Competition in the mid-size car segment is fierce. The Subaru Legacy received a slight update last year, but it really needed a more in depth overhaul to truly compete. The Mazda6, Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima are all cars that rely on good looks to attract buyers. With it's angular shape, the Legacy had to be redesigned quickly.
We were promised that the Legacy Concept, to be presented in Detroit and Montreal would offer a smooth silhouette, both muscular and modern, but few believed, especially since Subaru had disappointed WRX fans in Los Angeles by straying too far from it's concept vehicle.
This time, Subaru got the message. The production version of the Legacy is very close to the concept car. The lines are equally harmonious and modern. It's lost a bit of muscle in the process, but the rear end is embellished, and she will be the only car in it's class to offer all-wheel drive as standard equipment.
Hitting dealerships this summer, the 2015 Subaru Legacy comes with a choice of four or six-cylinder Boxer engines with cylinders arranged horizontally hidden under it's hood. The standard transmission will be a six-speed manual, while the Lineartronic CVT with continuously variable ratios will be offered as an option. The 2.5-litre Boxer engine, which appeared in 2013, has been revised and it's power slightly increased to 175 horses. Torque remains at 174 lb-ft, but it is available across a wider rpm range.
Meanwhile, the 3.6-litre Boxer engine gets as much as 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The CVT creates friction reducing changes, thereby improving gas mileage. Other changes such as new electric power steering, improve the sensations on the road. The 17-inch wheels are standard, while 18-inch can be found equipping the Limited version.
Finally, Subaru dares to closely replicate the lines of one of it's concepts.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca