Subaru is all about that wild life attitude. If you wanna see one in action, visit your relatives somewhere in Oregon or, say, New England, where it rains and snows constantly. Pretty much every model from the brand comes with AWD (all-wheel drive), and that’s why Subaru is considered to be the king of the country side experience, if you know what I mean. And the signature aggressive design only adds to the masculine and ready-to-rumble attitude, which wins over a lot of modern-day customers. However, none of that is important when it comes to the wildly crowded (and tasty) market of mid-size sedans.
So, in order to make the Subaru Legacy 2016 a major contestant in the segment, the Japanese manufacturer (yep, Subaru is Tokyo-based) had to work a lot on the initial concept and try and make it more civilized and suited for city life, so to speak. So, that’s what they’ve been up to these last couple of years: making the Legacy an appealing model to the public and thus pushing it towards the mainstream. And they actually succeeded!
Subaru Legacy 2016: Keeping Up With The Industry
Last time, in the 2015 model year, the car went through a significant redesign that introduced a more spacious interior with plenty of room to go around, comfortable seats and solid cargo capacity, along with top-quality materials and finishing. In addition, Subaru also improved fuel-efficiency, which used to be a pretty big downside to the overall decent Legacy.
However, there are still some drawbacks left in the Subaru Legacy 2016, mainly the horizontally opposed engines that form a V-type shape that almost looks like it was squashed flat. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, rather an unusual fact. The entry-level Legacys come packed with a 2.5-lit 4-cylinder engine that’s good for 175HP and 174 lb-ft of torque. AWD is standard, and you’ve got only CVT (continuously variable transmission) with paddle shifters mounted on the wheel (the steering wheel, of course) available.
The second engine is a powerful 3.6-lit V6. It generates 256 Horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.
Slow Acceleration And Good Fuel-Efficiency
Still, despite the good numbers, the Subaru Legacy 2016 with that V6 goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 9.4 seconds, which is turtle speed, if you ask me. I mean, most of the slow models on the market can do the same in 8 seconds, or even 7, not to say 6.3-6.2. So, yeah, if you want to go street racing with this one, I suggest you think it all over or simply swap the engine with a better one.
However, it’s safe to say that acceleration is not what folks pay attention to when picking an affordable mid-size sedan – not even close. What they do pay attention to is fuel-efficiency, and that – thank God – is pretty solid: the 4-cyl engine returns 36 miles per gallon on the highway and 26MPG in the city (30MPG combined), which is pretty impressive, especially if you take into consideration that it’s AWD, which is known to drag economy down a mile or two.
The second unit – the V6 – returns 29MPG hwy/20MPG city (23MPG combined). That’s actually a bit less than what the competition with upgraded engines offer, but still, they’re not AWD.
So, overall, the latest Subaru Legacy 2016 is quite a solid pick. True, it’s not as awesome as the class-leading Camry, Accord, Fusion and Mazda 6, but it’s also not the embarrassment it used to be back in the day. Fuel-efficiency is impressive, the exterior design is good, and, with AWD coming standard, we’ve got ourselves a mighty contestant.
Add in the rain/snow/dirt crushing attitude and the Legacy will become your favorite ride if you live somewhere outside the big fancy cities with asphalted roads and broad highways.
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