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Four things to like about the 2014 Subaru Legacy

2014 Subaru Legacy


What beats beneath the exterior of what appears to be a regular midsized sedan is the metal heart of a more than capable utilitarian-SUV that can plow through the snow like a seasoned trooper! The 2014 Subaru Legacy is surprising in more ways than one and will raise a few brows with what is has to offer families.

What's not to like about the 2014 Subaru Legacy!

1) It has whip appeal. Subaru makes the kinds of keep-it-simple vehicles that folks tend to own until they just plain old conk out. Super Subie loyalists truly love their vehicles which they have deemed as solid and reliable. And even though some car buyers won't typically consider the midsized Subaru Legacy when shopping for a family sedan, they absolutatutely should! The Legacy has curb appeal, its muscular, aggressive, yet conservative design will make you take a peek at it--hawk-eye inspired front and rear lights, lower fascia, minimal ground clearance--all add a real sporty look.

The 5-passenger car's interior is roomy and then some, comfortably accommodating all five of its passengers. Great sightlines is a miracle these days and the Legacy offers this rarity. The Legacy's roomy, supportive seats (10-way adjustable power driver's seat) truly welcome larger body frames. The extra real estate in the sedan's rear is a must-have on a family's car shopping list. Overall, the Legacy's cabin offers an attractive, quiet and neat interior fit and finish, upgraded materials, well placed and user-friendly controls and vivid graphics display. The Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio pairing was also a cinch to use. Head and leg room, front and back, are not an issue in the Legacy. Worth a special mention is the premium radio system in the 2.5i trim. If you are a music aficionado and enjoy mellowing out as you maneuver your ride, the sounds that emanate from the Harman Kardon and the car's six speakers system, will keep you sitting in your vehicle a while longer when you reach your destination.

2) The ride is all that! The all-wheel drive Legacy is offered in two engines--a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine (base) and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The Legacy line comes in five trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport (the test vehicle), 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited (the numbers refer to engine displacement). The base model has 173 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, while the six cylinder engine gives good pace at 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. What will impress you most is the partial zero-emissions vehicle's, all-too-capable handling in inclement weather, particularly in the way in which it delivers power to all four wheels to get you through the worst ice and snow conditions. Overall, the Legacy's ride is comfy, nimble, agile, with steering that is crisp and its retuned suspension, offers barely-felt head-toss especially when gunning round corners or driving over road land mines. The base vehicle's spirited acceleration will surprise, as you certainly won't be expecting such a peppy thrust of power. Hands-down, the Legacy can definitely run tire-to-tire with its competition (Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Chevy Malibu) when it comes to respectable handling.

3) Safety is the ticket here. Subaru covers all of its safety bases with the Legacy-- stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side airbags and side curtain airbags are all standard. The vehicle received a five-star crash test rating in frontal, side and rollover tests from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's testing gave the Legacy the much coveted 'Top Safety Pick' honor as well. Buyers who are big on safety should consider the Legacy's optional accident-avoidance EyeSight system which utilizes two cameras mounted inside the upper edge of the windshield; it reduces the potential for a calamity compared with conventional radar systems mounted in the front bumper. If the Eyesight system detects pedestrians or large objects, it is capable of braking the Legacy if needed, when the driver is slow on the draw.

4) The upshot. There is no argument here, Subaru builds vehicles that last and with a 60 percent customer retention rate, the company just has to be doing something right. The 2014 Subaru Legacy is a groundbreaker because it measures up as a true contender in the midsized market. The Legacy line has a lot to offer even the fussiest of fussbudgets and all packaged in a starting price that is hard to beat, $20,295. So why shouldn't families consider trying on a Legacy for size? I can't think of one good reason!

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