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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 10.0
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2015 Subaru Legacy Review

The 2015 Subaru Legacy combines agile handling, good fuel economy, and an intuitive infotainment system. However, its base four-cylinder engine struggles at highway speeds, and its trunk is smaller than most.  

Pros & Cons

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Intuitive touch-screen infotainment system
  • Nimble handling
  • Above-average fuel economy

 

  • Four-cylinder models have lackluster highway passing power
  • Small trunk

2015 Subaru Legacy Overview

Is the 2015 Subaru Legacy a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is a well-rounded affordable midsize car that delivers solid performance, a quality interior, and good safety scores. It may have a midpack placement in our rankings, but that has more to do with how competitive the class is than any faults with the Legacy.

Used 2015 Subaru Legacy Performance and Interior

The 2015 Subaru Legacy comes with a 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which acts like an automatic. A 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine is available. The base engine has fine power for city driving, but you'll notice the midsize sedan struggle when accelerating on the highway. For quicker acceleration, upgrade to the six-cylinder.

The Legacy has excellent fuel economy, especially for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. It earns 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the base engine and 20/28 mpg city/highway with the six-cylinder engine.

The Legacy has agile handling and its standard all-wheel drive gives the sedan excellent cornering skills. Its brakes are strong and its steering is precise.

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The Legacy seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and a moonroof. The seats are comfortable and supportive. The rear seats have ample legroom, but the sloped roofline cuts into headroom a bit. There are complete LATCH child-seat systems in both rear outboard seats.

Standard features include a 6.2-inch touch screen, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, hands-free text messaging, and Subaru Starlink with smartphone app integration. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, satellite radio, a 12-speaker sound system, and navigation.

The infotainment system is easy to use and has redundant buttons, which allow you to change settings quickly and easily. The touch screen is very responsive and uses familiar gestures like swiping and pinching.

The Legacy has a bit less trunk space than most rivals – just 15 cubic feet. However, you can fold down the standard 60/40 split rear seats for more space.

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Used 2015 Subaru Legacy Prices

The average price of a 2015 Subaru Legacy ranges from about $16,380 for a base model to about $22,475 for a top-of-the-line model. Pricing can change based on the car's condition and mileage, and it may shift with demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Subaru Legacy?

The 2015 Legacy has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This is slightly above average among all cars on the road, but slightly below average for the class.

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How Safe Is the Legacy?

The 2015 Legacy received a perfect score in every safety category – overall safety, frontal crash, side crash, and rollover crash tests – from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories and was named a 2015 Top Safety Pick+.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and brake assist. Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and the EyeSight Driver Assist System, which includes pre-collision braking, lane departure and sway warning, and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used Legacy?

The fully redesigned 2015 Legacy is the first model year of the midsize sedan's sixth generation, which also includes the 2017 Legacy. The 2016 model adds lane keep assist and rear cross traffic alert to the 2015 version. If these features aren’t important to you, go with the 2015 Legacy to save money.

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Which Used Subaru Legacy Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Subaru Legacy sedan comes in four trims: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. For the best combination of performance and features for your dollar, go with the 3.6R Limited. It's the only model that comes with the more powerful six-cylinder engine, so you won't struggle on the highway. Standard features include heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition, hands-free text messaging, smartphone integration, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

For a bit more money you can buy a certified pre-owned Legacy. For its CPO vehicles, Subaru extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 152-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Subaru warranty page carefully.

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2015 Subaru Legacy and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Legacy or 2015 Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry has nimble handling and an easy-to-use infotainment system. However, it gets lower gas mileage than the Legacy. The Camry has spacious rear seats that offer more headroom than the Legacy’s, in addition to a larger trunk. The Camry's predicted reliability rating is higher and its predicted cost of ownership is lower. The Toyota's base engine provides adequate daily driving power, but its 256-horsepower V6 is more exciting and better for highway driving. The Camry offers some features the Legacy doesn't, like wireless device charging and an available hybrid model. All-wheel drive isn’t standard, but it is available. Overall, you'll want to buy the Camry.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Legacy or 2015 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback wagon won our 2015 Best Wagon for the Money and Best Wagon for Families awards. Its standard all-wheel drive gives it excellent traction in all kinds of weather, and it has extraordinary cargo space and spacious rear seats. However, like the Legacy, its base four-cylinder engine is underwhelming. The 256-horsepower six-cylinder engine is worth the upgrade for more power on the highway and more muscle when hauling cargo and passengers. The Outback comes with similar standard and available features, making it the car to go with.

Which Is Better: 2015 Subaru Legacy or 2015 Subaru Impreza?

The Subaru Impreza is a hatchback with more cargo capacity than the Legacy. However, its sedan model has less space. The Impreza also has poor reliability, slow acceleration, and numb steering. The standard manual transmission is jumpy – making city driving anything but smooth – and the available CVT is noisy. The Impreza also lacks a more powerful six-cylinder engine option, and you'll be disappointed with the four-cylinder. Overall, the Legacy is the better choice.

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