5. 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
Despite being among the largest cars with that extra weight of an all-wheel drive, the Subaru Legacy 2.5i falls rightly into the middle the pack for better fuel economy. The steering system of the 2016 Subaru Legacy has been improved for better feel. On the Limited model, Subaru also returned the new shock absorbers for a smoother ride. The car is not only effective in snowy areas but it also works well on muddy and rain-soaked roads. The all-wheel drive is a must-have for the teenagers in snow belt regions and this car has just been designed to offer a memorable driving experience.
On the outside, Subaru concentrated on making the Legacy sportier by providing it a more coupe-like appearance. Up front, there’s a fresh nosecone which is designed for the integration of the front bumper and grille. Subaru also redesigned the roof line by pulling the base of the windshield out 2 inches, raking it rearward against the previous-generation Legacy. For decent measure and more balanced weight distribution- Subaru swapped out a steel hood in exchange for an aluminum one.
Gone are those contentious headlights from the previous generation, and we see a return to a more traditional set of lights. Additionally, the funky-looking half grille has been dropped for a more old-style louvered grille, and the front apron is cleaner. Around back, the taillights appear more elegant than previous year’s model, and the rear bumper wraps more suitably around the tailpipe. The exterior modifications have improved the Legacy’s aerodynamic efficiency by 10%.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy now comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a 6.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a rearview camera, smartphone app integration and a 4-speaker audio system. Available features include a satellite radio, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and the voice-activated infotainment system with a seven-inch touch-screen display that responds to swiping and scrolling multi-touch gestures, like an iPad.
Audio connectivity Bluetooth phone and, and a 4-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod/USB interface, HD, and satellite radio, jack smartphone integration with Pandora and Aha audio streaming, and an auxiliary audio. A 6.2-inch touchscreen controls many phone functions and entertainment. Limited and Premium come with cloud-based infotainment connected services and applications, including automatic collision notification and one-button emergency assistance.
Engine/ Fuel Efficiency
The 2016 Subaru Legacy provides two engines: a 3.6-liter six-cylinder and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The EPA rates the 4-cylinder Legacy at 30 MPG combined driving (26 city/36 highway), an excellent result in this class specifically taking into account that all-wheel drive usually drags fuel economy down one point or two. A lineartronic continually variable transmission (CVT) gives the Legacy a strong 175-horsepower and 174 lb-ft @4,000 rpm. This engine is standard on all 2.5i models but increases to a 3.6 liter DOHC engine with a 256 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque (though this model’s base price is $8,000 more than the basic model).
The 2016 Subaru Legacy currently comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, a rearview camera, side curtain airbags and the seat cushion airbags which deploy from the seat bottom to keep occupants in the right position in a frontal collision. On the Limited and Premium models, the Subaru comes with Starlink Connected Services that include automatic collision notification and emergency assistance. This can be improved with the optional Security Plus and Safety Plus upgrade that adds remote vehicle-locating, remote vehicle access, and the stolen vehicle recovery. Another incredible safety modification for 2016 is that an optional EyeSight system currently includes the lane departure intervention.
Posted on January 5, 2017