When I think of luxury vehicles, I think of premium features such as heated leather seats, laser guided cruise control and an all-wheel-drive system. Does the $26,000 to $30,000 Subaru Legacy Limited have that? Check, check and check. This vehicle is packed with luxury amenities, technology and safety at a non-luxury price.
The exterior of the Subaru Legacy Limited boasts a sleek design along with an array of color options, including several metallic colors as standard options. You also get 18″ aluminum-alloy wheels standard, but no design options- they remind me of propeller blades.
Powering those wheels is a 2.5L Subaru Boxer engine with 175 hp and 174 pounds of torque. Boxer engines are unique because of their flat engine design. It allows the vehicle to maintain a lower center of gravity, which means better handling. Flat engines are also better balanced than their inline and V counterparts, so you feel less vibrations from the engine. The layout should sound familiar to sports car enthusiast… Porsche uses a flat engine design on all of there 911s, Boxters and Caymans.
Another unique feature of the powertrain is the symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The vehicle will intelligently provide equal power to all four wheels. But when it proactively detects one wheel slipping, the Subaru Legacy will automatically shift power to the other three wheels in order to maintain traction. This improves both handling on curvy roads and stability on wet surfaces.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy Limited truly is a great value. The car offers it’s occupants a well appointed interior, complete with leather seats, faux wood trim and dual-climate controls, standard. For around $2,000 you can upgrade your Legacy Limited with a 7″ touch screen navigation system, power moon roof, keyless access and a Harman Kardon 576-watt audio system… Which is a bargain! BMW charges over $800 for the Harmon Kardon sound system by itself… For around $2,900, you get all that, plus safety features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and a lane departure warning system.
If you are not sold on the Legacy yet, consider the re-sale value. It was recently awarded the “best resale value in its class” by Kelly Blue Book. And it is an IHS Top Safety Pick+.