2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium: Rugged Yet Refined

Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 | 10:03 PM

2016subarulegacy475Subaru’s have always been synonymous with its bad weather capabilities thanks to its standard all-wheel drive. But the Subaru is also great for the mean streets of Southern California due its car-like drive.

The 2016 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger sedan available in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. This review will focus on the 2.5i Premium.

The 2.5i Premium gets 17-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, a windshield wiper de-icer, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded gauges, a telematics system and an upgraded audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite ratio, six speakers, dual USB ports, voice commands and Internet-connected music, news and weather applications.

2016subarulegacyintOptions available on the 2.5i Premium (and included on my model) are: a sunroof, a navigation system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive foglights, rear cross-traffic and blind spot warning systems, additional connected services and Subaru’s EyeSight system which combines adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure intervention, forward collision warning and forward collision mitigation with brake intervention.

With the base 2.5 liter four banger, the Subaru will produce 175 horses with 174 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a CVT with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. Expect to get 26/city, 36/highway, and 30/combine mpg in spite of the standard all-wheel drive which usually effects gas mileage.

With a simple intuitive layout, the interior of the Legacy is easy to figure out. With simple straightforward graphics on the touchscreen and easy to use icons, the Legacy will make the biggest technophobe comfortable.

Room up front is plentiful and is headroom, back seat passengers will also be comfortable with plenty of head and legroom. Trunk space is good as well, offering 15 cubic feet.

The cabin of the Legacy is quite and the ride is smooth. Acceleration from the four-cylinder engine won’t break any speed records but it will get you to where you want to go. It’s not a sporty drive but it’s safe and sure.

When looking for a family car with a side of stability, look no further than the 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium.