2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport: Great in Winter Yuck, Grand in Summer Sun

Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 10:13 PM

2017subarulegacy475Although we in Southern California don’t sweat the weather too much (except when it’s over 100), we do have our moments. The first rain of the year, a full day of steady rain or a sudden downpour can make our roads treacherous. The all-wheel drive Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport is great for that, but it’s also a good mode of transportation for the other 360 days of the year due to it’s car-like ride and well-appointed interior.

Also of note is the EyeSight accident avoidance technology available on all Legacy’s but the base trim. EyeSight combines adaptive cruise control, lane assist, pre-collision braking and pre-collision throttle management. All of these functions combine to make a safer driving experience and will save you some cash on your auto insurance bill.

2017subarulegacyintA five-passenger midsize sedan, the 2017 Subaru Legacy comes in five trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5iPremium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. This review will focus on the Sport trim level (the number denotes the engine type).

With 18-inch wheels, foglights, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry and auto-dimming rearview mirror you will be traveling in style but add all of this to the already well-appointed base model’s goodies of all-wheel drive, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split- folding back seat, Bluetooth phone and audio, a 6.2-inch “Subaru Starlink” touchscreen interface, a variety of entertainment and information smartphone integration apps, and a four-speaker sound system with a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, HD and satellite radios and an iPod interface, you’ve got it going on.

My model was also equipped with the optional navigation system and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology.

A 2.5-liter engine drives the Legacy producing 175 horses and 174 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic with manual mode. Expect to get 25/city, 34/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

While the interior will not win any awards for style it is functional and very straightforward in design with a more “keep it simple” approach. Thus navigation screens are easy to well, navigate and the instrument stack is easy to access and operate.

Seating up front is comfortable for a short trip or a long drive with plenty of head and legroom. Outward visibility is good too in spite of all the modern safety standards. Backseat passengers may be a bit more cramped and the 15 cubic feet trunk may be a bit cramped as well.

Driving down the road the Legacy is quiet and smooth, it is not the fastest accelerating car but once it gets to speed you won’t feel any shake, rattles or rolls. Steering is firm turning as well as on the straightaway.

Looking for a 5-seat midsize sedan with a lot of safety features built-in? Give the 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport Sedan a test drive.