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Similar to the four-cylinders' Premium and Limited trims, the six-cylinders' come standard or available with harmon-kardon audio, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability, navigation, leather, and power moonroof.
Standard all-wheel drive is a bonus for snow-belt states.
Legacy 3.6R Limited matches premium-priced compact European all-wheel drive sports-luxury sedans very well, for about the price of one of their base models or less
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If you want to get Subaru's new voice-activated navigation system...you'll have to open your wallet for the Limited trim before you can order it.
Like most Subaru models, the 2014 Legacy is offered in three trim levels. The base 2.5i model is the value leader, the Premium trim level is the most popular in the market, and the high-end LImited adds a number of near-luxury features to this otherwise sensible sedan. All three trim levels can be ordered with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, unlike competitors who pair luxury with larger and less fuel-efficient engines. For 2014, the 3.6R engine is available solely with the top-end LImited trim.
Standard equipment on every Legacy includes audio and cruise-control switches on the steering wheel, automatic headlights, a 60/40 split rear-seat back that folds flat for trunk access, and the Hill Holder system that keeps the car stopped securely on slopes until the driver accelerates. The standard AM/FM/CD four-speaker audio system includes iPod control, Bluetooth pairing for both audio streaming and hands-free phone use, and a USB charging port is also standard.
The mid-range Premium trim level adds the CVT as standard, plus 17-inch alloy wheels, leather steering-wheel and shift-knob covers, a 10-way power adjustable seat for the driver, additional tweeters mounted in the dash, and a handful of other options. The Premium trim for 2014 also now includes the formerly optional All-Weather Package, with heated front seats and mirrors, and a windshield washer de-icer, as well as a mid-level six-speaker audio system with a 4.3-inch in-dash display and a four-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio.
Top-of-the-line Limited models, with either the four- or six-cylinder engine, add dual-zone climate control, full leather upholstery, a four-way power adjustable seat for the front passenger, and a 440-Watt nine-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. Limited models also get air-conditioning ducts for rear-seat passengers and electroluminescent dashboard gauges as well.
Options include an in-dash GPS navigation system with real-time data on traffic conditions, a power moonroof, and a rear-view camera.
At a low $20K starting price, the all-wheel-drive 2014 Subaru Legacy offers good value for the money--if not all the latest bells and whistles.