2015 Subaru Legacy: Best Car To Buy Nominee

November 6, 2014

Sedan drivers have been moving over to crossovers in droves; but the 2015 Subaru Legacy gives them plenty of reasons to reconsider.

The Legacy now offers everything that traditional mid-size sedan shoppers have traditionally wanted, and it adds standard all-wheel drive—a feature that’s otherwise limited to the pricier upper trims of the Ford Fusion or Chrysler 200.

And with a quieter, more refined cabin, better infotainment systems, and available EyeSight active safety that simply beats what many luxury cars have to offer, the Legacy outdoes all the traditional segment leaders, like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Honda Accord.

It all figures into this model’s 8.6 TCC Rating—one of our highest, if you don’t count some top-achieving luxury models—and that’s why it’s in the running for The Car Connection’s 2015 Best Car To Buy.

That said, the 2015 Legacy is no revelation, but it now takes its value message to the mainstream in a way that Americans understand—and it’s a much better car. With the last-generation Legacy, Subaru bumped this sedan up significantly in size, bringing it in line with those other American-market mid-sizers.

And now, it’s been incrementally improved, in a smart, thoughtful way, and in all the ways its predecessor was lacking—all except the exterior styling, perhaps, which is still anonymous. It rides with more grace, handles even better, and really does keep quieter on the highway.

Subaru has thankfully wiped the slate clean with its new infotainment systems. It’s not perfect, but its big tiles and icons, with gesture control, make it relatively easy to use; and it includes Bluetooth streaming, HD radio, and integration for Pandora and Aha streaming audio.

Even a brief look at pricing really underscores the value here. The Legacy's $22,420 base sticker is spot-on with other front-wheel-drive mid-size models. And we tend to think the best value in the lineup is the Legacy 2.5i Premium, on which you can get Subaru’s EyeSight accident-avoidance system—wrapping together several life-saving technologies—all for less than $26,000.

That makes it a really strong contender in our book. But should it win our Best Car To Buy award? Read our full review on the 2015 Legacy, vote on what you think should win, and check back November 10 for the our single pick, the Best Car To Buy.

This year there are 11 nominees ranging from family sedans, crossovers, a pickup truck, and even ... in The Car Connection Polls on LockerDome This year there are 11 nominees ranging from family sedans, crossovers, a pickup truck, and even ... in The Car Connection Polls on LockerDome

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