Subaru has announced a series of upgrades for its 2016 Legacy sedan and 2016 Outback wagon models.
Yes, it’s true that both were fully redesigned this past year. Yet some upgrades to these models’ EyeSight active-safety systems, as well as new Starlink services, add a bit more appeal to the 2016 models.
In the 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy, the available EyeSight system adds Lane Keep Assist, a feature that will, above 40 mph, detect when the vehicle is drifting from the travel lane and apply steering assist to direct it back into the lane. That’s accompanied by audible and visual alerts.
EyeSight remains an entirely camera-based system, but it’s been expanded in recent years to include quite the suite of features. Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane Departure and Sway Warning are now all included in a package that’s optional on Premium trims, while Limited trims get standard Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, two features that are also included in the optional package.
Both of these models are already rated 'Top Safety Pick+' by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a top 'advanced' score for models with EyeSight in the front crash prevention category.
The other new feature for the Legacy and Outback model lines in 2016 is the introduction of Starlink Safety and Security features. With a Safety Plus subscription package, you get emergency SOS services and roadside assistance, plus automatic collision notification and maintenance notifications. Adding the Security Plus Package brings stolen vehicle recovery, remote locking/unlocking, a vehicle locator, and other such services.
Also some minor tweaks to steering and ride
Subaru has also retuned the electric power steering for 2016, aiming for a “more linear and natural feel,” while the Stablex suspension dampers in top Limited models have been further refined.
The Outback and Legacy are quite closely related, although it has a higher ride height, additional underbody protection, and some other key differences.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy now starts at $21,745, while the 2016 Subaru Outback starts at $24,995 (both for the 2.5i model). Those represent a price hike of just $50 and $100, respectively, over current 2015 prices.