By on February 4, 2014

2015 Subaru Legacy 01

The 2015 Subaru Legacy leaked late last night. Not bad, Subie.

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86 Comments on “2015 Subaru Legacy Revealed...”


  • avatar
    Synchromesh

    Looks better than the bloated current one that’s for sure.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    The 30 people in Colorado who own the Legacy Sedan should be happy.

    The bigger question is how will this update reflect on the Outback, which is a much bigger seller than the Legacy–especially since the current generation is so damn ugly.

    Also, what engines are available. I’m guessing the turbo is dead? What about the flat six?

    • 0 avatar
      OldandSlow

      The first sentence of your comment is quite true. The sedan is a rare sighting of a Legacy sedan here in Austin, TX and is usually wearing either Colorado or New Hampshire plates.

  • avatar
    bkmurph

    I’m still not a fan of the twin-pod gauge cluster (as also seen on the Impreza and Forester), but at least they finally got the speedometer right for the U.S. market: tick marks at 5 mph increments — no smaller increments!

    • 0 avatar
      Signal11

      What’s wrong with twin pod clusters? I’m starting to like them myself.

      Between the hexa-grill and the head and tail lights, it looks like a Hyundai and a KIA mated and this came out.

      • 0 avatar
        romanjetfighter

        IMO, twin gauge clusters are a tiny bit harder to read both at a glance, since when your eyes move over the depth changes and they try to refocus.

        • 0 avatar
          Signal11

          I’m not sure I understand what you’re referencing, esp re: change in depth.

          In terms of human user interface design, the two most important and relevant pieces of information (RPM/speed) to the operator are conveyed to him at a glance. They’re the post prominent and in most driving situations, you’re concerned either/or so glance left or right.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      Except, like a lot of other car makers, they stupidly marked it up to 160 mph so only 1/2 of the speedometer is useable. This thing couldn’t do 160mph if you dropped it out of a plane.

    • 0 avatar
      Halftruth

      Agree 100 percent. Never liked it and it cuts off some off the gauge if you look at the pic. I believe I submitted a Piston Slap for this but was greatly out-voted as many stated “the twin pods are similar to motorcycle gauges and buyers like that.” or something to that effect. I prefer the gauges be flat.

  • avatar
    Mattsterzz

    Kia Cadanza headlights, Taurus grille, Kia Koup back lights. Subaru wth are you doing. Can you please go back to being the brand I loved of the early 2000′s. Its bloated, it’ll probably be underpowered, so I’ll never compete with the Mazda 6. A continued fall from grace. At least the interior is alright, albeit the piano black finish.

  • avatar
    Ion

    That center console doesn’t look like it has enough space for a manual selector. I wonder if they dropped the stick since they only offer it on the cheapo models now.

  • avatar
    justanotherdriver

    I sooooooo wanted this to be a better looking car!!! It is looking painfully generic!!!
    Things getting worse with each generation! And if the turbos and manuals are gone, what the heck is going to be their selling proposition?

  • avatar
    JD321

    If they were going for a “10K units per month” design…This will probably do it for them. This AWD Camry should sell well.

  • avatar
    krayzie

    Is it me or this new Legacy looks like a Camry? The new Impreza looks like a Corolla? More evidence that Toyota is having a hand on their line-up? Their factories are in Indiana?

    • 0 avatar
      Tim_Turbo

      Toyota has nothing to do with Subaru-they simply own a small percentage of Subarus parent company-Fuji Heavy Industries. At one point, General Motors did, and before that Nissan did. Truth-Toyota and Subaru worked together on the BRZ/FRS. Truth-Subaru has had a contract to build Camrys on one production line in their US plant which ends in 2017 and won’t be renewed. Before the Camry, Subaru built Izuzu trucks/SUV’s on that line at one point. Due to increased sales Subaru will start using that line to build the Impreza here instead of Japan, or so we are told.

      It’s really pretty easy to tell that there is no shared technology between the 2 companies, FRS/BRZ excluded. Brands have always copied each other visually-it’s not always a matter of “who owns who”. Not saying they won’t collaborate on more vehicles in the future, you never know.

      I really don’t recall anyone thinking that GM or Nissan had anything to do with Subaru when they were the ones who owned stake in Fuji.

      • 0 avatar
        krayzie

        That was actually sarcasm. Truth is they should have fired the chief designer back when he did the bug eye Impreza. They brought in a Greek dude at one time to fix their designs but they slowly went back to their ugly ways. That last good looking Legacy was actually a 2003/2004 model in Japan, about the same time they facelifted the bug eye Impreza into something better looking, and just before the ugly hawk grill.

        • 0 avatar
          Tim_Turbo

          Sorry for not getting the sarcasm, but there are a lot of people out there who actually DO think Toyota somehow owns Subaru. I get defensive because I like Subaru, and hate Toyota, to the point that if Toyota ever did have a say in Subaru-I’d quit my job (I sell Subaru) and never buy another Subaru again!

          • 0 avatar
            Dave M.

            I’m not a big Toyota fan (at least for myself), but I begrudge them for make a serviceable product that is generally highly reliable.

            I do appreciate their obvious input with Subaru’s entertainment/electronics equipment…Eyesight is adapted from Lexus’ system, etc. Prior to this generation, Subaru was usually a generation behind others with Bluetooth, auz jacks, etc.

  • avatar
    ccbc

    The perfect mix of anonymity of Nissan, the bloat look of a Toyota and the blind vision of Subaru.

    Very disapointed (again). Concept cars should be forbidden when Subaru involved.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Maybe I would like it if it were about 7/8ths the size, but there is nothing going on that makes me want one.
    When the 4th gen came out it stopped me in my tracks and I knew one day I would own one. While not nearly as awful as the current one, this one will disappear from my consciousness as soon as this sentence is over.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    I’m sort of -whelmed. Not under, not over. Exterior is a mixture of odd cues from others. I think Sajeev is going to have a field day on that front corner of the windshield.

    The interior looks fine. A little upgraded from the current gen. As stated above, the big enchilada will be the Outback.

    Keep in mind folks except for the 2005-2009 gen, Subarus have never been ‘doing’ style. Meanwhile, for all the noise I hear, I’ve had several compliments on the looks of my Outback. None of them from my mom.

    • 0 avatar
      mike978

      +1 – it is OK, but as the owner of a 2006 Legacy wagon, I still consider that generation the best looking (which may not say much!). This is at least an improvement from the current generation.

      • 0 avatar
        onyxtape

        Another 3rd gen Outback (2008) owner here. I too agree it’s the peak of their design language.

        • 0 avatar
          Dave M.

          Agreed wholeheartedly. Everyone was smacked upside the head with Subaru suddenly looking all posh.

          I was invited to a group test drive/thrash around back when the last gen came out. I remember the other comparison cars were the BMW 330iX, Audi A4 Quattro, and the Infiniti G35x.

          While the interior materials weren’t necessarily in the same league, style wise the Legacy sedan held it’s own. I was impressed.

  • avatar
    Power6

    This is good, less weird and more generic is what Subaru needs for the Legacy/Outback. I think it looks sharp with those wheels. All these midsize sedans look the same on some level so this “looks like xxxx” stuff doesn’t rate. Looks like this is a return to the proportions of the 05-09 models if not the smooth good looks…

    Interested to see the drivetrain options…Legacy has a 296HP turbo 2.0 in JDM land…would love to replace our Outback XT.

  • avatar
    jschinito

    another fan of 05-09 here (bought a 2005 so definitely biased). not feeling it at all with this new exterior makeover. interior looks ok – nothing special but that was never a subaru thing.

    is it really new pedestrian crash regulations why all the new cars’ front ends are so blunt/bull dog shaped or is that just the generic styling right now? miss the sleek, non-bloated shape of the 05-09 gen.

  • avatar
    FractureCritical

    I’ll wait to see the Outback and 2.5 GT versions. Hope it comes with a stick and the turbo motor. Right now, only Audi and Subaru sell powerful big-boy cars with AWD/stick. Used to covet my Father in Law’s 05 2.5GT, the current Subie’s make me throw-up a little in the back of my mouth. Tis 2015 at least looks better than that. A little reflux, but no carrots to chew back

  • avatar
    Dirk Stigler

    It’s not terrible–they definitely fixed the slab-sidedness of the last generation, and the rear end looks better, if not exactly unique. I guess I can see the resemblance to the last-gen Camry, but it also fits perfectly in Subaru’s current styling idiom. If anything, they’re doing the same sausage-different lengths thing with the Impreza, Forester and now the Legacy.

    The dashboard is the disappointing part. It looks like any early 2000s Japanese sedan, with a touchscreen head unit added to the double-DIN opening. I get that there’s probably not much budget for interior styling, but they could at least have picked up on the top-mounted touchscreen trend.

    Why are people speculating that the turbo is dead? No hood scoop? Remember the Impreza went an entire model year before the WRX showed up. There’s probably a Legacy GT waiting in the wings.

    • 0 avatar
      Power6

      The speculation is based on the 2.5GT having been phased out in the US with the current model. Subaru couldn’t unload them, they went order-only and even then could not keep the model in the lineup.

      There is not a lot of hope other than other markets will have a turbo model so maybe they can justify it for the US again, especially with the CVT trans as the last 2.5GT was manual only. There is not a lot of hope, all the models the fanbois say they want, manual turbo wagons…never sold well since day 1, making an 05 2.5GT wagon with a stick a very rare one year only car for the US.

    • 0 avatar
      heoliverjr

      Fixed?! I like the slab-sideness of my car!

  • avatar
    Boff

    Looks like a Chinese knock-off of an Acura TL/Nissan Sentra love child. YYYECCCHHHHHHHH!!

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    Nearly every midsizer is an over-tall high-beltlined tank, Fusion included, so this Subaru commits no unusual sins. The real issue for me is that the Legacy offers nothing to make it stand out from its competitors except AWD, and sales numbers of the current car suggest consumers feel the same way. I don’t see this car changing that.

  • avatar

    It’s better than the current car, but those wheels look terrible and tiny on the car given its overall slab-sided design. The interior feels very Nissan and resembles that of the Altima that I tested last year (not a good thing in my opinion).

    http://www.eastwestbrothersgarage.com/2013/03/test-drive-2013-nissan-altima-sx-cvt.html

    I will wait to see what the 2.5T model has to offer, but I am pretty sure the Legacy will not be making it back onto my list anytime soon.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    Not bad but not great, interior has more and more Toyota parts in it but if they work then great.

    • 0 avatar
      Power6

      Which Toyota parts are in the Legacy? This is one thing people say but actually doesn’t bear out. (with the exception of drivetrain parts shared on the same Subaru chassis with the Toyobaru twins)

      The chassis certainly has nothing to do with Toyota, all of Subarus current lineup is evolutionary updates back to the 1st gen Legacy, even the BRZ. Subarus actually share more with a Nissan interior, they use the same switch supplier if you pull out Subaru window switches, heated seats etc they will have “Nissan” stamped on them.

      Current non-BRZ shares not one single part with any Toyota that I know of, you have any proof otherwise?

      • 0 avatar
        TEXN3

        The interior looks very similar to a few Camry SE rentals I’ve had, I don’t believe I stated anything regarding the drivetrain. You’re correct, I should gave spent more time in my comment stating that the interior more closely resembles some new Toyota efforts. But I was ready to wipe and be done with my morning dumpage. Remember folks, you don’t shits – you leave them.

        I do remember my lemon Outback having the same annoying cruise control setup as Toyotas.

        Why so defensive?

        • 0 avatar
          Power6

          Heh not defensive, just thought maybe I would dispell the myth since I happen to know about Subarus. You said “Toyota parts in the interior” there are not any Toyota parts in the entire car.

          Not really directed at you if that is not what you meant this is a common thing, some people think because Toyota invested in Subaru that means they are sharing parts. Doesn’t seem so yet.

          My bad I should leave Internet commentary to people who don’t know what they are talking about.

      • 0 avatar
        Tim_Turbo

        Thank you-See my response to someone else above.

      • 0 avatar
        krayzie

        A lot of Denso bits here and there actually, nothing anyone would noticed from a quick glance tho.

        You can say the design evolution goes back even further than the Legacy, which is the Leone. The Legacy was a slightly sized up evolution and the Impreza was slotted in later on to replace the old Leone segment.

        Leone -> Legacy -> Levorg

        Now with the BRZ, they have an excuse to save money by not bringing back the Alcyone / SVX.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The front looks like a Camry part.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Looks distinctively like a 2013 Malibu to me.

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    It’s a Taurus…..

    remember when subarus were quirky and unique… with success comes blandness..generic midsize sedan…like that commercial they once did mocking their competition…well welcome to the club.

    • 0 avatar
      thegamper

      I cannot believe I had to scroll down this far to find the “taurus ripoff” comment. Granted, it is just the front end, but the Subaru logo even looks like the ford blue oval. Looks like an OK design overall, but very plain. Based on the concept, I thought it would be significantly more distinctive. Should really place a picture of the concept next to the production version to show just how watered down it is. That being said, I dont think too many people buy Subaru’s for their looks, aside from the BRZ, Subaru doesent even have one mildly attractive vehicle. Their consistently upward sales numbers would seem to reflect that there are plenty of people who prefer function to form.

      • 0 avatar
        Marko

        Not to defend the design too much – I find it inoffensive, nothing more, nothing less – but Subaru and Ford started using the hexagonal grille around the same time.

  • avatar
    gessvt

    I like it. Better proportions overall vs the outgoing model. It’s too bad they are leaving the wagon freak market to Volvo. Still hoping the Levorg concept makes it to production and somehow gets designated for US dealers.

  • avatar
    timcc23

    This is a decent update, modernizing the car. Now it will fit in better with its snub-nosed competition in the family sedan market. I didn’t expect much more with Subaru’s limited budget and market position. The front looks suspiciously like the new Hyundai Genesis and the car also reminds me of the Infiniti Q50 overall (sort of). It will blend in with the crowd, but that’s not always a bad thing. I used to own a 2004 Subaru Legacy sedan. I always liked the styling of the Legacy and Outback vehicles from those years. Plain, but handsome. The car also handled decently for a cheaper car, although I would have liked to have more power. If the handling is improved with this generation of Legacy (doubtful), I might consider buying one again for the right price. Subaru would do well to try and make the Legacy a poor man’s AWD sports sedan. Sort of like the Mazda6, minus the AWD.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    05-09 was the high water mark of the Legacy’s design.

  • avatar
    Speedygreg7

    As the previous owner of both an 01 Impreza 2.5RS 5MT and an 07 Outback 2.5i 5MT, I would like to own another Subaru but several things are keeping out of the new cars:

    1) Seats – the worst of any car I have tried. Either way too short or too flat or both

    2) Door mirrors and those little A pillar windows – So ugly and to me visibility is no better. Put them back in the corner where they belong. Other makers are doing this too, but Subaru’s implementation just looks so clunky.

    3)Electric parking brake – I want a lever in the Legacy

    4)Poor suspension tuning – neither my Impreza or Outback had any rebound dampening to speak of.

    I will give this car a shot, but my hopes are not high. Too bad.

  • avatar
    carve

    Well, it’s definitely an improvement in looks, but I’m underwhelmed. Still not as good looking as the 05-09, and not half as good looking as the concept car. Why couldn’t they just make that? Can those shapes not be stamped in sheet steel?

    When will this, and the Outback, be available, and what mechanical differences will there be? My girlfriend is thinking of buying the current one but I recommended she hold out.

  • avatar
    DGA

    It looks better than the current (5th gen) model, but not as good as the 4th gen. I was really hoping for this car, but it seems even more watered down for general consumption.

    Death of the GT was sealed when they did not offer it with an automatic in the current generation. Stick only cars don’t do too well. Hopefully since they put the CVT in the WRX, a GT with the same drivetrain will appear too…and of course bringing the 6-speed manual with it too.

  • avatar
    MK

    Man I used to like Subaru but there is nothing about this car that interests me in the least.

    Why should I buy this? It certainly doesn’t “stir the loins” with its looks, so what is the most compelling reason to buy this car?

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    The gray paint job does nothing to elevate this things anonymity, it’ll be a neat rental though!

  • avatar
    mypoint02

    It’s looking like CVT only on this one, huh?

  • avatar
    Atum

    I just looked at pictures of a loaded 2014 for sale online at my local Subaru dealer, since I needed to remember exactly what the old one looked like.

    I like the new interior and rear end, but flat front ends are just ugly. Sorry. Besides, I like that style of grill that the Forester, Crosstrek, etc. have.

  • avatar

    Only Subaru can release a car with an already dated design before it even hits production.

  • avatar

    Boorring.

    I’m leasing a 2013 Legacy sedan now and I like it’s “goofy” looks. While it does have a high beltline the visibility remains great because it still has a greenhouse, unlike the Fusion/Optima. I fear Subaru is going the way of 90′s Mazda where they tried to go mainstream and just ended up appealing to no one.

    Subaru should keep being weird, like Portland. (where everyone drives one)

    This redesign isn’t going to get anyone in SoCal, Florida, or any Southern State to buy a Subaru, they should stick to being the hippie/hipster mobile of the new millenium.

  • avatar
    84Cressida

    The side profile looks more like the Avalon than the Camry. The front definitely reminds me of the Taurus.

    Not a bad looking car, better than the current one, but not as good as the 2005.

  • avatar
    GL

    Another big Subaru body-design disappointment for the 2015 Legacy. Their CEO must be drinking too much SAKI everyday and has absolutely no idea what the heck is going on with their Design and Marketing department. Their latest 2015 body designs for WRX, STI, Legacy… both outside and interior all seemed like just randomly putting individual designed parts together with no harmony what so ever.

    This has been happening 20 years with Subaru if not longer with their poor designs and they never bothered to smart up, guess their superb 4WD system always managed to save their ass. Can’t they just learn (or steal) a trick or two from Kia or Hyundai’s beautiful body-designs for a change in order to make their models a bit more pleasing to Subaru customers’ eyes? There is absolutely no excuse to keep on pushing those shit-boxes plus out-dated mechanical design (like no Dual-clutch transmission) out into the North America market while their sales figures increased quite a few folds the last 10 years and still blame on lack of design budgets.

    To make it worse Subaru always keeps the good and sensible models (like the “Levorg”, “Exiga”) for domestic , Europe and Australia markets while USA/Canada always got the short-end of the sticks. IMHO Subaru’s CEO, Marketing and Design Department Heads should all be fired.

  • avatar
    gottacook

    I still have hopes that the three-row Exiga will be offered in the U.S., now that the Tribeca has finally been canceled.

  • avatar
    300zx_guy

    after looking at it for a while, it’s pretty generic, but not that bad. Will be interested to see the Outback version (I’ve had a 1993 turbo Legacy wagon and have an ’04 Outback H6). Worst part of the styling is the DLO fail cribbed directly from the 2001 Acura TL. Even if you are far enough away that it looks like part of the greenhouse, I don’t see why designers think this is better looking than an honest DLO would have been.


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