2015 Subaru Legacy Concept: First Look

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The current Legacy, Subaru's all-wheel-drive answer to the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, chugs into its fifth model year for 2014, but it appears a redesign is just around the corner. Subaru announced plans to show a 2015 Legacy Concept at next week's 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Subaru says the 2015 Legacy Concept, which arrives at the Legacy's 25th anniversary, "provides a look at the styling cues for future Legacy models."

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Subaru says all-wheel drive is standard; the concept's roofline peaks just ahead of the B-pillars, giving the car a cab-forward profile and coupe-like rear quarters. Expect the eventual production car to forego the concept's 21-inch wheels for something more ordinary.

If the past is any indication, the concept should closely preview the production Legacy. The Japanese automaker is no stranger to thinly veiled production cars. Subaru presaged the current Legacy in concept form at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the current Impreza hails from an Impreza Design Concept shown at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show. We don't know if the next Impreza WRX — slated for introduction at next week's show — will follow the WRX Concept shown at last spring's 2013 New York International Auto Show, but given Subaru's track record and its WRX teaser shot, the smart money says it will.

Shoppers bought 36,441 new Legacy sedans through October, a flyspeck compared to the 300,000-plus sales for the Camry and Accord apiece. Shoppers also prefer the related Outback wagon by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio.

Stay tuned for more details on the 2015 Legacy Concept at next week's show.

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept

2015 Subaru Legacy Concept

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Comments 

Tony

Front from Ford + side from Mazda + read from Scion = Subaru

kj

Yea this cars looks nice, blah, blah, blah. Just hope Subaru improves quality control after the crappy quality I had on my 2011 Legacy. Finally traded it in on a Honda Accord, which turned out to be a far better car.

Jeremy

kj, new cars come with warranties to cover any defects. Unless you drive a lot, your two year old Subaru should have been covered for any initial build quality issues.

Tony

Jeremy, you don't understand. '11 Legacy had major problems, major recalls, major headache. He probably ended up 5-6 times at the dealer. What a pleasure!

Great looking car. Car manufacturers rarely make their production models the same as their concept cars. Hopefully on this one, they prove me wrong.

Lanny

Ugh I bought my wife a 2012 Legacy and it had so many creaks and rattles that after a year we finally got rid of it. After what seemed like never ending dealer visits it was time to bite the bullet. Best day ever was trading it in on a 2013 Honda Accord EXL.
Although the Legacy was poorly constructed it did get pretty good gas mileage considering it was AWD. The dealer was also nice. My wife absolutely loves our Honda our first one ever.

We had a 2008 and then a 2010 Outback and the 2010 definitely has had a lot of recalls and overall I did like my 2008 better. None of the issues left us on the side of the road or anything. My wife had two minor accidents with it and I was a bit surprised at repair costs but I think rear end collisions are getting more expensive across the board. But it has delivered on performance in terms of mileage vs EPA and winter performance is amazing. She could drive the day after a blizzard two years ago when most folks couldn't.

lafn

My 2002 Outback had 286,000 inexpensive miles. Yes I did head gaskets at 170,000, but that was really about it. Still far cheaper than my wifes Pilot with less than 70,000 (new rear transfer case, new radiator, brake rotors every 30,000). Both kids Honda civics with new gas & brake lines & yes a head gasket. The Subaru was far cheaper and more reliable. I could go through more snow than my wifes Pilot due its much better AWD system. I now enjoy at 2010 Outback. Nice blend between a go anywhere SUV and a car without the tippy feel.

jyd

Generally, Subaru has a great reputation for quality. One of the strengths Subaru has always had is its awd system. Their main problem has always been styling and appeal, both inside and out.

Many other brands now offer awd in their sedans and there are dozens of SUV/CUVs on the road. I've owned fwd, awd, 4wd and I've never had any real preference. People with awd always speak to that "one day" they could drive when others couldn't. Ok, but you have worse mileage the other 364 days.

Anyway, my point is that Subaru needs to improve the exterior/interior styling of its cars. If they weren't awd, no one would even consider buying them.

Having said that, this is a step in the right direction. This is one of the better design exercises Subaru has done in years. I hope they maintain most of these elements when they introduce the new Legacy.

Tony

"Generally, Subaru has a great reputation for quality."

You just made it up. Subaru reputation is of rusting, funky car with crappy interior and stupid boxer engine that has tendency for expensive gasket jobs. The only people who say that Subaru is good are those who bought them, burned themselves and don't want to admit it. I remember trying to get seated on the rear seat of second gen Outback - it was a disaster. How could one put his child, or a friend to sit on that seat for more than 10 minutes?

The new ones have better interiors but quality is down even from previous low standards.

jyd

Tony, we all have personal anecdotes about various cars. I have friends that have had Subarus that made it to 200k plus miles with no issues at all.

When I say "generally" I'm talking about the ratings from companies like Consumer Reports, JDPower, ALG and so on. You're free to think what you want of these companies and add in a few more memories but they are the defacto standards for these ratings.

Tony

Speaking of consumer reports... Subaru dropped 5 places in a year

Infosaur

As a sedan, it looks pretty slick.

But then 2/3rds of these sold will be either; jacked up on off-road tires, a wagon, or both.

Really wish Subaru would do more to separate the Legacy sedans from the Outbacks. At least from a marketing & PR standpoint.

CJ Logo

Subaru Tied Lexus in Consumer Reports April new car buyers guide in 2013 and swept it in 2012....don't know where you're getting your info Tony.

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