2015 Subaru Legacy, Outback Earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick Plus Status

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For the third consecutive year since the Top Safety Pick Plus designation was introduced in 2013, the Subaru Legacy sedan and its station-wagon sibling, the Outback, have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top prize. The 2015 Legacy and Outback both improved their ratings to good from their predecessors' acceptable score in the institute's stringent small overlap front crash test, which approximates what happens when a vehicle strikes a tree or utility pole. In addition, the cars earned superior ratings for front crash prevention when equipped with the optional EyeSight forward collision warning system with autobrake, which stopped the vehicle completely at both 12 and 25 mph during testing.

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The IIHS said structural performance improved to a score of good for the 2015 Legacy compared with a marginal rating in 2014. "The driver space was maintained well, with the safety cage preventing excessive intrusion into the occupant compartment," IIHS said in a statement. "The dummy's movement was well-controlled, and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures."

The IIHS noted that Subaru has the most 2014 Top Safety Pick awards of any brand; other Subaru recipients include the BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek. To earn a Top Safety Pick Plus award, a vehicle must earn a good or acceptable rating for small overlap protection, as well as good ratings in the institute's moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a basic, advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-2005 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: An unspecified number of model-year 2003-05 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and model-year 2004-05 Subaru Impreza cars, including WRX and STI variants, all currently or previously registered in Florida, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands and equipped Takata-brand passenger-side airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. This could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. Subaru is one of several automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp. Last month, Subaru recalled nearly 9,000 vehicles in the same model range.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflators for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2003-2004 Subaru Baja, Impreza, Legacy, Outback

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 8,600 model-year 2003-04 Subaru Legacy cars, Outback wagons and Baja crossovers, and 2004 Impreza cars, including its WRX and WRX STI variants, all equipped with Takata-manufactured front passenger airbag inflators

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure could cause the inflator to rupture; this could cause metal fragments to strike and seriously injure occupants. Subaru joins seven other major automakers that have announced U.S. recalls pertaining to defective airbag systems made by Japan's Takata Corp.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 660,000 Subaru Wagons, Sedans, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: More than 660,000 model-year 2005-09 Outback wagons and Legacy sedans, 2008-11 Impreza cars, 2008-14 WRX and WRX STI cars, and 2009-13 Forester crossovers currently or previously registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia

The Problem: Saltwater could splash on the brake lines through a gap in the fuel tank protector, resulting in excessive corrosion of the brake lines. Brake line corrosion may result in brake fluid leakage, which could result in longer stopping distances, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will test the brake system by depressing the brake pedal and inspecting for fluid leaks; if none are observed, the affected areas will be rustproofed with anti-corrosion wax. If seepage is observed, the brake lines will be replaced and rustproofed. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Subaru has not specified a notification schedule. Owners can call Subaru at 800-782-2783, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 3, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Subaru Legacy: Car Seat Check

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Families in the market for a midsize sedan face an overwhelming array of choices, but if you're looking for one with all-wheel drive, the list gets narrowed a quite a bit. One option, the Subaru Legacy, was redesigned for 2015 with fresh exterior styling, a new multimedia system and a more comfortable cabin. There's plenty of room for two child-safety seats in the new Legacy, but parents may have a bit of trouble with the sedan's Latch anchors.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | June 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Subaru Legacy First Drive

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Quick: Name an all-wheel-drive midsize sedan? Maybe you remembered that the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 will have all-wheel drive available, but most likely you answered, Subaru Legacy. Through the years, standard all-wheel drive has been the lone distinguishable attribute a sedan shopper in this class would home in on if considering the Legacy.

2015 Subaru Legacy Starts at $22,490 

The problem is, not many people even think to jot the Legacy down on a sedan-shopping list. The 2015 has a chance to lure more potential buyers thanks to a new design and much improved interior. It doesn't hurt that it's exceptionally comfortable to drive and oh, yeah, has standard all-wheel drive for the commuter who might need to get to work after a snowstorm.

 

By David Thomas | May 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Subaru Legacy Starts at $22,490

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Subaru today announced pricing for its redesigned-for 2015 Legacy sedan, promising upgraded space, comfort and safety features for a small cost increase. Pricing starts at $22,490 for the base model Legacy 2.5i and goes up to $30,390 for the top-level 3.5R Limited (all prices include a $795 destination charge). That's compared with the outgoing model, which started at $21,090 for the 2.5i and $29,690 for the 3.6R Limited. The 2015 Legacy is set to arrive at dealerships in the summer.

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Four trim levels are available this year, with the previous model's 2.5i Sport version not announced for 2015. The other two trims are the 2.5i Premium, which starts at $24,290, and the 2.5i Limited, which starts at $27,290. All 2.5i versions get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 horsepower (a 2-hp bump versus 2014) and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Estimated fuel economy is 26/36 mpg city/highway, up 2 mpg city and 4 mpg highway. The 3.6R Limited is powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder Boxer engine mated to a new high-torque CVT, making 256 hp and mileage of 20/29 mpg city/highway, up 2 mpg and 4 mpg.

The base model comes standard with new safety equipment, including driver and front passenger seat cushion airbags and LED clearance lights and taillight elements, as well as welcome lighting. It also comes with a 6.2-inch multimedia touch-screen, HD radio with a single-disc CD player and Bluetooth connectivity.

By Matt Schmitz | May 16, 2014 | Comments (3)

2014 Subaru Legacy Review

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If you're considering a 2014 Subaru Legacy, your top non-negotiable feature is obviously all-wheel drive. The car's standard all-wheel-drive system is the primary reason anyone would consider the Legacy over competitors, says Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. It's certainly not the midsize sedan's exterior styling, which differentiates itself from peers only in its datedness, Bragman says. The 1990s-fabulous interior follows suit, while the powertrain is unremarkable. Still, if you live in the snowbelt, that all-wheel drive may look mighty enticing after this year's brutal winter, especially for the price. Read Bragman's review and decide for yourself.

2014 Subaru Legacy Review

Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | February 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Subaru Legacy Video

Although the 2015 Subaru Legacy is based off the concept that debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the bold grille is the most obvious thing that carried over to the production model, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Not much else made it to the new midsize sedan, however.

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Overall length is down for 2015, but Mays says there's still a good amount of head- and legroom in the backseat. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Subaru Legacy Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Subaru's midsize sedan was redesigned for 2015 and although it's not nearly as stylish as the concept version that debuted in L.A., Legacy fans should still find enough to like. Aside from the sedan's large hexagonal grille and more sloping rear roofline, its exterior styling is overall conservative.

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The interior, however, got a big makeover with a new 6.2-inch touch-screen multimedia system highlighting the dash. Subaru also said passenger room is up this year since the car grew slightly larger. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (2)

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