The Subaru Legacy grabs best resale value honors in the Midsize Car category for its third consecutive year, and adds a new Legacy Sport model that adds its own unique visual distinction. Along with Subaru's signature boxer-style engines, all versions boast standard all-wheel drive that adds an extra measure of all-weather confidence to the mix.
The Legacy 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport and 2.5 Limited share a fuel-efficient 175-horsepower/2.5-liter 4-cylinder with a 34-mpg EPA highway rating while the range-topping Legacy 3.6R Limited packs a less frugal but more potent 256-horse flat-6. Both engines are backed by Subie's Lineartronic CVT automatic with paddle shifters that allow access to six "virtual" gears. Rounding out the mix is an Active Torque Vectoring system.
Well appointed and well isolated, the Legacy's cabin is one of the largest in its class with cloth interior trim replaced by leather on both Limited versions. Its lengthy roster of safety standards can be upgraded on all but the 2.5i model with the highly recommended EyeSight driver-assist package that also includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, Lane Keep Assist, and Lead Vehicle Alert Safety elements plus new-for-2017 Reverse Automatic Braking and High Beam Assist on the Legacy 2.5i Sport.
Complementing its solid reputation for long-term durability, the Subaru Legacy also offers an outstanding cost-to-benefit ratio. Pricing for the 2.5i starts under $23,000, which undercuts both the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry while the primo 3.6R Limited opens at $32,460.