The cult of all-wheel drive has a new dynasty in resale value.
This is the second year in a row the Subaru Legacy midsize sedan has bested the segment sales leaders to land at the top of our Best Resale Value Awards list. Being able to put all four tires to work reaching for traction is certainly a contributing factor, but standard all-wheel drive is just the beginning of the Legacy's story.
Significantly, that story starts at around $22,500 for the 2016 Legacy -- which is less money than a new Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. At that price, the Legacy 2.5i comes with a fuel-smart -- up to 36 mpg -- 175-horsepower 4-cylinder engine mated neatly to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). That's less power than some of the other 4-cylinders in the class, but the CVT -- complete with sports-minded paddle shifters -- helps put it to good use. But if you're a devotee of the "more power" camp, the 256-horsepower Legacy 3.6R Limited flat-6 model starts just under $30,750 and enjoys better resale value than the 4-cylinder model.
All new last year with reworked (more fuel-efficient) powertrains, the Legacy offers excellent interior room, a healthy helping of standard entertainment technology, and a rearview camera. Also available is a life raft of available safety tech including (and we recommend) Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist system which gives you adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, Lane Keep Assist and Lead Vehicle Alert which will alert you if the car ahead of you starts to move forward while you're focused on changing the radio station or, dare we say it, engaged with your smartphone.