Odometer at pick-up: 856 km
Odometer current: 4,824 km (3,968 km by Autos.ca)
Observed Fuel Consumption: 8.3 L/100 km
Fuel costs: $387.20
I can’t recall the last time we put this many kilometres on a long-term car in a single month, but we put the Subaru Legacy to good use in a couple of road trips, one by a colleague and another by yours truly.
The most appealing and dominant characteristics of the Subaru Legacy are its size and comfort, so we’ll start from there.
Pulling the tape at 4,796 mm with 2,750 mm of wheelbase, the Legacy is just a tad shorter than the segment juggernauts like the Camry, Accord and Fusion, but still manages to pack in more combined front and rear legroom than all but the Fusion. Length and width in both rows is generous, but headroom is behind class leader.
Because of the generous interior space, car seat installation is a relief after our struggles in the diminutive A3, though that low roof still forces more bend in my back than I wish for (the reason so many of us start looking longingly at minivans and crossovers). The anchors for the car seats are tucked behind aesthetic covers, and are a bit harder to access, but the top tether is easy to access with a removable headrest. With lots of room to move around, child seat installation is easy enough.
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i. (Right) Photo by Ronnie Fung. Click image to enlarge
The seats themselves don’t immediately impress with any great support or comfort, but they never feel uncomfortable, and are adjustable enough to suit a variety of heights, confirmed by our colleague on his long trip to Philadelphia and back. He adds: “The driving position on this car shines — with your seat adjusted to the proper driving position — it’s possible to have your left elbow and right elbow comfortably resting on their respective arm rests while maintaining a solid 9 and 3 hand position on the wheel.”
Personally, I find that the large space makes it a bit of a reach to the touchscreen controls, though steering wheel controls make that an infrequent trip for my right hand. Once there, the logic and menus are easy to navigate, but the screen response seems slow and the screen is subject to glare issues. We will delve more fully into the Starlink system in our next update, but for now we can report that we are disappointed with the sound quality of the base sound system. It may be improved over previous generations, but it often frustrates us with muddled lyrics and Jacob finds the mid-range and lows insufficient.
More basic functions like temperature control are better sorted. From the logbook: “Climate control is simple and intuitive. Dual climate system works perfectly. Tested opposite extremes for driver and passenger and it functioned as it should.”
But why, oh why, would Subaru incorporate the tiniest digital clock ever into the climate control readout panel? It makes us long for the legendary timepiece of Corolla, in all its functional, ugly functionality.
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i infotainment display glare, gauges, cruise control display. Click image to enlarge