- - Monday, January 23, 2017

Subaru is known for its sturdy disposition. As for the 2017 Subaru Legacy, it’s a great go-to vehicle in the winter when the roads are less than perfect and a fun summer vehicle because it is a fun drive.

One standout on the 2017 Legacy is the all-wheel drive feature, which is not just an option, but the standard. For 2017 there is also a new trim; the Sport trim offering unusual styling and interior tweaks.

Considered a mid-size sedan the 2017 Subaru Legacy stands head to head with the Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Camry. Already a hard market, the all-wheel drive on the Legacy is a standout point and it does not raise the sticker price or the engine option.

The words hardy all-weather vehicle is what comes to mind with the 2017 Subaru Legacy and that is for any of the trim levels you choose; 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited.

With a capacity for five passengers, the standout on all the trims except the 2.5i is the EyeSight accident avoidance technology. Consider that when perusing the trims that are available. To get an idea of how to distinguish the trim levels keep in mind the numbers define the engine type on the vehicle.

With the base 2.5i you get 17-inch steel wheels, all-wheel drive, automatic headlights, rearview camera, cloth on the inside, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40 split and fold back seat. The technology is the Bluetooth capabilities, 6.2-inch touchscreen with the “Subaru Starlink” feature, smartphone apps, a USB port and iPod interface.

For the next level 2.5i Premium you get alloy wheels with heated front seats and mirrors as well as a windshield wiper de-icer. There is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, seven-inch Starlink screen, more smartphone apps and USB ports than on the base trim and you can also opt for a sunroof.

With the 2.5i Sport add to the above trims 18-inch wheels, fog lights, keyless ignition and entry and a sunroof. The 2.5i Limited trim will give you the Premium’s style with heated rear seats, leather upholstery and improved suspension. For safety you get blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.

At the top-of-the-line the 3.6R Limited offers a six-cylinder engine that changes the overall feel of the Legacy adding a steering wheel shift paddle and xenon headlights.

Under the hood you get a choice of the 2.5i or the 3.6R engine on the 2017 Legacy. The all-wheel drive also comes with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The 2.5i has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.

For the 3.6R this trim has a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine with 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.

Safety on the 2017 Subaru Legacy includes the standard stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front side and side curtain airbags along with seat cushion airbags and a rearview camera.

The higher trim levels offer the Starlink Connected Service that gives you emergency assistance and automatic collision as well as the option of remote vehicle access and vehicle location recovery

An impressive safety feature is the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package, which is an option on all but the base trim with forward collision, pedestrian detection and automatic braking that includes reverse braking and lane departure warning.

While the interior is not as fancy as some of the competition you know what you are getting with this one and it’s a down-to-earth look and feel. The knobs and buttons are easy to use and even the touchscreen with the navigation system is one of the easiest I have used in some time.

Passengers will be happy with the headroom, in the back the legroom is a tighter squeeze, but doable. The trunk space comes in at 15-cubic-feet, which is standard in this mid-size sedan class.

When behind the wheel of the 2017 Subaru Legacy you won’t be disappointed since you have the choice of engines depending on your needs. You also will have plenty of confidence driving the Legacy in any kind of weather.

Furthermore, the Legacy promises an easy and quiet ride with good handling that means the driver will have a confident experience behind the wheel.

Should You Need to Know: No matter the 2017 Legacy engine choice you will find good acceleration and fuel economy for the mid-size sedan market.

Miles: On the 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport I drove it came it at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport I drove had a price tag of $28,910 with available options added including the Eyesight Driver Assist and a power moonroof.

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