2017 Subaru Legacy Offers Great Value for a Mid-Size Sedan Amid its Aging Powertrain and Average Performance, More Details

At a starting price point of $22,000 for its base model, the 2017 Subaru Legacy indeed offers a great value for a mid-size and roomy sedan.

In fact, it has already made it to the list of ‘Best Car to Buy’ as early as 2015. But despite its great value, it is still one of the sedans in the market that have yet to get the full attention it deserves from buyers.

High among its positive points are its safety and all-weather performance, all-wheel drive as standard, which is typical for most Subaru vehicles, a standard infotainment, and the very good and affordable EyeSight system for enhanced safety, notes The Car Connection.

Interestingly, the sales of the 2017 Subaru Legacy pale in comparison against the competition and critics attribute it primarily to its aging powertrain and average performance. Some are also saying that the conservative looks of the sedan cannot simply match the looks of the new generation sedans from other carmakers.

Critics are citing, in particular, the slower acceleration of the 2017 Subaru Legacy when compared to its competitors. Some also noted that it offers a stiffer ride, with the exception of the Legacy Limited trim level, noted Edmunds.com.

The 2017 Subaru Legacy has been rated quite excellent for safety primarily because of its high-tech safety features that work well and is widely available throughout the lineup. In fact, it also got top crash test scores too.

In serious competition

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is actually in a tough competition in the mid-size sedan segment of the motoring market with competitors like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and the Ford Fusion.

The Legacy sedan also faces competition inside Subaru’s dealerships by the company’s selection of crossovers that include the mechanically related Outback.

The Legacy owes its excellent all-weather capability to its standard all-wheel-drive system, a trait that differentiates it clearly from its competitors. The Ford Fusion and Chrysler 200 both offer all-wheel drive as well, but it’s optional and then only with the pricier, more powerful and less efficient engines.

With the Legacy, it’s included with both available engines and on every trim, plus its fuel economy compares favorably to the segment best.

Beyond its all-weather distinction, the Legacy stands out with its package of EyeSight accident avoidance tech available on all but the base trim.

The 2017 Subaru Legacy also comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and seat cushion airbags that deploy from the seat bottom to help keep occupants in place in a frontal collision.

Fighting for attention

Unlike the Subaru Outback which is based loosely on it, the Legacy fights for attention. Thus, the Legacy’s best argument is a nuanced one: its value comes into focus when buyers consider its all-wheel drive as standard.

The 2017 Subaru Legacy comes with two powertrain options, both mated to a CVT and all-wheel drive.

A 2.5-liter flat-4 that makes 175 horsepower is usually the top pick of most buyers, but it won’t be hurried. A bigger 3.6-liter flat-6 is available in top Limited trim, but it’s only good for pulling off high-altitude passes and its mediocre fuel economy could be too much for many to consider.

In terms of style, everything is in its place on the Legacy and the no-nonsense sedan avoids every empty design trend that has become a trend in today’s sedans. It’s most daring features are its sharply raked windshield and mildly sculpted fenders and lower bodywork.

In front, the logo lies inside a six-sided grille but it’s no trendsetter, as motorists have seen it everywhere from the Hyundai Sonata to the Ford Fusion.

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