The more blunt look of the front end, and the taller grille together work a bit better with the closely related Outback than they do in the Legacy, although it doesn’t get in the way of an elegant, nicely proportioned side view.
Overall, the 2017 Subaru Legacy has a clean, easily readable design with a band of metallic or wood-grain trim that distinguishes upper-trim levels from base versions. Gauges are lit in blue, with a small LCD display wedged between the dials for a quick read of the directions or audio status.
The vents are stacked higher on the dash, to make room for a touchscreen interface that sits above a panel of knobs and switches rendered in old-school-Japanese metallic plastic.
The Legacy uses two of Subaru’s oldest boxer engines and it’s equally endearing and impairing, for most critics.
But the Legacy only weighs around 100 pounds less than the Outback, and the 2.5-liter still gasps for power during its testing.
In terms of comfort and ride quality, the 2017 Subaru Legacy sits at the large end of the mid-size lineup. It sports 119.6 cubic feet of passenger and trunk space, which slides in just beneath the 120-cubic-foot definition of a large car by the federal government of the US.
The sedan’s curb weight is up to about 3,500 pounds in base trim or 3,700 pounds in flat-6 guise. It’s riding just a bit more like a big car than before, although in most ways the weight is well-masked.