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New for 2015
The Subaru Legacy returns for the 2015 model year with a number of key new features, including a redesigned exterior, upgraded interior materials, and improved fuel economy.
A Lasting Legacy
To say the midsize sedan segment is hotly contested would be an understatement, kind of like describing the center of the sun as “really hot” or your author as “really good-looking”. And yet, it is this segment – filled with the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion – that the Subaru Legacy operates in—it’s theater of war so to speak.
But unlike the competition, the 2015 Legacy carries a formidable arsenal of features that its rivals do not. We’re talking, of course, about standard all-wheel-drive, and when paired with the Legacy’s revamped styling, updated technology, improved fuel efficiency, and low $21,695 MSRP,* there is no disputing its reputation as an all-conquering, superstar sedan with unmatched value and appeal.
Powertrains and Performance
Subaru’s powertrain reputation rests on the automaker’s excellent horizontal or “boxer” configuration, and that “legacy” (forgive the pun) continues in the 2015 Legacy sedan.
Drivers can select between two different engines: a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder. The former pumps out 175 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, while the latter generates 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque.
For 2015, all Legacy models utilize a smooth-shifting continuously variable transmission that is designed to increase fuel economy while mimicking the performance and feel of a standard automatic transmission. Not only does the new CVT provide quick acceleration and smart shifts at lower revs but, as mentioned earlier, improves fuel economy across the board. As a result, the Legacy earns an EPA-estimated 26/36 city/highway mpg** in 2.5 models and 20/29 mpg city/highway** in the 3.6 models.
On the road, the 2015 Legacy delivers superior handling and drivability thanks to its patented engine design. Subaru’s famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive also deserves praise thanks to its assured handling and confidence in even the most slippery, winter weather conditions.
Features and Trims
The 2015 Legacy comes in four trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited.
Thankfully, interested buyers don’t have to venture down the model list in order to get a well-equipped sedan. Notable standard features include paddle shifters, a 6.2-inch infotainment system, and Bluetooth® phone and streaming capabilities. A backup camera is also standard, as are 17-inch wheels.
Of course, drivers looking for even more amenities will want to explore Premium models, which add everything from heated front seats, an upgraded seven-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, and more.
Finally, Limited trims feature a 576-watt harman/kardon® audio system, which is sure to please audiophiles. Also included is a handy blind-spot and lane-departure warning system as well as upgraded leather upholstery.
While rival models continue to outdo one another with ostentatious designs, Subaru has taken a more measured approach with the Legacy. The 2015 Legacy forgoes pointless flourishes of flair but still manages to imbue confidence with its exceptional design that sports a healthy dose of athleticism, all while keeping its exterior sheetmetal grounded and palatable.
Overall, though, the 2015 Legacy is a handsome-looking sedan, and one that will prove widely appealing to both returning Subaru fans and newcomers alike.
Step inside and there is even more to love. Drivers and occupants are greeted with a lively yet contemporary interior that comfortably houses five. Instrumentation is clean and intuitive, while the vents are stacked higher along the dash in order to make way for the car’s standard 6.2-inch infotainment system. Subaru has even managed to increase trunk capacity, which serves up an ample 15 cubic feet—a perfect amount for your daily grind or an impromptu weekend getaway.
The 2015 Legacy also features Subaru's most comprehensive safety suite ever, including the previously mentioned standard all-wheel drive and rearview camera as well as available blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive foglights. Subaru's latest EyeSight® driver assist technology, available on Premium and Limited trim models, integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking, and lane departure warning, all into one compelling package.
Midsize sedan buyers living in less forgiving climates would be wise to place the 2015 Legacy atop their list, as it is one of only a handful of models to offer such a high degree of surefootedness, and the only to come with all-wheel drive as a standard option. Factor in the Legacy’s modest price of admission, improved fuel economy, and veritable treasure trove of tech, and it’s clear that few of its rivals can hope to match the Legacy’s long list of strengths.
For more information, or to test drive a 2015 Legacy for yourself, be sure to stop by and visit your local Subaru dealer.
*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.
**EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
The AutoPacific VSA are designed to provide a list of the most fulfilling vehicles for consumers navigating a crowded Crossover/SUV market. The Awards have become a benchmark for measuring consumer satisfaction in the industry, objectively evaluating customer responses in regard to 50 separate vehicle attributes covering everything from the comfort of the interior seat comfort to performance on the road.
The 2014 Rogue stood out with its “top satisfying attributes” that included exterior styling, reliability, handling, and an overall feeling of safety behind the wheel. The Rogue also features innovative technology inside and out, high style, top safety features, and best-in-class fuel economy*.
Recognition from the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards is particularly special because it comes directly from Nissan Rogue owners. It’s exciting to learn owners are just as passionate about the new Rogue as its creators are. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, stop by our dealership today to test drive a new Rogue. It won’t take long to see why Nissan owners think it’s the best.
Cars have a way of transforming the human personality, especially when a person slips behind the wheel. Nice, normal, relaxed people can transform into monsters that threaten the fabric of society. Just in case you’re not aware of how driving changes you, take the following quiz. An answer key at the end will help you interpret your answers.
- You’re on a two-lane road (one lane in each direction) with a double-yellow line in the center. You are behind a driver that is moving at about 20 mph (the speed limit is 45). What do you do?
- Ride up to the car’s bumper while leaning on your horn, flashing your lights, and waving vulgar sign language out your window.
- Pass the car illegally on the left or right to get in front of it and then slow down to about 10 mph to teach that driver a lesson.
- No one says any one person must go the speed limit.
- Establish a safe following distance and set your cruise control to match the speed of the car in front of you and enjoy the scenery.
- You are driving on an interstate highway where the speed limit is 55. How fast are you driving?
- The capabilities of my car and the appearance of flashing blue lights are the only speed limits I know.
- I go 8 mph over the speed limit at all times. If I’m feeling lucky, I’ll jack that up to 15 or 20.
- I will go 55, but I see the speed limit is changing up ahead, so in a few seconds I can lawfully jack up my speed to 65.
- I’m afraid my speedometer reads too fast, so I’ll go about 10 mph slower than the speed limit just to be safe.
- You’re approaching an intersection that has a light that just turned yellow. You’ve stopped for 15 red lights already, so you don’t think you should have to stop again. What do you do?
- Put the pedal to the metal and run it. You must break the cycle to get better luck.
- Use your illegal traffic light changer to give yourself a green light.
- Stop, but complain about how the government is making you late.
- Calmly stop, knowing that you have planned enough travel time so you won’t be late.
- What part of your car do you appreciate the most?
- The gas pedal.
- The nitrous oxide power boost system.
- The all-around airbags.
- The fuel economy rating.
- According to your belief system, who or what makes the roads you travel most dangerous?
- Traffic lights.
- People who don’t wear their seatbelt.
- Poorly maintained roads.
- Why did you get your last ticket?
- The cop saw my “Life is Good” bumper sticker and wanted to prove it wrong.
- I was the slowest speeder out there.
- OMG. I had a burnt-out taillight and didn’t even know it! Thank you officer!
- Failure to drive the minimum speed.
If you answered A or B to all six questions, you are an aggressive and irresponsible driver. You should check into a counseling program immediately. If you answered A or B to three or more questions, you are an annoying driver who could lose control at any moment. If you answered A or B to zero to two questions, you are very relaxed and responsible, but you might become a victim of road rage.
Many car drivers experience problems with their car battery during the winter. Damp, cold weather can wreak havoc with this critical car part. Many an early morning has been made more stressful by a car battery that doesn't want to work. However, the warmer summer months are not entirely plain sailing when it comes to your car battery, with the sun and hot temperatures posing challenges. Here are some tips on caring for your car battery during the summer.
The excess heat of summer can cause problems for the car battery. If the car is left in the sun for a long period of time or out on the road, the internal temperature can soar. The excess heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate, which can damage the internal parts of the battery. If the components fail, the battery could eventually stop working entirely, which could be disastrous for you.
Checking the battery and electrical system
Before the summer starts, ask your service department to check the battery and electrical system. An expert eye may identify problems before they become too serious. While you may need to spend a bit of cash up front, you could easily discover that this is a good investment in the long run. As a general rule, if your car battery is more than three years old, you should have it fully tested to see how much more life there is in it.
Additional Battery Pressure
Even if the battery checks out, it is important to look after it during the summer months to ensure that it works at maximum efficiency. Ensure that you check your battery on a regular basis, and certainly before every long journey. Add distilled water as necessary and make sure that you carry additional distilled water for long journeys. Remember that the battery may be under additional pressure on long journeys. Idling in traffic, air conditioning, and the use of electronic devices such as GPS systems or portable DVD players can all place additional demands on your battery.
It is also important to keep the battery clean. Excess dust or dirt on the battery can become a conductor which, in turn, can drain battery power. Accumulated corrosion on the battery terminals may insulate the battery and inhibit the flow of current. Both these things can add additional pressure to the battery. You can easily clean the battery and terminals with an old toothbrush. Always clean the battery before the car heats up. Contact our service department for more information.
This year's event is September 6, 2014.
With excellent store-bought ice cream so readily available, the idea of homemade ice cream may seem like a contradiction in terms. But with the help of an ice cream maker, homemade ice cream is not only easy, but incredibly delicious. Here is a tried-and-true recipe for making perfectly smooth, creamy ice cream that is sure to steal the spotlight.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Preparation Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Active prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooling/Freezing Time: 2 hours cooling - 30 minutes freezing
Servings: One half-gallon
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup Half-and-Half
1 cup whole milk
2 whole eggs, well beaten and 4 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Pour cream, half and half, and milk into a 1 quart saucepan, add the sugars and whisk until dissolved. Bring over medium high heat and cook until mixture begins to boil; just until bubbles are formed around the rim of the pan. Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes.
Add egg yolks and whole eggs into a small bowl and whisk/beat well.
After cooling milk mixture, add one cup of the hot mixture to the well beaten eggs and whisk to combine.
Pour the remainder of the hot mixture slowly into the egg mixture, whisking until fully incorporated. Place over medium high heat again and cook (stirring constantly) an additional 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
Add vanilla and stir it in well.
Pour into a medium sized mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap placed directly on the custard mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
To make the ice cream:
Remove cold custard mixture from refrigerator and pour into the container of ice cream maker, follow manufacturer’s instructions for use.
When the ice cream maker’s timer goes off or the machine turns off - carefully remove the container. If using a machine that requires ice and salt, wipe the lid of the container off carefully with a damp cloth so no salty water contaminates the ice cream.
At this point any add-ins can be stirred into the partially frozen ice cream; sugared nuts, chocolate chips, broken candy bars, fruits, or even ice cream sauces like caramel, strawberry, or chocolate can be added at this point. Fresh fruits are wonderful when pureed or chopped and added to the mixture.
Place the ice cream into a plastic, lidded freezer container and freeze an additional 1 to 2 hours.
Remove the ice cream from the freezer about 20 minutes before serving; this allows it to thaw slightly for easy scooping into nice big ice cream cones or pretty single serving bowls.
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