- Midsize sedan with standard all-wheel drive
- Got big updates, including new styling and a new engine/transmission in 2013
- Bluetooth phone/streaming audio is standard
If you want a midsize sedan with all-wheel drive the options are pretty limited: Ford Fusion or this car, the 2014 Subaru Legacy.
In 2013, the Legacy got extensive updates which all return for 2014. A new, more powerful and more efficient four-cylinder engine, new transmission, and updated styling all make the leap, as does the optional EyeSight driver aid system, which is designed to intervene to prevent or lessen the impact of a forward collision.
Subaru offers up two engine choices for the 2014 Legacy. Legacy trims starting with “2.5” feature a 173-hp, 2.5-liter, flat-four cylinder engine with 174 pounds-feet of torque that is mated to either a six-speed manual or CVT. Legacy 3.5 models draw power from a 256-hp, 3.6-liter, flat-six cylinder engine producing 247 pounds-feet of torque, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
For those in the midsize sedan market, fuel economy is an important measure of a car’s value and for an all-wheel drive vehicle, the Legacy performs admirably. Subaru’s improved 2.5-liter engine paired with the CVT gets the best mileage, 24/32 mpg city/highway. The six-speed manual gives up a bit of economy, returning 21/28 mpg city/highway. With the 3.5-liter six and five-speed automatic, the figures come in at 18/25 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Legacy has slightly less interior and cargo room than many competitors, but the cabin has been upgraded with better materials. Notable standard features inside include Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, electronic parking brake, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Available options include power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and up-rated audio systems. Navigation is optional for the top 2.5 and 3.5 trim levels.
The 2014 Legacy was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Standard safety features include Vehicle Dynamic Control, antilock brakes, and six airbags (front, front side-impact and side-curtain). Also standard are Hill Holder Assist and a brake override system that cuts power when both brake and accelerator are pressed at the same time. The EyeSight driver aid system is optional, and combines several safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and pedestrian detection into one system.