- Midsize sedan was redesigned last year
- Adds new technology for 2016, including STARLINK
- Standard all-wheel drive
After a full redesign last year, the 2016 Subaru Legacy gets even better adding new technology and safety features.
First up is Subaru’s new STARLINK system, which makes its debut across the lineup for 2016. It functions like a mix of infotainment and OnStar, controlling both in-cabin connectivity like Bluetooth and USB connections, as well as a mix of safety services as well. STARLINK comes standard on all Legacy models, but features vary by trim level. On Premium, Limited, and Touring models, the system can read text messages and offers an extra USB port. There are two safety packages available on a subscription basis: Safety Plus, or Safety Plus and Security Plus. Safety Plus offers automatic collision notification, an SOS button, roadside assistance, and remote services like monthly diagnostics sent to your phone or email. Security Plus adds on stolen vehicle recovery, remote lock/unlock, and a vehicle locator.
The Legacy’s styling was also updated in the redesign, adding a large hexagonal grille and stronger lines which give the Legacy more angles and stature. 17-inch wheels are standard, with larger 18-inch wheels optional. On 2.5i models, active grille shutters are standard which close when the Legacy is traveling at highway speeds to make it more aerodynamic and improve fuel economy. Also available are adaptive fog lights, which rotate along with the car to better light the road around turns.
Under the hood, the Legacy has two engine options, both horizontally opposed boxer setups. The base engine is found in 2.5i models, a 175-hp, 2.5-liter flat four cylinder, while 3.6R Limited models get a 253-hp, 3.6-liter flat six. Both are mated to a CVT with simulated six-speed gear changes and all-wheel drive comes standard. Fuel economy ratings are respectable for this class at first glance, but are quite good when you remember that the Legacy has all-wheel drive which usually negatively affects fuel efficiency. 2.5i models are estimated at 26/36 mpg city/highway while 3.6R models return 20/28 mpg.
Inside, the Legacy got upgraded materials and a new layout last year which carry on into 2016. Standard features include a 6.2-inch touch screen with STARLINK audio, HD radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and a 65/35-split folding rear seat. The Premium and Limited trims each add more features to the mix. Also available are navigation with a larger 7-inch screen, leather upholstery, heated front/rear seats, power front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The 2016 Legacy received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest designation, for its performance in crash tests. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, hill start assist and hill descent control, six airbags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control. EyeSight driver assist technology (available on Limited models) adds lane keep assist for 2016, which joins adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, and lane departure warnings. Also new for 2016 are blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alerts.