Subaru of America, Inc. has added numerous upgrades to the Legacy sedans for 2014, following a model year in which the Legacy gained a new 2.5-liter BOXER engine for higher fuel economy, and also debuted revised styling and suspension and a new Sport model. The 2014 Legacy 2.5i models continue to offer the best combined EPA fuel economy rating of any all-wheel drive car in its class, at 27 MPG (24/32 highway/city).
Changes for 2014 add further refinement and safety. Subaru introduced the advanced EyeSight driver-assist system for the 2013 Legacy and Outback Limited models, and for 2014 makes it also available in the Premium trim line. EyeSight, which uses Subaru-developed stereo camera technology, integrates Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking and Vehicle Lane Departure Warning. In the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Front Crash Prevention (FHP) test program, the 2014 Legacy sedan and Outback® with the available EyeSight system were the only vehicles to receive highest possible score of six points and were two of seven models from 74 tested to receive highest possible “Superior” rating. The Superior rating is given to vehicles that have an autobraking system such as Subaru EyeSight and can avoid a crash or substantially reduce speeds in both tests. Subaru EyeSight is the highest-rated front crash prevention system by IIHS. In addition, the 2014 Legacy and Outback models are Top Safety Pick+ award winners. In other changes for 2014, the Lineartronic® CVT (continuously variable transmission) gains adaptive control for smoother performance and response. The Legacy 2.5i Premium adds a newly standard Display Audio System with HD Radio, 4.3-in. LCD display screen, single-disc CD player, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (includes 4-month trial subscription), 6-speakers and all features of standard audio system (Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, iPod control capability, USB port and 3.5mm auxiliary input jack). The optional navigation system, available for the Legacy Premium, Sport and Limited trim lines, gains Aha® smartphone integration, with features that include radio stations, newsfeeds, audiobooks and more. The Legacy 2.5i model offers a new Alloy Wheel Package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, 215/50 R17 all-season tires and fog lights with chrome trim rings. The Legacy remains the only car in its class to feature an all-wheel drive system as standard, the renowned Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (one of three different versions, depending on engine and transmission). The Legacy rewards drivers with engaging driving character and a high level of driving comfort and offers outstanding safety performance. The Subaru Legacy is a standout in the midsize field in terms of roominess. At 103 cu. ft., the Legacy offers more total passenger room than some of its competitors, and rear seat legroom measures a generous 37.8 inches. The 14.7 cu. ft. trunk is on par with front-wheel drive competitors, a significant achievement considering that the standard Symmetrical AWD system requires packaging for a rear differential and drive axles.
All-Wheel Drive Midsize Sedan with Four- or Six-Cylinder BOXER Engine
The Legacy 2.5i models are powered by a double-overhead-cam (DOHC) FB series 2.5-liter BOXER engine that debuted for 2013. The engine produces 173 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, with greater low-end torque across a broad speed range compared to the previous engine. The 2014 Legacy 3.6R continues exclusively in Limited trim level. Its 256-horsepower 3.6-liter 6-cylinder BOXER engine is teamed with a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. A downshift “blipping” feature adds a sporty feel when using the standard steering wheel paddle shifters. The 2014 Legacy 2.5i offers a choice between a standard 6-speed manual transmission and the second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission), with the CVT standard on the 2.5i Premium and Limited models. For 2014, the addition of adaptive control to the CVT adds further refinement. Based on vehicle inputs received by the transmission control module, pulley gear ratios are always optimized based on driving preferences and road conditions.
Unlike a conventional automatic transmission that uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT provides infinite variability between the lowest and highest available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts. The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. Models with the CVT also feature a 6-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios.