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Overview: With sales steadily climbing, the Legacy must be considered a mainstream contender in the mid-size sedan category; retuned steering and suspension systems for 2016.

Drivetrains: The four- and six-cylinder engines are connected to the continuously variable transmission; AWD is standard, of course.

The Legacy combines the comfort of a roomy sedan with the ability of a mountain goat, which is something that very few of its competitors can come close to claiming. Thanks to a 2015 update, the Legacy displays a modern dashboard and a more centrally located touch-screen display for the rearview camera and infotainment/navigation systems. The Legacy’s two powerplants were also updated for 2015, with the base 175-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder receiving slight changes to make it a bit lighter, quieter and more fuel-efficient. Its rating of 26 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway are achieved with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that is standard across the line, even for the optional 3.6-liter six-cylinder that makes 256 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive system that comes with all Legacys includes torque vectoring, which applies light braking to the inside front wheel while turning to enhance steering control. Both the electric steering and suspension have been retuned for 2016; the former to improve “feel” and the latter to reduce vibration and harshness over rough roads. The base Legacy 2.5i arrives with all the usual comfort and convenience features, while the 2.5i Premium adds dual-zone climate control, seven-inch touch-screen (up from 6.2 inches), power driver’s seat and 17-inch alloy wheels (16-inch steelies are standard). Pop for the 2.5i Premium and you get perforated-leather seats, power passenger seat, 576-watt Harmon/Kardon-brand audio system and 18-inch wheels. The top-rung 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited come with Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety aids that includes Pre-Collision Braking. It’s designed to slow or stop the Legacy if the computer determines that a rear-end smack-down is imminent.