We keep having to remind ourselves that the starting price for the 2016 Subaru Legacy is somewhere in the mid-$20,000 range. It just doesn’t seem possible, because the features we have in our test car are usually reserved for luxury vehicles that cost thousands — or tens of thousands — more.
Most of this is due to Subaru’s excellent EyeSight package, which boasts an impressive array of safety equipment for a surprisingly small amount of money. The package includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system, and rear cross-traffic alert — and yet it’s available for just $1,195 on the Legacy Premium, which starts around $24,600 with shipping. There’s even a system that will help guide you back into your lane if you start to drift out, which is very unusual at this price point.
And there’s another unique Legacy feature we also love. If you’re like most drivers, you might find yourself getting a little distracted when you’re sitting at a stoplight — maybe reading a text message, or talking to your kids or looking for something in the passenger seat. Normally, this means you’ll hold up traffic if you aren’t paying attention when the light turns green — but not in the Legacy. The Legacy sounds a chime to let you know that traffic ahead of you is moving, which immediately brings your eyes back to the road. It’s a feature every car should have.
We’re also enjoying the Legacy’s spacious back seat, as our editor Brian Moody says that “hauling kids with no seat-kicking is a bonus.” With that said, we’ve found one flaw: We wish there were a two-pronged power outlet or a USB port somewhere in back so rear passengers could charge their devices.
After spending some time with the 2016 Subaru Legacy, we’re starting to see why Subaru’s sales are increasing so rapidly — and we think it offers a strong alternative to many top midsize sedans.