2016 subaru legacy Model Overview
New for 2016
The suspension calibration has been recalibrated for a smoother ride in the Limited trim of the 2016 Subaru Legacy while all models have had their steering feel improved. A new version of the Starlink infotainment system has been added and now includes features such as vehicle diagnostics, automatic collision notification, SOS emergency assistance, and maintenance notifications. Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety and driver assistance features now includes lane keeping assist. Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on the Limited trim.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy is an all-wheel-drive midsize family sedan that slots above the compact Impreza.
Two engines are available in the 2016 Legacy, a 175-hp 2.5-liter flat-four with 174 lb-ft of torque and a 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 256 hp and 247 lb-ft. Both engines are paired exclusively to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Despite having all-wheel drive standard, the four-cylinder Legacy achieves impressive fuel economy at 26/36 mpg city/highway. Stepping up to the larger 3.6-liter flat-six drops those numbers down to 20/29 mpg.
Trunk space in the 2016 Legacy is class competitive and can be expanded with the standard split-folding rear seats.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the Legacy also comes with seat cushion airbags for the driver and front passenger. In the Premium trim, the EyeSight suite of safety features becomes available and bundles together lane departure warning, automatic forward emergency braking, blind spot warning, and adaptive cruise control. The Limited trim adds lane keeping assist to the EyeSight suite.
In NHTSA crash testing the 2015 model received a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars). The IIHS gave the 2015 Legacy the Top Safety Pick+ designation after it earned a Good score in all five crash tests (Good is the highest possible score). Additionally, the Legacy also earned a Superior rating in the IIHS’ Front Crash Prevention test and was able to avoid a 12-mph and 25-mph collision (front crash prevention ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
In the base 2.5i trim, standard features include split-folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, a color LCD display, a 6.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, a USB port, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2.5i Premium trim adds a second USB port, dual-zone climate control, a larger seven-inch infotainment touchscreen, a rearview camera, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Navigation is optional on the Premium trim. In the 2.5i Limited trim, additional standard features include navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power drive and passenger seats, heated rear seats, and leather upholstery. The range-topping 3.6R Limited has the same features as the 2.5i Limited but also includes HID headlights.
What We Think
In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the Legacy’s CVT is one of the best units because it operates quietly and refined manner. However, the lack of a torque converter means that pulling away from a stop is never smooth even with light throttle inputs. The four-cylinder Legacy is also one of the slower entries in the segment with a Motor Trend as-tested 0-60 mph time of 8.8 seconds. Additionally, the six-cylinder model gives up too much over the four-cylinder variant, especially when it comes to fuel efficiency. While the interior has seen a big improvement during the Legacy’s redesign, the main highlight is an infotainment system that didn’t immediately become the worst in the industry. The standard 6.2-inch touchscreen and optional seven-inch unit are easy to use and functional.
The Legacy’s base 2.5-liter flat-four was one of the first iterations of Subaru’s new four cylinder engine family.
- Surprisingly fuel efficient
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Top class safety and driver assistance systems
You Won’t Like:
- Underpowered base engine
- Anonymous exterior design
- Optional six-cylinder engine is ancient