Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Review

Jerry Reynolds | September 20, 2016
Test Drive: 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport Review

This week I bring you the 2017 Subaru Legacy, a midsize sedan that competes with Camry, Accord, Fusion, Altima, and others.  One thing that makes the Legacy interesting is that it comes with Subaru’s terrific symmetrical all-wheel drive system as standard equipment, something most midsize cars don’t even offer.

There are five trim levels.

My review vehicle has the Sport package, a new offering for 2017 and it falls right in the middle of the trim lineups.  The entry level is the 2.5i, which starts at $22,000.  From there you go up to the Premium, then the one I am driving, the Sport. Next up is the Limited, and finally, you go to top-of-the-line the 3.6R Limited, which starts at $31,640.

You get two engine options.

Legacy comes with two engine choices.  The most popular is the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine that puts out 175-horses, or you can move up to the 3.6-liter.  All Legacys come with a continuously variable automatic transmission, that can be shifted from paddles on the steering wheel.

Inside it's 100% Subaru. 

When you open the door, you notice how clean everything is, and how well laid out it is.  It is not an overly luxurious interior, especially with cloth seats, but it is just well done.  The center console features two large cup holders, a nice covered compartment, the gear shifter, and electronic emergency brake.

The tachometer and speedometer are colorful and large, and in the center is a programmable driver information center that gives you gas mileage data, a digital speedometer, and compass.  There is a leather-wrapped steering wheel with buttons for your cruise control, audio controls, and the Bluetooth.

The seats are comfortable and front and rear legroom is very good, as is headroom for five adults.  Trunk space is quite good, and the back seats fold down for additional storage.

Back to the center of the dash, there is a color 7-inch touchscreen that operates audio, the apps for real-time weather, sports, navigation, etc.  The system is easy to operate and very simple to maneuver around in.

You get one year of for free, and the system includes automatic collision notification, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, and added convenience with remote services. Whether you're in your vehicle, at your computer, or on your mobile device, Starlink Safety and Security Services help keep you and your vehicle safe.

Subaru's optional Eyesight Safety system is worth it.

The other option I always recommend people get is called .  EyeSight monitors traffic movement, optimizes cruise control, and warns you when you're swaying outside your lane. The pre-collision braking feature can even apply full braking force in emergency situations.  It is one of the best systems I have ever experienced. 

EyeSight uses twin-CCD cameras, simulating stereoscopic vision. When activated, it actively monitors the road through the windshield-mounted cameras.  Subarus equipped with EyeSight earned the highest possible rating in the IIHS front crash safety test, and the Government gives the car a 5-Star safety rating in every category.

My 2017 Legacy Sport tester is well-equipped.

My tester is well-equipped with power driver’s seat, a power sliding moon roof, keyless entry and push-button start, rear camera, blind spot monitoring, heated seats, and a reverse braking system, in case you hit the gas instead of the brake when backing up.

The Legacy Sport drives well, is quiet inside, and the ride quality is quite good.  Fuel economy is rated at 25 in the city, 34 on the highway, and 29 overall.

It's a partial zero emissions vehicle.

Legacy is also rated as a car, which is a partial zero emissions vehicle. In the United States, a PZEV is an automobile that has zero evaporative emissions from its fuel system, has a 15-year (or at least 150,000-mile) warranty on its emission-control components, and meets SULEV tailpipe-emission standards. SULEV stands for Super ultra-low emission vehicles quality for HOV lane use in some states, like California.

Consider power vs. fuel economy.

One issue with the car is it is fairly sluggish and if you have a heavy foot, this car can be frustrating.  However, if fuel economy is more important to you than power, this could be the car for you, and if you are in an area that has a lot of rainy or snowy weather, this is great choice, and it’s super safe.

MSRP as equipped like this one is $28,910, which is a great value considering the equipment this one has.

2017 Legacy Subaru Sport

  • What I liked most: The fuel economy and pricing.
  • What I would change: Just a bit sluggish for my taste, but love the gas mileage.
  • MSRP: Base price $23,995. As equipped $28,910.
  • Fuel Economy:  Rated at 25 City/34 highway/29 combined, doing slightly better.
  • Odometer reading when tested: 350 miles.
  • Weight: 3492 Pounds.
  • Length-Width-Height: 189” long/72” wide/59” High.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity:  18 gallons with the filler on the passenger side.
  • Towing Capacity: N/A
  • 2017 Legacy Sport in a few words: Great car, super safe, an exceptional value.
  • Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, and 3-years of roadside assistance.
  • Final Assembly Location: Layfayette, IN.
  • Manufacturers website: 

Photo Credit: Despreporno/Subaru
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