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From the Backseat: 2015 Subaru Legacy

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From the Backseat: 2015 Subaru Legacy

Bill Crittenden
3 June 2016


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I've had the misfortune of spending the last couple of mornings in the back seat of a 2015 Subaru Legacy. The seat is fine enough, but I'm more focused on the neck pain from scrunching down under the roof. On one hard bump, I ended up banging my head into the thankfully padded headliner. Oddly, I have plenty of leg room, which helps me scrunch down.

It's warm back here, but the air conditioning is finally reaching me. It would have gotten here earlier had this car had vents in the back. It's not like they had to make room for a center cup holder, the only ones are in the doors at an angle that's awkward to reach.

From my vantage point, the dashboard looks a bit plain and simple, which is just the way I prefer it. The touchscreen system, however, looks a bit too simple.

Also, I just banged my head into the headliner again.

Anyway, the radio interface looks a little too 2005-ish, too "pre-smartphone Motorola" looking for a 2015 car. Sure, it's a decent value as a $22,000 car with all wheel drive, so they have to cut corners somewhere, but the interface is probably the same on the $30,000+ version, which would be totally unacceptable.

Having all wheel drive used to be a unique trick for Subaru, one that got me to consider their cars in the past. However, the much nicer Ford Fusion has AWD available now, too.

As for the drivers, this car has had two in the past two days, and the comments have ranged from "what a piece of shit" to "it's not that bad." The second is hardly a ringing endorsement of something you're going to be dropping a significant amount of money into each month for the next 5 years.

Exterior styling is pretty good, however, if a bit bland. They styled it just enough to stand out from the Camry and Accord but not enough to really make it special.

If you absolutely have to have a Subaru and your rear seat passengers are 6-foot-plus adults, please do them the favor of getting a Forester. Otherwise, I recommend the Fusion.



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