Subaru is planning to lowball the public when it comes to the price of the 2015 Legacy. Starting at just $22,490, you can get a stripped-down version of Subie’s sedan. The Legacy faces stiff competition, considering that its market segment is perhaps the toughest in the entire automotive industry, thanks to some models that are well-established and beloved by faithful shoppers. Because of the steep competition, the Legacy doesn’t sell in nearly the same kinds of numbers as the automaker’s wagons/crossovers/whatever Subaru wants to call them these days. The new budget-friendly pricing is likely a move to change that fact.
So what does $22,490 get you? A Legacy 2.5i, which of course comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that makes 175 horsepower, mated to a CVT and paddle shifters so you can feel like a racecar driver. The car also comes with all-wheel drive, torque vectoring that uses the car’s brakes, and 17-inch ugly steel wheels that are covered up by somewhat attractive plastic covers that undoubtedly will crack as people who cannot drive hit the curb over and over. Back to the base Legacy, it also comes with cloth upholstery, eight airbags, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6.2-inch infotainment system with a rearview camera, plus some other less awe-inspiring features. The car slides under the price of a stripped-down Camry by $745 and an Accord by $255.
If you want to get fancy, the 2.5i Premium has a starting price of $24,290 and adds such niceties like a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a 7-inch infotainment screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel that is gentler on your aching hands. The 2.5i Limited adds a 576-watt Harman/Kardon sound system, fog lights, leather upholstery, and 18-inch aluminum wheels, etc. for a starting price of $27,290.
If you want more power and features, the 3.6R Limited adds features like a six-cylinder boxer engine that makes 256 horsepower, dual exhaust pipes, HID headlights, and bigger front brake rotors, all for $30,390.