The company recently launched its 2015 Legacy model, a four-door family sedan noticeably larger than it was before. This prompted a whopping 106% sales increase in this nameplate in the month of October, which followed a 117% sales increase in September. Thanks to the Legacy, Subaru is now on track to hit 500,000 cars sold in the U.S. this year.
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With this as a background, I spent a few days driving the 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5.
The first thing that struck me was the superior visibility out of the car. You feel as if you're driving a bus. It's a huge piece of glass in front of you, with one of the thinnest A-pillars on the market -- the largest contrast imaginable compared with General Motors (GM) cars such as the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Volt. The belt line is also very low.
The second thing that struck me was that it feels just like the Honda (HMC) Accord. Getting in and out of the car, the seats and that it feels so light when driving make it almost an Accord copy. It even looks like the Accord. (The 2015 Hyundai Sonata also looks substantially the same. Inoffensive, but bland.)
The third thing that struck me was the interior. Having just completed a road trip testing the Audi A3, the Legacy felt ugly. It's basically just cheap-looking plastics. No elegance or style at all.
That said, almost everything is superbly ergonomical. With the partial exception of the infotainment system, it's as easy to use as anything on the market. Nothing weird. All buttons are big and clearly labeled. In other words, excellent.
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