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2015 Subaru Legacy Looks Better on Chicago Show Floor Than in Photos

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/6/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Great news! The 2015 Subaru Legacy is slightly less boring to look at in person than it is in pictures. Despite Subaru's claims that the 2015 Legacy is the best-looking one ever (wrong, that honor belongs to the fourth-gen model ), the new Legacy is rather humdrum to look at, especially compared to the beautiful Legacy Concept the automaker showed off at the L.A. auto show. Still, the new Legacy is inoffensively styled, clean-looking, and likely will drive well. Plus, the Legacy hasn't sold well for years, so Subaru kept it safe and simple to avoid rubbing its existing customers the wrong way.

As we mentioned in our First Look, the 2015 Legacy retains only a few of the concept's styling traits, including its "nosecone" front end and hexagonal grille. The drivetrain lineup is mostly carryover, with a few tweaks made to the base 2.5-liter flat-four and CVTs made mandatory across the lineup. Apart from getting the WRX's Active Torque Vectoring system, the Legacy doesn't sound like it will offer much sporting potential. 2015 Subaru Legacy© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Subaru Legacy

2015 Subaru Legacy Looks Better on Chicago Show Floor Than in Photos

While previous-generation Legacy models have offered high-performance versions, the hottest this Legacy will probably get is with the 2015 Legacy 3.6R's 256-hp 3.6-liter F-6. That's right, neither the Legacy 2.5GT nor the Japan-only Legacy STI are likely to be revived stateside. Why? Well, because no one really bought the old one. A source tells me that while Subaru of America has interest in bringing a high-performance Legacy to the U.S. as a sort-of bigger version of the WRX, it won't even bother unless Subaru of Japan allows it to meaningfully upgrade the suspension, brakes, wheels, and tires. As is, the 2015 Legacy may be on the boring side, but we can certainly respect Subaru's decision to hold off on a performance model until it can do it right.

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