Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium
- Consumer Reports score: 81
- Price: $22,495
- City - 24 mpg
- Highway - 32 mpg
Notable as the most affordable of our AWD cars and the only one with AWD as standard equipment, the Subaru Legacy also generated the highest Consumer Report score. Until it released the all-new BRZ for 2013, Subaru had made nothing but AWD cars for the previous 15 years. In other words, it knows a little something about all-wheel drive.
Legacy's other unique feature is that its engine cylinders lie flat rather than in a "V," contributing to the car's low center of gravity and added control. It's a 173-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers output to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission, as priced here.
A midsize sedan, the Legacy is roomy inside with more passenger space and a larger trunk than a Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.
With the 2.5i Premium model, you get such goodies as Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, auto-on headlights, power-adjustable driver's seat and a four-speaker audio system with iPod interface CD player.