The 2015 Subaru Legacy isn’t a make or break vehicle for the surging Japanese automaker – it’s something much more important than that. Happy with its success in the SUV segment, but looking to make its mark with this new version of its flagship mid-size sedan, Subaru is facing the first real test of the momentum that has been building in its favor over the past five years. Specifically, how will the American public respond not to a vehicle with a built-in audience like the Forester SUV, but rather to an overhauled Subaru Legacy that has never been more than a sales footnote when compared to dominant forces like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord?
The answer to this question awaited me in Big Sur, California, where the twists and turns of Highway 1 allowed me to put the 2015 Subaru Legacy through its paces in an environment where its winter-friendly all-wheel drive capability did it no special favors. After sufficient time spent behind the wheel of Subaru’s latest sedan effort, I can confidently state that should Toyota and Honda choose to ignore the new Legacy, it would be at their own peril.