Oh, you can keep your sport-cutes, your crossovers, your weird little boxy rides because let’s face it, there will always be room on this girl’s highway for a comfy roomy sedan. Especially one that comes with AWD and all kinds of techno goodies.
And of course, the dark red 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i was just what I had in mind for a weekend getaway to the cousins. First of all, I don’t travel light. Despite being just one person, I need to be prepared for all weather and social occasions, which requires serious wardrobe. And then, of course, I can’t arrive empty handed, so various hampers and coolers are packed with cheese, fresh veggies from the market, and other treats.
Finally, I was set for the three hour drive up north. The Legacy was equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight, which meant that I really did feel like I had an extra set of eyes helping me drive. In fact, it was a little like having my mother in the front seat. Fiddling with the satellite radio, I didn’t slow down fast enough, so the Subaru beeped and told me to do so immediately. Yikes! Then, still preoccupied with the radio, I failed to accelerate to the car’s liking, and it flashed “vehicle in front has moved.” Double yikes! I had been told! And move I did. It was as if the Legacy was hell bent on making me a better driver.
Reclining into the creamy upholstery, this is a car that will have your back. Seriously. The 10-way adjustable driver seat includes a firm lumbar support that’s heavenly on long weekend rides interspersed with the inevitable traffic jams. I stretched out, and the car did the same. Yes, this is a comfy sedan that just loves to take big easy strides on the asphalt, and the four-cylinder 175 hp engine feels at home in the fast lane.
There were two levels of lane centring, one that was a gentle alert on the dash, and the other more of a production number complete with flashing lights, as the situation warranted. Naturally all this drama came about in the name of science, as I am a very careful and cautious driver. Yes, I am.
Like other Subaru models, the Legacy has the best visibility bar none. You can see a whole battalion of cars in the side view mirrors, they are HUGE. Nothing gets in the way of your view, either from the front, back or side.
This is very helpful when on the cousins’ eight kilometres of unpaved road, where wildlife of various kind lurks around any given corner. Here, the Legacy went into AWD warrior mode, taking on the dirt trail like a champ, with nary a bruise to my delicate bottom. The cousins were thrilled with its Venetian red pearl exterior, and all three of us could fit in the back! (What we did there is none of your business.)
The next day, it was off to town, where the Legacy elegantly wound its way around a street market, a lakeside boulevard, and the local marina. Then it was time to party again on the dirt road – it was as if the Legacy could sense that we were ready for a swim!
Covered in road dirt, in repose under the fragrant shade of several big old pine trees, the Legacy looked … happy.
You don’t need to dress this car up to take it anywhere.