Reportedly, only three percent of Canadian motorists when looking at buying a car decide on a Legacy with a manual transmission. It’s a factor that can be appealing to those motorists who want to be a more integral part of their vehicle. It’s also a factor that makes the 2017 Subaru Legacy a unique driving experience as it is the only AWD midsize sedan offered on the market boasting a manual transmission!
There’s no doubt that driving a manual transmission not only offers greater one-on-one control of the car. It also offers the driver of a sports sedan a higher degree of excitement as you slip smoothly through the gears, watching and matching the revs and feeling, yes feeling and listening to the car respond to your commands. It could be seen as you drive the car and not the reverse, as with an automatic! However, while it may sound great, is it as good as it sounds?
The question that always arises is, what do you want from your car? Is this Legacy with its 175 horsepower generating 174 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm sufficient for a truly great manual gearing experience! Sure, the familiar Subaru snarl is there, and this model handles with satisfactory responsiveness.
Overall, the performance of the 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i provides for a good and competent ride with minimal effects from some inclement road surfaces and cabin noise. It can cruise the highway in 6th gear comfortably at 120 km/h with some wind noise as a background.
This Legacy is difficult to define, except to say that it’s got a lot of character but retains an air that is almost exclusive. It has traditional dimensions that offer advantages regarding a spacious interior space and expanded visibility. With a pleasing cabin environment giving ample legroom at the rear, and a 60/40 divided seat, flat when required, added to by a conveniently large size trunk. Available with the 2017 Subaru Legacy is the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which offers a significant advantage regarding an improved fuel economy. It provides for a push-button start as well as the optional Subaru extraordinary EyeSight driver safety system.
Subaru does not believe in the conventional or the conservative style of motoring that accounts for their continuous range of innovative products. This forward-looking attitude is seen in the 2017 Legacy 2.5i, which has the distinction of being the only AWD mid-size sedan offering a manual transmission on the Canadian market.