2015 Subaru Legacy

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2015 Subaru Legacy

Subaru has a problem on its six-starred hands, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. Sales are up; in fact, the Japanese automaker has recorded 28-straight months of increased sales in the United States, leading to the best first-quarter Subaru has ever recorded, and 2014 will almost assuredly be the seventh straight year it has posted improvements. So, what’s wrong? The answer is simple, though clearly complicated to resolve. Sedans – specifically, midsize examples – have proven a tough nut for Subaru to crack.

The vast majority of those impressive sales statistics have come from just a few models, namely the Forester, Outback and XV Crosstrek. The Impreza continues to sell at a respectable pace, but it’s telling that the XV, after just three years on the market, is already Subaru’s third-best-selling nameplate, outpacing the aforementioned Impreza (on which it’s based), its high-performance WRX sibling and the Legacy, which is now entering its sixth generation, having been first introduced way back in 1989. It’s that last model we’re examining today.

Despite the fact that the Legacy plays in a hotly contested market segment that includes such stalwart sales champions as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima, Subaru’s competitor registers as a barely visible blip on the radars of new-car buyers. Graphically illustrated another way, Toyota sells 17 Camry sedans for every new Legacy that Subaru moves.

Naturally, Subaru is well aware of all this sales data, and it knows how much its bottom line would appreciate another percentage point of the midsize sedan market share. The question that remains unanswered, then, is this: What is the company going to do about it?

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