Subaru isn’t as well-known as other auto brands in the U.S. The Outback and Forester are probably its two most recognizable rides. So it’s pretty safe to assume that I wasn’t the only one unfamiliar with the Legacy. Not only had I not ever driven one, I never rode in one either. But I was game to try it.
The Legacy is Subaru’s midsize sedan. This one representing the class was the 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport in lapis blue pearl. From the outside, it certainly made a respectable impression. If it showed up most places, it would definitely be welcomed. The grille really caught my eye. It had a grounding quality and gave the Legacy a sturdy presence, that sandwiched-in-between-18-wheelers kind of sturdy. And that’s a great thing. In blue, the Legacy actually came across a little Superman-ish.
As I slipped in to drive it, comfort was one of the first things I noticed. Sitting in the driver’s seat, I felt so relaxed. Most of the times I adjust the seat, but not with this Subaru. The wheel also had a nice grip, which probably had something to do with it being leather-wrapped. Plus, the sound system was hitting on all kinds of right. The Subaru Legacy drove kind of smooth too. I also enjoyed getting out of it and catching a bit of the door because of its super-soft feel.
Because of “Legacy” in the name, it was a no-brainer to hit Netflix’s preview screening of The Get Down at Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza, in the Subaru. A Q&A with hometown boy Shameik Moore conducted by fellow Atlantan Satchel B. Jester followed the screening. The Get Down explores the early days of hip-hop when it was known as “the get-down.” Moore, who is, perhaps, most memorable as Malcolm from Dope, is DJ and all-around hustler Shaolin Fantastic. In the first season of The Get Down, we learned Shaolin was a disciple of Grandmaster Flash; so how is that for legacy? In the second, also available now on Netflix, he is truly getting his hustle on and, yeah, he’s still a lady-killer.
“I am both,” he answered.
As far as his approach to both characters, he shared, “You’re not acting, you’re just finding different parts of yourself.”
His take on The Get Downwas also insightful. “I think it’s a love story in general,” said Moore to Jester. ”For Shao, he’s in love with hip-hop and that transcends to the boys, which creates their love for hip-hop.”
After the conversation, Moore posed for lots of photos. And Pro Keds came through with The Get Down kicks Oprah-style, gifting everybody! And I got mine as you can see!
Back to the Legacy, it does have a lot going for it. Fuel economy is good at 25 in the city and 34 on the highway, which averages to roughly 29 combined. Safety features were also on point. How many cars tell you that the car in front of you has moved on if you don’t move immediately? The power moon roof, with tilt and slide, is definitely a winner on a super nice day. Like most vehicles these days, the Legacy has a push-button start system and has a reverse camera. And even with the sports package, this baby is under $30,000, at just $28,910.
The real question, however, is: Does the Legacy finally have enough gas to really take on the Accord or the Camry, leaders in its class? But it’s one only you can truly answer.
[Images, except where noted: Ronda Racha Penrice]