Oftentimes, when people are shopping for a vehicle on a budget, they opt for a base model because they think it’s all they can afford. But that’s not always the case.
The truth is, if you’re smart about the way you build your vehicle of choice, you can actually get a lot more for your money. To prove this, we used the configurator on Subaru’s website to build a 2017 Subaru Legacy for under $28,000 that’s far from basic.
2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (starting MSRP $23,995)
Of the Legacy’s five available trim levels, only the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Sport have a starting price under $28,000. We eliminated the base model 2.5i almost immediately as it comes with hardly any standard features compared to the other trims. We ended up selecting the 2.5i Premium because it is $2,000 less expensive than the 2.5i Sport, and — apart from 18-inch aluminum wheels and keyless entry — comes with almost all the same standard features.
Packages: Moonroof Package with navigation system, Eyesight, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and high beam assist ($3,090)
Although the 2.5i Premium comes standard with Subaru’s Starlink infotainment system and a 7-inch touchscreen display, this package adds navigation, which is only standard on the 2.5i Sport or higher trim levels. Additionally, this adds important safety features such as Subaru Eyesight, which made the Legacy an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick. Eyesight maintains a safe distance to the car ahead while cruise control is activated, and can even apply the brakes if it senses an imminent collision.
Options: All-weather floor mats ($81)
Given that we had less than $100 of our budget remaining, we chose to add all-weather floor mats to keep the interior of our car clean during winter. Because let’s be honest, that’s when Subarus are used the most.
The total MSRP — including $820 destination and delivery charge — of our 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium in Lapis Blue Pearl: $27,986.
All photos via Subaru