Winner: 2015 Subaru Legacy
Very few companies have ever tried to take on Subaru, one of the gay community’s all-time favorite car brands, in the arena of all-wheel drive sedans, but since Chrysler decided to wade into the all-wheel drive sedan pool with its sleek new 200 sedan this year, I figure it’s time for a quick face-off.
Alas, while the 2015 Chrysler 200 S is certainly good-looking inside and out, it stops short of being a truly great car, due to some occasional cheap materials and a sense of sheer heft from behind the wheel, thanks in part of its heavy (and thirsty) V-6 engine that you must order if you want all-wheel drive.
The 2015 Subaru Legacy also happens to be all-new this year, and it demonstrates that Subaru hasn’t gotten away from its core mission of providing sensible, easy-to-drive, all-weather transportation even while wearing strikingly handsome new duds.
With standard all-wheel drive, a fuel-sipping four-cylinder base engine and, most importantly, a low starting price of just $22,490 (compared to $29,690 for the 200S AWD), the Legacy is an easy choice for anyone who wants the reassuring feeling that all four paws are doing the clawing but who also happens to mind their budget.