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2009 Subaru Legacy

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2009 Subaru Legacy Review

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The 2009 Subaru Legacy offers buyers all the comforts of the finest sports sedan coupled with the sure-footedness afforded by Subaru's standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. No longer associated mainly with snowbound Vermont drivers and die-hard ski fans, the Legacy has blossomed into a handsome and sporty mainstream vehicle, offering top-notch ratings in the areas of safety, comfort and resale value. The Legacy's horizontally-opposed engines provide good power and decent fuel economy, and the GT features a turbocharged version that cranks out an impressive 243 horsepower. While not as smooth or refined as the engines offered by Honda and Toyota, the Legacy's drivetrain is every bit as reliable and its low-slung design helps reduce the height of the Legacy's center of gravity.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2009 Subaru Legacy occupies the sparsely-populated space between high-value family sedans and premium sports sedans, offering some of the best characteristics of both.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't live in an area where slick roads are a regular concern, the premium price of all-wheel drive might seem unwarranted. Long legged drivers will find legroom only adequate, and with the front seats fully extended rear seat legroom is far from generous.

What's New for 2009

A new, lower priced Legacy 3.0R model is introduced for 2009, while the Legacy 3.0R Limited adds 18-inch alloy wheels to its standard equipment list. All trims but the base 2.5i Legacy receive a new harman/kardon audio system. Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) and traction control are now standard on all but the 2.5 GT with the manual transmission).

Driving the Legacy

Driving Impressions We drove the turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited sedan with a five-speed manual transmission and enjoyed it very much. The engine's turbocharger comes on quickly, strongly and smoothly, the steering is...

also responsive and handling limits are high enough to promote outbursts of enthusiasm. Still, when driven at an everyday pace, the Legacy behaves not unlike its less-athletic competitors. With a light steering effort and small turning circle, the Legacy is pleasant around town and in a parking lot. Likewise, highway ride is well within the range of comfortable. We'd expect similar ride and handling from the less-powerful 2.5i models. For even sharper handling and sportier accessories, check out the limited-edition 2.5 GT spec.B and the 3.0 R Limited.

Manual Shift Buttons
Steering wheel-mounted shift buttons provide handy manual control of the Legacy GT Limited's optional five-speed automatic transmission.

harman-kardon audio
With 385-watts, nine speakers including a subwoofer and available satellite radio, it's hard to imagine even the most ardent audiophile not loving this system.

2009 Subaru Legacy Details
2009 Subaru Legacy photo Interior

Inside the Legacy, a decidedly sporty three-spoke steering wheel sets an athletic tone enhanced by supportive seats, straightforward gauges, metallic trim and crisp, contemporary styling. We do wish that steering-wheel mounted controls for audio were standard across the line, but as it is they are not available on the base 2.5i and 2.5i Special Edition trims. Combined with the liberal use of quality materials, the Legacy's passenger cabin conveys a solid sense of refinement. While it isn't the biggest midsize sedan out there, average-sized backseat passengers should find the Legacy adequate for trips across town and beyond. Notable standard safety features include front side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.

Exterior

Despite an aging platform, the Legacy is still fresh enough to compete with newer designs from Honda and Toyota, avoiding the trapezoidal grille and awkward styling that permeated much of the Subaru line over the last few years. We did notice the Legacy's frameless doors make it difficult to open or hold a door without touching the window. The turbocharged 2.5 GT Limited model is identifiable by a functional hood scoop and exterior mirror-integrated turn indicators, while all but the 3.0R Limited sport the same 17-inch wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Legacy sedan includes a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC), traction control, power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD sound system, cruise control, trip computer, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cloth seating and 17-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, active front head restraints and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The Special Edition package adds to the base car a 385-watt harman/kardon audio system with six-disc CD player, eight-way power driver's seat and a power moonroof.

Optional Equipment

Trim-level, package and stand-alone options include a 243-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, four- and five-speed manually-selectable automatic transmissions, a six-speed manual (Spec.B only) DVD touch-screen navigation system, a six-disc CD changer (standard on Limited trims), XM Satellite Radio, power glass moonroof, leather seating, power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lights, heated side mirrors, wiper de-icer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, wood-look trim and front sport seats.

Under the Hood

Both turbo and non-turbo Legacy models feature a four-cylinder "boxer" engine in which the cylinders and pistons are arranged horizontally, with the two on one side opposing the two on the other side (thus, an "opposed" engine design), rather than being positioned vertically or in a "V" angle. One of the boxer's advantages is its lower center of gravity that promotes better handling. Depending on the model's engine/transmission configuration, each Legacy features one of three distinct all-wheel-drive systems designed to match the characteristics of the powertrain. The new 3.0R Limited differs from the four-cylinder models, with a non-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine good for 245 horsepower.

2.5-liter Boxer-4
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 20/26 (automatic)

2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (manual), 17/24 (manual Spec B), 18/24 (automatic)

3.0-liter Boxer-6
245 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24

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2009 Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 290 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.6/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i AUTO-NON TURBO REVIEW

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,240

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Firm suspension, sleek looks, great gas mileage 25"

Cons: "Bad speakers, need 1-touch for up window, Need USB"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i SIDE VIEW

"First off I would have never purchased this car if my 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse V6 GTS did not get totaled by another person texting while driving and totaled my car on the highway. The reliability and performance I got from that car was "AWESOME". I would have kept that car forever. I could not find another as well maintained as mine or looked as good. So I settled for the Subaru because I like Japanese engine quality. Once I drive the car I was very impressed. There are not many Subaru's and I've only seen one other Legacy in McKinney, Texas. Yes it lacks the performance but not bad for a 4 Banger. I am 6'7" tall, 260lbs and I fit great "SHOCKED". My kinds are grown so only I drive it with the seat backed all the way. I do my own maintenance on my cars and this one is very easy to work on. It does not need special tools for simple things like brakes, plugs, hoses, oil, transmission & differential change. Belts are a snap for even a Skill level one DIY guy. That is what sold me on the car. AGAIN I love having the only LEGACY. I like being UNIQUE."

2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i SIDE VIEW

Owned this the longest of any vehicle

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "peppy, comfortable, adequately flashy and optioned"

Cons: "4 speed transmission, boring center stack,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great car overall. For the price I paid, I will be keeping it until it is paid off, and very likely for a few years after. The overall vehicle has held up well. I am a little disappointed in the fit and finish of certain items. The windshield gasket started coming off so I had to glue it back down. One of the window gaskets/appearance pieces on the door has started to come off. I do find the engine power very adequate for the vehicle. I wish the transmission downshifted sooner, as I find a lag when stepping on the gas after coming out of a corner. I get an average of 27-29 MPG on every fill up. During the winter I get about 21-23 MPG. The AWD is amazing. It has come in handy during the winter. Let me tell you, the AWD is not only great in winter, it is also excellent in rain and wet weather. The car grips the road very well and gives confidence. I am never afraid to drive this car in any weather. The car is low to the ground at 5.5 inches or so of ground clearance so smashing snowbanks isn't a great idea. In times of necessity I have gone thorough things an average FWD car wouldn't go through. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone. The back seat is a little cramped but for me I don't need the back seat except for my dog. A Subaru is a dog's second best friend. I am always looking back at my car after getting out. It's a very stylish car and at 6 years old I think in the looks department it can still compete. Its got great lines and is a timeless classic. Easy to drive every day and a joy."

Great Car!!

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, quick, comfortable, and reliable"

Cons: "stereo system is a bit lackluster"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just bought the car about a month ago and so far I have no complaints whatsoever. It handles nicely. It's quick and with it being a 5 speed, I can control my fuel economy pretty well. I average about 26mpg with mixed (city and highway) driving. I really like AWD, this is the first car I've ever owned with AWD and I don't think I'll ever go back to front wheel drive. I'm really excited to see how well she handles the snow and ice that Indiana winters surely bring along with them."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Good car--no prob;ems, has less than 47K miles-

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very reliable, can even drive in a snow storm"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am at an age that I am giving up driving--otherwise I would either keep this car or trade it in for a new model just like it--"

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Subaru Legacy special edition 2.5 GT turbo/inter

By on Friday, June 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Accelaration increadible and it really zips quitef"

Cons: "no navigation system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car has very low milage< (38000) turbo with intercooler, full extras, garage openers upto three. Seat warmers, independant A/C, multiplayer cd , 6 speakers, leather black, extra gear for greater speed. Momo steering wheel with gear shifts. ajustable, fog lights, cruise control, 260HP, automatic gear box with 5 speeds and with individual shifting inclueding sports gear. HWY MPG= 25 , City 17MPG. Has reached 141MPH. Brakes excellent, handling excellent, pick -up speed when in sport gear suberb. it is quick and agile. low noise from out side even at high speeds."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Most reliable vehicle I have ever owned."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 10 years and it has been a great car. Never any major issues or mechanical problems. Great in the snow with snow tires."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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