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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 286 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

I loved my subaru. best vehicle i have owned

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "excellent safety equipment"

Cons: "not good place for lighter/power supply"

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

"I received an inheritance and wanted to buy a new car.My Boyfriend looked at hundreds of vehicle reviews for Recalls,Safety,Reliability,Quality and had to have all wheel drive. He found complaints on several vehicles.We had everyone tell us Subaru was one of the best vehicles to buy so I bought my Subaru legacy in California and had it a month and on my way back home to Washington I lost control and hit the center cement barrier at 65mph the speed limit. I came out of it all with only some bruises.The safety equipment worked wonderfully. If it was any of the vehicles i was thinking of buying I don't think I would be alive today. THANK YOU SUBARU!!! I'm buying another Subaru as soon as possible."

Special editon 2.5 with turbo / intercooler

By on Saturday, May 23, 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
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very fast, handles well , comes with full extras"

Cons: "Wished it had a rear window wiper"

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

"It I is a special limited edition. Has everything imaginable. Garage doors oper, extra gear for more power. It has two dinks. It come with 260HP. Very quick. Goes from 0 to 60 in about 4.9 seconds. Six speakers seat warmer dual air contros 6 position electric seats. Give at 78 mph give 26 mpg. A good detailing on the paint will make it look very shiny. It is fun to to Drive . And when you need extra power turn only the sport gear. It has a MOMO steering wheel with allows you to change gears ."

I'm all out of love

By on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "All wheel drive, handles hazardous conditions well"

Cons: "tight interior, expensive to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"While I loved this car when first purchased, it seems to be nickel and diming me to death. Actually, it is more than nickel and diming me. There are several major repairs looming that I just would not have expected of a Subaru and I have made sure that regular maintenance was completed. I am told by my mechanic that while they are good cars, the issues I am having are typical of the brand. My wife drives an Accord with over 230K miles with none of the major issues I am experiencing. The car is fun to drive, but I don't think I would buy another Subaru, despite their great reputation. If you keep a car only a few years and you like the all wheel drive feature, then this car is for you. If you like to keep your cars till they drop then you may want to look at other brands."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great, fun car

By on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All wheel drive, high HP turbo 4"

Cons: "When the turbo spools up, gas mileage does down"

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

"What a surprise this car turned out to be. I bought this car, mid-year, 2011. I must say, it was an impulse purchase, but I had a new career, and decided to splurge. I was a police officer with about 2+ experience, and was used to driving fast car...if you consider a Ford Crown Vic fast. I had lights and a siren, and when I needed to go fast, I could. The only problem with this car was the all-wheel drive. I did get used to having it, and that caused me to get in a horrific car crash while I was working. I was responding to a call to back-up my partner, and lost control of my squad car on icy roads. Never would have happened in my Subaru. As a result of the car crash, I suffered a TBI, and was forced to medically retire 3 years post crash. Never would have happened in my Subaru. I am approaching the 4 year mark of owning the Subaru, and I am a changed man. My next car will most definitely be a Subaru. All wheel drive, 250 HP turbo charged 4 cylinder, and comfortable interior. Who could ask for more than that. It's always fun when you blow another car off the line. You can keep those torquey Mustangs and Camaros, I would rather be driving an all wheel drive, turbo charged 4 banger."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

My favorite car to date

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 194,000

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
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent handling, reliable"

Cons: "A bit cramped interior for taller people"

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

"This car has been the best car I have owned in the past 30 years (and there have been a number of them). The car's handling in all weather conditions, comfort and style all won me over. Having put on over 190,000 miles on it so far, it still runs perfectly. The only issue I have had is, with this many miles things are just starting to wear out. Reluctantly I will be parting with it soon, but definitely getting a new Legacy."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love My Legacy

By on Friday, March 13, 2015

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

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Value"

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

"Have owned my 2009 Subaru Legacy since it was new. I love it and refuse to trade-in or get a newer car. Great in the snow and fun to drive. The moon roof is one of my favorite features."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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