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Subaru's penchant for an abundance of trim levels continues, with seven 2012 Legacy models in total. The popular mid-level Premium models add an improved 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth phone and wireless audio streaming plus an iPod connection. Top-tier Limited models now have standard foglights
For 2011, all Legacy models are equipped with folding side mirrors, while XM satellite radio is now standard with the available harman/kardon audio system. The 2.5 GT Limited becomes the sole turbocharged model and gains a power moonroof and fog lights as standard equipment.
New from the ground up, the 2010 Subaru Legacy gains more than three inches in width and height but only one inch in length. Subaru adds a new six-speed manual to four-cylinder models with a new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) as an option. New features include a navigation system with rear backup camera and streaming Bluetooth capability, an electronic parking brake with a hill-holder feature and standard stability and traction control.
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).
All Legacy models receive a modest exterior freshening, while the wagon models are renamed Outback, leaving only the sedans to carry the Legacy nameplate. A new trim, the 3.0 R Limited, becomes the top-of-the-line offering and features a 245-horsepower six-cylinder engine. New standard features for all Legacy models include remote keyless entry, revised dash and seat fabrics and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel.
Since making its historical mark in the mid-'90s with victories in the World Rally Championships, Subaru has staked claim to a hard-earned reputation for serious performance. Such an image, however, doesn't always translate into increased sales. Subaru's WRX and WRX STI enjoy a legion of fans, but that legion isn't enough to support the sales volume appropriate for a market as expansive as the United States. To that end, performance derivatives of the Legacy, including the GT and (most recently) the new spec.B, are intended to excite enthusiasts, drive more mainstream customers into the showrooms and move Subaru into consideration against some near-luxury competitors, such as the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4. On several levels the new Legacy succeeds, and the prospects only get brighter with modifications made to the 2007 lineup.