Used 2008 Subaru Legacy Sedan
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The 2008 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 2008 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. Conversely, if you want the added peace of mind brought by traction and/or stability control, you may be disappointed to learn neither is available on the base 2.5i.
What's New for 2008
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.
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.
The Legacy's AM/FM/CD sound system moves from station to station with minimal delay, so you can find something you want to hear more quickly.
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. 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, most backseat passengers should find the Legacy plenty accommodating for trips across town and beyond. Notable standard safety features include front side-impact airbags and front and rear side-curtain airbags.
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 Legacy models sport the same 17-inch wheels.
Notable Standard Equipment
The base Legacy sedan and wagon include a 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drive, 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).
Notable 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, in-dash six-CD changer, 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. The 3.0 R Limited includes a 245-horsepower 3.0-liter engine, 18-inch wheels and touch-screen navigation.
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 3.0 R Limited differs from the four-cylinder models, with a non-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine good for 245 horsepower.
170 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
170 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 (manual), 20/27 (automatic)
2.5-liter Boxer-4 Turbocharged
243 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
241 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/24 (manual), 18/24 (automatic)
245 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24
Legacy pricing ranges from a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $21,000 for the 2.5i to about $29,000 for the GT Limited. A fully-loaded 3.0 R Limited tops out around $34,000. When the time comes to get serious about purchasing, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical transaction price paid for the Legacy in your area. This valuable tool will help you negotiate your best price. Over time, Kelley Blue Book expects the 2008 Subaru Legacy to hold strong resale values, with the Limited models topping the list.
Subaru Legacy Consumer Reviews
November 15, 2018
2009 Legacy 2.5L Great driver for Ozark Mt. roads
I bought this car pre-owned in 2010. It has been a great workhorse for the type of driving I do...Ozark Mt. curvy and narrow roads, all...
happy subaru owner
November 11, 2017
After 12 years, I had one minor repair along with normal maintenance. What a reliable auto. Planning to give it to a family member when...
August 03, 2016
One of the best cars I've owned.
For the money, simply the best all wheel drive sedan available and has great looks and comfort.
June 07, 2016
This is the best car I've ever owned.
I've owned my 2006 Subaru Legacy GT since 2007 after purchasing it with 6k miles. It has been the best car I've ever owned because the...
March 17, 2016
Very dependable.Good gas mileage .
Purchased new.Has been a very dependable vehicle. All wheel drive is excellent.Averaged 29-30 mpg on last trip.Tires, brakes & battery...
February 20, 2016
Very dependable. Love Subaru's All-Wheel Drive.
Purchased new.Has been very dependable. Have only had to replace brakes, battery, tires.
August 04, 2015
2007 SUBARU LEGACY 2.5i AUTO-NON TURBO REVIEW
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...
August 03, 2015
Owned this the longest of any vehicle
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...
July 06, 2015
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...
June 12, 2015
Subaru Legacy special edition 2.5 GT turbo/inter
Car has very low milage< (38000) turbo with intercooler, full extras, garage openers upto three. Seat warmers, independant A/C,...