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Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy

About Subaru Legacy

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a genuine contender in the hotly fought midsize-family-sedan world. Once a niche player -- it was the one you got if you needed all-wheel drive -- this handsome 4-door now offers the rear legroom, fuel economy and high-tech features of class leaders like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Subaru's excellent EyeSight driver-assistance technology adds peace of mind for not much money, and gets upgrades as well this year. Then there's the duo of a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine, or a more powerful 6-cylinder for those who are in more of a hurry. And, even though others now offer it, the Subaru Legacy is still the one to get if you need all-wheel drive.

LATEST MODEL
2017 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2017?
2017 Subaru Legacy

The 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport is a new trim level, slotting between the mid-line Premium and high-line Limited, and offering unique styling cues and more. Other upgrades include automatic reverse braking and high-beam assist on Limited models with the EyeSight package.

  • Expert Rating: 8.3
  • Consumers Rating: 8.4
  • MPG 25|34
2016 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2016?
2016 Subaru Legacy

For 2016, a new Starlink safety and security package is added to the Premium and Limited trims, while the EyeSight system gains Lane Keep Assist. Steering feel has been enhanced for all models and a new auto on/off feature operates both the headlights and windshield wipers.

2015 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2015?
2015 Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy enters is sixth generation in all-new form for 2015 with fresh looks inside and out, new technology and better fuel efficiency. The same 4- and 6-cylinder engine choices remain, but even they have been heavily revamped. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) becomes standard across the board.

2014 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2014?
2014 Subaru Legacy

For 2014, 2.5i Premium models include the All-Weather Package as standard, and Premium models now also have a standard audio system with a 4.3-inch screen, six speakers and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The EyeSight driver-assist system, using stereo camera technology, is now available on both the Limited and Premium trim lines.

2013 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2013?
2013 Subaru Legacy

For 2013, the Legacy sedan gets a minor facelift, a stiffer suspension and upgraded radios with Bluetooth. The Limited can be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist (Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning), as well as a new navigation system. Lastly, a new 2.5i Sport trim level supplants last year’s 2.5GT variant.

2012 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2012?
2012 Subaru Legacy

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

2011 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2011?
2011 Subaru Legacy

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.

2010 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2010?
2010 Subaru Legacy

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.

2009 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2009?
2009 Subaru Legacy

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).

2008 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2008?
2008 Subaru Legacy

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.

2007 Subaru Legacy
What's new for 2007?
2007 Subaru Legacy

The GT Limited receives Subaru's SI-DRIVE which allows the driver to choose between three engine performance settings: Intelligent, Sport and Sport Sharp. All Legacy sedans gain a 60/40 split folding rear seat with trunk pass-through.

Consumer Reviews

This is a great car for the safety and features.

By on Monday, September 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, features, AWD and MPG"

Cons: "No get up and go and it is louder than necessary"

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

"It is hard to beat this car for the price. The AWD system that Subaru has is great! We went with the limited model and have enjoyed all of the safety features. I think they have a very good infotainment system. The controls are all easy to use and the room in the trunk is very good and the back seat can handle passengers over 6' 4". The 2.5 matched to the CVT takes a second for it to get done thinking before you are able to move. The handling is great as well. I highly recommend this car. It is not as fun to drive as an Accord, but it will get you there safely and comfortably for a great price."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Accord to Legacy

By on Thursday, January 12, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fantastic price with features and AWD"

Cons: "Minor pieces of interior could be better quality"

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

"First off I love Hondas. I love their great quality and most everything about them, except driving in the harsh winters I drive in. When looking for a car I didn't really have this in mind when shopping. I test drove an Accord, Altima, and a Legacy. As soon as I took the Legacy for test drive it had me sold. My winter driving experience has drastically improved. From the amazing handling to smooth driving. I test drove while the roads were covered in ice, and the stability control was outstanding. The features available for the price was above average. All this and the peace of mind of all wheel drive had me sold, and I have to say I have no regrets going from my reliable Accord to this amazing Subaru!"

22 people out of 23 found this review helpful

I Bought My Legacy for its Safety Features

By on Saturday, March 11, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safety! Safety! Safety!"

Cons: "Somewhat less advanced electronics than I expected"

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

"I was looking for a sedan that would be significantly safer than my older cars. It wasnt a matter just of airbags and protection in a crash. My old car had air bags, so how much safety would a few additional bags add? What I wondered was whether any of the ACTIVE safety features really work by keeping you out of accidents in the first place. I only compared cars that already have top government and insurance safety ratings. It soon became clear that a few cars really stand out: among the sedans, the Volvo S60 (great but far too expensive), the Mazda 6 (but only the top of the line model) AND, the eventual winner, the Subaru Legacy (a car I was not considering when I first started looking). In all cases, what you get depends which OPTIONAL safety features you buy. My list of desired features included a rear camera (available on almost all cars and soon to be required on all cars), warnings when you stray out of lane (very common but far from universal) and indication of when a car in in your blind spot. I also wanted more advanced features such as for the car to intervene if an accident is on the verge of happening, by automatic braking etc., both driving forward and in reverse. An additional feature that really intrigued me was adaptive headlights, headlights that aim to the left or right when you turn to your driving path is illuminated. I also liked lane assist and adaptive cruise control. The first gently keeps you in your lane on the highway, and the second keeps you the right distance behind the car in front of you. In addition to these core safety features, I was also interested in a car with reasonably modern electronics. I hoped for an easy integration of my car and my iPhone. Of course, seat comfort, economy and a generally pleasant driving car were important as well, but I hoped that most new cars would be OK in those respects. Style, color etc. were on the bottom of the list, but still in mind. My general evaluation is that the 2017 Legacy exceeds expectations with regard to safety. I love the rear view camera and the beeps when I stray out of lane. I hope the active crash protection works. I have seen demonstrations on You-Tube, but I would rather not need it in real life. When the salesman was demonstrating the car, he put it in cruise control while following another car. When that car stopped at a light, so did the Legacy! That was pretty impressive, but I have no desire to duplicate the experience routinely. I do use the lane assist all the time. It works. You can see how we are moving toward self-controlling cars. The safety feature I am most disappointed with is adaptive headlights. I dont think I see into curves any better than I would otherwise. The headlights are fine as such, but I see no advance over conventional headlights so far. So for safety, I would give the 2017 Legacy, equipped with all the safety features, an A Minus. I am happy. It really is much better than earlier cars, but more improvements are clearly possible. The improvements so far do seem to justify buying a new car if your old one lacks most of these features. Electronics is another story. Here the 2017 Legacy has the feel of 2007, not 2017. Yes, you can make an iPhone or Android use the sound system as a hands-free, but the built in GPS system feels old fashioned compared with Google Maps on my iPhone. It has been announced that the 2018 will integrate with Apple Car Play, but judging from the Impreza, which has those features now, that is not much better. Most people prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps, and that is not available in 2017 or in 2018 apparently. I am not sure any car on the market really gets this right. Maybe we have been spoiled by our phones. The cars have a way to go to catch up. What I can praise is the upgraded stereo on the Limited trim level. The sound is great. It is possible to listen to Pandora and get a wide choice of music (if you dont mind using up your data plan on your phone, the source of the Internet connection). Overall, though, the electronics are really not up to date, but then there are few cars that are up to date, and it is possible to achieve what you want with the present system. It just has an out of date feel. Regarding general comfort and ergonomics, I find the front seats comfortable but not in the same class as my 2002 Volvo S60s seats. The back is spacious and reasonably comfortable. The instruments are a bit overwhelming because current cars have so many features that in principle one might want to turn off. Since in fact, I dont want to turn off crash protection etc., I actually dont pay attention to a lot of switches, and I find the car easy to operate. There is excellent visibility and a small turning ration. The car is easy and pleasant to drive (like most Japanese cars). The bottom line is that I am very happy with the car. I am glad I bought all the extra safety features, and I am pleased to have the highest trim level with the upgraded sound system etc. Subaru dealers were giving great prices when I bought the car. I paid about 3000 under dealers invoice (available only for the top trim level), so be sure to make a VERY low offer (about 28,000 in my case). Also the dealer threw in an extra year of warranty. Ask for it! P.S. The Mazda seemed nice too, but it was thousands of dollars more expensive, and I did not like it quite as much."

15 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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