The Subaru Legacy is a mid-size sedan by Subaru.
The Subaru Legacy first came out in 1989, making it the longest running name plate sold by Subaru in the United States. The Subaru Legacy is considered Subaru’s flagship car. The Subaru Legacy is middle of the pack in terms of price and the middle of the line up in terms of size.
The second generation of the Subaru Legacy came out in 1993. In 1996, an SUV version of the Subaru Legacy called the Subaru Legacy Outback came out. That sold so well that in 2000 the Subaru Outback became its own line.
The third generation of the Subaru Legacy came out in 1998. The fourth generation of the Subaru Legacy came out in 2004. In 2007, the Legacy wagon and Outback sedan were discontinued in the US but not in Canada. The fifth generation of the Subaru Legacy came out in 2009.
The Subaru Legacy has all wheel drive as a standard. This makes it popular in the snowy northern states.
The Subaru Legacy is available with a CVT transmission. There are two engine options, a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder 175 horsepower engine and a 3.6 liter 6 cylinder 256 horsepower engine.
The 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine achieved 26 miles per gallon fuel efficiency in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. The Subaru Legacy also generates 174 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful 3.6 liter 256 horsepower engine has lower fuel efficiency, 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. It generates 247 pound-feet of torque.
The basic 2.5i trim level has only the 2.5 liter engine. The Subaru Legacy also comes with a backup camera, Bluetooth, power accessories, steering wheel audio controls, and infotainment center. The Premium trim level only uses the 4 cylinder engine and adds heated seats, power driver seat, heated mirrors, dual zone climate control, larger touch screen, and HD radio. Those who get the Limited trim line can choose between the 4 and 6 cylinder engines. The Limited trim line also adds a twelve speaker sound system, leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, driver seat memory, wood grain trim, powered passenger seat (in addition to the driver’s seat), cross traffic alerts, and pre-collision braking.
The Subaru Legacy had a five star rating from the NHTSA in 2015.
Several thousand 2003 through 2004 Subaru Legacies were recalled due to the Takata air bag recall.
In 2014, the Subaru Legacy was included in a large recall of vehicles due to brake line corrosion that could cause the brakes to fail.
The 2005 through 2009 vehicles were recalled for brake line corrosion.
Model year 2012 Subaru Legacy cars with moon roofs were subject to a recall because the glass might come loose.
The 2010 through 2011 model year Subaru Legacy cars were recalled because the puddle light system sometimes short circuited, posing a fire risk.
The base configuration of the Subaru Legacy, the 2.5i, cost $21,695 new in 2015. The 2.5i Premium cost roughly $23,500. The 2.5i Limited cost around $26,500 new in 2015. The 3.6R limited configuration cost just under $30,000 new in 2015.
In 2015, Consumer Reports considered the 2.5i Premium the best value.
Rival cars to the Subaru Legacy include the Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, Chrysler 200, Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry.
This car is called the Subaru Legacy in Australia. It is also called the B4.