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2020
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2020 Subaru Legacy Ratings & Reliability
The Legacy provides a supercomfortable ride that outshines some luxury cars. Handling is responsive but not sporty. This all-wheel-drive sedan is fitted with a choice of two four-cylinder engines: a 182-hp 2.5-liter or a 260-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter. The standard engine is adequate but makes an unpleasant roar when pushed. It provides a decent 28 mpg overall. The turbo version delivers strong acceleration and is quieter. We like that the well-tuned CVT mimics the shift patterns of conventional automatics. Unfortunately, the large infotainment screen requires users to wade into menus to perform some common tasks. Standard equipment includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, but blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are optional.
2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
Subaru Legacy 2019
The Legacy's 2015 redesign delivered welcome refinement to an already roomy and accommodating mid-sized sedan. The car simply does everything well. The redesign improved interior quality, added contemporary connectivity from a new touchscreen infotainment system, and made the car one of the best-riding sedans available. Two engine choices are available, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that returns 26 mpg overall, impressive given the standard all-wheel-drive, and a smooth 3.6-liter six. Both engines are mated to a continuously-variable transmission (CVT); gone is the optional manual. Handling is responsive. The spacious and quiet cabin provides plenty of room for the driver, along with a large rear seat, and simple controls. The infotainment system, long a Subaru weak spot, finally was brought up to date. Large windows and thin roof pillars supply excellent outward visibility, helped by a standard backup camera and optional blind-spot monitoring. Crash-test results are top-notch, and Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety gear includes desirable features like forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2019 $18,450 - $24,575 $16,165 - $22,065
2018 $17,350 - $22,675 $14,100 - $20,245
2017 $15,150 - $19,725 $12,000 - $17,350
2016 $12,950 - $17,750 $9,900 - $14,500
2015 $10,750 - $14,650 $7,800 - $11,450
2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
Subaru Legacy 2014
The Legacy's 2010 redesign transformed it into an accommodating and easy-to-live-with all-wheel-drive family sedan. Despite a considerable increase in size, fuel economy improved markedly, jumping to 25-26 mpg overall in our tests with the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder. Some credit for that goes to the continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that replaced Subaru's outdated automatics, aiding both efficiency and acceleration. Too bad the CVT emphasizes engine noise when accelerating or merging. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder with a five-speed automatic is an option, delivering smooth and easy power, along with 22 mpg overall. This satisfying engine choice makes the Legacy feel like a budget luxury car, pairing with the sedan's very impressive ride quality and a quiet interior. Handling lost some agility from the previous generation, but the Legacy remained more fun to drive than the average sedan, with quick steering turn-in. Despite standard stability control, emergency handling could still be sloppy. Suspension revisions for 2013 improved emergency handling, but overly hurt the ride; it went from being great to just good. Controls are simple and the rear seat is spacious. The 2013 update also brought Subaru's EyeSight suite of safety gear. This option includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, highly desirable safety features, but you'll only find it on loaded-up Legacy models.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $9,125 - $13,000 $6,280 - $9,880
2013 $7,825 - $11,750 $5,040 - $8,690
2012 $6,850 - $13,275 $4,115 - $10,065
2011 $5,950 - $10,850 $3,240 - $7,790
2010 $5,300 - $8,375 $2,625 - $5,475
2005-2009
2005 Redesign Year
Subaru Legacy 2009
Think of this generation of the Legacy as a budget-priced European sports sedan or wagon, with a Japanese nameplate. Handling is excellent, with pinpoint steering that delivers direct feedback, making the car feel lively and agile to drive. But this is no hard-edged sports car, with a supple ride that soaks up bad roads. All of this makes the Legacy a particularly well-rounded performer. It's not perfect though; the tail can slide easily in emergency maneuvers. Electronic stability control helps, but it didn't become readily available until 2008, finally becoming standard for 2009. Power from the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder is adequate, but nothing more. Expect 23 mpg overall from this engine, partly a consequence of its dated four-speed automatic, and partly due to the added weight of the standard all-wheel-drive system. A five-speed automatic was also available. Legacy 2.5GT and Spec B models have a more entertaining 2.5-liter turbocharged four, but fuel economy suffers for the fun. A smooth 3.0-liter six-cylinder was also available. Both four-cylinders were available with a manual transmission, but the six-cylinder was automatic only. Inside, the interior is rather well finished and controls are simple. Large windows, a low dashboard, and thin roof pillars deliver easy driver visibility. Front seats are well-sculpted and supportive, but the front cabin is fairly snug and rear seat legroom is rather tight. The Legacy wagon was dropped after 2007, a victim of the similar Outback wagon's overwhelming popularity.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $4,800 - $9,375 $2,165 - $6,415
2008 $4,475 - $7,325 $1,910 - $4,510
2007 $3,975 - $6,625 $1,505 - $3,855
2006 $3,425 - $5,900 $1,150 - $3,150
2005 $2,850 - $4,675 $800 - $2,050
2000-2004
Subaru Legacy 2003
Thanks to its roomy interior, comfortable ride, and nimble handling, the Subaru Legacy sedan has been a top performer for many years. Standard all-wheel-drive aids winter traction. Driving the Legacy is a delight, with its steering providing excellent feel and feedback. Emergency handling can be a handful, but stability control is not available on this generation of the Legacy. Acceleration from the 2.5-liter four is adequate, but not quick. Expect 22 mpg overall. Some useful interior features, like a folding rear seatback or height-adjustable driver seat, are only found on higher-trim versions. Interior ambiance is fairly drab, and the front seats are fairly narrow, but the wagon has a very spacious cargo area.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2004 $2,600 - $3,800 $575 - $1,325
2003 $2,600 - $3,675 $560 - $1,220
2002 $2,600 - $2,925 $555 - $815
2001 $2,550 $510
2000 $2,550 $510