With impressive agility, decent fuel economy, standard all-wheel drive, and an affordable price, the base version of the Subaru Legacy has a lot going for it. However, the snug interior limits its appeal as a family car. It also loses major points for tricky handling in emergency maneuvers. Electronic stability control does help this somewhat however.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I live in an area that has very harsh winters and no other car I have owned handles icy roads as well as my Subaru Legacy."

Anonymous, ND (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"The acceleration is excellent, love the turbo, love the all wheel drive. There are very few cars that give you that in the price range of this car."

KEVIN W., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"The traction and handling is outstanding in all weather conditions. Besides normal in town driving, I use this car for Colorado ski trips. It has great power at high elevation and is superb with road conditions ranging from poor to horrendous."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"I bought this car after a Jeep and could not believe how much better this car does on snow and ice. The visibility is much better than the Jeep and the handling is by far the best of any vehicle I have ever driven."

Thomas D., ND (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"quiet"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Great handling, very sporty in the curves. Not going to win the quarter mile, but will get out and go when need the rapid acceleration to pass a car. A little rough on bumps, but tolerable,]."

Kenneth T., NC (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"The shift mode done right makes it seem more powerful with the 4 cylinder engine. Can pass with out a lot of rpm by controlling the gears myself. Handling is outstanding. They used a sportier suspension in the 2008"

G E T., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"It is a great daily driver, very pleasant to drive."

David H., FL (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Surprisingly perky for a ten year old vehicle. Does what I need it to do."

Richard P., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Acceleration is adequate. Handling is like a sports car."

G E T., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Despite the body roll,the GT spec B suspension gives confidence to go fast around turns.I wish the turbo would quick in sooner-the engine really starts pulling above 3500 rpm."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Subaru Legacy)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Poor rear seat room, small trunk space, poor legroom in front seats"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are very comfortable, but the rear seat could use more legroom.. I'm six feet, and my head hits the sunroof. My wife is 5'2" and is the primary driver. Her headroom is great."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"The car is great except for the front passenger seat. There doesn't seem to be enough padding on top of the seat warmer. I have to sit on a pillow for long rides."

LIBBY G., ID (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"I feel that as I have aged, I would like a softer ride."

KEVIN W., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Very comfortable car, not my first choice for a long trip, but super for normal driving. I believe considering price, this car is excellent."

David H., FL (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"After 10 years, still pretty quiet and the ride is OK. Seats are still firm and the upholstery (leather) is in good shape."

Charles M., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"I like the size and depth of the seats as well as the smooth ride."

Thomas D., ND (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Its a legacy wagon very good styling"

Kimberley B., AB (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"It's a ten year old vehicle, noisy, bumpy, but that's ok with me."

Richard P., NY (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"On long rides, Wish it was more comfortable."

Anonymous, WI (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"adjustable, control warmth in front seats"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Subaru Legacy)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It was a gift from my wife's grandparents."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Bets at winter driving. Worst at electronic components"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Good solid mid-size with all wheel drive for less than a lot of ones without. I feel very safe and secure in it."

G E T., PA (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"This is my 5th Subaru and it has been a great car, as expected. I have had no problems with it and costs have been only for regular maintenance, tires and gas. I anticipate getting another 100K from it. Also love the style, as it was the last of the really sporty looking Legacy."

Kenneth T., NC (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"a lot of car for the price."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Subaru Legacy)

"Excellent value. Well worth the price paid, which was lower than other cars at the time of purchase"

Don F., CT (2008 Subaru Legacy)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"inside details are good. nice color."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Subaru Legacy)
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