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.
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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

"Despite a high mileage the car's acceleration is very good and it handles very well even in sudden maneuvers caused by other driver's dangerous driving."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Very good handling. Modest acceleration."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Excellent pickup, especially compared to some other cars I've driven recently (like my husband's company car - a Mercedes)."

Carrie C., PA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"I appreciate the ability to go into manual transmission"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Pick up isn't super fast but it is better than adequate"

Carolyn H., CT (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"I love my Subaru. It has been very safe and secure for me. It handles well. The ride is very comfortable. It is a beautiful color and very sharp in style."

Anonymous, MA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"I have been pleased with the acceleration and handling. It is a pleasure to drive."

Carolyn B., KY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Handling is great with AWD. Switched to 89 octane gas and it runs noticeably better with better acceleration. 87 octane was ok but there was some pinging under hard acceleration."

JON L., MA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Extremely good balance of ride and handling, and quiet to boot."

MARSHALL A., NC (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Handles very well. Good acceleration.Good in snow."

ED P., WA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"comfortable seating easy handling good acceleration"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"I great little wagon around town, use it for transporting dogs and zipping around town. Great value for money."

Anonymous, BC (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Basically, very satisfied, but extremely satisfied when roads are snow covered."

CAROLYN H., CT (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Drives like a sports car."

ELROY S., WA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Handling in winter months is exceptional. Acceleration on average is a bit lacking."

NICK H., WA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The Legacy doesn't have a lot of acceleration or power, but in on slick and snowy roads its performance is unparalleled. Its all-wheel drive performs as good or better than many 4-wheel drive SUVs."

Anonymous, CO (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The car has a great pickup, very good braking and overall I am very confident in the safety of driving this car. Have driven it numerous time from CT to FL and never any problems with the car."

Anonymous, FL (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Drives well"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"4wd improves handling and control. 3.5r engine has good power, but consumes additional fuel."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Good acceleration. Very good handling."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Legacy)


Laura P., PA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The acceleration is lacking, but the cornering and ADD is very nice!"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Subaru Legacy)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The seats are comfortable and adjust easily. The upholstery wears and has frayed on the side of the driver’s seat from getting in the car. Road noise is a nuicence and interferes with listening to the audio system."

Carolyn B., KY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Road noise even with the windows closed is noticeably"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The drivers and passengers seats are very comfortable and have a great ride, even after all these years/miles. However, the back seats are cramped. It's also a little tough to adjust the headrests."

Carrie C., PA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are very firm, but fit well and are comfortable."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"cabin noise is too loud. I think the next model year improved upon this"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Seats are very comfortable, climate control excellent, handling and performance excellent. Ride is smooth and quiet. Great handling in bad weather."

MICHELE K., NJ (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"It has been a good car for the past 6 years. Now it seems small - my family has grown, and I also need to haul more - so for my next vehicle I'll look for something bigger."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"It's comfortable, it handles well, and is relatively quiet."

Anonymous, NM (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, OK (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"The drivers seat ripped and is very expensive to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)


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

What Owners Say

"Excellent reliability. Great for city driving. Manual transmission is a plus."

MARGARET L., AZ (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Again Outstanding reliability and fantastic four wheel drive"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Required only routine maintenance."

Anonymous, CA (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Practical, RELIABLE, transportation. Driving in snow is exemplary."

William M., NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Safety of AWD, comfortable seats"

David M., CT (2009 Subaru Legacy)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I love the sporty feel, it feels like a European sports car."

MICHELE K., NJ (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"It is gray and generic looking. Hard to find in a parking lot."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Nice wheels, interior and exterior styling."

ANDREW S., NY (2009 Subaru Legacy)

"Very clean, well proportioned design that has and will age well. Much nicer than any of the subsequent Legacy models or most other compact/midsize vehicles."

MARSHALL A., NC (2009 Subaru Legacy)
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