This iteration of the Subaru Legacy scores among the top tier of family sedans and offers standard all-wheel drive. It is significantly roomier and quieter than the previous model and has impressive ride comfort and responsive handling. Even with all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy is impressive, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Alerts
There are 18 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2007
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2000. Side air bags available from 2000, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags standard from 2005. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2009.
Road Test

This iteration of the Subaru Legacy scores among the top tier of family sedans and offers standard all-wheel drive. It is significantly roomier and quieter than the previous model and has impressive ride comfort and responsive handling. Even with all-wheel-drive, the fuel economy is impressive, thanks to its continuously variable transmission (CVT). The penalty for the CVT, however, is accentuated engine noise when accelerating, which can be grating.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 turbo (265 hp)
  • 2.5-liter 4 (170 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"If you are speaking of the control module for the seats, the drivers seat module has been replaced twice. It is seldom used, but has never the less "burned" out"

Mary C., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Recall on puddle lights. Caused other permanent electrical problems"

Robert R., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Gauges

"Main gauges went blank. Sub fixed under warranty/good will"

James C., WI (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Lamps keep burning out prematurely. Subaru finally extended the warranty on headlamps and reimbursed owners for headlamps already replaced. Still annoying that I have to keep bringing the car in to replace headlamps, even if they are replaced free"

Richard R., IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Bulbs go out much more than any other car I've owned and now instead of replacing them myself, the wheel well has to be disassembled to get at the headlights, where before it was within reach of the open hood. This is costly and seems part of keeping the dealership in repair money"

John K., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulb burned out prematurely. The cost was covered as a "recall" from Subaru"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"the headlight replacement is so difficult that it requires a gymnast with flexible forearms to be able to do it. I replaced them and they both worked loose and melted part of the reflector. the dealership mechanics have the same response- it is a feat to fit your arm in through the wheelwell to reach into the light assembly and turn the bulb fixtures back into the light"

Anthony M., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"very crappy location when trying to replace headlight - have to go through fender well"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"It is extremely difficult to replace the headlight bulbs. I had to take it back to dealer to replace a headlamp which is a routine maintenace item that should be replaceable by the owner"

Tim W., VA (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The replacement of the headlights requires the removal of wheel well panels or the tire of the side that you want to replace"

Jefffrey S., MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front headlight 6 times"

Jerome P., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"One of the front headlights kept burning out"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Low beam burned out on both sides"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They needed to be replaced"

Judy P., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had to change headlight bulbs three times in past year. Must remove entire bumper assembly to change a light bulb! Not cost effective!"

Mary C., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"my headlights have gone out twice, as a pair, at different times. I have since installed aftermarket HID lights to resolve the issue"

Charles L., AK (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry stopped working. I never did much investigation, but suspect that it's due to the interaction between the module that controls the keyless entry and an aftermarket remote starter system installed at time of purchase"

Jeffrey B., SK (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"most time it works but other times car won't stay running when using the key in the ignition"

Anonymous, NE (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Another random electrical problem will not start car because of security issue. Turns on works starter but car will not run"

Robert R., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"ON...OFF...PROBABLY OUTDOOR TEMP....MORE TROUBLE THAN IT'S WORTH?"

Kenneth S., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy)
Warning lights

"One of the connectors in the wiring harness broke causing the warning lights to flash"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Loud popping sounds from rear during very cold weathers"

Christopher J., ON (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Seem to be some rattles from the suspension"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The body just seems to be very loose"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Going over rough pavement the car has excessive rattles in door panels and other areas"

R E., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Steady rattle around passenger door when driving between 70-74 mph. Reproduced by dealership while new and under warranty. Could not fix"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"High wind noise on the highway"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The seal on on rear passenger window isn't that tight so you can hear wind at higher speeds"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wind and road noise is excessive at more than 50 mph"

R E., CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A howling sound when driving"

Christopher J., ON (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Open moonroof clatters due to wind gust. Subaru knows about this. Design flaw of moonroof"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy Special Edition 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"the brakes on both my Subaru's wear out. brake make noise, grind"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"During a regular checkup i was told that the rear brakes needed repairing (common to the legacy). I was displeased since I only had 20,900 miles on the car"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Subaru Legacy)
Rotors

"Problems with warped rotors"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"They had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Brakes squeaked when applied while backing up. Lubricated and pads and rotors cleaned"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Bought the car used and didn't realize that it had a scored cylinder"

Harry F., TX (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"First head gasket, then engine failure. Car is a piece of garbage"

Richard G., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started experiencing Spark problems with the right side of the engine (Cylinders 1, 3, &5). Compression test results were low and spark plugs had severe deposit build up. Further testing of the remainder of the engine indicated severe wear for the mileage of the car. Engine wear was indicative of a much higher mileage engine. Other inspections indicated the engine might not be the car's original one. Car in question was bought used from a dealer specializing in the sale of refurbished flood and"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Head gasket

"Blown head gasket at 115000. I'm hearing all the 2.5 engines blow the head gasket. Unacceptable in today's times"

Richard G., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil Seepage from valve cover gaskets. Now slight oil seepage from head gasket. Oil seepage burns when the car is running warm. Once car is stopped, intermittent smell enters cabin. Gaskets need to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Dashboard controls for mp3 problem"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The system only accomodates a very limited number of phones. Was not aware of the limitations before the sale"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"steering wheel volume control"

Gary G., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"amplifier went out completely and had to replace will no longer work with accessories-- portable xm radio or music from phone"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Volume control on steering wheel occasionally doesn't work"

Jeffrey B., SK (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Ac needs recharging but still is not as cold as advertised"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor failed after cat d was 2years old"

Jerome P., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Fans in engine were not running, which caused car to overheat in rush hour/stop and go traffic in warm weather"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Won't run intermittantly"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Distributor or rotor failure

"Car didn't start"

Larry S., NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"bad coil. necessitated towing. affected entire electrical system"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Two ignition modules failed simultaneously. The mechanic blamed severe physical deterioration based on the level of rust"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Occasional grinding noise, mostly during cold weather. Dealer states they cannot do anything about it unless it happens when in shop. Have had it in three times and it never happens then"

James S., NY (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"Complete failure locked all wheels with clutch stuck to floor"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Torque converter

"Car stalled when stopped - torque converter needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torque Converter was not unlocking thereby causing the engine to stall when stopping"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Torque converter causes vehicle to stall when stopping"

Frank S., IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"needed wheel mounts which the dealer advised was common as the weak point on this vehicle"

Anonymous, QC (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Failing Right Front Wheel Bearing. Replaced. Total cost about $300"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Subaru Legacy GT Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

"The gas cap developed a hairline crack in the seal. This resulted in the several warning lights coming on. Very unnerving. The dealer did not tell us what the problem was"

Tim W., VA (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Subaru dealer in US said sensor was corroded. Shortly after, catalytic converter failed and was replaced on warranty. US dealer said sensor problem was caused by faulty converter, while Cdn. dealer disagreed and refused to refund cost of repl. sens"

Denis C., QC (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Serpentine belt was worn out and needed to be replaced per the dealer's service dept"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Oil Seepage from valve cover gaskets. Now slight oil seepage from head gasket. Oil seepage burns when the car is running warm. Once car is stopped, intermittent smell enters cabin. Gaskets need to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"front windshield cracked and had to be replaced for the 4th time"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"latch to gas tank got repeatedly stuck and would not open"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"The radiator had to be replaced at 48000 miles because of a leak"

David M., WY (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Thermostat

"Failure lead to damage to head gasket and $2500 repair!"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The "Y" piece connecting the engine manifolds to become one exhaust pipe was made of two metals which meant it became a battery that corroded and suddenly the passenger compartment was flooding with exhaust. the part costs just under $1000, and seemed designed to fail"

John K., MI (2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Springs or torsion bars

"Front torsion bar link arms make a loud noise going over speed bumps. Link arms replaced and problem was resolved"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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