If you want an affordable family sedan with all-wheel drive, the Legacy is the only game in town. It's also a value-packed ride with a spacious interior and good fuel economy. Where it falls a bit short is in refinement and performance. For 2013, Subaru tweaked the steering and suspension, which helped make emergency handling more secure and predictable. But the changes also robbed the car of its plush ride.
Alerts
There are 12 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
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
2009
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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.
NA
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
NA
2001
NA
2002
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2003
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2004
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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

If you want an affordable family sedan with all-wheel drive, the Legacy is the only game in town. It's also a value-packed ride with a spacious interior and good fuel economy. Where it falls a bit short is in refinement and performance.

For 2013, Subaru tweaked the steering and suspension, which helped make emergency handling more secure and predictable. But the changes also robbed the car of its plush ride. It's was still good mind you, just not great. The redesigned 173-hp, 2.5-liter "flat-four" engine delivers slightly quicker acceleration and fuel economy of 26 mpg overall, which is impressive for an AWD car. Still, most competing four-cylinder sedans were quicker.

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 (173 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Subaru Legacy owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup camera malfunctioned several times under warranty. Dealership replaced dash unit about 4 times which did not solve the problem, which they eventually realized was the camera itself"

Richard S., CT (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
CD player

"Does not properly read/play CD's ... "disk not found""

Barbara S., WY (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

"When it is a bright sunny day, the map is very difficult to see. That was corrected with our 2017 Forester"

Vincenza S., NY (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The wireless interface with my cell phone does not work"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"System requires "initial setup" every time car is started"

Barbara S., WY (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The 2015 Forester pairs when car starts. With the 2013 Legacy, the pairing is intermittent and the cars sometimes need a restart to achieve connection as I listen to books on my iPhone"

Vincenza S., NY (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"In our Toyota Sienna, pairing bluetooth is how it should be, very simple and works every time. In the Subaru, it is a huge task to get it paired the first time and every time after. We've had issues with it not recognizing a connection after turning the car off, resulting in having to go through all the menu and voice commands to set it up every time we turn the car on. The commands on the knobs to set up bluetooth do not work"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"static interference for person receiving my call when headlights are on, not so when headlights off"

Robert R., NJ (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"irregular sound quality"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"call end button on steering wheel failed. $300 for repair at dealer, out of warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The hands free system does not work for my cellphone"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Cylinder head

"Burns oil excessively"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine rebuilt to fix oil consumption problem. Not fixed by rebuild!"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"short block replacement covered by oil consumption lawsuit"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had excessive oil consumption within a 5000 mile oil change. Subaru and my local Subaru dealer installed a new short block at no expense to us. At this time it appears the oil consumption issue has been resolved"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"High oil consumption lead me to have the dealer check the car out. They are replacing the block under warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Burned excessive oil. Dealer provided a ring job (installed new redesigned piston rings) under warranty"

Charles E., FL (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Started with excessive oil consumption. Found out there was a TSB for excessive wear on piston rings. Repair required replacement of rings or short block. Ours required the short block due to cylinder wall scoring. All covered by TSB warranty"

James H., OH (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Excessive oil consumption. Installed a dealer build short block to fix problem. Rebuild of engine did not fix the problem. No support from Subaru America declared excessive oil consumption normal. Oil consumption is the same before engine rebuilt"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Timing belt or chain

"persistent squeaking was determined to be timing belt and drive shaft bearing and had to have replaced. Continues to squeak after replacement but seems to run fine"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Multiple lights burned out and have needed repeated replacements"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Jumped curb, later noticed the passenger side fog lamp was missing"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Headlights

"Headlight bulbs have been replaced 4 times in the past 12 months. First time they went out, I replaced them. I found it very difficult in that I had to remove the front tires and splashgaurds to gain access to the back of the housing. Since then the dealership has replaced them each time. The last time, I had recommended to the dealership to replace the housing and they disagreed"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Headlight bulb had to be replaced--low beam was burned out"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"The headlights are a pain to replace. When they need to be replaced, the tires need to be removed to get at them They needed to be replaced two times in the last 12 months"

Anonymous, IA (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Moisture formed inside the enclosure and the dealer replaced the whole unit without an argument"

Michael S., NY (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"have to bring to dealership to reset"

Dennis L., NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Every time I filled the car with gas for the past 5 months my break, sensor and check engine lights would come on"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"Rattles that I can't determine where they are coming from"

Edward P., CT (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Rust on the inside of the trunk lid and on the bottom of the trunk lid (where it meets the bumper"

Anonymous, CT (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust on inside of trunk lid"

Edward P., CT (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on trim plate (rear view camera) appears to lack primer coat"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust appearing on the trunk after less than 2 years"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

"Window seal on the driver's side door kept binding in the window, became deformed, and needed to be replaced. Had to make a total of four trips to the dealership to finally resolve this issue"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Door panels have rattles in them both as driving and especially with (higher volume) stereo USge"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Drivers front shock bad. Rattls along drivers side"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Wind noise was caused by the previously mentioned issue involving the defective window seals on the driver's door.Was resolved when that problem was repaired"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noisy on the road"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i)

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

Shocks or struts

"Not only is the initial ride terrible on the Legacy Sport, it's gotten worse with time making squeaking noises going over even the simplest of speed bumps and smacking the body down like there is no suspension at all. We've taken it to our Subaru dealer and they assure us that nothing is wrong at all!"

Anonymous, ID (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a strut that needed replaced when car had less than 30000 miles on it"

Anonymous, WV (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I don't know if the rough drive is due to shocks or torsion bar?? Also the engine is noisy"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration due to bent/damaged rims which were replaced"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"Subaru covered this cost under goodwill reimbursement"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"rust problem auto was in storage for 18 months"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Wear"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"Occasionally squeaks when braking"

Anonymous, WI (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 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

"loss of refridgerent"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"it started making noise. the dealership replaced it at no cost to me. it was under warranty"

Mark L., IA (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Electrical failure

"Climate controls stayed off on very cool days preventing the control of any of the climate control"

Anonymous, QC (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 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

Sunroof

"Switch needed replacing"

Michael O., WA (2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Gasket between spoiler and trunk lid became dislodged"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

"Initially, sounded like the belt was slipping. Was fixed, happened again and dealer determined the cause was the pulley assembly which was a closed unit was defective. I think they said it did not have enough lubricant in it when it was made"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"Engine burns oil (like CU reported might happen). Does not burn enough for Subaru to do anything. Burns 2 quarts every 3000 miles"

Samuel S., CT (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Reviewed by dealer but no solution found"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

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 pump

"Could not put gas in the car due to pressure. Dealer had to replace entire gas tank. Covered under warranty took over a week for parts. Dealer gave me 2015 limited Legacy to drive while in shop"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Unable to start car (dead battery). Battery had to be replaced"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Happened at 80000 miles and too early in life of car for this to happen"

Steven L., NJ (2013 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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