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 10 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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
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2001
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2002
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2005
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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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 2014 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

"Camera stopped working but was replaced just before warranty expired"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Camera system failed and required relcement of expensive electronics located in dashboard that is part of the navigation system. Fortunately, the dealer included extended warranty as an incentive at their expense when I purchased it. So, it was covered."

Robert R., PA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"When in reverse, the screen goes black so backup camera doesn't work."

Anonymous, (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited Unsure)

"intermitent in turning on (about 5% of the time)"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"The system went non-functional. The dealer was aware of the issue and ordered a replacement unit."

Douglas C., TX (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Keeps dropping Bluetooth connection with iPhone"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"It just takes a lot of extra work and effort. The system in my Jetta works flawlessly and pairs automatically. That is not always the case with Subaru. I seldom try to use the system and prefer to use my Plantronics headset instead of this"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"not staying paired"

Calvin Y., WA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Bluetooth cuts out sometimes when talking on the phone while driving"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Stopped working. They replaced the whole radio"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keeps dropping Bluetooth connection with iPhone"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"Stopped working. They replaced it"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear speakers would not work Amplifier plug problem"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"The Blue tooth system is a very cheap edition. It does not recognizes names or numbers. With this system you must manually load every contact in your iPhone. This is their base system, it should not be offered. They should make the upgraded, at ext"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 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

Air or water leaks

"Air conditioning drain hose clogged causing discharge into front passenger floor area"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"On heavy rainy days, when applying the brakes, water comes in on the driver's lap!"

Anonymous, RI (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Air noise through both front window seals"

Mac M., CO (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor fit and finish for front and rear bumper covers"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"rear suspension noise like a thump while hitting a pothole"

Jean P., QC (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I have what can only be described as a cricket sound continually. NO ONE can find where it is coming from."

Anonymous, WY (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The front bake calipers rattle when going over small bumps. Brakes work fine but the noise is very annoying"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Noises suspension on one side"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"sunroof rattle,dash rattle"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles & interior trim seems to vibrate on the highway"

Mark C., MA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Klunk occasionally in the left rear suspension and a rattle when the left sun visor touches the ceiling"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"On higher speeds, on the highway, wind inserts on the passenger's side, in the winter you feel cold air getting in as whizzing noise"

Anonymous, RI (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Calipers

"One caliper stuck, and the rotor had to be replaced."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"Rear pads wore down at 46,000 miles had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear pads needed replaced due to wear. Surprised they would wear out before fronts"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Rear brake pads only lasted 59,000 miles. Am not an aggressive driver."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brakes totally worn at 32000 miles - total replacement, 100% covered by dealer (at no cost to me)"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"Rear rotors warped and required replacement along with brake pads. Problem arose when vehicle had 46,000 miles. Local tire shop replaced rotors and pads, total cost approx. $350"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Don't drive that aggressively and the rotors seem to be warped"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"For the second time the rotors warped, causing vibration in the steering wheel"

Richard B., NJ (2014 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Squeaking

"rear brake pads wore out.not bad for 80000 miles.front pads were still at 50%"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 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

Gauges

"One morning while starting the car, about half the gauges and indicator lights went crazy. OBD error code P0116. Drove to Subaru dealer. He cleared the error code by restarting the car about 15 times. Problem traceable to using block heater when ambient temperature was above 30 degrees F"

Ronald N., CO (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"Left headlight has had to be replaced 3 times already known problem with Subaru,s"

Thomas H., NY (2014 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Replaced both low beam headlight bulbs this year"

Gregory N., NH (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Both low beam headlights failed within a couple of months of each other, needing replacement"

David C., MN (2014 Subaru Legacy Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Window washer warning light malfunction (verified by dealer). Light stays on even though the washer fluid reservoir is full."

David T., CA (2014 Subaru Legacy Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"The water supply hose to the washer was severed by vibration of the car against a sharp edge of metal"

Philip B., MI (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Motor died and dealer replaced it"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Automatic climate control

"AC problem that dealer mechanics could not fully diagnose or fix. They claimed it was a sticky valve in the refrigerant system and they had no way to figure out which one. We never know whether or not we’ll have functioning AC."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"From the time we originally bought the car, we have not been able balance heat (hot or cold) between driver and passenger. The dealer claims it's normal."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"The fan will sometimes freeze and sometimes get stuck or slow well below the desired level. Occasionally when it stops, it will start back up suddenly and mysteriously. This is not a problem with the thermostat turning the fan off when it gets to a specific temp."

Chris L., GA (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"made noise, bearing out, had to be replace"

Anonymous, VT (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"Condenser has a slow leak, so I have to recharge it once a year or pay $800 to have it replaced. This is not a manufacturing fault,it was caused by a minor collision."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"I had to take it 2x's to the dealer to get this problem fixed"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"My Legacy burns oil. After 3000 miles of a oil change on long drives or heavy travel for many days. Subaru knows of the problem on the engines. Their test to confirm if your car burns oil is only for 1000 miles. So, useless."

Rachel J., NJ (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally need to add a quart when the oil light comes on. Seems to happen only when driving long distances at interstate highway speeds."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Mot a "leak" per say, but the oil was low by one quart every 1500 miles"

Jason S., MO (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine oil light goes on 2000 miles after oil change, necessitating adding 1 quart of synthetic oil. Can't read the oil stick accurately"

Edward N., IL (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Since purchased the Legacy has consumed approximately 1 quart of oil in between each oil change (approximately 6500-7500 miles)"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 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 exterior trim or moldings

"The running board became loose"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Front Pillar cover loosened and had to be replaced"

Robert J., VA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Window weather stripping detached"

Kenneth A., MI (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Have the car since 11/14 disappointed with the paint it scratches very easily and I am not a complainer by nature intend to let the dealer know when we go for service"

Robert D., MA (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"We are in a high altitude area. We get a lot of salt and brine used on our area for road maintainence. I think this caused the rust."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 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

Alignment

"While on a long trip (MA to FL) suddenly noticed car pulling to the right. When to local shop in FL and got it repaired for about $100."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Heard a noise when I hit a bump. Didn't sound horrible, just figured I should check it out. My mechanic told me to replace the front struts, which fixed the issue."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy Sport 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There was far more road noise when driving the 2014 Subaru compared to our 2013. I took it into the dealer to check out. They inspected it and said they needed more time to investigate. We set up another appointment where it was examined in more detail. They had a difficult time identifying it but ultimately repaired it under warranty. It now drives as quiet as the 2013."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy Unsure 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

"Engine was burning 1 quart of oil every 1500 miles"

Jason S., MO (2014 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine used oil at high rate. Was not burning but leaking at head gasket"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"There is a recall."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"It was a recall issue"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Subaru Legacy 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

Mirrors

"the mirrors are hard to change."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 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

Driveshaft or axle

"I've had both rear bearings go out (started making noise)."

Randy C., IN (2014 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.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"The CVT transmission on this car is lousy. You can definitely feel the fight between the engine and the transmission. In heavy traffic crossing a 2 lane road it can be a safety issue as you don’t have the power immediately. It is the equivalent of a car that has turbo lag but this car doesn’t have a turbo. The wait time from foot down throttle to car response is poor."

Chris L., GA (2014 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Subaru had a gasket problem with cars in the North which interfered with the gas-oxygen mixture causing the dash lights to blink. Happened two times. Paid for it the first time but not the second."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

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

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