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.
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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

"The acceleration is adequate for a mid-size, but horsepower lags behind others in the segment when comparing 4 cylinder models. The handling, especially in the 2.5i sport model is superb. The AWD system prevents most, if not all, slippage in the rain."

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Love how the cvt transmission works gives the car good power and good has mileage"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Our car has a larger motor so acceleration is almost immediate. It handles so wonderfully. I drove home from Washington DC to NY in blizzard like conditions and felt like the car got me home safely."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This car is SLOW to accelerate and the brakes whine in cold weather. I do like its handling in snow and the tight steering."

Richard T., WI (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Extremely comfortable, quiet, handles very well and I feel safe in that car"

Douglas C., TX (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I have the eyesight option and it makes you pay attention to your everyday driving habits Acceleration is great as is cornering and braking Its a fun and very safe car to drive"

Greg M., VA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The engine and cvt transmission are very responsive and seamless in how they work."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Acceleration is not great, but drives fast"

Hiroshi D., MI (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Really accelerates and handles well. Best handling car we ever owned."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I love the acceleration the 6 cylinder gives. The handling in any type of weather is still great!"

Beth W., CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"compared to other cars I have driven over the last couple of years, the acceleration is better."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"All wheel drive, corners and handles flawlessly"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Subaru all-wheel drive was a dream when I first purchased my vehicle. I moved down my lane of the highway without drifting more than an inch or two to either side. However, now four years later, the car moves within my lane, from side-to-side like any other car. What happened to that extraordinary stability?"

Tom G., CA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Exceptional acceleration on the highway. Handling as always, (this is my 3rd new Subaru) is excellent, tight & responsive."

James P., ME (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I purchased the six cylinder model and the acceleration is strong. I have heard that the flat sixes are having mechanical problems, but we have no problems to date. The screen for the backup camera cannot be seen in bright sunlight so I've stopped ever using it. Also, I wish this model had keyless entry and programmable seat positions for when my wife drives."

Keith H., UT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"By looks along you think this car would drive like a tank and not be responsive or fun to drive but the truth is that this care is extremely fun to drive and communicative..the acceleration is not the best BUT the car pulls all the way up the the red line and the engine feels like it will run though a brink wall."

Tommy M., NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"very good acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This is a very comfortable car, easy to drive and park, corners very well, and is excellent on snow, ice or wet surfaces."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Excellent acceleration for a 4-cylinder, handles curves and maneuvers in traffic exceptionally well."

James B., OH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"good acceleration, easy to pass with adequate power, handlng is sporty in my estimation."

Anonymous, OR (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"One of the reasons I bought this model Legacy was the larger engine which would help with merging onto busy highways. The car always safely merges, always gets me up to speed in proper time so as to not cause other cars to slow down to let me in. I live in the Northeast United States and our weather runs the gamit from cold to hot, wet and dry. In all instances the car handles smoothly. I love the car!"

Beth W., CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Handles terrific in all conditions, including SNOW (MN). Has the feel of a higher end luxury car without the luxury price. Also, have become a big fan of the smoothness and efficiency of the CVT transmission. Brakes on this particular car seem to be a bit "rougher" (not as smooth feeling) as I have had on other Subaru Outbacks that I have owned."

Mark U., MN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"It has the best handling of any car I have ever driven"

Steve K., NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Great overall, but outstanding in bad weather."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Acceleration, especially when passing another vehicle, is immediate and strong. The vehicle is easy to handle."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The AWD system in this Subaru gives you no torque steer when accelerating on a curve, never slips in the rain, and the 2.5 engine is more than enough oomph to merge effortlessly on freeways."

Donald D., OR (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"My Subaru Legacy routinely out-handles other AWD vehicles, including big SUV's, over snow-covered Vail Pass (Colorado). Terrific traction!"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The transmission pauses, and does not seem to be engaged when shifting from reverse to forward."

Anonymous, MN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Automatic cvt transmission jerks and hitches especially at lower speeds as if it Can't find correct gear. Also understeer is excessive but tolerable. Shifting from reverse to drive incurs an excessive delay before engaging into drive."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I live in Iowa and it is excellent in the winter on icy and snow packed roads and hills. I have driven it over 70,000 miles and it is excellent on the interstate."

JERRY R., IA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"It's eyesight system is exceptional. I drove home from Washington DC to NY in a blizzard and the car handled perfectly although vision was very poor."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"We are going to trade this in as soon as it cools down so that we can go looking. It is the most rough riding car we have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Even though the car seats are not the most adjustable available, they are exceptionally comfortable. One exits the car after a 10 to 12 hour drive feeling fresh. This is not true for many cars, not even most “driver’s‿ cars."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"excellent ride and good control"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Like everything except the suspension is stiff. The carpets could have been a better grade too."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"A fun to drive vehicle that is comfortable, all wheel drive, corners well and will has fast get up and go."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This is my wife car and always seem to forget how fun and comfortable this car if to drive. I almost always look at it as a box on wheels that I don't want to drive, then after 5 minutes of driving it I'm so amazed at hold actually comfortable this car is."

Tommy M., NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"It sits very low to the ground. My father is 6 ft 2 in, and is 84 years old. He has problems getting out of the car because it sits so low to the ground."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Changed the tires and the noise level in the car dropped and the ride was way smoother. Subaru should put better tires on their vehicles or give us an option to upgrade."

Toby W., CO (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"heated seats"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are very comfortable, front and back, with lots of leg room in the back. It would be nice to have more directions of control for the passenger seat. Primary dissatisfaction is that the ride feels harsh-bumps in the road are quite apparent. This has improved somewhat with a softer set of tires."

David C., MN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Very noisy, road & engine noise, especially at high speeds on the highways."

Wendy S., GA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The cabin road noise is louder than any other Subaru I have owned. (I am on my 4th Subaru) with the windows down you have a hard time hearing radio or others conversation."

Terry J., OR (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"It is quiet and the ride is smooth. The automatic seat position lever is great for the driver."

Marla M., WA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Rides very smooth with a nice interior look"

Alison C., NJ (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This model has low profile tires which makes the ride a little bumpy on certain types of roads. The handling is good however. The model I own only has power seat controls on the driver side - it would have been nice to have them on both front seats."

Gregory R., CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Great ride, very little noise. Enjoy leather seats and seat warmers."

Gary S., MN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Road noise in my 2014 Subaru Legacy is noticeably higher than my 1999 Honda Accord, and the autos owned by other members of my family (2013 Pathfinder, 2017 Toyota Rav4, and 2015 Passat)"

Charles E., PA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This model year subaru is not very well insulated against road and other exterior sounds entering the car's interior, thus making for a very unsatisfactory listening experience for listening to the audio system. I have to increase the volume level to enjoy my music or other audio programs."

Robert G., CO (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are comfortable, if not in any way luxurious. My biggest complaint would be ride noise. It is better than many cars I have driven in the past, so it's not a big one. However, I do find it to be moderately annoying, especially when combined with the AC noise."

Bryan W., FL (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I have the Sport Model and the ride is punishing on the 18" tires. One feels every bump in the road. The head rests are at an angle and not comfortable. The heated seats are nice."

Richard T., WI (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I still like the ride I have with this Subaru even though there's 62,000 miles on it! I've noticed it's a bit more noisy than it was 3 years ago but I don't mind. I like the heated seats in the winter and the a/c in the summer."

Beth W., CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Extremely comfortable with many options to individualize for each different driver. Easy to adjust."

Anonymous, NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I put a lot of miles on this car, and the seat is surprisingly supportive for a car in this price range. Power seat is easy to adjust to a perfect position."

Robert T., IL (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The seats are adjustable in a variety of ways that conform to my preferences. The ride is smooth, but I find that there is too much "air noise" when traveling."

Anonymous, NH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The car is just comfortable"

Steve K., NY (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Worst feature: pushbutton HVAC controls. Can't adjust without taking eyes off the road, unlike dial controls."

RONALD N., OH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Ride is a little rough, car is somewhat noisy (engine and road noise)"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Noise insulation could be better (engine and road noise)."

Anonymous, OH (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"driver's side power seats are very adjustable. no power seats on passenger side. climate controls, except for rear window defogger, easy to operate without looking."

DAVID C., MN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"With windows down there is a lot of road noise"

TERRY J., OR (2014 Subaru Legacy)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Great value in.a reliable car for a reasonable price."

Anonymous, CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Cabin is relatively quiet despite the road noise of the 18" low profile tires on the 2.5i sport model. Compared with the same segment of mid-size cars, it was several thousand dollars less than Camry and Accord. AWD was big selling point that others don't have, or require a higher trim level to get."

Anonymous, MD (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"AWD drives good in the Michigan winter"

Hiroshi D., MI (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I feel I got a good price. I have had very little maintenance on this car."

Anonymous, GA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This is a very stable car. I feel very safe driving it. It has everything I need, and at a substantially smaller price than other cars I looked at and tested."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"This car remains a good performer. With new Michelin tires replaced a 49,000 miles it's a pleasure to drive. I think the handling is as good as much higher priced autos and better than competitors Honda and Toyota."

Keith H., UT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"All things considered, this car gives the most for the money."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Dollar for dollar, the best value on the market. It does everything well."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Certified pre-owned and reasonably priced extended warranty provide peace of mind."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Excellent cost to features. I will be exchanging this for a Tesla Model 3."

KENNETH H., UT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"Overall great car, but gas mileage lower than advertised and excessive road noise."

Anonymous, PA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"The vehicle is an appliance, it will get you from point A to point B with no drama."

MARSHALL G., MI (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"high mileage, AWD, very dependable, good visibility, Eyesight safety system"

WAYNE D., CT (2014 Subaru Legacy)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Wish for leather seats now; black cloth seats not easy to keep clean."

Anonymous, CA (2014 Subaru Legacy)

"I love the Bronze color, and also the look of the car...smooth & rounded, not boxy."

MARY W., IL (2014 Subaru Legacy)
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