At first blush the Subaru Legacy is a great all-around sedan, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and reasonable price. But dig a bit deeper and you'll realize that is selling the car short. This is a car with very few compromises, effectively blending an excellent ride, responsive handling, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, simple controls, and easy cabin access front and rear.
Alerts
There are 2 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
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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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
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
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2004
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2005
2006
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2007
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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

At first blush the Subaru Legacy is a great all-around sedan, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive and reasonable price. But dig a bit deeper and you'll realize that is selling the car short. This is a car with very few compromises, effectively blending an excellent ride, responsive handling, a roomy and quiet interior, great visibility, simple controls, and easy cabin access front and rear. This all adds up to a package that puts it among the top performers in our ratings of midsized family sedans.

Sure, the Legacy doesn't set hearts racing based on its nondescript looks or its respectable-if-unexciting acceleration numbers. But with best ride and among the best handling and braking of its competitors, it topped the category in nearly every other measure of track performance.

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
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.6-liter 6 (256 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 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

Android Auto

"Android Auto sometimes does not connect. It happens more on my wife's phone than mine, but happens on both. This started a few weeks after purchase. The dealer blamed it on my cables, but I have swapped it, and it is an intermittent problem. Once it stops connecting, nothing fixes it until the head unit shuts off and restarts. And the head unit doesn't even turn off when the car is turned off--I have to leave the car off for a long time before the head unit completely shuts off."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Apple CarPlay

"From purchase. Audio issues and connectivity issues with Apple car play. Speaker selection when activating Siri does not always work and audio still plays while Siri is speaking. Sometimes the audio/speaker settings do not go back to default after Siri ie when Siri is speaking the background audio is dimmer or muted and Siri comes from one speaker. This doesn't always work and sometimes the system stays like that and the audio is terrible and you cannot fix it even by turning the car on and off. You are left with one speaker working for any audio source that is chosen."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"There's a known issue with The Harmon in-dash system and car play where it charges the phone but does not recognize the iPhone and does not provide a screen share on the Harmon. Because there's no in-dash GPS, it becomes frustrating not to be able to see the maps. The dealership will fix and it will reoccur."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
CD player

"Once in awhile the CD player will not play. It says media loading on the display and that is all it shows and it never loads. If you shut the car off and wait for awhile it seems to fix itself."

Anonymous, VT (2019 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

"I have my iPhone XR paired to the 2019 Subaru Legacy's infotainment system. Sometimes, after starting the car, the infotainment system connects to the phone and starts playing the last iPhone audio source, but the infotainment screen stops responding to touch input. I would then have to turn off my iPhone bluetooth to get the screen to respond again. Also, the same lack of responsiveness in the infotainment system occurs if I connect my iPhone to Apple Carplay using a lightning cable. Also, sometimes when playing via Apple Carplay, a notification will come up and the audio quality will become tinny, as if it had turned down the main audio playback for the notification sound, but it did not return to normal after. I have tried to update the Harman Kardon system via WiFi, and it has not found any updates since I first brought the car home in February 2019. When the Harman Kardon system works, it sounds great. The overall buginess of its integration with my phone, though, has left me frustrated."

Micah J., CA (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Radio powers up, but no sound; dealership replaced an amplifier (or updated its software) under warranty."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Head unit replaced once after issues with connected devices(Apple CarPlay) and audio output. Issues persist with new head unit. Am/fm Radio sometimes will not Have Audio however Xm radio and Apple CarPlay will."

Anonymous, IL (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Subaru put the "TomTom" GPS system in our '19 Outback (which we no longer have) and our '19 Legacy, and it stinks--it doesn't configure roads or road names correctly, it didn't seem to know where our last house was (it said we lived on an empty wooded lot--it would find our street, but not the house), doesn't show incidental streams, rivers, or railroad information. The one in our '18 Forester was soooo superior to this TomTom; I have no idea why it was changed out. If this system is all that is offered in future Subarus, it's enough to make me change manufacturers--and I've been a Subaru owner since 2002."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

"A hissing noise on all thee channels, talk radio or music tried to adjust bass, treble, but nothing works."

Anonymous, NJ (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 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 gauge/sender

"The fuel gauge level, miles to empty did not reset when the gas tank was filled up from about 5/8 full. The 2018 Legacy had a recall on the fuel tank gauge and we had thought that it had been solved. The service manager confirmed that there was no recall on the 2019 fuel gauge/sender issue."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Manufacturer recalled vehicle and replaced fuel pump."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Legacy Unsure 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The car since first purchased had problems with starting. This was unrelated to the battery and the subaru dealership confirmed that. The car would often crank for like 10 seconds before coming to a start. A little of an awkward experience on a push button start where usually I'd pull the key out if I heard the car starting. The most popular conclusion was the use of sinclair gas. Subaru did not change the fuel pump and had me try different gas. Though the problem did lessen. Long crank times did still happen like once or twice a month. Long crank times to me were anything over 3 seconds."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

"Factory recall replacement"

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Has just been recalled for problems with the fuel pump. It will be replaced at no cost by the dealership starting June 5, 2020. To date, I personally have had no problem resulting in the recall."

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Almost immediately after leasing this car it was having issues with starting. Only under certain conditions though. The most prevalent time it had issues starting was right after filling up the tank or even using a lower quality brand of gasoline. This issue is hard to replicate as 95% of the time it starts just fine. Crank times have always been one crank longer than I'm used to buy I'm guessing that is a characteristic of the flat 6. When I do have problems starting, the car will crank for 8-10 seconds straight without starting. I'll usually hit the button again to stop and then i'll try again in a few seconds. This happened as early as the first 500 miles. I'm at 3,300 miles now and it still happens. The dealers thinks it could be the fuel pump but they cannot replicate it at all so they wont do anything. The fact still remains that it struggles to start or wont start at all and it makes me worries about going on trips and coming back to a dead car."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"frame of driver's seat became cracked and was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Legacy Limited 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It has an intermitent thumping in the speakers. Have taken it in twice and the dealer can not replicate the problem."

Anonymous, NY (2019 Subaru Legacy Premium 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A loud rattling noise coming from the rear of the vehicle occasionally."

Hansen B., VA (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R 3.6-L 6 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

Headlights

"Entire sealed unit had to be replaced."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"Alarm horn occasionally activates when I open the door."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"The car would often trigger the carbon monoxide alarms in the house. The leak got so bad that at cold start up within the garage (and pulling out immediately) produced 991 PPM of CO. Compared to the second car which would only produce ~150 on a cold start (2017 A3 Quattro). Eversource confirmed that it was the car. Subaru could not find the source."

Anonymous, CT (2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6-L 6 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Engine belt broke making car undrivable at 2200 miles and at 13700 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2019 Subaru Legacy Sport 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 front fender kept falling off pretty much right after I got the car - it was due to a broken latch. Subaru service fixed it when I brought car in for recall notice."

Anonymous, (2019 Subaru Legacy Unsure Unsure)

Transmission Minor

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

Climate System

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Brakes

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

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