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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2019 Subaru Legacy has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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.

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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

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)
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

"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

"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)

Drive System

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

Paint/Trim

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

Climate System

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Transmission Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Brakes

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Apr 16 2020
If the low pressure fuel pump fails, the engine may stall without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Impreza, Outback, Legacy, and Ascent vehicles. The low pressure fuel pump may become inoperative.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the low pressure fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began June 4, 2020. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WRD-20.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V218000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 188207
STRUCTURE
Jun 26 2019
In the event of a crash, the reduced strength of the vehicle body may increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Subaru of America, Inc. (Subaru) is recalling certain 2019 Legacy and Outback vehicles. Spot welds located on the duct below the cowl panel may have been improperly applied, impacting the vehicle's body strength.
What should you do:
Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and repair or repurchase the vehicle, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began July 26, 2019. Owners may contact Subaru customer service at 1-844-373-6614. Subaru's number for this recall is WUH-93.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V493000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2107
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