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2001 Subaru Legacy

2001 Subaru Legacy

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$3,200 — $7,760 USED
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5 Seats
24 MPG
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2001 Subaru Legacy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The compact-size Legacy was redesigned last year, and the sedan versions carry over for 2001 with minor changes. The bulk of Legacy sales are wagons, especially the quasi-SUV Outback versions, which is covered in the 2001 Station Wagon Buying Guide.

Subaru is adding a six-cylinder engine and a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system to its wagon lineup, but the sedans continue with four-cylinder engines and the same AWD system all models used last year.

Sedan models include the L, GT, GT Limited and Outback Limited, all of which have standard AWD.

Exterior
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches and an overall length of 184 inches, the Legacy is squarely in the compact class.

The Outback Limited has 7.3 inches of ground clearance— inch more than the others — and Subaru says it is suitable for “light offroad travel.” It borrows some of the Outback wagon’s styling cues, such as larger front fenders, lower-body cladding, large fog lights and two-tone paint.

Interior
All models seat five, and the center rear position has a three-point seat belt. Unlike most competitors, the rear seatback does not fold for additional cargo space on the Legacy sedan, though it has a small pass-through section to the trunk. Cargo capacity is 12.4 cubic feet.

Air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors are standard across the board.

Under the Hood
All Legacy models use Subaru’s 165-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with horizontally opposed cylinders — inst...

Vehicle Overview
The compact-size Legacy was redesigned last year, and the sedan versions carry over for 2001 with minor changes. The bulk of Legacy sales are wagons, especially the quasi-SUV Outback versions, which is covered in the 2001 Station Wagon Buying Guide.

Subaru is adding a six-cylinder engine and a more sophisticated all-wheel-drive system to its wagon lineup, but the sedans continue with four-cylinder engines and the same AWD system all models used last year.

Sedan models include the L, GT, GT Limited and Outback Limited, all of which have standard AWD.

Exterior
With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches and an overall length of 184 inches, the Legacy is squarely in the compact class.

The Outback Limited has 7.3 inches of ground clearance— inch more than the others — and Subaru says it is suitable for “light offroad travel.” It borrows some of the Outback wagon’s styling cues, such as larger front fenders, lower-body cladding, large fog lights and two-tone paint.

Interior
All models seat five, and the center rear position has a three-point seat belt. Unlike most competitors, the rear seatback does not fold for additional cargo space on the Legacy sedan, though it has a small pass-through section to the trunk. Cargo capacity is 12.4 cubic feet.

Air conditioning, cruise control, and power windows, locks and mirrors are standard across the board.

Under the Hood
All Legacy models use Subaru’s 165-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with horizontally opposed cylinders — instead of inline or V configurations. A five-speed manual is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional on all models except the Outback Limited, which comes only with automatic transmission.

Safety
In addition to all-wheel drive, antilock brakes are standard on all models. The GT Limited and Outback Limited also have side-impact airbags to protect front-seat occupants.

Driving Impressions
Subaru has carved a unique niche with its all-wheel-drive lineup, but the Legacy is a competent sedan that offers more than all-season traction. Subaru loads up its models with the features most people want, and the automaker doesn’t charge an arm and a leg considering all that is included.

Acceleration is adequate, fuel economy is reasonable, and there is enough room for a small family’s needs.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
11 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(3.9)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

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(5.0)

My one true car-love

by SharonT from Cortland, NY on February 13, 2018

This was the first car I purchased post-divorce, and I'm not really sure why I had my heart set on a Subaru, except that I had heard they were safe and reliable, and those were most important to me. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best car ever

by Rage2day on October 22, 2017

I had this car for 2 years, I changed the oil in it one time. I threw everything I could at it! I abused this car and drive it hard! I took it on off-road trails and into the mountains every night. ... Read full review

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Legacy received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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