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2009 Subaru Legacy

$3,629 — $11,253 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
20-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Exceptional handling with turbo engine
  • Well-executed manual transmission
  • Turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Seat comfort
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The Bad

  • Not as roomy as some competitors
  • Some cheap interior elements
  • Premium gasoline recommended
  • Stability system not available on all trims
2009 Subaru Legacy exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2009 Subaru Legacy
  • Standard AWD
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available electronic stability system
  • New 3.0R model

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The Legacy has an extensive lineup of powertrains, including a naturally aspirated or turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. It is sold only as a sedan for 2009.

The Legacy has a varied model lineup; trim levels include the 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5GT Limited, 2.5GT spec.B, 3.0R and 3.0R Limited.

The Legacy competes against the Ford Fusion, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat.


New for 2009
The Subaru Legacy gets a standard electronic stability system for 2009. The Legacy also gets a new trim level, called 3.0R, which features the 3.0R Limited's six-cylinder engine but is less expensive. Subaru has stopped selling the Legacy Wagon for 2009.

Exterior
All Legacy models get an aluminum hood, aerodynamic side ground effects and an in-glass antenna. Turbocharged models have a functional hood scoop and underbody aerodynamic cover.

At 185 inches long and 68.1 inches wide, the Legacy is noticeably smaller than most midsize sedans.
  • Available 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power side mirrors
  • Standard dual exhaust
  • Power moonroof (on all except 2.5i)
  • Functional hood scoop on 2.5GT and 2.5GT spec.B


Interior
The Legacy can seat five people. There's 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is noticeably smaller than its competition. Every Legacy gets a revised integrated key fob, which has been reduced in size.

All Legacy models include a 60/40-split folding rear seat with a center pass-thru. The tru...
Vehicle Overview
The Legacy has an extensive lineup of powertrains, including a naturally aspirated or turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. It is sold only as a sedan for 2009.

The Legacy has a varied model lineup; trim levels include the 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition, 2.5i Limited, 2.5GT Limited, 2.5GT spec.B, 3.0R and 3.0R Limited.

The Legacy competes against the Ford Fusion, Mazda6 and Volkswagen Passat.


New for 2009
The Subaru Legacy gets a standard electronic stability system for 2009. The Legacy also gets a new trim level, called 3.0R, which features the 3.0R Limited's six-cylinder engine but is less expensive. Subaru has stopped selling the Legacy Wagon for 2009.

Exterior
All Legacy models get an aluminum hood, aerodynamic side ground effects and an in-glass antenna. Turbocharged models have a functional hood scoop and underbody aerodynamic cover.

At 185 inches long and 68.1 inches wide, the Legacy is noticeably smaller than most midsize sedans.
  • Available 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard power side mirrors
  • Standard dual exhaust
  • Power moonroof (on all except 2.5i)
  • Functional hood scoop on 2.5GT and 2.5GT spec.B


Interior
The Legacy can seat five people. There's 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is noticeably smaller than its competition. Every Legacy gets a revised integrated key fob, which has been reduced in size.

All Legacy models include a 60/40-split folding rear seat with a center pass-thru. The trunk has grocery bag hooks to keep items secure and 11.4 cubic feet of available cargo room.
  • Available cloth, leather or perforated leather upholstery
  • Standard power windows, locks and remote keyless entry
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard cruise control
  • 385-watt premium stereo system (on all except 2.5i)
  • Performance-designed seats (2.5GT, 2.5GT spec.B, 3.0R Limited)
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Optional touch-screen GPS system (standard on 2.5GT spec.B)


Under the Hood
Like all Subarus, the Legacy has standard all-wheel drive. The 2.5GT, 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R get large front and rear ventilated brake rotors.

Subaru's SI-Drive system allows drivers to program accelerator response and is included on the 2.5 GT Limited, 2.5GT spec.B, 3.0R and 3.0R Limited. With the automatic transmission, the 2.5 GT Limited, 3.0R and 3.0R Limited have paddle shifters for manual operation.
  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine makes 170 pounds-feet of torque (standard on 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition and 2.5i Limited)
  • 243-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder boxer engine makes 241 pounds-feet of torque (standard on 2.5GT and 2.5GT spec.B)
  • 245-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 215 pounds-feet of torque (standard on 3.0R and 3.0R Limited)
  • Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Four-speed automatic transmission (optional on 2.5i and 2.5i Special Edition, standard on 2.5i Limited)
  • Five-speed automatic transmission (optional on 2.5GT, standard on 3.0R and 3.0R Limited)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (2.5GT spec.B)
  • Sport-tuned suspension with inverted front struts standard on 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R Limited
  • Limited-slip rear differential standard on 2.5GT, 2.5GT spec.B and 3.0R Limited


Safety
Safety features include:
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Standard daytime running lights
  • Standard antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution
  • Standard traction control (except on manual 2.5GT)
  • Standard electronic stability system, (except on manual 2.5GT)


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
39 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

BEST USED CAR PURCHASED

by SUBARU DIVORCEE from INDIANA, PA on June 16, 2018

IT IS VERY RELIABLE AND IN EXCELLENT SHAPE FOR THE AGE OF THE CAR. THE PRICE WAS EXACTLY WHERE I NEEDED IT TO BE AND THE PURCHASE PROCESS WAS A DREAM Read full review

(5.0)

Excellent car all around!!

by SymSubaru on May 31, 2018

The legacy special edition is a great package, it has plenty of power, it is comfortable, and it has symmetrical all wheel drive! To top it all off it is an extremely reliable car!! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 Subaru Legacy currently has 9 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 years/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Coverage available for purchase

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.*
* 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

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