• (4.4) 36 reviews
  • Available Prices: $4,515–$11,991
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 243-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2009 Subaru Legacy

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Subaru Legacy

What We Don't Like

  • Not as roomy as some competitors
  • Some cheap interior elements
  • Premium gasoline recommended
  • Stability system not available on all trims

Notable Features

  • Standard AWD
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Available electronic stability system
  • New 3.0R model

2009 Subaru Legacy Reviews

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.

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

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 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


Average based on 36 reviews

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Very reliable, all-wheel drive is great

by JRFisch from on September 30, 2017

This car has performed great for commutes and long road trips. I recommend it to anyone, as long as you don't need high road clearance. Acceleration performs well only over 40 mph, but otherwise runs ... Read Full Review

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6 Trims Available

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2009 Subaru Legacy Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Overall Rollover Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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