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2011 Subaru Legacy

2011 Subaru Legacy

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$4,244 — $13,484 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
21-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Responsive steering
  • Roomy backseat
  • Good gas mileage for an AWD car
  • Available turbocharged drivetrain
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Wintry-weather suitability

The Bad

  • Middling cabin materials
  • Tiny stereo controls
  • Overly restrictive USB/iPod integration
  • Significant body roll in base model
  • Road noise
  • Crosswind susceptibility
2011 Subaru Legacy exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Subaru Legacy
  • Larger, restyled interior
  • Three engine choices
  • Standard AWD
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard electronic stability system

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2011 Subaru Legacy Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Legacy was redesigned for 2010, its first complete makeover since 2005. A sister of the Outback wagon, the Legacy comes only as a sedan. It grew for 2010, adding much-needed space to the backseat, yet its mileage improved. It competes with cars like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.

Choices abound with the Legacy, which comes in many trim levels and offers three engine types and three transmissions. Distinguished first by the engine type — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged version of the same and a new 3.6-liter six-cylinder — each comes with Premium and Limited trim levels. The 2.5i and 3.6R are base versions of the non-turbo trim levels.

New for 2011
Following last year’s redesign, Legacy receives minor changes for 2011. All models now have standard folding side mirrors. The 2.5 GT Premium model is gone, leaving the 2.5 GT Limited as the lone turbocharged model.

Exterior
The Legacy’s headlight shape strays into Nissan/Infiniti territory, but the grille has Subaru’s familiar wing-shaped crossbar and constellation symbol. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Functional hood scoop on 2.5 GT
  • Projector beam headlights

Interior
In addition to a nearly 4-inch increase in backseat legroom, last year’s redesign made the Legacy a couple of inches wider, which helps hip and shoulder room in the front and back. The interior materials w...

Vehicle Overview

The Legacy was redesigned for 2010, its first complete makeover since 2005. A sister of the Outback wagon, the Legacy comes only as a sedan. It grew for 2010, adding much-needed space to the backseat, yet its mileage improved. It competes with cars like the Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.

Choices abound with the Legacy, which comes in many trim levels and offers three engine types and three transmissions. Distinguished first by the engine type — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged version of the same and a new 3.6-liter six-cylinder — each comes with Premium and Limited trim levels. The 2.5i and 3.6R are base versions of the non-turbo trim levels.

New for 2011
Following last year’s redesign, Legacy receives minor changes for 2011. All models now have standard folding side mirrors. The 2.5 GT Premium model is gone, leaving the 2.5 GT Limited as the lone turbocharged model.

Exterior
The Legacy’s headlight shape strays into Nissan/Infiniti territory, but the grille has Subaru’s familiar wing-shaped crossbar and constellation symbol. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Functional hood scoop on 2.5 GT
  • Projector beam headlights

Interior
In addition to a nearly 4-inch increase in backseat legroom, last year’s redesign made the Legacy a couple of inches wider, which helps hip and shoulder room in the front and back. The interior materials were upgraded and include metallic-looking trim on the steering wheel and other surfaces. Upholstery choices include cloth and leather. Interior features include:

  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons
  • Standard keyless entry
  • Standard 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Available Bluetooth audio streaming capability
  • Available dual-zone climate control
  • Available navigation system with backup camera


Under the Hood
Three engines — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a turbocharged 2.5-liter and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder — make 170 horsepower, 265 hp and 256 hp, respectively. The GT has higher output across the board, but it requires premium gasoline. Mechanical features include:

  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • 265-hp, turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • 256-hp, 3.6-liter six-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission with manual mode
  • Five-speed automatic (3.6-liter six-cylinder)
  • Standard all-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear seats

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
72 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

I felt lied to

by Courree from MT on September 18, 2020

While the car runs well for now, it had a hidden problem that wasn’t found until it started to get bad. My transmission is going out, and when I had asked the dealership about it, the told me they ... Read full review

(5.0)

Quickness,handling ,breaking are elite.

by Dansubara from Georgetown,Texas on December 21, 2019

This has been a great car.After driving 7 Sufis of all types I can say with a straight face that I like this cat better....It's easy to drive very safe and there's nothing better then all wheel drive ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Subaru Legacy currently has 16 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
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.

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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.*

Latch or Latch system

* 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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