Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2012
For 2012, all Premium models have a new CD stereo with Bluetooth streaming audio and hands-free phone connectivity as well as iPod compatibility. A newly optional Harman Kardon stereo features a 4.3-inch screen, song tagging capability and satellite radio. Limited models now have standard fog lights.

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
  • Available fog lamps

Interior materials 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 heated front seats
  • Available Bluetooth audio streaming capability
  • Available dual-zone climate control

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 gas. 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

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