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2012 Subaru Legacy
2012 Subaru Legacy
Available Price Range $8,128-$19,440 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-27 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Subaru Legacy

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Middling cabin materials
  • Significant body roll in base model
  • Road noise
  • Crosswind susceptibility

Notable Features

  • Larger, restyled interior
  • Three engine choices
  • Standard AWD
  • Manual or automatic
  • Newly available stereos


Consumer Reviews


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Overall Fantastic Purchase

by Commuter Joe from Nashville, TN on April 1, 2012

Let me preface this review by saying I am a Subaru fan. Not some over-the-top zealot but, in general, appreciative of what Subaru brings to the industry. Zero-landfill plant, pzev certifications, the ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 6 recalls for this car.

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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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