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2012 Subaru Legacy

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

186.4” x 59.3”


All-wheel drive



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
  • Significant body roll in base model
  • Road noise
  • Crosswind susceptibility

7 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Subaru Legacy review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


Most Reliable Car I have Driven

This car drives very well especially in wintery conditions. The car also has blue tooth which can connect a phone or mp3 player for playing music.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Excellent car

Excellent car, comfortable ride, great gas mileage almost 32 on the highway, i'm 6'3 and it was comfortable, stylish and loaded with all options you'd ever want which was nice for the price point

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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Overheated from day 1

This car seemed to be in beautiful condition but it has been in the shop since we bought it and they have no intentions of fixing the problem. But it is roomy and had lots of head space.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 3.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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Based on the 2012 Subaru Legacy base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
7 years/100,000
Dealer certification required
152-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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