Best Bet
  • (4.6) 31 reviews
  • MSRP: $7,245–$17,353
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-27
  • Engine: 265-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
2012 Subaru Legacy

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Subaru Legacy

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

2012 Subaru Legacy Reviews

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.

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
  • Available fog lamps

Interior
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

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

4.6

Average based on 31 reviews

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Gas mileage is great; performance is incredible.

by CheyenneG from Maine on September 22, 2017

This car has met all of my expectations of a Subaru. I test drove it and instantly fell in love. It's great on gas, and it drives perfect. When going over bumps, it's rare I even feel them, the car ha... Read Full Review

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7 Trims Available

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2012 Subaru Legacy Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
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 Front
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Limited

Overall Front
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
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.

Recalls

There are currently 8 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: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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