2013 Subaru Legacy
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I loved it... at first

by from Northern Colorado on July 28, 2017

This car is a great value when it comes to something for commuting that has passenger room, AWD, and gas mileage. I couldn't have asked for better at this price point. However, if you are looking fo...
This car is a great value when it comes to something for commuting that has passenger room, AWD, and gas mileage. I couldn't have asked for better at this price point. However, if you are looking for a comfortable, reliable vehicle for longer road trips with the family, or you live in a place with moderately extreme temps, you may want to keep looking. Pros: The car has been great for back and forth to work, excellent on gas mileage (on 87 octane, between 28 and 32 MPG average), and it even got be safely through some Colorado snow last winter. It also has plenty of legroom for my teen in the back seats and even for my 6'3" husband to drive comfortably. Also, loads of trunk space for this size vehicle. Cons: The car is a pain in extreme temperatures. If it's anywhere over 70 degrees outside the a/c has to be on. Venting won't cut it, as the air is always engine hot and humid. If you are loaded down at all, this knocks your mileage down about 2-3 MPG. In the colder temps, the defrost doesn't always want to keep up with snow coming down. Ice builds up around the edges of the windshield. It burns oil. Nearly a quart between oil changes now, at a little over 70k miles. On long trips, if the car is packed and 2 adults and 2 kiddos are riding in it, the transmission has a tendency to overheat. This is pretty much a given in hot weather. Pulling over and letting it cool down about once an hour is not helpful when you're trying to get through more than one state in a day. The seats are not comfortable. They are okay for shorter commuting, but after about an hour of driving the driver's seat cuts into your legs and the seats feel hard. I wanted to love this car, and I did... at first. Now, after putting it through a lot of difference conditions over the last 10 months, I'm wondering if I should consider something else.
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Great value

by from Long Island, New York on July 25, 2017

The first Subaru I have ver owned. Needless to say I will purchase again in the future. The handling of this car with its AWD feels unbelievable. For a standard mid size sedan it is a very fun car to ...
The first Subaru I have ver owned. Needless to say I will purchase again in the future. The handling of this car with its AWD feels unbelievable. For a standard mid size sedan it is a very fun car to drive.
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Great Car

by from NY on June 4, 2017

Great car, does everything well. Good gas mileage, great vehicle for unpredictable winter commutes in the northeast. Good leg room front and rear.
Great car, does everything well. Good gas mileage, great vehicle for unpredictable winter commutes in the northeast. Good leg room front and rear.
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Never Named A Car Before.

by from Amityville on April 18, 2017

I love the Eyesight feature with alerts for lane departure and obstacle detection. It even lets you know when the car in front of you moves. It has a smooth ride and the heated seats are lovely. The d...
I love the Eyesight feature with alerts for lane departure and obstacle detection. It even lets you know when the car in front of you moves. It has a smooth ride and the heated seats are lovely. The dual temperature controls are very nice. There is ample space in the trunk and it is very good on gas. I like the charcoal gray color. It's why I named him Charlie.
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all I can say is wow

by from battlement mesa colorado on December 1, 2016

I bought my 2013 subaru legacy at first on a lease vehicle as I had it for 3 years I have to say at first it used alot of oil just burning it but it has never left me stranded I got the manuel transmi...
I bought my 2013 subaru legacy at first on a lease vehicle as I had it for 3 years I have to say at first it used alot of oil just burning it but it has never left me stranded I got the manuel transmission 6 speed I LOVE THIS CAR I would buy another one in a heart beat it has saved my life on mountain roads more than once and my gas mileage amazing I can't think of a better car then Subaru for snow mountain roads I would trade it in only if it brakes down and I know that will never happen
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Great car after changing OEM tires!

by from Massachusetts on May 30, 2016

I love my 2013 Subaru Legacy 2,5i Limited BUT I did not like the stiff ride. Some advice...get rid of the horrifying Bridgestone Turanza El-400 OEM tires....I replaced my tires at 22K because I could ...
I love my 2013 Subaru Legacy 2,5i Limited BUT I did not like the stiff ride. Some advice...get rid of the horrifying Bridgestone Turanza El-400 OEM tires....I replaced my tires at 22K because I could not stand the ride harshness. Put new Pirelli Cinturato P7 All season plus tires (Grand Touring)..CHANGED THE ENTIRE RIDE! Handling is still great but ride is smoother and much quieter....Love the great visibility..leather seats and HK sound system....wish the suspension were just a bit softer. Overall fab car for the money.
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This is a true Legacy...

by from Union, NJ on August 21, 2015

Best car you will own. Driving position is perfect, car is quick, balanced, safety, mpg are 28 avg, 32 hwy for a true AWD. Climbs hills like a goat and holds gear to climb, eats snow, rain. Handles be...
Best car you will own. Driving position is perfect, car is quick, balanced, safety, mpg are 28 avg, 32 hwy for a true AWD. Climbs hills like a goat and holds gear to climb, eats snow, rain. Handles better than a BMW. Seats are perfect... Drive with confidence while listening to a great stereo. No complaints and low maintenance. 56k miles and changed, coolant, oil, original breaks, and due for a tune up... Thank you Subaru
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2013 Subaru 3.6R Limited = Almost perfection

by from Cincinnati, OH on March 2, 2015

I have owned my 2013 Legacy 3.6R Limited for 1.5 years now, and have put 33,000 miles on it. I have not had 1 single issue. No weird noises, no weird smells, no trouble starting, no vibrations, no iss...
I have owned my 2013 Legacy 3.6R Limited for 1.5 years now, and have put 33,000 miles on it. I have not had 1 single issue. No weird noises, no weird smells, no trouble starting, no vibrations, no issues whatsoever of any kind. It is REALLY weird to be driving a car that just works flawlessly all the time. The Symmetrical AWD is unbelievable. I towed a friend in his Milan out of about 7 inches of snow and up a large un-plowed hill, probably 300 yards total, in my Subaru Legacy sedan. No ground clearance at all, didn't matter a bit. The AWD is no joke, unlike the other systems you find in Honda or BMW, the Subaru AWD system is proactive, it doesn't wait for slipping and then react, it is constantly working to keep your car stable. There is a reason the HMMWV and Land Rovers also use symmetrical AWD: it works. This is a comfortable, good handling, fun to drive car. The 3.6(Liter) R (R stands for Double OverHead Cam in Subaru speak, not "Rally" as I've seen some people saying) horizontally opposed, or "flat," 6 cylinder engine is very smooth and sounds wonderful. It gives good power throughout the entire range of the engine, and really sounds nice the higher it revs. The 2013 was the last year Subaru offered a true automatic transmission, not a CVT, and I'm very glad I got it with my 3.6R. The newer ones feel totally neutered by the CVT. I am sad that Subaru is going towards all CVTs across all their vehicles, but they are doing it for fuel economy. They can cut costs immensely by focusing on one transmission, not pouring money into multiple types. They really should have put a 6 speed automatic in the 3.6R Legacy though, it would have bumped fuel economy over 30mpg with a 6th gear. If I really baby it on the highway, I am able to squeeze 27-28mpg out of it, but it's really hard to drive it that slow and baby the thing. This engine just wants to haul. It will effortlessly cruise at around 90 and you won't even notice. Entering the highway is sheer joy, as you fly past the speed limit enjoying the yell of the H6 engine. Handling is great, the sound system is excellent (pop for the Harmon Kardon), HD radio is a huge plus. The controls are easy to use and the display is pleasing to the eye. I did not get the navigation because smart phones, and it looked cartoony and weird. It was also $3,000 more and I don't think a car they are selling as "Limited" should have a whole bunch of options to be added. The limited should be their top of the line, everything included. Overall, my grips are very nit-picky and not important. Get this vehicle, you won't be sad. Fun to drive, very comfortable to ride in front and in back. The back seat is the roomiest and most comfortable I've ever been in, rivaling a large Mercedes.
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Great in snow. Reliable.

by from Detroit, MI on August 21, 2014

Currently leasing 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium trim level. Had the car for almost 2 years. Overall, a very good car in snow and sleet. I live in Michigan so having an all wheel drive vehicle is a b...
Currently leasing 2013 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium trim level. Had the car for almost 2 years. Overall, a very good car in snow and sleet. I live in Michigan so having an all wheel drive vehicle is a big plus. Pros: 1. All wheel drive. Having an all wheel drive at all times is a big plus. Great in snow and sleet. Most other all wheel drive vehicles ride on two wheel and only engage all 4 wheels when slippage is detected. 2. Interior layout. Not a luxurious interior but nice and simple, without any unnecessary touch screens or distractions. Everything is at your fingertips. 3. Safety and reliability. The car has been reliable so far. Only oil changes done. As far as safety, I believe it earne high marks in all safety tests. Please refer to NHTSA and IIHS test sites for more information. 4. Comfortable on highways. Had a couple of trips between Michigan and New York, never got tired. 5. Excellent visibility out of the vehicle. Roomy inside, large windows, large trunk, 2nd row legroom equal to those of full size vehicles. 6. Tight steering wheel feel. Some may not like it but as a fan of BMWs I can contend that having a tight steering wheel translates into a much better feedback to the road. Please note that 2015 Model Year made a steering wheel a bit softer. 7. Fuel Economy. Averaging 27-28mpg city and highway miles. Reached 35mpg on the Highway. Considering this is an all wheel drive vehicle, this is excellent, in my opinion. Cons: 1. Exterior Styling. Luckily, the new 2015 Subaru Legacy has an all new exterior styling. Big fender flares are gone, and the vehicle no longer looks bloated. 2. CVT transmission. The combination of 2.5i engine and CVT transmission is not smooth. Engine revs loud on quick acceleration. Some lag is felt between engine and transmission in slow traffic. 3. Overall ride. For 2013 model year, suspension was tweaked to make it more sporty but by doing so, the ride became stiff. For a mid size vehicle, I expected to have a much softer ride. Once again, the 2015 model year addressed this issue and the ride is much more compliant and absorbs bad road conditions better. (I test drove it 2 weeks ago and was impressed). Additional Information: Other vehicles test drove before selecting Subaru Legacy included Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Fusion, Ford Escape, and used BMW 3 series. Conclusion: If you live in the snowbelt area, I highly recommend Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium (or Limited, if you prefer having more options like leather seats and navigation). You can't beat having an all-wheel drive, fuel economy, roominess, and reliability. It is on the top of my list for when my lease ends next year.
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18 months later

by from Brownsboro, Texas on August 7, 2014

This 2013 Legacy 2.5 I Premium is my 6th Subaru. It is the first one in this class, the previous one being a 2007 Impreza. While we don't get snowy roads often where I live, the all wheel drive feels ...
This 2013 Legacy 2.5 I Premium is my 6th Subaru. It is the first one in this class, the previous one being a 2007 Impreza. While we don't get snowy roads often where I live, the all wheel drive feels secure on rain-slick surfaces. I actually like the firm ride that some complain about as that translates into good handling on curves or in sudden evasive manuevers. I would actually like a little more performance, but the better fuel economy that the 4 cyl delivers is some compensation. The 2.5L 4 is fairly lively. The seats are comfortable for extended drives, and I notice that the trunk appears larger than at least one popular competitor. Rear seat leg room is more like a larger car. After 1 1/2 years and 23,000 miles, the only thing done to this car is scheduled oil changes and tire rotation. Even the ice blue finish looks good when it hasn't been washed for a week or two.
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