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.