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2017 Subaru Legacy

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$13,849 — $26,725 USED
5 Seats
23-29 MPG
Key specs of the base trim
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Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance of four-cylinder drivetrain
  • Visibility
  • Tons of headroom
  • Security of all-wheel drive

The Bad

  • Some unimpressive cabin materials
  • Touch-sensitive controls for multimedia system
  • Six-cylinder drivetrain lacks thrills
  • CVT noise
2017 Subaru Legacy exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Subaru Legacy
  • New Sport trim level
  • Rear automatic braking now available
  • Five-seat midsize sedan
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Four- or six-cylinder engine
  • CVT automatic transmission

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Our Take

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a mid-size sedan with seating for five. It competes with the Chevrolet Malibu[MP1], Honda Accord[MP2], Nissan Altima[MP3] and Toyota Camry[MP4]. Trim levels include the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. All trims come with standard all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

For the 2017 model year, Subaru has added two new features to the available EyeSight safety system. This suite of safety features now includes rear automatic braking and automatic high-beam headlights. Also new for 2017, the Sport trim level is outfitted with chrome details, a dark-gray grille, a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen, 18-inch wheels and other stylish details.

How Does the 2017 Subaru Legacy Compare to Other Sedans?

In our tests, the Legacy falls about middle of the road versus more refined options like the Chevy Malibu or Kia Optima. However, its driving experience is more pleasant than rivals such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

What Features in the 2017 Subaru Legacy Are Most Important?

The Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 175 horsepower, paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Drivers looking to elevate their commute have the option of a 3.6-liter six-cylinder that delivers 256 hp. Standard amenities include all-wheel drive, active grille shutters, a backup camera, Bluetooth streaming audio, paddle shifters, and a 6.2-inch touchscreen CD stereo with Pandora integration as well as iPod connectivity and an MP3 jack.

Noteworthy available features are a moonroof, navigation system, perforated leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, Harman Kardon premium audio, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, the EyeSight safety system and keyless access with push-button start.

Should I Buy the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

When it comes to the driving experience, the 2017 Subaru Legacy stands out for the performance of its four-cylinder engine as well as its standard all-wheel drive. Its impressive visibility and headroom throughout the cabin allow for a comfortable ride. Although the CVT produces some unpleasant road noise and some of the cabin materials are less than impressive, it's still a contender in its class.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

2017 Subaru Legacy Road Test

By Jennifer Geiger

Editor's note: This review was written in June 2016 about the 2016 Subaru Legacy. For 2017, Subaru added two new features to its o... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Reliable. Affordable. Excellent utility.

by No Screen Name from Brooklyn, New York on January 10, 2019

Amazing sedan for the snow! Drives well. Great features. Really the only thing that’s missing for me is the automatic lock once the car is in drive and moving. You have to remember to lock the doors. ... Read full review


This car is a unicorn

by Eyesablur from Elizabethtown on November 4, 2018

I owned the Legacy 3.6r limited edition. I bought it new when the next year was coming out. If you can find one that way you have found a unicorn! They hold their value! Excellent car, I wish I still ... Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2017 Subaru Legacy currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
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Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

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Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
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Structure/safety cage

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.


New car and certified pre-owned programs by Subaru

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000

  • Dealer Certification Required

    152-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Latest 2017 Legacy Stories

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Legacy received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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