2017 Subaru Legacy

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Subaru Legacy. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    175-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of 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

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.

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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

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I'll Never Own Anything But A Subaru

by KatsDogSubie from St. Louis, MO on August 14, 2018

This is my second Subaru. I never expected that I would be able to afford one, but the prices were reasonable - even better than most comparable vehicles. The ride is exceptional, especially in ... Read full review

(5.0)

comfortable, good acceleration for a 4 cylinder

by rutledge from greenfield, ma on August 6, 2018

great gas mileage, rides like a luxury car on only 4 cylinders, hugs the road with all wheel drive, comfortable on long drives and around town, reliable. i expect to own it for 10 years/100K without ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Subaru Legacy currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Subaru

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original date of first use. Roadside assistance: 1 year from date of purchase
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 152 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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