2021 Subaru Legacy

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$22,895

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2021 Subaru Legacy
2021 Subaru Legacy

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Subaru Legacy trim comparison will help you decide.

2021 Subaru Legacy review: Our expert's take

By Rick Popely

Most significant changes: Adaptive LED headlights, backseat reminder and passenger seat belt reminder now standard

Price change: $175 more on base, Premium, Sport and Limited trims; $275 more on Limited XT and Touring XT; destination charge is $25 more at $925

On sale: October

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? Price increases are minimal, so it makes sense to buy a 2021 model for the higher resale value and additional standard features.

The Subaru Legacy is built from the same design as the Outback wagon and comes with the same engines, transmission, all-wheel-drive system and other key components. As a mid-size sedan, the Legacy plays a supporting role to the Outback, a quasi-SUV that outsells its counterpart by more than five times.

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Both were redesigned for 2020, so changes for 2021 are minor. Adaptive LED headlights that swivel in the direction of turns are standard on all models; the adaptive feature wasn’t available on the base, Premium or Sport models for 2020. All models also add as standard a reminder to check the rear seat before leaving the car and reminder chimes for passengers to buckle their seat belts.

Price

Prices are $175 higher for 2021 on the base sedan, Premium, Sport and Limited, and $275 higher on the Limited XT and Touring XT. At $925, the destination is $25 higher. Prices for option packages are unchanged.

The Legacy line starts at a reasonable $23,820 (prices include destination) for the base model, and that includes the EyeSight suite of active safety features, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Prices accelerate past $30,000 as you move up to the Limited and more expensive models, topping out at $37,070 for the Touring XT.

Engine and Transmission

All models except the Limited XT and Touring XT come with a 182-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with horizontally opposed cylinders. The Limited XT and Touring XT have a turbocharged 260-hp, 2.4 liter horizontally opposed engine. All models come with AWD and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Interior

The Legacy offers a roomy interior, a healthy helping of standard safety features, a comfortable ride and a well-designed multimedia system with an 11.-6-inch screen on upper trim levels. 

Performance

The base 2.5-liter engine and CVT combine for sluggish, noisy acceleration and fuel economy that falls short of other mid-size sedans. In comparison, most mid-size sedans provide brisker acceleration and quieter, more refined performance. But if you can live with those shortcomings, it’s a practical (if somewhat boring) choice for a family sedan.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Reliable, all wheel traction, looks great.

The 2021 Legacy is improved comfort riding, leg room, the dashboard is digitalized at greater extend. the Charcoal gray color is awesome, looks very elegant. I like the new wheel design and interior changes that add a luxury look that my 2019 did not have.

5.0

Great car for an older person

I am 74 years old and this is the sixth Subaru legacy that I've leased since my husband's death. It provides me a secure ride in bad weather and is a pleasure to drive when the sun shines. I may purchase this one.

5.0

Love my new Subaru Legacy

This car is amazing and wonderful. It looks great and performs exceptionally well in all kinds of conditions. It is also very comfortable. Having driven many types of cars I can say without a doubt that this is my favorite car in my 50 years of driving. I love this car!

See all 10 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Subaru
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
Yes
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