The Subaru Legacy is a midsize five-passenger sedan with a rare feature for its segment: standard all-wheel drive. Introduced in 1990 and now in its sixth generation, the Legacy is Subaru’s longest running model.
2015 to Present: Subaru Legacy
The sixth-generation Subaru Legacy was introduced for the 2015 model year. The current model features a sporty front fascia with a large, trapezoidal grille and wraparound headlamp assemblies. A broad and narrow lower grille opening is flanked by housings for the available fog lights.
The Legacy’s profile includes a slightly rising beltline, distinct upper character lines and body sculpting. Steel wheels are standard and alloy wheels are available. From the rear, the Legacy has a trunk-lid spoiler and wraparound combination lamps.
The latest Subaru Legacy offers the largest cabin yet, measuring 104.6 cubic feet. A standard 60-40 split-folding rear seat provides access to a 15-cubic-foot trunk.
All models come with a sporty instrument panel that’s accentuated by a pair of analog gauges and a display for driver information. A rearview camera is standard, while available driver assistance features include lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. Steering-responsive fog lights are also available, which provide greater illumination in the direction of a turn.
Standard technology features include Bluetooth and USB connectivity, satellite radio, smartphone app integration and a touch-screen display. An upgraded infotainment system with a larger display and voice-activated controls is available.
Subaru outfits the base Legacy with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 175 horsepower. It comes paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and standard all-wheel drive. Also available is 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine making 256 horsepower.
The Legacy’s chief competitors include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Ford Fusion. The Mazda6, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Sonata and Chrysler 200 might also be considered.
Earlier Subaru Legacy Models
In 2005, Subaru released the fourth-generation Legacy, offering it in sedan and wagon body styles. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine was standard and a more powerful turbocharged variant was available. A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission came with the base engine, while turbo models feature a standard five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic.
Beginning in 2008, Subaru discontinued the Legacy wagon and added a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine to the lineup. This engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Higher-end models of this generation can be equipped with a navigation system and satellite radio, but Bluetooth connectivity came later.
The fifth-generation Subaru Legacy was introduced for 2010, offering a similar base engine to the outgoing model. Transmission choices were updated, with a standard six-speed manual or an available CVT.
An available turbocharged engine makes 265 horsepower and comes only with a six-speed manual transmission. This engine was dropped after the 2012 model year. A 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine is also available, producing 256 horsepower and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.
Available technology features in the fifth-generation Subaru Legacy include Bluetooth, a USB port with iPod control and a backup camera. In 2013, the Legacy gained Subaru’s available EyeSight technology. This driver assistance system includes pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.