|Midsize car; Built in USA|
|Good condition price range: $7,900 – $27,100*|
2010 Subaru Legacy front
2010 Subaru Legacy rear
2010 Subaru Legacy interior
2010 Subaru Legacy
This latest Legacy may be the most mainstream Subaru ever. These midsize cars are pleasant to drive, and all versions have a lot of equipment at reasonable new-car prices. The sporty 2.5GT models have the best handling. They’re on the pricey side, and you can only find them with a manual transmission. Standard all-wheel drive is a bonus for snow-belt states. If you prefer a manual transmission, look for a Legacy with the optional short-throw shifter. While any Legacy is a solid choice, our Recommended nod goes to the 3.6R Premium, which has good power and surprising fuel economy.
Subaru’s Legacy was redesigned for 2010 with freshened styling, a revised model lineup, and a new six-cylinder engine. Entering its fifth generation, this midsize car was about 3 inches wider, taller, and longer in wheelbase than the 2009 Legacy. Three engines and eight trim levels were offered, all with horizontally opposed engines and standard all-wheel drive. The 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, and 2.5i Limited had a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission was standard. Optional was a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved like an automatic. Legacy 2.5GT Premium and 2.5GT Limited models had a turbocharged version of the 2.5-liter engine with 265 horsepower. Those models had only a six-speed manual transmission. The top-line 3.6R, 3.6R Premium, and 3.6R Limited got a new 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that teamed with a five-speed automatic. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, and front-side airbags. A sunroof was optional on Premium and Limited models. Heated front seats were optional on 2.5i Premium and standard on all except the 2.5i and 3.6R. Leather upholstery was standard on Limited versions, while a navigation system was optional. Legacy rivals included the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Malibu, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Camry.
The Legacy got a few minor changes following its 2010 redesign. The 2.5GT Premium model was discontinued. Folding mirrors became standard on all models. Satellite radio was newly standard on Limited variants.
The 2012 Subaru Legacy received only minor trim changes.
All 2013 Legacys wore new front-end styling with a redesigned grille, bumper, and headlights. There was also a reinforced body structure. Legacy 2.5i models received a new, more-powerful 4-cylinder engine and a revised continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved much like an automatic. Standard equipment on all Legacys included a Bluetooth hands-free cellphone link and audio streaming, iPod control capability, and a USB port. Steering wheel control buttons for the Bluetooth functions were also included across the line. Limited models could be equipped with a harmon/kardon audio system with navigation, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and rearview camera. Subaru’s EyeSight safety system with pre-collision braking, lane-departure warning, sway warning, and adaptive cruise control was newly available.
There were only minor tweaks for the 2014 Legacy. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) received adaptive transmission control that the company said resulted in smother transmission performance and response. The available navigation system now included Aha-based smartphone connectivity.