The Subaru Legacy is a different kind of midsize sedan compared to the average, everyday front-wheel drive offerings out there. Reason being, it responds to the driver’s inputs with razor-sharp precision and undeniable composure. It doesn’t waffle, it doesn’t waver and it doesn’t leave you guessing. When a car is this agile, the handling borders on the intuitive and this literally makes the driver feel more connected to the road.
What makes the Legacy handle so incredibly well and stand apart from the crowd? The reason: the meticulous engineering that only comes after decades of extracting the most benefit from the legendary SUBARU BOXER engine, Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, super-strong chassis and fully independent suspension system.
SUBARU BOXER engine
The horizontally opposed engine is mounted low and this creates a low centre of gravity for the whole vehicle, enhancing balance and stability. In the case of the Legacy, there are actually two SUBARU BOXER engines to choose from, a fun and efficient 4-cylinder (with 173 horsepower) and a powerfully fun 6-cylinder (armed with 256 horsepower).
Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Of course, a number of Subaru models, including the Legacy, also benefit from Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, which delivers incredible traction and control in all types of conditions especially compared to FWD vehicles — even on the super-slick roads found in northern climes.
The key to engineering a car that handles superbly is to start with the chassis. Every Subaru features a super-strong chassis that has been fine-tuned over years to deliver incredible rigidity, thereby allowing the fully independent suspension system to deliver the perfect balance of handling and comfort.
In terms of a starting point to achieve class-leading safety standards, it’s tough to beat Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD. Then add on a host of other advanced active and passive safety technologies and it becomes evident why the Subaru Legacy has been given a Top Safety Pick Plus* distinction from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) (EyeSight® equipped model).
Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system
This legendary system not only delivers superior traction in all sorts of conditions, it also aids in cornering and creates a distinctly confident feeling behind the wheel. The Subaru Legacy further benefits from the ultra-low position of the SUBARU BOXER engine (which creates a low centre of gravity, reduces body roll in the corners and increases stability), as well as the rally-honed independent suspension system (which soaks up imperfections in the road). But the safety story doesn’t stop there.
Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
The Legacy also features a super-smart electronic stability control system with traction control called VDC. This system employs a network of sensors to detect wheelspin and send power to the wheels that have traction, ensuring surefooted stability and safety at all times.
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
The ABS is imbued with various advanced features designed to increase braking capabilities, including Brake override, Brake Assist and Brake-force Distribution.
The EyeSight advanced driver assist system — check out the video demonstration — uses two cameras mounted on either side of the rearview mirror to monitor road conditions and provide braking assistance to help avoid or mitigate potential accidents.
The frame, airbags and seats
When an accident is unavoidable, a whole other layer of class-leading safety features kick in that protect you and your occupants and minimize vehicle damage. This layer of passive safety comprises a super-strong reinforcement frame, a full complement of airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats.
Outstanding Fuel Efficiency
Under normal circumstances, an all-wheel drive vehicle will consume more fuel than its two-wheel drive counterparts. Fortunately, the Subaru Legacy is anything but a normal AWD sedan. Designed from the ground up to be as dynamic and efficient as possible, the Legacy features a lightweight, super-strong chassis, an aerodynamically sculpted shell, and a range of fun and efficient engines and transmissions.
When equipped with the Lineartronic® CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), the Legacy can achieve fuel economy comparable to popular front-wheel drive midsize sedans. Meaning, you get AWD performance with no compromises — bonus!
Best Overall Value
The Subaru Legacy comes extremely well-equipped right out of the gate and is comparably priced to many front-wheel drive midsize sedans. For a starting price of just $23,495, you get the confidence-inspiring performance of Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD, crisp handling from the fully independent suspension system, and a full complement of advanced active and passive safety systems.
You also get the added comfort and convenience of heated front seats, Bluetooth® mobile connectivity and iPod®/USB integration — all standard. Finally, you will sleep soundly at night knowing that the Subaru Legacy is a smart choice for all sorts of reasons, including the ability to retain its value and its legendary reliability. So, the Subaru Legacy represents an amazing value — now and for the foreseeable future.