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1996 Subaru Legacy

  • 1996 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $16,495
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy GT Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/155
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,295
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/155
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,995
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy L Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $17,195
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy LSI Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/155
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $24,795
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy LSI Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      26
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      155/155
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $25,495
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy LS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,095
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy LS Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $22,795
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy L Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      33
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $17,895
  • 1996 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      29
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      135/140
    • ENGINE
      2.2L H4
    • MSRP
      $21,995
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1996 Subaru Legacy Review

Scores on most fronts.

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Overview

The 1996 Subaru Legacy is a midsize car manufactured by the Japanese automaker. It was introduced in 1989 as a sedan and wagon in Japan, and soon it was brought to the American market. It marks a significant departure from the trademark Subaru vehicles. Before this model, Subaru cars were considered to be quirky. Meanwhile, other Asian automakers were churning out more conventional and upscale models. This prompted Subaru to change its direction and make a car that was more competitive.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, station wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Legacy L, Subaru Legacy LS, Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Legacy LSi, Subaru Legacy Brighton, Subaru Legacy Outback

What's New

The 1996 Subaru Legacy is now available in a new sports model, the 2.5GT. It comes with a larger, more powerful engine and is available as a sedan and wagon. The top-end LSi model has a new engine, too. The Outback is another model that makes its debut. This wagon has 7.3 inches of ground clearance and an optional, new powerful engine. It's designed specifically for Americans, and it offers a carlike ride along with light off-roading capabilities.

Exterior

The 1996 Subaru Legacy underwent a complete exterior redesign just last year, which was headed by Oliver Boulay. The wagon and sedan models both have taillights that are inspired by the SVX. The wagon has a wheelbase of around 184 inches, while the sedan has a wheelbase of around 181 inches. All models have a width of around 67.5 inches. The sedan version has a height of around 55 inches, while the wagon has a height of 57 inches, and the 2.5T wagon has a height of 60 inches.

Interior

The 1996 Subaru Legacy has a strictly average interior. The front and back seats do have lots of headroom, but only for passengers of average stature. Occupants who are taller than six feet may have problems sitting in the back seats and may be crammed in the front seats as well. Inadequate interior space aside, it offers abundant cargo space. In fact, it has among the largest trunk spaces of any midsize car. Moreover, visibility for the driver is great all around thanks to the narrow roof pillars and low dashboard.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Subaru Legacy is available with a 2.2-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 135 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. It proves to be adequate enough for most cases, but it begins to feel strained when it is pushed hard or when the car is being driven on hilly terrains. Moreover, it is also quite noisy and gruff. The 2.5T, Outback, and LSi have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 155 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. It's not only more powerful but also smoother, quieter, and more refined.

Safety

The 1996 Subaru Legacy doesn't have any crash test information available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Legacy: 20/26 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Average passenger space
  • Spacious trunk
  • Good visibility
  • Wet-weather traction with the Outback model

You Won't Like

  • Noisy, 2.2-liter engine

Sum Up

Scores on most fronts.

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