The 1999 Subaru Legacy classifies as a midsize car that has been around since 1989. Originally, the Legacy aimed to provide a Subaru car to compete with major North American midsize cars such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The introduction of the Legacy in 1989 marked a notable shift from older Subaru cars. The company has been known for years as a maker of quirky cars, but other Asian automakers offer more conventional and upscale vehicles to the U.S. market. The Legacy marks Subaru’s first conventional car in a long time and breaks company traditions like placing the spare tire in the engine compartment.
Body Styles: sedan, five-door wagon
Engines: 2.2-liter H-4, 2.5-liter H-4
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Legacy Brighton, Subaru Legacy L, Subaru Legacy Outback, Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Legacy GT
The 1999 Subaru Legacy marks 30 years of the company’s presence in the North American market. To commemorate its 30th anniversary in the U.S., Subaru launches a number of special editions to the Legacy lineup.
For this model year, the L model sedan and wagon come with a number of features including alloy wheels, a power moonroof, body-color trim, a roof rack or rear spoiler, a height-adjustable seat, and a power antenna.
The Legacy comes in a number of exterior colors. The 2.5GT Limited model offers a manual transmission. All Limited, Outback, and 2.5GT models have remote keyless entry as a standard feature.
The exterior of the 1999 Subaru Legacy remains unchanged since its redesign by Olivier Boulay in 1995. The car still uses the same taillights that draw on the taillights of the Subaru SVX. Most models retain the same dimensions except for the Subaru Legacy Outback, which has a larger ground clearance for a better off-road experience.
The Subaru Legacy uses a low dashboard which, along with the narrow roof pillars, provides excellent visibility for the driver on all sides. The seats up front feel comfortable and supportive, and legroom and headroom proves more than adequate.
The rear bench also offers just about enough space for six-foot tall occupants to sit comfortably. The Brighton wagon model provides a good deal in terms of interior features, with air-conditioning, all-wheel drive, and a standard 40-watt sound system. In any case, the cargo space offered by any 1999 Subaru Legacy model looks outstanding and ranks among the best in its class.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Subaru Legacy offers two engine options. The first, a 2.2-liter flat-four, delivers 137 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The second engine, a 2.5-liter flat-four, delivers 165 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Both engines pair with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission.
The 2.2-liter engine in the 1999 Subaru Legacy offers adequate power in most cases, but it clearly strains itself to offer hard acceleration and to navigate hilly terrains. Moreover, the engine is also gruffer than most other four-cylinder engines.
On the other hand, the 2.5-liter, flat-four engine with dual-overhead cams feels smoother, more refined, and quieter. It also delivers excellent passing power and acceleration. Nevertheless, the fuel economy of the all-wheel drive models falls lower than average.
The suspension system used in the Legacy finds a fine balance between stable handling and ride quality. Of course, ride comfort takes a little more precedence in this case. The bumps get absorbed very easily, and all models also feel stable on the road. The body lean stays in control but becomes noticeable around fast corners.
Government crash test results remain unavailable for the 1999 Subaru Legacy. However, with dual airbags and ABS in most models, the car seems to provide a decent level of safety in case of accidents.
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Legacy 2.5-liter H-4 with automatic: 20/26 mpg city/highway
- Lots of limited editions
- Permanent all-wheel drive
- Great styling
- Lively performance
You Won't Like
- Outdated interior
- Lots of low-quality plastics
This car definitely has a Legacy.
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