The 2000 Subaru Legacy enters its third generation with a brand new body, more powerful engine, and expanded trim lineup. Improvements aside, it continues to offer the versatile body styles, standard all-wheel drive, and car-like driving dynamics that have made it one of Subaru’s best-selling models.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy can fit five passengers and is available as either a four-door sedan or wagon. Both styles are offered in three trim levels. Sedans come in a base L, sporty GT, or luxurious GT Limited, while wagons are available as a budget-minded Brighton, mid-level L, or performance-oriented GT.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Subaru Legacy Brighton, Subaru Legacy L, Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Legacy GT Limited
The 2000 Subaru Legacy receives a complete redesign. Last year’s dual overhead cam engine is replaced by a single-overhead-cam 2.5-liter four-cylinder. All Legacy body styles give a longer and more aerodynamic silhouette, standard breakaway mirrors, and a hidden tailpipe. Safety features are overhauled as well, with all models offering front and rear impact beams, a rear-center three-point seatbelt, and front seat belt pretensioners. The GT Limited trim level now comes with front side-impact airbags.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy boast sleeker lines, a more aerodynamic grille, and a sportier overall look in the sedan and wagon models. Standard exterior features on L sedans and wagons include 15-inch steel wheels, tinted glass, and intermittent windshield wipers. The Brighton wagon adds a standard rear window defroster. GT sedans and wagons get 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, ground effects, a single power sunroof on sedans, a dual power sunroof on wagons, a limited-slip rear differential, and a sport suspension. The top-level GT Limited sedan, as well as the GT wagon, adds a rear spoiler.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy's features that are used in upper trims are available on base models including foglights, alloy wheels, keyless entry, and a sunroof. All wagons can be upgraded with an optional roof rack. Both body styles measure 184.4 inches in length, though wagons offer a subtly higher ground clearance of 6.3 inches. Unlike Subaru’s popular two-toned Outback, the Legacy comes in a monochromatic color scheme.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy improves its interior with larger controls, an expanded instrument panel, and more logically-placed locks. The budget-friendly Brighton wagon comes with cloth seating, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear bench seat, a center storage console, a tilt steering wheel, power steering, air-conditioning, power windows, and a radio with a cassette player.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy L gains cruise control, power door locks, and power exterior mirrors, while GT models add a power driver’s seat, leather steering wheel trim, and remote trunk release. The top-of-the-line GT Limited sedan comes with leather upholstery and a CD player. Regular GT models can be upgraded with the GT Limited’s leather seating, while all models can be equipped with an optional CD changer.
The 2000 Subaru Legacy still suffers from a rear seat that’s on the cramped side, despite the redesign. In sedan versions, front passengers receive 38.9 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom, while rear passengers are given just 36.6 inches of headroom and 34.2 inches of legroom. Wagons don’t offer much more space with rear passengers receiving 39.1 inches of headroom and 34.3 inches of legroom. In terms of cargo capacity, however, the wagon is the clear winner. While sedan versions offer 12.4 cubic feet of storage space with all seats in place, wagons provide 34.3 cubic feet. Storage volume can be expanded by folding the rear bench seat.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Subaru Legacy is best known for its reliable performance. For 2000, all Legacy models come fitted with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 165 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but all trims can be upgraded with a four-speed automatic. While both gearboxes provide smooth shifts, the manual is quicker off the line.
All 2000 Subaru Legacy models are able to absorb most bumps, though the GT trims’ stiff sport-tuned suspensions make for a slightly bouncier ride. In exchange, the sportier models offer sharper handling. Thanks to its standard AWD, the Legacy offers greater grip than most sedans and wagons. Body roll is evident in tight curves but is still less noticeable than in a typical SUV.
All 2000 Subaru Legacy models come standard with driver and passenger front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and daytime running lights. The GT Limited adds standard front side-impact airbags, and traction and stability control are not offered. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, it earned a top overall rating of ""good.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Subaru Legacy: 19/25 mpg city/highway
- Standard AWD
- Sleek design
- Comfortable cabin
- Improved safety
You Won't Like
- Limited power
- Cramped rear seat
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