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2001 Subaru Legacy

  • 2001 Subaru Legacy GT Limited Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $25,195
  • 2001 Subaru Legacy GT Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $24,595
  • 2001 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $24,595
  • 2001 Subaru Legacy L Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $20,095
  • 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      27
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      165/166
    • ENGINE
      2.5L H4
    • MSRP
      $20,795
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2001 Subaru Legacy Review

Capable and well-mannered on the road.

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Overview

The 2001 Subaru Legacy makes for a capable all-wheel-drive compact that sells as either a sedan or a wagon. All versions of the Legacy use the same engine. It comes in three trim levels: the L, GT, and GT Limited. The 2001 Legacy’s capable all-wheel-drive system sets it apart from its competition. A well-rounded, efficient compact, the Legacy offers a more engaging driving experience than many competing models. The GT in particular provides controlled handling that makes it more than capable of tackling curvy roads and navigating city traffic.

The Outback wagon marks a particularly good seller, and with its comfortable ride, spacious interior, an engaging all-wheel-drive system, and generous array of features, anyone can see why. If you seek a well-appointed, capable compact sedan or wagon, the 2001 Subaru Legacy deserves consideration.

The Range

Body Styles: compact sedan, wagon
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Subaru Legacy L, Subaru Legacy GT, Subaru Legacy GT Limited

What's New

For 2001 Subaru discontinues the Brighton. Other changes include the introduction of ambient temperature gauges, dual-mode digital trip odometers, and fixed intermitted rear wipers to the Legacy L. Meanwhile, the GT gets a power moonroof, a six-way power driver’s seat, limited-slip rear differential, and multi-reflector halogen fog lamps. All versions of the 2001 Subaru Legacy now comply with low-emission vehicle standards. Twenty-four hour roadside assistance also comes standard with all models.

Exterior

In both its wagon and sedan forms, the 2001 Subaru Legacy boasts sharp, eye-catching styling. The base comes equipped with 15-inch steel wheels and all-season tires. GT Sedans, GT Wagons, and GT Limited models all boast 16-inch alloy wheels. Sheet metal for all versions of the 2001 Legacy is conservative. Additional exterior features include hidden tailpipes and standard breakaway exterior mirrors.

A fixed intermittent rear wiper with a washer comes on the wagon. GT sedans feature a single power moonroof while GT wagons get dual moonroofs.

Interior

The 2001 Legacy offers seating for five with a three-point seat belt for the passenger in the center rear position. Unfortunately the Legacy sedan’s rear seatback doesn’t fold down to make room for additional cargo. Instead, a small pass-through section provides access to the trunk. Cargo capacity remains limited to just 12.4 cubic feet.

Standard interior amenities for the 2004 Subaru Legacy include cruise control, and air-conditioning, as well as power windows and locks. Other interior features include bucket seats, cloth upholstery, a front console with storage, front and rear cup holders, and front door pockets. The GT and GT Limited feature leather trim on the shift knob and steering wheel and wood trim on the dash and doors. Even the base L seems fairly well-equipped with an ambient temperature gauge and a dual-mode digital trip odometer. The GT adds a six-way power driver’s seat.

Performance & Handling

On pavement, the Legacy serves as a capable sedan with an efficient all-wheel-drive system that provides good traction in all weather. The 2001 Subaru Legacy has tight responsive steering, delivers good handling, and features a fully independent, sport-tuned suspension. The standard four-cylinder engine provides adequate acceleration and pretty good fuel economy. Spacious enough to accommodate a small family, the 2001 Legacy delivers a comfortable ride and a relatively fun drive.

Safety

Standard safety equipment on the 2001 Subaru Legacy includes all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, and three-point seat belts for center rear passengers. Higher trims also come equipped with side-impact airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger. In NHTSA crash tests for driver and passenger impacts the Legacy receives four out of five stars, while in frontal-offset collision tests by the IIHS it earns a top rating of ""Good."" Additional safety features for all versions of the Legacy include daytime running lights, front seat belt pretensioners, and load limiters.

EPA Fuel Economy

Subaru Legacy: 19/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • All-wheel-drive system constantly engaged
  • Aggressive styling
  • Generous array of standard features

You Won't Like

  • All-wheel-drive system constantly engaged
  • Aggressive styling
  • Generous array of standard features

Sum Up

Capable and well-mannered on the road.

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