Subaru's mid-size Legacy sedan gets a complete redesign for 2010. The latest iteration of the sporty all wheel drive 5-passenger sedan is 3.2 inches taller and 3.6 inches wider. Even with these increases, the 2010 model is, at most, only 65 pounds heavier than the outgoing model, depending on trim.
The new design is bolder than the outgoing model, with much larger, angular headlights, larger taillights and wheel-arches, highlighting the 5-passenger sedan's all wheel drive.
The base engine for the all wheel drive Legacy is a 2.5-liter horizontally-opposed flat four, or H4 engine. It sends 170 horsepower and 170 pound feet of torque to either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. A turbocharged version of that engine is standard on the GT trim, sending 265 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque to a 6-speed manual. "R" models are equipped with a 3-liter H6 engine, generating 256 horsepower and 247 pound feet of torque, sent to a 5-speed automatic.
Fuel economy for the Legacy ranges from 18 miles per gallon city, up to 31 miles per gallon highway.
Standard equipment on the Legacy includes 60/40 split-fold rear seats, Vehicle Dynamics Control, and an all-new electronic emergency brake with an integrated hill-holder function on manual-equipped models. Optional equipment on our test model included power sunroof, heated front seats and mirrors, and a 440-watt 9-speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system.
Standard safety equipment on the Legacy includes 4-wheel antilock brakes, brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring system, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Initial base MSRP for the 2010 Subaru Legacy is $19,995. A nicely equipped Premium model will cost around $24,000, while a fully loaded Limited model will top out at around $33,000. The Legacy is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With bold, new styling, larger dimensions with minimal weight increase, and a selection of engines that offer both performance and fuel economy, The 2010 Legacy gives sedan buyers a whole lot of car, along with the benefit of safety and handling gained from Subaru's standard all wheel drive layout.