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2011 Subaru Legacy Review

May be trying too hard to please too many

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger midsize family sedan that is sleeker, trendier, and more elegant than it has ever been before. Equipped with the 3.6-Liter H-6, the turbocharged 2.5-liter H-4, or the 2.5-Liter H-4, the all-wheel-drive Legacy comes with either a 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, or continuously variable transmission.

The Legacy is known for its smooth ride and user-friendly handling. Some may be disappointed the Legacy has lost a little of its sportiness, but others will be grateful for the extra space for family and gear. Safety equipment on the Legacy and all Subarus is well known and respected. EPA fuel economy rating is in the 23 mpg city/27-31 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

Since Subaru completely redesigned the Legacy in 2010 by stretching the wheelbase, widening the track, and raising the height, giving the Legacy the ability to now comfortably transport the whole family, the 2011 model is largely a carryover. However, folding exterior mirrors are now standard on all models, and there are a few minor trim level and option package changes.


Engines: 2.5L H-4, 2.5L turbocharged H-4, 3.6L H-6
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission
Body Style: Sedan
Trims: 2.5i Sedan, 2.5i Limited Sedan, 2.5GT Limited Sedan, 3.6R Sedan, 3.6R Premium Sedan, 3.6R Limited Sedan

On the Outside

Along with getting larger, the 2011 Subaru Legacy has a more mature style likely to appeal to families. Yet, some find the new look to be a step backward to the past.

From the Inside

There's much more usable room on the inside, thanks to the Subaru Legacy's larger dimensions and clever interior packaging. The cabin materials and overall build quality have also been improved. Now the Legacy has 3.9 inches more rear legroom and 9.5 cubic-feet of passenger seating.

Driving Performance

Now that the outdated four-speed automatic transmission is gone, replaced with a five-speed unit, Subaru's Lineatronic CVT is earning a reputation as a capable continuously variable transmission. Depending upon the configuration, a six-speed manual transmission is also available. With updates to the 3.6-liter H-6, the Legacy now has the much needed torque that the old 3.0-liter six lacked.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Legacy includes four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, dual front airbags, side seat mounted airbags, curtain first and second row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, traction control, and all-wheel drive.

Gas Mileage

2.5 GT: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2.5i: 19-23 mpg city/27-31 mpg highway
3.6R: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway


  • Updated styling
  • All-wheel drive
  • Spacious interior
  • Roomy trunk


  • So-so fuel economy
  • Lack of automatic transmission with turbo


May be trying too hard to please too many

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