Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy, like most of the company’s cars and vehicles, is most well-known for its all-wheel drive capabilities. This trait alone has made it one of the most sought after sedan class cars available.

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Subaru Legacy Origins

After the start of the automotive industry in the early 1900s, it didn’t take long for companies all over the world to start manufacturing their own vehicles. While the American and European companies seem to take the spotlight, there are several Asian automakers as well. One of the most popular is Subaru. This Japanese company started out as a heavy industrial manufacturer and chose to make vehicles in 1952. One of its original cars, the Subaru 360, became popular with the Japanese public due to its small size and affordable price.

The Subaru 360 was introduced to the U.S. car buyers in 1968. Though touted as an "ugly and cheap" car, it did reasonably well, but the executives at Subaru knew they needed something different for the muscle car loving Americans. In 1977, the company introduced the Brat. This car has a two-seat interior, with two additional seats in the open-air back cargo space.

Today, Subaru has a well-deserved reputation for making and selling some of the most dependable and affordable cars on the market. Among the company’s many car and vehicle series, the Legacy remains one of the most popular.

About the Subaru Legacy

For many people, the all-wheel drive (AWD) provides a deciding factor when buying the car because of its excellent performance in all kinds of inclement weather. Some Subaru Legacy owners choose the car in place of heavier wagons or sport utility vehicles (SUV) based on the all-wheel drive alone. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Legacy has been offered in its various generations for about 20 years.

Also like Subaru’s other offerings, the Legacy is known for its good looking body style. The earlier generations have a sleek, sporty style in addition to precision mechanics and technology. For more recent editions of the Legacy, Subaru has decided to take a bit of a departure and change the vehicle’s body design. Later generations flaunt a larger body and more interior space. These editions aren’t as flashy or sleek as the previous generations, but they provide a family friendly option. Interested buyers will also find that automotive industry leaders usually have a lot of good things to say about the Subaru Legacy.

Subaru Legacy Features

Subaru has decided to offer the Legacy again in the 2012 model year. This edition of the car has many of the popular options and standard features consumers have come to expect from Subaru, including the all-wheel drive feature. The 2012 model comes in a mind boggling seven different trim levels, ensuring that any buyer can find what he or she is looking for.

With so many trim levels, Subaru offers the Legacy with a variety of engine options as well. Depending on the specific model, buyers can choose from a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder boxer engine, or a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine. Buyers will also find choices when it comes to the transmission system. The standard option on most trim levels is the six-speed manual transmission, though the traditional five-speed manual system is also available on select models.

Naturally, the interior of the Legacy has been designed to provide sufficient comfort for the driver and passengers. While the Legacy doesn’t boast the most luxurious interior, it provides adequate head and leg room. The cabin features a great deal of silver paint and may be too much for some potential buyers.

Subaru Legacy Evolution

The most common of the Legacy’s previous generations, which most potential buyers consider, are the third through fifth generations. Earlier generations are now 15 to 20 years old. Over the years, the Legacy has consistently maintained a good reputation and has been well received by the public.

With the third generation Legacy, Subaru includes a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and a five-speed manual transmission with a four-speed automatic available option. Like the previous generations, and those to follow, this generation (available from 2000 to 2004) performs incredibly well in all types of weather and continues to be popular with families or those looking for a reliable car.

The fourth generation, made from 2005 to 2009, offers many of the same features as the previous models. This particular generation is known for its 2.5-liter, boxer-four engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission, though some trim levels offer the option of a four-speed manual or automatic transmission system.

The fifth, and current, generation began in 2010 and is a bit larger in body style and interior space than previous models. The changes make the Legacy more appealing to families, as well as car buyers who simply prefer more space in the car’s cabin.

Select a Subaru Legacy Year

2013 Subaru Legacy
ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,867

MPG
18-32
Seats
5

2012 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan


The Legacy is expected to receive a couple new colors, as well as upgraded audio and interior features.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $14,325

MPG
18-31
Seats
5

2011 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan


For 2010 Subaru completely redesigned the Legacy, stretching the wheelbase, widening the track and raising the height, giving the Legacy the ability to now comfortably transport the whole family. As the model was all-new in 2010, the 2011 Legacy is largely a carryover, with a few minor trim level and option package changes. Folding exterior mirrors now standard on all models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,365

MPG
18-31
Seats
5

2010 Subaru Legacy
ESTIMATED RESALE: $11,663

MPG
18-31
Seats
5

2009 Subaru Legacy
ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,952

MPG
17-26
Seats
5

2008 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan


The 2008 Subaru Legacy may not be as exciting at the Impreza models, but the Legacy has its own place in the Subaru line up; it’s the surprise sport sedan disguised as a family vehicle.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,468

MPG
17-27
Seats
5

2007 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Some may consider the 2007 Subaru Legacy the sedate older sibling of the Impreza, but this car is anything but ordinary.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $7,494

MPG
22-29
Seats
5

2006 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The wide-ranging Legacy, Subaru’s flagship car, was first introduced in 1990.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,379

MPG
20-29
Seats
5

2005 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The Subaru Legacy hit the market in 1990, featuring five-door wagons and four-door sedans with optional all-wheel drive.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,586

MPG
19-30
Seats
5

2004 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2004 Subaru Legacy serves as a powerful, all-wheel-drive, midsize car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $4,077

MPG
20-28
Seats
5

2003 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2003 Subaru Legacy is a powerful, all-wheel-drive, midsize car.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,851

MPG
21-28
Seats
5

2002 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2002 Subaru Legacy sells as a sedan or wagon and offers consumers a great option for a vehicle with all-wheel drive and good gas mileage.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,224

MPG
21-27
Seats
5

2001 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2001 Subaru Legacy makes for a capable all-wheel-drive compact that sells as either a sedan or a wagon.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $3,167

MPG
22-27
Seats
5

2000 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 2000 Subaru Legacy enters its third generation with a brand new body, more powerful engine, and expanded trim lineup.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,887

MPG
21-28
Seats
5

1999 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1999 Subaru Legacy classifies as a midsize car that has been around since 1989.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,362

MPG
21-29
Seats
5

1998 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


With eight different versions available, the Subaru Legacy truly has something for just about every consumer.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,112

MPG
21-30
Seats
5

1997 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


Subaru continues its emphasis on all-wheel drive with the 1997 Subaru Legacy, while consequently reaping the benefits of buyers’ increased awareness about the safety benefits of all-wheel drive.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $2,012

MPG
21-30
Seats
5

1996 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1996 Subaru Legacy is a midsize car manufactured by the Japanese automaker.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,781

MPG
20-33
Seats
5

1995 Subaru Legacy

Midsize, Sedan, Wagon


The 1995 Subaru Legacy is a midsize car in its second generation.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $1,236

MPG
21-31
Seats
5

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