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Subaru Legacy | CarMax

The Subaru Legacy is a solid sedan with a steadfast reputation and a comfortable ride. If cargo space, classic styling, smooth handling, and a great selection of technology features are in your lane, this vehicle is an excellent choice.

Subaru's flagship sedan, the Legacy, was first available in 1989. The name Legacy itself suggests something that can withstand the test of time; three decades in, this sedan has only gotten better with each generation. Even since the beginning, Subaru has offered optional all-wheel drive (AWD) for the Legacy, giving you the flexibility to decide which kind of ride you need. If you like to be able to travel all kinds of roads with confidence, you will especially like the most recent generation of the Legacy, from 2014–present.

Whether you're a professional commuting to work, driving around a small family, or a newly-licensed driver, the Subaru Legacy is a smart choice.

Read on to learn more about the features, specs, and rankings of the Subaru Legacy.


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  • Standard all-wheel drive (AWD) is available on any Subaru Legacy you choose, including this most recent generation (2014–present).
  • Across all years, a 2.5L four-cylinder boxer engine is standard on all of the 2.5 trim levels, and an optional 3.6L flat-six engine is included on the 3.6 trims (the naming convention makes it easy to remember which trim includes which engine). A continuously variable transmission is the standard for both powertrains. In 2013 and 2014, the Legacy generated 173 hp and starting with the 2015 model, that horsepower inched up to 175.
  • Innovative Lead Vehicle Start Alert alerts the driver that the vehicle in front is moving away after being stopped. This feature is optional on all trims from 2013, except for the base model.


1. Doesn’t skimp on cargo space:

Subaru Legacy: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

In 2015, the Legacy's cargo space increased from 14.7 to 15.0 cubic feet. This gives you enough space for your luggage, sports equipment, and fishing gear, which makes it a great car if you're someone who likes to get out and about with your hobbies.

2. Rugged and adventure-ready

The Subaru Legacy offers all-wheel drive on every trim level, across every model year. If you're the outdoorsy type, that AWD will help you out of slippery scrapes and over rocky terrain and snowy paths. At the same time, this sedan is equally comfortable driving around town too.

3. Smooth handling and performance

Subaru Legacy: Engine | CarMax

The Legacy has always used a boxer engine, typically found on high-end performance vehicles. On the Subaru Legacy, it's well balanced for smooth, robust acceleration. Paired with AWD, the engine puts control where it's needed.

4. Classic, sleek styling

Subaru Legacy: Front Seats | CarMax

The Legacy design includes great visibility all around with thoughtful construction of the B-pillar and side windows. For a sportier look, consider an upgrade to the 2.5i Sport trim (available 2013–2014 and again 2017–2018), which includes touches like an available spoiler and body molding. In 2015, Subaru updated the the Legacy's exterior styling with a bolder front fascia and even smoother lines from bumper to bumper.

5. Cool Tech Features

Subaru Legacy: Tech Dash | CarMax

The STARLINK multimedia system is standard on all models from 2016–present and includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capability. TomTom™ navigation helps you get to where you want to go and accepts voice commands so you can keep your eyes on the road. By adding the MySubaru app to a mobile phone, users can lock and unlock the vehicle remotely, access the horn and lights, and locate the vehicle on a map — all from a desktop computer, tablet, or mobile device.

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Subaru Legacy Average CarMax Price1

2013–2017 - Average price less than $23,000

2018 - Average price less than $28,500


In 2013, Subaru offered the fifth-generation Legacy in six trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 2.5i Sport, 3.6R, and 3.6R Limited. In 2014, the 3.6R was dropped and in 2015, the 2.5i Sport was dropped and then returned in 2017. Two engines are available: a 2.5L four-cylinder or a 3.6L six-cylinder.

2.5i (base model): 16-inch steel wheels (2013–2014) or 17-inch steel wheels (2015–2016), auto headlights, height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system.

Subaru Legacy: Backseats | CarMax

2.5i Premium:17-inch alloy wheels, body-color outside mirrors, eight-way power driver seat (including power lumbar), leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system. Optional All-Weather package includes heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a windshield wiper de-icer. Also optional: a sunroof and a nine-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system.

2.5i Sport (available 2013–2014 and 2017–2018): Includes everything the 2.5i Premium level offers plus the All-Weather package as standard. Also, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, sunroof, aluminum pedal covers, plus upgraded trim and upholstery.

2.5i Limited: 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear seat air-conditioning, leather upholstery and wood trim, a four-way power passenger seat, and a Harman Kardon sound system. Options add a sunroof, EyeSight® driver assist system (including lane departure intervention in 2016), a navigation system with a touchscreen interface, voice controls, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera.

3.6R (available 2013 only): Equipped like the base 2.5i model, except that it has standard 17-inch alloy wheels and a six-cylinder engine.

3.6R Limited: Includes the same standard and optional equipment as the 2.5i Limited, but with a six-cylinder engine.

Subaru Legacy exterior colors

  • Caramel Bronze Pearl (2013 only)
  • Carbide Gray Metallic (2014–2018)
  • Crimson Red Pearl (2018 only)
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl (2015–2018)
  • Dark Blue Pearl (2018 only)
  • Deep Indigo Pearl (2013–2014 only)
  • Graphite Gray Metallic (2013 only)
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Lapis Blue Pearl (2015–2017)
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic (2018 only)
  • Satin White Pearl (2013–2014 only)
  • Tungsten Metallic (2014–2018)
  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Venetian Red Pearl (2013–2017)

Subaru Legacy interior colors

  • Black cloth (2013–2014 only)
  • Black cloth with silver stitching (Sport trim) (2013–2014 only)
  • Black leather (Limited trim) (2013–2014 only)
  • Ivory cloth (2013–2014 only)
  • Ivory leather (Limited trim) (2013–2014 only)
  • Slate black cloth (2015–2018)
  • Slate black leather (Limited trim) (2015–2018)
  • Titanium gray cloth (2018 only)
  • Titanium gray leather (Limited trim) (2018 only)
  • Two-tone gray cloth (2018 only)
  • Warm ivory cloth (2015–2018)
  • Warm ivory leather (Limited trim) (2015–2018)


2013 Subaru Legacy

This was the first year of Subaru's EyeSight suite, available as an option on the Limited trim. It includes forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

2014 Subaru Legacy

The eye-catching silver console featured a bevy of buttons to push and manipulate. The new optional Power Moonroof package includes a rearview camera, and the infotainment system now includes smartphone integration.

2015 Subaru Legacy

A redesign year, the 2015 Subaru Legacy featured a new touchscreen infotainment system and a wider stance, giving the Legacy a sleeker look. It includes a new blind spot monitoring system and adaptive fog lights may be added as an option. Rear cross-traffic alert and a standard backup camera was new for 2015, as well as the optional upgraded Harman Kardon sound system.

2016 Subaru Legacy

Subaru engineers refined the 2016 Legacy's suspension to reduce vibration over various types of roads. All Legacy trims include the STARLINK infotainment system and on Legacy Premium and Limited trims, the STARLINK Safety and Security package is available with SOS emergency assistance, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, maintenance notifications, monthly vehicle health report, and diagnostic alerts.

2017 Subaru Legacy

The Sport trim was added to the lineup again after a three-year absence. The Limited now includes a power moonroof and push-button start, and the EyeSight Driver Assist option package now includes reverse automatic braking and automatic high beams.

2018 Subaru Legacy

The grille openings were lowered and redesigned for this model year, and responsive LED headlights that turn with the steering wheel were added. Also, a new, sportier version of the steering wheel graces the 2018 model. The standard infotainment screen gains 0.3 inches for a total of 6.5 and an optional eight-inch screen includes TomTom navigation with three years of free map updates.

The Bottom Line:

If you want a sedan that has spent the last 30 years improving upon an already stellar foundation, the Subaru Legacy is a great choice for you. The Legacy is the vehicle you want for your busy lifestyle, from country roads to city streets.

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1Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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