2017 Subaru Legacy review

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20 city, 28 highway, 23 combined

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An AWD sedan with plenty of features

The sedan boasts sophisticated lines, a comfortable interior, and an engaging drive. The Subaru Legacy includes all of the above, plus one standard feature that sets it apart from other midsize cars: AWD across all model years. This gives the Legacy an edge when the weather turns, or when you just want peace of mind that you can go off the beaten path if you need to.

All Subaru Legacy years

What is new for the 2017 Subaru Legacy?

  • The Legacy is available in a new trim called the Sport.
  • Legacy trims have been upgraded with Smart Key, Sunroof(s), Bluetooth Technology, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment this year.
  • Parking Sensors and Leatherette & Cloth features are now available as options on select trims.

2017 Subaru Legacy trims

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  • Includes six-way manually adjustable driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, auto on/off headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, symmetrical AWD, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and more.

  • View all Subaru Legacy 2.5i in stock

2.5i Premium

2.5i Sport

2.5i Limited

  • Adds emergency braking assist, driver-seat memory functions, a four-way power passenger seat, heated front and rear seats, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, blind-spot detection with lane-change assist, and more.

  • View all Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limiteds in stock

3.6R Limited

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5 reasons to buy the 2017 Subaru Legacy

1. Standard AWD

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One of the great things about the 2017 Subaru Legacy is standard AWD. Built on a platform inspired by Subaru's rally history, you'll get a capable AWD system that can give you peace of mind when driving in poor weather. If you're seeking a spirited drive on mountain roads, the AWD also gives extra grip into corners, putting down traction where it's most needed.

2. Enthusiastic driving

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Not only is the 2.5L engine capable, but the whole driving experience of the 2017 Subaru Legacy may put a smile on your face. Combined with AWD, this gives you a lot of opportunities to have fun on the road. If you want a little more power, the available 3.6L V6 engine offers 256 hp. Both engine options come paired with a CVT that's designed to be quick and responsive.

3. Welcoming interior

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With plenty of space to stretch out and some lovely available conveniences, the 2017 Legacy offers a welcoming cabin for driver and passengers alike. The seats are firm but comfortable for long journeys, and the simple materials and styling give a minimalist feel to the interior. With a touchscreen within easy reach as well as dials for your A/C and music volume, it's an ergonomic setup that works nicely.

4. Abundant tech features

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The touchscreen on the 2017 Subaru Legacy allows you to control your music, while Bluetooth® connectivity and voice recognition can help you keep your eyes on the road. The Subaru Starlink® infotainment system features a 6.2-inch touchscreen; there's an available seven-inch screen, too. You'll also get cruise control as standard alongside a rearview camera and steering-wheel-mounted controls.

5. Available V6 engine

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While the standard 2.5L engine on the 2017 Subaru Legacy is great, if you're after more power, look for the 3.6L V6 engine. The V6 comes standard on the 3.6R Limited trim and features paddle shifters on the steering wheel, offering an engaging drive. Bonus: The Limited trim boasts additional features such as satellite navigation and the EyeSight® driver assist package.

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The Toyota Camry has something for everyone, with a range of trims designed to fit your lifestyle. This is a fantastic commuter car with some sporty touches, too. The 2018 Toyota Camry XSE V6 comes with sport seats, paddle shifters, dual exhaust with chrome tips, and, of course, a 3.6L V6 engine. Across the other Camry models, you'll find plenty of tech features, engaging driving dynamics, and a range of packages. Whether you're looking for something to take in the carpool lane or you want a sedan that's ready for long journeys, the Camry could be the car for you.

All 2017-2019 Toyota Camry XLE models include these standard features:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert

  • Three USB ports

  • Three driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport)

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a car that is loved by many customers. They like the car's roominess and say it also has good fuel economy.

RepairPal gave the Subaru Legacy an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Subaru Legacy 12th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

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Subaru Legacy features and specs

2.5I Limited 4WD/AWD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Leg room

F 42.9"/R 38.1"

Head room

F 37.6"/R 37"

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More about the 2017 Subaru Legacy

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Exterior colors:

  • Crimson Red Pearl

  • Crystal Black Silica

  • Crystal White Pearl

  • Dark Blue Pearl

  • Ice Silver Metallic

  • Magnetite Gray Metallic

  • Tungsten Metallic (not available on Sport models)

  • Twilight Blue Metallic (not available on Sport models)

Interior colors:

  • Slate Black (cloth and leather)

  • Titanium Gray (cloth and leather)

  • Two-Tone Gray (cloth)

  • Warm Ivory (cloth and leather)

Interior details

The straightforward interior of the 2017 Subaru Legacy is understated yet comfortable. Cloth seats come standard, but higher trims benefit from leather seating. For maximum comfort, look to the Limited trims for front and rear heated seats. In terms of space, you and your front-seat passenger get 40 inches of headroom, and your passenger can stretch out with 42.9 inches of legroom. There's also plenty of space in the trunk, with 15 cu ft for your luggage, groceries, and anything else you need to carry. If you need to haul longer items, you've got 60/40 split-folding rear seats to customize your carrying space.

Child seat details

The 2017 Subaru Legacy features full upper and lower LATCH anchors on the two outside rear seats, while the middle seat has the upper tether only. You can fit both rear- and front-facing child seats in the 2017 Subaru Legacy, as well as child booster seats.


On the 2017 Subaru Legacy, the 175 hp 2.5L engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, while the more powerful 3.6L V6 models go from zero to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds (both according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2.5L engine comes with a continuously variable transmission that achieves an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined.

The V6 engine has a high-torque CVT and gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.
All 2017 Subaru Legacy models come standard with AWD for extra grip and sporty handling.

Emissions Info

According to EPA estimates, the AWD 2017 Subaru Legacy with the 2.5L engine has tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions of 311 grams per mile, while the 3.6L model has tailpipe emissions of 387 grams per mile.

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