2019 Subaru Legacy

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in Midsize sedans
2019 MODEL
$22,545 - $31,545 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Subaru Legacy can be thought as an underdog in the highly competitive entry level sedan segment. The standard symmetrical all-wheel- drive is an added benefit which is best in class. It is loaded with features and cruises comfortably on highways with very less road noise.


7.0/10
Features

 

6.3/10
Engine

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

Under the hood the Legacy is equipped with 2.5-liter flat-4 producing 175 horsepower and an optional 247-hp flat-6. The powertrain is mated to a smooth 6-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) that makes the most of what’s on tap. Even with its standard all-wheel drive, the Legacy earns decent fuel-economy.

2019 Subaru Legacy Features

7.0/10

The Legacy is offered in four trim levels: A base-level 2.5i model, a mid-level Premium model, the Sport, a 2.5i Limited version and a 3.6R limited version. The 2.5i, Sport, Premium and limited models only use the sedan's 4-cylinder engine while the 3.6R is offered with a 6 -cylinder engine. The 2019 Subaru Legacy starts at around $22,195, which is below average for the class. The top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited trim is $31,945. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard.

Trims

2.5 i

2.5 i

2.5i Sport

2.5 I Limited

3.6 R Limited

MSRP

$ 22,195

$ 24,295

$26,345

$29,095

$ 31,945

Key Features

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Available Eyesight Driver Assist Technology

18-inch alloy wheels

12-speaker 576-watt-equivalent Harman Kardon premium audio system

256-hp SUBARU BOXER engine

 

SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

10-way power driver's seat

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

Leather-trimmed upholstery

 LED Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH)
 

Active Torque Vectoring

Vehicle Dynamics Control

17-inch aluminum-alloy wheel

Two-tone interior upholstery

Blind-Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Keyless Access with Push-Button Start

 Dual exhaust outlets
 

DOHC 2.5-liter SUBARU BOXER engine

Bluetooth with USB and iPod control capability

All-Weather Package w/ heated front seats

SUBARU STARLINK Safety and Security

Available power moonroof

 

Sport grille and rocker spoilers with chrome accents

Power Moonroof

Rear spoiler

   

2019 Subaru Legacy Engine

6.3/10

“The 2019 Subaru Legacy is no thrill machine, but this under-the-radar mid-size sedan is hard to beat for its comfort, safety, and value.” - car connection

Engine and Transmission

Subaru Legacy comes with a horizontally opposed 2.5 liter DOHC 16 valve 4 cylinder which pumps out 175 bhp and 174-pound-feet of torque. The acceleration is languished but enough for city driving. People who crave power can opt for the 3.6 liters 6 cylinder which generates 256 hp and 246-pound-feet of torque. Asymmetrical AWD system is standard on all the variants

Every powertrain is mated to a 6 -speed automatic transmission. It shifts seamlessly and doesn’t make any weird noise on higher rpm’s. The throttle response is quick and the transmission makes most out of the power.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

MSRP

$22,195

$17,790

$20,240

$18,100

$18,700

$20,250

$20,240

$18,870

Engine

2.5L DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder

Regular Unleaded I-4, 1.8 L

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

2.0 L inline-four

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

1.4L Turbo Inline 4

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

8 Speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed Auto

6 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

175 hp

130hp @ 6000rpm

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147hp @ 6200 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

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Torque

174 lb-ft

128lb.-ft @ 3600rpm

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132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

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138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

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Acceleration

The 2.5- liter produces 175 hp which takes 8.6 to reach 60 mph from a standstill. Legacy feels sluggish off the line. The driver can manually shift with the optional shifters but it hardly does something to make the engine lively. The six-cylinder powertrain is a definite bump for acceleration runs.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

0-60 MPH(sec)

8.6 sec

9.5

7.7

8.3

9.4

8.2

8.0

7.7

Quarter mile(sec)

15.3 sec

17.4

NA

16.4

17.2

16.3

16.2

16.3

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

2.5L

5.9

5.2

10.2

9.8

8.4

11.2

5.6

Curb Weight (lb..)

6.0

2866

2959

2767

2840

2742

2899

2870

Ride and Handling

The prime reason for the superb handling of the Legacy is its “Boxer” engine. This setting allows the engine to sit lower than conventional V formation powertrain. Low center of gravity results in less body leans on curves. An all-wheel-drive system which features Active Torque Vectoring is standard. This liked attribute of Legacy is permanently engaged at all times, meaning all four wheels are constantly at work keeping the car planted in every situation.

Newly refined materials and increased sound-deadening measures have been added, while a new steering wheel gives the driver an even better feel for the road ahead. The Legacy’s compliant ride and all-wheel drive are two standout characteristics of an otherwise average driving experience. People living in snowy weather condition and the countryside will love this Subie.

Braking

The brakes of the legacy do not have a strong bite, though they are easy to modulate. The pedal travel is small and spongy but it comes to a smooth stop in an emergency situation. It takes 179 feet to stop from 60 mph which is acceptable.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Brake Front (in.)

11.6

11

11.5

10.3

10.8

10.2

10.7

10.8

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

9

10.8

9.7

9.1

9.8

9.5

10.4

70-0 MPH (ft.)

179

122(60-0MPH)

191

182

183

180

179

110(60-0MPH)

2019 Subaru Legacy Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2019 Subaru Legacy offers two engines, both of which are mated to a standard 7 speed CVT. In spite of being an all-wheel-drive car, the five-passenger sedan is relatively fuel efficient when compared to front wheel drive sedans. It delivers 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway which is tremendous. Individuals opting for the six-cylinder variant, remember that you will get around 20/28 mpg on city and highway respectively.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

MPG (city)

25

27

30

28

28

32

27

30

MPG (highway)

34

35

39

37

35

42

36

39

MPG (combined)

29

30

34

32

31

36

30

33

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

13.4

13.2

13.2

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

13.7

2019 Subaru Legacy Interior

8.2/10

Seating and Comfort

The new Legacy is more refined and sophisticated from the inside than ever before. The passenger cabin is one of the most spacious in its class. A large group of amenities will keep your travelers in comfort mode for the whole voyage.

The front seats boast enhanced lumbar support and tilt-adjustable headrests, they are covered with soft and high-quality cloth. Door and center armrests have thick padding. Legacy has enough legroom for rear passengers, although the seatback rake is a bit upright. Slim roof pillars account for greater outward visibility and the cabin is really quiet on higher rpm’s.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

104.6

39.4/54.7/42.5

38.5/55.9/41.1

38.8/56.2/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.9/54.8/42

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.0/58.1/42.9

36.7/53.9

37.2/54/37.4

37.3/55.0/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/53.7/36.1

Interior Features

Compared to the exterior, there are several changes introduced to the inside of the 2019 Subaru Legacy. Major highlights in the interiors of the ride include:

  • Real stitching on door panels, dash and seats are easily noticeable, fresh and new
  • Vents are stacked higher on the dash for making enough space for the 8-inch infotainment screen
  • Subaru Legacy is spacious than ever with 104.6 ft. cube of passenger volume

Infotainment System

The 2019 Subaru legacy comes with a Starlink infotainment system and a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. An 8.0-inch touchscreen is available and can be equipped with navigation. Other convenience features include:

  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play
  • Voice Control
  • Navigation(optional)
  • Real-Time Traffic(optional)
  • Real-Time Weather(optional)
  • Remote Control Smartphone App(optional)

Cargo Capacity

The entry-level sedan falls on the low end of the scale for cargo room. Still, it is generous enough for 6 carryon luggage. Legacy has 15 cubic feet of cargo space and the rear seats can be lowered to accommodate more belongings. Also, there are numerous pockets and compartment to store your articles.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Cargo Capacity (lb..)

15.0

15.1

14.1

14.4

13.0

15.2

12.4

14.8

2019 Subaru Legacy Exterior

5.0/10

"The Legacy is priced in line with such popular front-drive models as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. And while the Legacy's handsome styling isn't groundbreaking, we feel it falls right in line with popular sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata." - Autotrader

Dimension and Weight

The revived Subaru Legacy received a slight makeover last year. The upgraded front grille, updated fog light covers, and more extensive lower front fascia make a sportier look. The hawk-eyed headlights look stunning in the night. The trunk lip spoiler and overhauled rear fascia complete things off liberally. The steeply raked windshield and roadster like roofline make an appealing silhouette but it remains on the conservative end of the midsize-sedan styling spectrum.

Models

Subaru Legacy

Nissan Sentra Sedan

Volkswagen Jetta S Sedan

Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sport Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan L

Curb weight (lb..)

3514

2866

2767

2844

2840

2724

2899

2870

Length(in)

188.8

182.6

185.1

181.9

183.1

182.3

180.3

183.7

Width(in)

72.4

69.3

70.8

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.7

70.5

Height(in)

59.0

58.9

57.4

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.3

57.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

6.4

5.6

5.3

6.7

6.3

6.1

6.4

Wheelbase (in)

108.3

106.3

105.7

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The design now feels a bit dated as compared to rivals. Toyota corolla and Civic sedan are way lighter than Legacy and feels nimbler in a sharp turn.

Exterior Features

As always before, Subaru Legacy continues to flaunt good outer looks. With a brushed new exterior redesign, 2019 Subaru Legacy is one that awe-inspires passengers with its outer appearance. Some exterior highlights of the latest avatar of the popular sedan are:

  • The grille is a little darker this time
  • The hawk eyed headlights
  • A plain design following the three-box approach that imparts confident looks to the ride

2019 Subaru Legacy Safety

9.0/10
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Cushion Front Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 Subaru Legacy Competition

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic and Legacy earn lots of praise as an amazing daily driver. Subaru is a better value product because of the lower price tag and lots of standard safety features. The Civic has athletic handling along with a comfortable ride. Choosing between these two may just come down to whether you want more amenities at a cheaper price with the Legacy or better overall performance with the Civic. The Subaru Legacy is the better value in base form thanks to a lower starting price and heaps of standard infotainment and advanced safety amenities.

Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 has one of the lower base prices in the segment, but its void of standard safety features. Both cars offer turbocharged engines with almost the same power output. The Subaru has low composite safety scores, which makes the Mazda a better option. The Mazda 3 is a good car but it does not stack up well against the Legacy.

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is an excellent daily driver but is a bit dreary to drive. You will get more of everything, such as cargo space and rear seat room, except fuel economy. The Subaru Legacy is still a better alternative as it offers comfortable interior and an appealing design. In terms of overall performance, the Subaru Legacy is a sure winner.

2019 Subaru Legacy Final Verdict

The 2019 Subaru Legacy is among few value for money sedans you have got in market. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine feels a bit underpowered but you can get an extra oomph from the optional 3.6 liter engine. Legacy has a comfortable ride and the symmetrical all-wheel-drive proves an edge over other cars. This Subie is a decent ride with a comfortable cabin but there are many well-equipped options out there.

Pros

Standard all-wheel drive

Excellent safety

Outward visibility

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Underpowered base engines

Fuel economy

Dated design

Abrupt throttle

What's New?

Adaptive cruise control

Pre-collision braking

Lane-departure warning

Lane-keeping assist


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$22545

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

152 cu. in.

horsepower

175 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

174 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

continuously variable-speed automatic

chassis

suspension rear

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

108.3 in.

length

189.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

59 in.

curb weight

3516 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

40.8 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/34 mpg

highway range

629 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no



Styles

 2019 Subaru Legacy in Tungsten Metallic color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Magnetite Gray Metallic color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Ice Silver Metallic color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Crystal White color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Crystal Black color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Crimson Red Pearl color  2019 Subaru Legacy in Abyss color
Tungsten Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

5.0

Safety

9.0

Comfort

7.0

Engine

6.3

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i

2.5i

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$22,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $22,545 MSRP (25 mpg/29/34 mpg) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
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continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Crystal White Pearl
  Crimson Red Pearl
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Crystal Black Silica

 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

2.5i Premium

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$24,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $24,695 MSRP (25 mpg/29/34 mpg) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Abyss Blue Pearl
  Crystal White Pearl
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Tungsten Metallic

 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport

2.5i Sport

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$26,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $26,795 MSRP (25 mpg/29/34 mpg) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Crystal White Pearl
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Crystal Black Silica
  Magnetite Gray Metallic

 2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited

2.5i Limited

power
175 hp @ 5800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$29,245


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2.5i Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $29,245 MSRP (25 mpg/29/34 mpg) 175 hp @ 5800 rpm, 2.5 L, flat 4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Abyss Blue Pearl
  Crystal White Pearl
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Tungsten Metallic

 2019 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

3.6R Limited

power
256 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$31,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.6R Limited 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $31,545 MSRP (20 mpg/23/28 mpg) 256 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.6 L, flat 6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
continuously variable transmission all wheel drive 5   Magnetite Gray Metallic
  Abyss Blue Pearl
  Crystal White Pearl
  Ice Silver Metallic
  Tungsten Metallic

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