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MSRP: $20,295 - $28,895
Invoice: $19,201 - $27,097
MPG: 24 City / 32 Hwy
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Subaru Legacy Review

The 2014 Subaru Legacy ranks 16 out of 21 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Subaru Legacy, as well as reliability and safety data.

Standard all-wheel drive makes the Subaru Legacy stand out in its class, but reviewers agree that rivals have better tech features and more engaging performance.

The Legacy has a four- or six-cylinder engine and a manual, automatic or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Though most automotive writers say the four-cylinder engine is powerful enough for most midsize car duties, they note that it delivers uninspiring acceleration. The six-cylinder engine has much better power, though critics warn that buyers will take a hit in terms of fuel economy. Some critics say that the base model’s manual transmission can be hard to shift, but they think the CVT is more responsive than the CVTs in competing midsize cars. The Legacy gets 24/32 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine and CVT, which is not as good as the fuel economy of rival four-cylinder midsize cars. Though when comparing the fuel economy of all-wheel drive rivals like the Ford Fusion, the Legacy’s fuel economy is a bit better. Reviewers say the Legacy has poised, comfortable handling, and they like the accuracy of the steering. All-wheel drive is standard on the Legacy, and test drivers like the added traction it gives in bad weather.

The 2014 Subaru Legacy receives praise from reviewers for its roomy, comfortable cabin and large trunk. Some auto critics think the materials and build quality in the 2014 Legacy’s cabin are not up to class standards, while others think the materials are upscale and the design is classy. Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. Features available as options or on higher trims include a rearview camera, a moonroof, navigation, two premium audio systems, satellite and HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, Aha smartphone app integration and EyeSight, which includes adaptive cruise control, low-speed pre-collision braking and lane departure warning. Most reviewers think the Legacy’s available navigation system is confusing and dated. They do like EyeSight, though, saying it provides extra reassurance when driving.

  • “If you're looking for an all-around sedan that makes a lot of sense, it's difficult to beat the Legacy, particularly for those who live in harsher climates." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Ultimately, affordability is a big part of the 2014 Subaru Legacy's appeal: For the price of competing manufacturers' front-wheel-drive sedans, you can have a hardy all-wheel-drive sedan that still looks quite respectable in your driveway." -- Edmunds
  • “Beyond its all-wheel drive, the Legacy stacks up well against such heavyweights as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. It has a huge back seat and a massive trunk, offers two engine choices and boasts an excellent safety record." -- AutoTrader
  • "While the 2013 Subaru Legacy gets you a smart-looking all-wheel-drive sedan for a competitive price, the interior fit and finish makes this sedan feel more like a well-maintained 5-year-old car." -- Cars.com (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Although it doesn’t have a six-cylinder engine in its lineup, reviewers say the Hyundai Sonata’s four-cylinder and turbocharged four-cylinder engines provide plenty of power. Most critics think the Sonata’s cabin is filled with mostly upscale materials and that its tech features are easy to use. The Sonata also gets slightly better fuel economy than the Legacy.

If all-wheel drive is on your must-have list, the Ford Fusion offers it on the top Titanium trim. Test drivers like the Fusion’s powerful engine choices, agile handling and spacious interior.

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Details: 2014 Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy is available in five trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and 3.6R Limited. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims. The base Legacy has a four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, and a CVT is available. The top trim has a six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission. The Legacy was last redesigned for the 2010 model year, and was updated for 2013. Since it sees no major changes for 2014, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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