Subaru Legacy Review
The 2013 Subaru Legacy ranks 14 out of 20 Affordable Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 26 published reviews and test drives of the Subaru Legacy, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Test drivers like that the Subaru Legacy has standard all-wheel drive, but they agree that it doesn’t offer the best overall package in its class.
The 2013 Subaru Legacy offers a four- or six-cylinder engine and three transmissions: manual, automatic and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Manual transmissions are starting to disappear from the affordable midsize car class, as several competitors, like the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, discontinued them for 2013. Subaru made several powertrain and suspension changes for 2013. Reviewers are pleased with the revised suspension, saying the car feels a bit sporty, yet still comfortable. They aren’t as happy with the new four-cylinder engine, noting that it is sluggish and bland. The six-cylinder engine carries over for 2013, and many test drivers think it has adequate power, though others note that rivals have stronger six-cylinder engines. Some test drivers note that the manual transmission has sloppy gear changes, but they think the new CVT performs better than rivals’ CVTs.
Reviewers like the Legacy’s spacious interior and comfortable seats. A few auto critics think the build quality and materials are subpar, while others think the materials are high-quality and attractive. Subaru gave the Legacy more standard features for 2013, and it now has standard Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary audio jacks and an electronic parking brake. The Legacy can be equipped with features like dual-zone climate control, navigation, a rearview camera and a high-end audio system. New for 2013 is Subaru’s optional EyeSight driver assist system, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking (at speeds less than 19 mph) and lane departure warning. Test drivers haven’t evaluated this system yet. In terms of safety, the Legacy has some of the higest safety scores in its class.
- "Overall, we like the 2013 Subaru Legacy. Besides the appeal of all-wheel drive for added wet-weather traction, it's roomy, pretty well equipped and respectable in terms of safety and four-cylinder fuel economy. But if all-wheel drive isn't a big draw for you, other midsize sedans could prove to be more appealing." -- Edmunds
- "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
- "For shoppers who care only about traveling between A and B in a comfortable and safe sedan, the Legacy's AWD assuredness and pre-cognitive safety tech makes it the Indiana import to choose." -- Autoblog
- "If you're looking for a sedan as well regarded for its safety as its comfort, the 2013 Subaru Legacy deserves a long look. A huge back seat and cavernous trunk are definite pluses, but it's the Legacy's sure-footed standard AWD, impressive crash test ratings and excellent fuel economy that we love." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If you need AWD, a spacious back seat, and generically handsome looks, then the Legacy is right up your alley." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
Other Cars to Consider
Since the 2013 Subaru Legacy no longer offers a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, you might want to consider the 2013 Kia Optima. Reviewers say that Optima models with the 274-horsepower turbo-four are fun to drive, with V6-like power and good fuel economy.
If all-wheel drive is on your must-have list, check out the Suzuki Kizashi. Though AWD isn’t standard on the Kizashi like it is on the Legacy, it is available on higher trims. Test drivers like the Kizashi’s nimble handling, though some note that its four-cylinder engine is slightly underpowered. Keep in mind that it doesn’t offer a more powerful six-cylinder engine option.
Details: 2013 Subaru Legacy
The Subaru Legacy is available in five trim levels: 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Limited, 3.6R and 3.6R Limited. Subaru enhanced the Legacy’s performance for 2013, and gave it a new four-cylinder engine, new continuously variable transmission and upgraded suspension. All-wheel drive is standard on all trims. A six-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission are found on 3.6R and 3.6R Limited models. A manual transmission is only available on the base four-cylinder 2.5i model, though a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional on this trim. The four-cylinder 2.5i Premium and Limited trims have the CVT standard. The Legacy receives a few new exterior features for 2013, more standard tech features, like Bluetooth, and Subaru’s new EyeSight driver assist system. The Legacy was last redesigned in 2010, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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