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in 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,147 - $17,853
Original MSRP: $19,995 - $29,995
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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2010 Subaru Legacy Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2010 Legacy is as divisive as its exterior. Reviewers consistently praise the spacious layout and comfortable seats. They disagree on the quality of materials - some find the Legacy nearly upscale, while others complain of cheap materials in spots.

  • "The interior feels more luxurious thanks to higher-quality materials." - Edmunds
  • "The cabin just doesn't evince luxury like an upscale family car should - or at least should do a good job faking." -- Cars.com
  • "Interior space benefits greatly from the wheelbase stretch. Passenger volume grows by 12 cubic feet to 102, with two-thirds of the newfound space apportioned to the rear seats." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Legacy's interior, on the other hand, is really quite nice." -- Gay Wheels

Seating

If reviewers are unanimous about any aspect of the 2010 Legacy, it's the seats. The front seats are wide and supportive. They lack much side bolstering for aggressive driving maneuvers, but are supremely comfortable on long road trips. The rear seats, meanwhile, are among the most spacious available in this price range. Buyers who regularly have to transport adults in the back seat might want to give the Legacy close consideration.

We found car seat installation an easy and quick task, thanks to well-placed LATCH connectors and a clever design that makes them easy to access. But the Legacy, realistically, will fit only two car seats -- even though its rear seats are wider than most midsize cars, they aren't wide enough to accomodate three car seats.

  • "The back seat boasts excellent thigh support and plenty of head- and legroom, even for folks in the six-foot-five range." -- Car and Driver
  • "Oodles more head- and legroom, especially in the backseat." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats have been redesigned to fit a wider spectrum of body types and offer excellent lower back and lower leg support." -- Gay Wheels

Interior Features

Reviewers have little to say about the Legacy's suite of in-cabin technology. The navigation, climate and entertainment systems are neither disappointing nor impressive. Some complain of cheap switchgear, while others like the control layout.

  • "The center stack, looking a bit like a giant high-tech welding mask, has a nice simulated brushed aluminum finish and rows of control buttons that are simple, yet classy in their presentation." -- Road and Track
  • "The dash and doors on my 2.5i Limited tester had respectable graining and a low-gloss finish, but the dash panels weren't padded - something the panels in nearly every competitor short of the rental-grade Dodge Avenger are." -- Cars.com
  • "The dash layout is simple yet functional, although the stylists have worked so hard on the polished aluminum of the center console that the brightwork reflects a little too much sunlight for our tastes." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Legacy offers 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space - an average size for the midsize car class. Reviewers say, however, that its huge opening and low load floor make it easy to use the full trunk space, and storage within the cabin is abundant.

  • "An amazingly roomy rear seating area and a trunk that'll hold four golf bags, helped further by a more compact double wishbone rear suspension that allows for a lower load floor." -- Road and Track
  • "There's ample room in the glove compartment and center console, and all four doors have sizeable pockets - not something you often find, at least not in rear doors." -- Cars.com

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