Used Car: 2013 Subaru Legacy Review
Although it’s the only car in the 2013 midsize class with standard all-wheel drive, test drivers agreed that the 2013 Subaru Legacy is not as well-rounded as other class rivals.
The 2013 Legacy comes with a standard four-cylinder engine or an available six-cylinder engine. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic transmission (continuously variable transmission) is available. All-wheel drive is standard on the 2013 Subaru Legacy, which is unique for the class. Most rivals are front-wheel drive and only a few are available with all-wheel drive. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the 2013 Legacy gets an EPA-estimated 24/32 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. Most test drivers said that four-cylinder Legacys feel slow, and while some remarked that six-cylinder models are quicker, others commented that they aren't as powerful or fast as six-cylinder competitors. The manual transmission also drew complaints from reviewers for its imprecise shift action. Reviewers agreed that the Legacy has competent handling and a comfortable ride, as well as responsive steering.
Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Subaru Legacy's spacious front and rear seats. The interior materials and design received mixed reviews, however, as critics noted some hard materials, an aging design and some areas of poor build quality. The Legacy's trunk space is also a bit low for the class, but most reviewers found the trunk usefully sized. The 2013 Legacy comes standard with Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary input ports. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera and Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance system, which includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking at low speeds and lane departure warning.
Other Cars to Consider
Though it isn’t standard, the 2013 Ford Fusion is one of the few 2013 midsize cars that was available with all-wheel drive when it was new. Reviewers appreciated the Fusion’s powerful available engines, poised handling and inviting cabin.
The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi is another 2013 midsize car that has available all-wheel drive. Test drivers loved its cornering agility and upscale cabin.