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in Affordable Midsize Cars

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

Some test drivers think the 2014 Subaru Legacy’s cabin is well-designed and stylish, though others are disappointed with the cheap plastic materials, subpar build quality and an outdated design aesthetic. Reviewers agree that the Legacy has a large trunk, as well as a roomy, comfortable cabin.

  • "The spacious interior in the 2014 Subaru Legacy is elegant in both its design and function." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2014 Subaru Legacy's interior design is sleek and sophisticated, although some of the plastics lack the premium feel found in competing models." -- Edmunds
  • "Where the Legacy really shows its dated attire is up front. The slew of textured, hard-plastic surfaces trying to look like something they're not (note the faux wood trim on the dash and doors and the faux brushed aluminum on the center stack) is a disappointment in a car priced at more than $33,000. … Families, however, might appreciate how easy they are to wipe clean." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The cockpit is comfortable but not particularly stylish or modern. There are few quality complaints too, like the uneven, gaping fits where the steering wheel hub meets the two horizontal spokes." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

Seating

Auto reviewers agree that the Subaru Legacy’s seats are spacious and comfortable in the front and back and that there is great outward visibility for the driver. One test driver says the lumbar support for the driver is excellent. Leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat are available.

  • "The front seats are superbly comfortable and, on all but the base model, include one of the best driver-seat lumbar supports we've tested. Legroom and headroom are excellent front and rear, and split-folding rear seats expand the cargo space from large to huge." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Legacy's seats are comfortable, and outward visibility is excellent from the driver seat. There's also plenty of headroom and legroom in the front and rear seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin continues to offer a sleek and modern-looking dashboard along with ample rear seat space." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Legacy has an enormous capacity for rear seat passengers." -- Autoblog (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Subaru Legacy comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. The Legacy can be equipped with features like dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a rearview camera, a moonroof, a six-speaker premium audio system, a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Aha smartphone app integration, HD Radio and satellite radio. Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system is also available, and includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking (at speeds less than 19 mph) and lane departure warning.

Reviewers say that most of the 2014 Legacy’s audio and climate controls are intuitive, though most agree that the available navigation system is outdated and confusing. They add that the navigation system doesn’t always respond to touch inputs and that the menus are complex. Critics like the available EyeSight system, saying it adds a level of reassurance in terms of safety. 

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  • “Controls are straightforward in lower trims, but get more complicated as you move up the line. The optional navigation system in particular isn't all that user-friendly, as its menus are complicated and the touchscreen's virtual buttons are not always responsive." -- Edmunds
  • "Subaru needs to up its infotainment game, or at least license better navigation and entertainment tech from its suppliers or another automaker. The Legacy's system feels at least 2-3 years behind the segment's best in terms of its user interface and features." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "My test car came equipped with Subaru's EyeSight driver assist system. While the physical system is bulky and a bit of a visual annoyance, I did appreciate the lane departure warning system." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The main gauge cluster is easy to read, but not so the too-small central dash-top readout for outside temperature, clock, and fuel economy. Standard climate system places controls conveniently high and close to the driver. The available navigation system does not complicate controls." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

Cargo

The Subaru Legacy has 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on par for the class. Test drivers like that the Legacy’s trunk has a large opening and that it’s long and wide enough to hold bigger items.

  • "The trunk area in the Legacy was a very useable size for my family, at 14.7 cubic feet." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The trunk is surprisingly long, and despite some wheel-well intrusion, decently wide. Useful under-floor storage is an added bonus." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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