2017-subaru-legacy-reviewThe 2017 Subaru Legacy is a mid-sized car with good fuel economy. You have two engines to choose from, the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine and the 3.6 liter Subaru Boxer 6-cylinder engine. Prices start from $21,995 and all Legacy models come with all-wheel drive.

It’s unusual in a sedan to have all-wheel drive as an option let alone as a standard feature. All legacy models use all-wheel drive and have very good visibility. There are plenty of safety features included and the Legacy seems to perform well on safety crash test scores. On the down side the Subaru Legacy is slower off the mark than it’s competitors. The more powerful engine is only available on the highest trim.

New for the 2017 version of the Legacy is a new sports trim which includes unique interior and exterior styling. Reverse automatic braking has also been added to the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package.

Specs

The 2017 Subaru Legacy is a good car but by many accounts it’s not as pleasing to drive as the Mazda6 or Chevrolet Malibu. All-wheel drive on all trims is one of the standout features of the Legacy as many competitors will only offer AWD on higher trims as an option.

The Legacy comes in 5 trims, the first four using the 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 175 horsepower and has 174 lb-ft. of torque. It’s one of the slowest mid-sized sedans on the market, taking over 9 seconds to reach from 0-60 mph. The top trim, 3.6R, uses a 3.6 liter 6-cylinder engine that makes 256 horsepower and has 247 lb-ft. of torque. This is still less powerful than many of the competitors top engines and acceleration and top speed suffer as a result.

Fuel economy with the smaller engine is quite good and the Subaru Legacy gets up to 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg while driving on the highway. The 3.6 liter 6-cylinder engine gets a modest 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.

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Interior

The Legacy seats 5 people and has a decent amount of headroom and legroom for all passengers. There are 5 trims available. From lowest to highest they are the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited and the 3.6R Limited with the bigger engine. Leather-trimmed upholstery and woodgrain accents are available in the higher trims, as are the heated front and rear seats and 10-way power drive and passenger seat.

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Keyless Access and Push Button Start are available on the higher trims, starting at the 2.5i Sport. Dual climate control and dual USB ports are standard on all but the base trim. They also come with a 7-inch touchscreen. The base trim uses a slightly smaller 6.2-inch touchscreen. The higher trims, starting from the 2.5i sport feature a moonroof as standard. The moonroof is optional on the 2.5i Premium and not available on the base model.

Price

There are 5 Subaru Legacy models to choose from. The 2.5i, which is the base model, has a starting price of $21,995. The 2.5i Sport comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels, moonroof and sports grille. It has a starting price of $25,995. The more powerful 256 hp engine is only available in the top trim, the 3.6R Limited and has a price of $31,640.

Alternatives

There are some very good mid-sized cars currently being developed and sold in the US. Some alternatives to the 2017 Subaru Legacy are the 2017 Mazda Mazda6, the 2017 Toyota Camry and the 2016 Honda Accord.