2014 Subaru Legacy CarsDirect Review
The Subaru Legacy often gets lost in the fierce midsize battle between the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But buyers who put it on their test drive list are in for a pleasant surprise.
For a base price of $23,595, our Subaru 2.5i Sport came well-equipped with standard features like:
- All-wheel drive
- A continuously variable transmission (CVT)
- Automatic headlights
- A satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity
- A 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
The sole option group—Sport with Navi—had a discounted price of $3,250 and included:
- Navigation with voice-activated control
- A reverse camera
- Carbon fiber trim
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- A moonroof
With a $78 cargo net and a destination charge of $795, our Venetian Red Pearl sedan retailed for $27,718.
- After only a minute behind the wheel, we noticed the Legacy had the distinct feel of a car that has been massaged by an in-house tuner à la AMG at Mercedes-Benz or M at BMW. Steering is precise and quick, while the ride is firm and controlled. We also enjoyed the view over an aggressively shaped hood.
- We like that Subaru throws in all-wheel drive for the same price as most front-wheel drive competitors.
- DIY owners will appreciate easy oil changes thanks to a filter that's accessible from above.
- Although eager, the normally aspirated engine and CVT don't match the sporty flavor of the car's looks and handling. Power delivery will remind you that you're in an economy-oriented family sedan.
- The ride isn't uncomfortable, but it is firm and might be too stiff for some buyers. Be sure to sample before you close the deal.
- The dashboard and console are well-designed.
- The sporty carbon fiber trim and aluminum pedals add to the feel of a car that's been massaged by a manufacturer's "sport" division.
- The Legacy has a surprisingly large trunk; with the rear seats folded, we had no trouble transporting a queen size bed.
- One tester disliked the shape of the seats, though this wasn't a common complaint.
- Interior materials could be better, but are still acceptable at this price point.
We've driven "tuned" sedans from premium automakers and this Legacy has an authentic feel we'd never expect at the $28,000 level.
The mundane engine-transmission combination seems out of place in this otherwise sporty environment.
An all-new Legacy is coming for 2015. But those interested in the 2014 model—or, perhaps, getting a better deal—will find a family sedan with the kind of zest that lets you pretend you're not driving a family sedan.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Subaru Legacy$18,995 | 16,003 mi
2013 Subaru Legacy$19,350 | 26,004 mi
2013 Subaru Legacy$26,978 | 7,447 mi
2012 Subaru Legacy$16,990 | 37,675 mi
2012 Subaru Legacy$17,499 | 27,030 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$13,900 | 57,105 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$14,900 | 74,421 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$15,876 | 67,566 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$15,999 | 38,945 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$16,493 | 54,873 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$16,595 | 36,726 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$16,890 | 37,067 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,595 | 32,655 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,795 | 35,184 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,875 | 45,582 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,881 | 43,125 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,900 | 27,294 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$17,990 | 32,121 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$18,000 | 67,875 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$19,495 | 44,612 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$19,991 | 34,144 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$20,999 | 31,514 mi
2011 Subaru Legacy$21,588 | 48,768 mi
2010 Subaru Legacy$15,995 | 63,300 mi
2007 Subaru Legacy Sedan$7,490 | 126,661 mi
2007 Subaru Legacy$14,995 | 85,586 mi
2004 Subaru Legacy$8,995 | 93,272 mi
2003 Subaru Legacy$6,990 | 112,991 mi