For more than two decades, Subaru has been refining its Legacy, and each year it gets better. Following a redesign in 2015, the Legacy became one of our favorite sedans. This love for the Legacy continues into the 2016 model year.

Pricing and Equipment

Subaru Legacy

With a starting price of just $21,745, the 2016 Subaru Legacy 2.5i is one of the lowest-priced all-wheel drive sedans available today. What’s more, even in base form it comes surprisingly well-equipped with features like:

  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Four-speaker audio system with a 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

For even more standard features, move up to the $23,845 2.5i Premium or $26,845 2.5i Limited. For added performance and luxury, opt for the 3.6R Limited trim, which runs $29,945.

Performance Pros

The Legacy presents buyers with a great value, especially with its standard all-wheel drive system. But that’s not all this sedan has going for it. We also find its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine competent, while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder delivers smooth and refined performance.

  • Standard all-wheel drive at this price is amazing.
  • 175-horsepower base engine delivers plenty of off-the-line pop.
  • Six-pot engine gives the Legacy a more premium feel.

Performance Cons

The continuously variable transmission (CVT), while a fuel saver, robs a lot of fun and provokes an awkward groan from the engine. This is particularly pronounced in the four-cylinder engine, which also struggles when going uphill.

Interior Pros

Subaru Legacy Interior

The latest-generation Legacy’s revised cabin is much larger than before, with increased front and rear legroom, and up to 15 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk.

  • One of the roomiest cabins in the segment.
  • Acoustic glass and liquid-filled engine mounts keep noise to a minimum.

Interior Cons

As comfortable as the Legacy’s interior is, its seats are a sore spot for us. It takes a lot of adjustment to find a comfortable position, and the lack of side bolstering makes for a lot of sliding on twisty roads.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The 2016 Legacy is one of the safest sedans on the road today, thanks to its solid construction and advanced safety features like EyeSight. These combine to result in a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS and five stars from the NHTSA.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

While the 3.6-liter six-cylinder is a wonderful engine, it feels dated to us, and isn't as good as turbocharged four-cylinder engines Subaru offers in other cars. We think it is time to drop this engine and move to a strictly four-cylinder lineup.

The Bottom Line

Subaru Legacy Rear

In our opinion, the 2016 Legacy is one of the best family sedans available today. It has plenty of premium features, a well-laid-out cabin, decent powertrains, standard all-wheel drive, outrageous safety ratings, and a low price. You simply cannot get much better for the money.