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2021 Subaru Legacy

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2021 Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $22,895
2021 Premium 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $25,145
2021 Sport 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $27,095
2021 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $29,895
2021 Limited XT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $34,445
2021 Touring XT 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $36,145


What's New

The 2021 Subaru Legacy doesn't get the fanfare of the brand's signature wagons or hatchbacks, but it remains a staple in the lineup regardless, a way for sedan fans to get their fix of Subaru's renowned all-wheel-drive system. Last year, Subaru reaffirmed their commitment to their midsize sedan by introducing an all-new, seventh-generation model.

Being so recently redesigned, the 2021 model sees hardly any changes worth noting. The only major updates are standard adaptive headlights and a rear seat reminder chime.

Choosing Your Subaru Legacy

The Legacy family comprises six trim levels: Legacy, Premium, Sport, Limited, Limited XT, and Touring XT. Pricing ranges from $23,820 including destination for a base model to $37,070 for a Touring XT.

Engine Choices

Driven a Subaru in the past 20 years? If so, the engine options are bound to look familiar. The standard motor is a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder that has powered almost every Legacy to wear the name. The top two trims

On the top two trims, Subaru uses a 2.4-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder. It's the same basic engine used on the lower trims, with the biggest difference – aside from the turbo sitting atop the motor – being a different crankshaft that slightly reduces displacement.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-Cylinder182 hp176 lb-ft30 mpg
2.4L Turbo 4-Cylinder260 hp277 lb-ft27 mpg

With both engines, a continuously variable transmission is standard. It shuttles power to all four wheels all the time. A full-time, all-wheel-drive setup like this is still a novelty in the midsize sedan segment. The Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry are the only other options to offer all-wheel drive, and neither system is a full-time affair.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Legacy seats five, but the passenger sitting in back-middle seat might not be too comfortable. Nearly 40 inches of rear leg room is spacious for the segment.

The trunk holds 15.1 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks fold down to better haul bulky items.

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Safety Features

Subaru bundles its suite of active safety features under the EyeSight moniker, and it's something all Legacy sedans come standard with. The feature group includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Upper trims come standard with additional features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, and reverse automatic emergency braking. These features are optional on the lower two trims.

The IIHS crash tested the Legacy soon after the current generation debuted last year and were impressed with its ability to withstand an accident. It named models with the now-standard adaptive headlights as a Top Safety Pick Plus. The NHTSA was no less generous in their scoring, awarding the sedan five stars overall.


The base model divides infotainment duties between a pair of 7-inch display screens, but the rest of the lineup gets an 11.6-inch affair as standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as is Bluetooth and two USB ports. The big screen can be split to show two displays at once, so drivers can view more than one app or menu simultaneously. Navigation is standard on the Touring and optional elsewhere.

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Legacy - From $23,820

The cheapest Legacy doesn't include much and is bereft of even a trim name. Among its few noteworthy features are the 2.5-liter boxer four, all-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, 17-inch wheels, and adaptive LED lighting. Black exterior trim for the mirror caps and grille call out this model as the lowest on the totem pole.

Premium - From $26,070

Moving into the Premium brings body-color trim, the 11.6-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Heated side mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer make this model better suited to the winter climates that many Subaru models are subjected to.

A $2,595 option package bundles a moonroof, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, navigation, keyless entry, and fog lights.

Sport - From $28,020

The middle of the lineup is best represented by the Sport. It doesn't get any additional horsepower to support its name, but it does boast of a small lip spoiler, 18-inch wheels, uniquely patterned cloth upholstery, keyless entry, and fog lights.

The active-safety features available on the Premium are available here and are again bundled with the navigation and moonroof. The package costs $2,295.

Limited - From 30,820

The Limited is the most expensive way to get a 2.5-liter Legacy. It's also the most luxurious of the non-turbo models, equipped as it is with leather upholstery, the active safety features previously optional, a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Limited XT - From $35,370

The Limited XT swaps out the 2.5-liter engine for the turbo 2.4-liter. It also adds a heated steering wheel, moonroof, and navigation.

Touring - From $37,070

The most expensive Legacy gets turbo power, Nappa leather upholstery, navigation, a moonroof, ventilated front seats, and a surround-view camera. There are no options to choose from, as every feature available on the Legacy is already standard.

Compare Legacy Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

As nice as the turbo engine is, its MSRP is a bit too high for our tastes. At that price point, nicer cars are out there. The more affordable 2021 Subaru Legacy trims are where the real value lies, and we'd recommend a Premium for that reason. It gets all the right features – particularly the heated front seats, a power driver's chair, and the big touchscreen – and delivers them at the right price.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 182 HP / 176 ft.lbs.
Lineartronic 8-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L H-4 / 182 HP / 176 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time Symmetrical All-wheel Drive All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
27 / 35 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
15.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
106 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.6 "
Exterior Width
72.4 "
Exterior Height
59.1 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
42.8 "
Rear Legroom
39.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.4 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,499 Lbs. / 3,488 Lbs.
Wheel Base
108 "
Turning Radius
18.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Steel / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Driver / Power Remote Passenger
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
4 / 4 Rockford Fosgate / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Eyesight Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Lane Centering Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Eyesight Pre-collision Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Eyesight Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Steering Responsive Headlights (srh) Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2021 Subaru Legacy for Sale

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37,414 mi

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Dream Cars Sales and Leasing (17 mi)

Phone: (818) 543-0063
Touring XT
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DCH Honda of Temecula (78 mi)

Phone: (951) 225-4390
Touring XT
Color: Gray



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Pacific Auto Center - Fontana (56 mi)

Phone: (909) 429-1100

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Touring XT
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Phone: (949) 991-4393
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