2012 Subaru Legacy 2.5i 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 4cyl CVT)
Roomy interior - previous years couldn't fit a rear-facing infant carseat between driver's seat and second row - the 2012 can. Smooth ride.
No engine temperature gauge. Just a "cold" and a "hot" light. Of course, by the time the "hot" light comes on you're screwed. A standard temperature gauge would give some warning as to gradually increasing engine temperature.
Check engine light turns off traction control and emergency brake (and cruise control), so if you live on a hill and forget to tighten your gas cap...good luck parking. Turning off traction control is a major safety flaw.
>30 mpg all the time + AWD is pretty nice.
CVT handles hills better than standard 5speed auto.
Electronic parking brake is stupid. That tool with the spare tire that you have no idea how to use...that's for manually disabling the parking brake if your battery dies - make sure the tow truck knows about this!!
Gas cap is unintuitive; it's hard to tell when it's fully clicked its one click. A standard unlimited click gas cap would be waaaay better.
Don't make the same mistake I did. I was totally unaware of this issue when I bought. Do some searches on steering wander. You will mostly find the problem on the Outback, but I think that's because there are more Outbacks out there. My 2012 Legacy was very annoying to drive. You had to constantly correct from the left to the right. The car was still under factory warranty, but they couldn't fix it. New tires, alignments, rotations, nothing worked. The car had never been wrecked. Also it had a heavy wheel, so between the constant correcting and that, it made for very fatigued driving. Test out your Legacy or Outback first and check for this problem before buying!!
Subaru needs to come clean and admit what is causing this steering issue and take care of their customers.
I purchased a 2012 Red Subaru Legacy from Onion Creek Volkswagen in Austin, TX on August 8,2014. I feel in love with the All-wheel drive boxer engine of the Subaru. I also love the package that included the sunroof and power seats with Lumbar support.
I do have to say the lumbar support can use more work. I drive 30 mile to work every day. When I get to work and get out the car, I have a pain in my lower back. The hands free blue tooth unit is extremely difficult to set up. I also wish that the Legacy had the same ground clearance as the Outback. I feel that I will be happy with my 2012 Subaru Legacy for years to come.
great features are the sunroof and wheels and the great stereo system.
suggested improvement are:
the lumbar support, connecting your phone book to your car phone/Bluetooth connections are extremely difficult to understand.
the ground clearance can improve also. The Legacy can have the same ground clearance as the Outback!!