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2014 Subaru Legacy Sedan - Rating Details

C
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Sport Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. AWD CVT Automatic)

Driven On 3/10/2014

Ratings Summary

The Legacy has been homogonized into the mid-size sedan mold. Gone are its sport-sedan roots, replaced instead by merely adequate performance and average quality. It offers all-wheel drive practicality for a price close to its front-drive counterparts, which makes it a snowbelt favorite. It will be redesigned for 2015.
C
Performance Despite all-wheel drive flexibility, the Legacy is no longer a sport sedan, especially in the lower trim levels. Though the 3.6R might offer legitimate performance, models below that perform at or below the segment average.
Acceleration
C
With a 0-60 time of 8.6 seconds, the Legacy is well off the pace of the major players in the segment. Its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) produces typical engine drone at full throttle as well.
Braking
B
During normal driving the Legacy's brake performance is acceptable but not outstanding. It stops from 60 in a respectable 125 feet, which is as short as others in the segment.
Steering
C
Steering is quick, relatively heavy and lacks on-center feel. The Legacy responds naturally to steering inputs and goes where its pointed with confidence, but its limits are relatively low.
Handling
B
All-wheel drive aids the Legacy's handling in low-grip situations, a capability most cars in the class lack. There's a fair amount of body roll during spirited driving, but overall it's a well-mannered sedan.
Driveability
C
The CVT-induced engine drone, along with the disconnect between engine speed and vehicle speed, might bother some drivers. An overly-sensitive gas pedal doesn't help. A manual transmission is available.
C
Comfort Overall comfort is acceptable but below some competitors. Despite a roomy interior which can accommodate large passengers, ride quality is busier than many cars in the segment.
Seating Comfort
B
Front seat comfort is quite high. Though these aren't sport seats, there's ample lateral support to accommodate spirited driving. The driver's seat is ten-way power adjustable.
Ride Comfort
C
Sporting intentions, even if unfulfilled in the Legacy's performance, are obvious in its ride quality. The ride is on the busy side, sacrificing more comfort than some buyers will accept.
Quietness
C
Some mechanical noise is apparent at low speed. At highway speeds the Legacy's cockpit is quiet and comfortable with minimal road and wind noise. Quite noisy during any kind of acceleration.
B
Interior The Legacy's interior design, though unusual from a stylistic standpoint, isn't groundbreaking. Functionality is good and most controls offer acceptable feel.
Ergonomics
B
Primary controls are well-placed and easy to use. Secondary controls, with the exception of the audio system's on/off button, are also intuitive. The low-res nav screen is slow to respond.
Ingress/Egress
B
Large but light doors are easy to manage and offer wide-opening angles in the rear. Seat height is about what you expect for the segment. Ample space front and rear helps with entry/exit.
Space/Room
B
Overall sense of space in the Legacy is good. Six-footers easily fit in the back seat. As mid-size sedans go, this one will suffice when it comes to moving four adults.
Visibility
B
Thin pillars all around aid visibility in the Legacy. Drivers who prefer an upright position will appreciate the Legacy's forward view. Rear-quarter visibility is acceptable despite the rear pillar's wide base.
Cargo/Storage
C
Total trunk volume of 14.7 cubic feet is smaller than most in the segment, but cargo space is still acceptable. Split-folding rear seats don't fold completetly flat but still function well.
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B
Value The Legacy's primary strength is that it offers all-wheel drive for only marginally more than the competition's front-drive offerings. But it suffers in terms of overall performance and comfort. It does offer a relatively appealing base price of $24,390.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Though there are no specific points of poor build quality in the Legacy it also doesn't stand out as high quality. It lacks the high-grade materials of the class leaders.
Features(vs. $)
B
AWD is a standout feature in the segment offered by few competitors, and none at the as-tested $27,718. In addition, you get features other cars offer at this price, like Bluetooth and heated front seats.
Cost
B
You'll pay a small premium for the Legacy, but you also get standard AWD. And Edmunds data shows you'll be able to pick up a 2014 Legacy for a price very close to its rivals.
MPG
C
The EPA rates the Legacy at 27 mpg Combined (24 City/32 Highway), slightly below average. Our testing showed it well below, though, getting 26.4 mpg on our test loop where others achieve mid 30s or better.
Warranty
C
The Legacy's basic warranty of 3 years/36,000 miles, powertrain of 5 years/60,000 miles and rust for 5 years/unlimited miles are pretty standard terms for the class.
Ownership
B
A 3-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance warranty is a nice confidence booster should something go wrong.
C
Fun To Drive The Legacy does little to distinguish itself from behind the wheel. Its all-wheel drive won't be noticable to most drivers in the dry and it's slower than most of its competitors. Previous versions were more fun to drive.
Driving Experience
B
Don't expect the Legacy to wow you with its performance abilities. Though it was once a sport sedan, it now lacks the chops to make that claim, at least in trim levels below the 3.6R.
Personality
C
The Legacy's CVT steals what personality this car might otherwise offer. A manual gearbox is available, as is a traditional automatic when paired with the six-cylinder in the 3.6R.
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